Today's News

  • Davis, Henry pace ILHS track awards

    Class AAA individual state track champions Marlin Davis and Leah Henry led the 2018 Indian Land High School track awards.
    Davis, a junior sprinter who garnered the ILHS boys track MVP, captured the 200 meters state crown in 21.64 at the Class AAA boys meet at Spring Valley High School in Pontiac on May 12.
    Davis had a stellar day at the state meet. In the 100 meters, he dashed a 10.70 effort to place second for a silver medal.
    Davis was also fourth in the 400-meter dash, posting a 49.46, followed by teammate Coby Hall in fifth with a 50.99 finish.

  • Edwards to lead Warriors athletics

    INDIAN LAND – For the third time in two years, Indian Land High School has a new athletics director.
    Mike Edwards, who has extensive prep coaching experience in the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) schools, is the new Warriors’ athletics director.

  • Column: Small-town news people are cut from the same cloth

    Overworked, underpaid, unappreciated outside a building with no windows and borderline burned out, I come close to quitting my job at least once a week.
    I have a wife and daughter, and most days I don’t see them long enough to have a conversation.
    After 20 years in this newsroom, I drink too much coffee and eat too many sandwiches at my desk.

  • Column: The killings have shaken every newsroom family

    For years, newspaper men typed “-30-” when they were done writing their stories. It was a signal to copy boys, copy editors and typesetters that they had reached the end of the story.
    -30- also seems to be the most fitting tribute to the five employees murdered Thursday at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md.
    Combined, Gerald Fischman, Carl Hiaasen, James McManus and Wendi Winters had more than 100 years of journalism experience. The fifth person, Rebecca Smith, was a sales assistant.

  • Column: We get into this business to tell our readers the truth

    A dedication to the truth and the communities we serve – that is what journalism is all about. A commitment to the people’s right to know.
    That idea is out of public favor these days.
    President Trump has led the charge against the news media. At one campaign rally, he jokingly imitated a journalist’s physical disability. Now he routinely labels accurate reporting as “fake news.” He calls the press pool that covers him “the most dishonest people.”

  • New local scholarship to reward good deeds

    From release

    A new scholarship opportunity including a mentoring component has been established for local high school juniors.
    The Lancaster County Good Samaritan Scholarship was founded in April by Lancaster native and retired business owner Marion Taylor. It is modeled after the Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation of Atlanta, of which Taylor was a founding member.

  • Ethan Uslan, who packed CAC in ’17, back July 8

    Popular ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan returns to Lancaster next weekend to wrap up the July 4th week of celebrations with his second Vivian Major Robinson Summer Pops Concert.
    Uslan’s Lancaster concert last year drew a standing room only crowd, with enthusiastic feedback from the audience, both during and after the performance.
    The concert is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster. As with last year, thanks to air conditioning, the only thing hot at the concert will be the tunes coming from the piano.

  • Top farmer’s secret: Tend your pastures

    Fencing cattle out of streams and ponds ain’t easy, and it ain’t cheap.
    But it was an investment that local cattle producer Manny Sistare, the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farmer of the Year, was willing to make.
    And from the looks of his herds, it’s paying off. Heathier cows mean fatter paychecks for small farmers, he noted.
    “You like all ’em to be in good shape. I’ve always looked after and took care of them,” Sistare said of his 300-cow herd.    

  • On a mission to legalize medical cannabis

    As far as Indian Land mom and activist Michelle Simonetti is concerned, it’s high time that South Carolina legalize medical marijuana.
    Too many people are suffering without it needlessly, she said.
    It’s not about getting high, Simonetti noted. It’s all about getting well.
    “I want people to see it as a medical issue,” she said.
    And a lack of legal medical marijuana also is too often turning desperate patients or their caregivers into criminals, she lamented.

  • Norman talks immigration, civility and Supreme Court appointment

    The opioid crisis that’s killing 115 Americans each day is the top issue facing the 5th Congressional District, Rep. Ralph Norman told Lancaster County Republicans at a Thursday night campaign appearance.
    “We’ve got to get some kind of handle on it,” Norman said.
    Industry leaders in the 11-county district say the drug crisis has left the state without a qualified workforce sufficient to meet our needs, the Rock Hill Republican said.