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Today's News

  • Where is the ‘crazy quilt’ whose origin was so tragic?

    Editor’s note: This haunting Kershaw tale comes from local spook-meister Joe Timmons and the book “Ghosts of the Carolinas,” by Nancy Roberts.

    Annette Larson clutched the new quilt her betrothed, John Gerber, had just bought her as their stagecoach began swaying in heavy winds.
    John had fought tooth and nail for that quilt at an auction just minutes before, so she held it tight, hoping it wouldn’t get taken away by the oncoming storm.

  • Column: DeVenny: Rec bond keeps us advancing our quality of life

    Picture this. You wake up on a Saturday morning and go for a walk on the Lindsay Pettus Greenway with your family.
    Starting at the Barr Street Development Center, where just the night before you saw a great new local play at the revamped Barr Street Auditorium, your walk takes you along Gills Creek, where you see and interact with nature within a unique riparian ecosystem. You wave hello to friends, neighbors and visitors, all enjoying one of Lancaster’s finest amenities.

  • Candidate's Column: Dabney: Re-elect me for my know-how, proven leadership

    Teachers deserve to be fairly compensated. They have an extremely important, demanding and impactful job, which is why we must continue to work with the state legislature to push for change.
    Since my opponents have spoken a lot about salaries, let me share with you how it works.

  • Passion for helping clients overcome life’s obstacles

    Lancaster resident Lana Stover was singled out as one of the top contributors to her field at the state conference of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities earlier this month.
    Stover, originally from Heath Springs, was presented the award for outstanding service in the areas of research/education, training/supervision and management.
    She has been the program coordinator at the Chester-Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs (CLDSN) office since 2007.

  • Fab Fours honored for innovation

    Cutting edge is more than a catch phrase at Lancaster-based Fab Fours.
    If company owner and CEO Greg Higgs can come up with a better way to design and produce a high-end aftermarket bumper or accessory for a truck or Jeep, you can count him in.
    “Every day, that’s part of our challenge in manufacturing… and Fab Fours is just getting started,” said Higgs, whose company recently was recognized as Innovator of the Year by the S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

  • Time running out for handling absentee ballots solely by mail

    Voters who intend to cast absentee paper ballots by mail in the Nov. 6 election may be out of luck if they haven’t already started the four-step process, said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    Counting today, there are only six days to complete the process by mail and get the paper ballot back to the elections office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

  • Authorities, family search for Great Falls store owner

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service

    Family and friends of Great Falls store owner Doug Sumner are asking for help in locating him. Sumner has not been seen in more than a week.
    According to a Facebook post by one of Sumner’s relatives, Sumner, owner of Sumner’s Deli & Grocery on Ridgeway Road outside the town limits of Great Falls, was last seen in his black 2014 Dodge Ram truck with a utility trailer on the back in Lancaster on Sunday, Oct. 21. He was said to be helping a friend.

  • No charges after minivan hits 16-year-old near LHS

    A 16-year-old boy was severely injured Monday morning when he was struck by a minivan while walking to Lancaster High School.
    According to a police report, a 2005 Dodge Caravan was turning onto Colonial Avenue from Stadium Drive shortly before 7 a.m. when the boy was hit hard enough to knock him out of his shoes.
    The student was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of his injuries. Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, said Tuesday the boy is now in stable condition and is believed to have a neck injury.

  • Police puzzle over man’s gunshot wound

    A man showed up at Springs Memorial Hospital’s emergency room Monday morning with a mysterious gunshot wound to his torso.
    The Lancaster Police Department was dispatched to the hospital shortly before 5 a.m. when the man with the puzzling wound showed up, asking to be treated.
    Police Chief Scott Grant said the man is in his 20s and has been giving conflicting stories about what happened to him.

  • School board candidates focus on growing pains

    Growth, and how to pay for it, dominated the Oct. 23 public debate featuring seven candidates for three Lancaster County school board seats.
    The Panhandle is experiencing explosive residential growth, with a new elementary school just opened and a new high school under construction. To the south in Lancaster, some facilities are underused, several candidates noted, questioning whether students might need to be moved to minimize construction needs.