Today's News

  • Area in Stage 1 drought

    From release

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) officials re-emphasize that dry climatic conditions are responsible for the Catawba-Wateree Basin remaining in Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). The LIP is an agreement between major water users in the basin that establishes a shared responsibility and priorities to conserve the limited water supply during periods of low inflow.

  • I prefer my orange juice from the original carton

    I was lucky to  get in on some pretty good vacations.

    Uncle Harry had bouts with recurring asthma and found some relief on the Atlantic shores, namely Myrtle Beach. That meant lots of those vacations were unplanned and came at various times throughout the year.

    At the Grand Strand, I usually ate my fill of deviled crabs.

    Maybe that was a foreshadowing of sorts. As fate has it, I now find myself frequenting the “Blue Crab State” of Maryland.

  • Schools deserve kudos for awards

    Five Lancaster County schools have earned recognition as recipients of the Palmetto and Silver awards for academic excellence.
    The quality quintet includes the Discovery Charter School of Lancaster, which won the Gold Award for general performance.
    The Silver award winners for general performance are McDonald Green Elementary and A.R. Rucker Middle schools, along with Indian Land Elementary and Middle schools.
    McDonald Green Elementary also garnered a second Silver Award for its success in closing the achievement gap.

  • Dangerous dog laws designed to protect dogs, not victims

    The recent dog bite tragedy in Waxhaw, where little Makayla Woodard lost her life and her grandmother suffered injuries trying to protect her grandchild struck a nerve in my heart and brought tears to my eyes. 
    It just so happened that our 5-year old son, Tanner Landires, was attacked by the neighbor’s dogs in the Arlington community last July.

  • ILMS wins state character award

    The Lancaster County School District board recently recognized Indian Land Middle School for being chosen as a 2011 South Carolina School of Character.

    The School of Character designation is presented by the S.C. Department of Education for outstanding school climate and academic performance. 

    The school was the only middle school in the state to receive the award. It is the school’s second year in a row receiving the designation.

  • No place like home

    Reece Murphy


    After more than five years in the making, and more than a decade dreaming about it, the Pleasant Valley Fire Department has a new home.

    Located on Possum Hollow Road, just around the corner from the department’s former home on S.C. 160, the new 14,800-square-foot Station 14 is a $2.1 million testament to what can be done when the community pulls together.

    The department opened for business Feb. 28 and was put to good use right away.

  • Online paper becomes subscription-based starting Wednesday

    Staff Reports

    Starting Wednesday, March 9, The Lancaster News online version, www.thelancasternews.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site. 

    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus several online-only features, such as videos, slide shows, reader comments and more.

  • Chester student who stabbed his classmate to get second chance

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – A fourth-grade student who stabbed a classmate in the back with a steak knife last week has been reassigned by district officials to “an alternative setting” for the remainder of the school year. 

    However, the student is expected to return to class during the next school term, the district’s superintendent said Tuesday.

  • KLS annual event set for April 2

    Feb. 12 is a day which Donna White often struggles with each year.

    If one knows White’s family history, it’s understandable.

    White’s son, Ryan Mc-Kinney, died Feb. 17, 2006, and five days earlier was the last time White spoke to her son.

    McKinney died of cardiac arrhythmia due to missed diagnosis and altered medications in treating Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a neurological disorder that is not life-threatening, but is life-altering.

  • LHS honors winter stars



    Lancaster High School winter sports stars shined for a final time Tuesday night at the annual LHS winter sports awards.