Today's News

  • School district officials eye tight budget year, but no worries yet

    Lancaster County School District Chief Financial Officer Tony Walker updated school board members on his expectations for the 2013-14 fiscal budget.

    Walker gave board members the overview during the annual superintendent/board planning session Feb. 1 and 2.

    Walker said he’s anticipating several tough factors affecting the school district in coming months from both sides of the ledger, revenue and expenditures, but its too early in the budgeting process to get overly concerned.

  • The history of Valentine's Day

    “Valentine’s Day is a sham created by card companies to reinforce and exploit gender stereotypes,” Liz Lemon, Tina Fey’s cynical character on NBC’s sitcom “30 Rock,” tells her co-worker, Pete.

    Lemon’s view on the commercialization of Valentine’s Day has become one commonly shared by those who feel the holiday is just another way greeting card companies and retailers get customers to spend money and put a monetary value on love.

  • Police announce arrests in Anthony murder

    A Lancaster man and woman are behind bars in connection with the shooting death of a Kershaw man late last month.

    Ketta Tomaka Evans, 34, 715 St. Paul St., and David Jamarcus Stalk, 23, 415 E. Dunlap St., have each been charged with murder and attempted armed robbery.

    Authorities say the two are responsible for the death of Kevisis Anthony, who was reportedly shot Jan. 26 in the area of St. Paul and Pleasant Hill streets. Anthony, 32, died two days later from his injuries.

  • KCI officer arrested on contraband charges

    A Kershaw Correctional Institution (KCI) officer found himself behind bars earlier this month after he was charged with allegedly furnishing tobacco products for inmates. 

    Junior Saint Xavier James, 48, of Charlotte, was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of furnishing contraband to prisoners and criminal conspiracy to furnish contraband, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    James worked at KCI, which is located along Gold Mine Highway, about four miles northeast of the town of Kershaw. 

  • Domestic dispute turns fatal

    A Kershaw woman is dead, and her husband arrested after an alleged domestic dispute late Monday night, Feb. 11.

    Joseph Daniel Hilton, 62, 8992 Old Jefferson Highway, Kershaw, has been charged with murdering his wife, Deborah Faile Hilton, 59, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Deputies were called to the couple’s home at 11:53 p.m. after Joseph Hilton called 911 to report he had shot his wife, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw

  • Big Thursday comes up Big

    Richard Patterson, the chairman of the Big Thursday of Lancaster Inc. Scholarship Fund, had reason to beam at the annual check presentations at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on Thursday, Feb. 7.

    Patterson presented two checks, each totaling $22,500, to the University of South Carolina Lancaster and Clemson University.

  • SCDOT to rehab three county roads

    The S.C. Department of Transportation has good news for residents who live on some of Lancaster County’s worst roads: Those roads are getting much-needed face-lifts.

    According to an SCDOT spokesman, the project is to include three roads: Taxahaw Road, Potter Road in the south and southeast part of the county and Shelley Mullis Road in Indian Land.

  • LHS jamboree to honor late Paul McGriff



    The fifth annual Game Day at Doomsday, a high school baseball preseason jamboree, will be held in honor of the late Paul McGriff.

  • Braves rally, edge AJ girls

    BOONETOWN – No. 7 Cheraw used timely spurts to down No. 5 Andrew Jackson 53-49  in overtime for the Region IV-AA girls basketball championship on Saturday, Feb. 9 at North Central High School.

    The Lady Braves used a 4-0 run in the final 30 seconds to force overtime with the game tied at 45-all.

  • Lancers take two in home opener



    The University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers pushed their baseball mark to 3-2 with a doubleheader sweep of USC Salkehatchie on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Lancaster High School baseball field.