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Today's News

  • Column: Norman: Disabled 1st responders deserve lifetime tax-exempt status

    There are people among us who make sacrifices. People who pay the ultimate price not for prestige, power or glory – but for strangers in need.
    Sometimes, these men and women are found abroad or on our military bases keeping us safe. Often, they are found right next door. These are our first responders, our neighborhood heroes who go to work every day with the full knowledge that they might not return home.
    Nationwide in the second half of 2018 alone, nearly 700 first responders were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty.

  • Editor's Column: Memories of a textile fortress that couldn’t withstand attack

    I walked the site of the demolished Lancaster Plant on Thursday, searching for the spot where the county historical society found Leroy Springs’ tomb last month.
    It saddened me so. The World’s Largest Cotton Mill, reduced to piles of bricks and concrete slabs. Soil stained dark, weeds head-high. Only a few houses still stand in the mill village, and most of those are boarded up. The vacant lots are overgrown and trashy.
    I stood there in the sun and the breeze and closed my eyes, remembering the place in its prime.

  • Event spotlights STEAM education

    STEAMtastic Saturday is next weekend at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Lancaster, with fun activities and demonstrations for kids involving science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.
    Lancaster County School District and Discovery Education are sponsoring the event, which aims to inspire the next generation of innovators, as well as prepare students to succeed in college and beyond. 

  • USCL art students display their work

    USC Lancaster art students showed off their work during a public art reception in Founders Hall on Monday, with one praised by her teacher as having award-winning talent.
    Joanna Lothers of Indian Land had multiple watercolor paintings among the various art styles hanging on the walls of the art gallery Monday.
    Lothers’ watercolor professor Dianne Mahaffee, who has been with the school since 2000, said the student’s work was exceptional and deserved recognition.

  • Column: Are S.C. officials shirking oversight of state payouts to private groups?

    In 2006, lawmakers approved spending $700,000 in the fiscal 2007 state budget to help the private Erskine College establish the John Drummond Center for Statesmanship – to be named after the longtime senator who retired from the legislature in 2008.
    A budget proviso authorizing the funding required the Abbeville County liberal arts college to give a written report to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees and the then-state Budget and Control Board on how it spent the state funds.
    That apparently never happened.

  • Column: Palmetto Y slow to fix pool issue in Fort Mill

    I have been a member of what once was the Springs Recreation Center in Fort Mill, now known as the YMCA at the Complex, since 2010. In 2017, we thought we were going to lose the recreation center, and we banded together and did whatever we could to save the facility.
    This center has been more a community center than a sports complex to many people. This is where friends were made, and kept, for many, many years.

  • Column: Help collect the 8 missing photos of S.C. soldiers killed in Vietnam

    The names of the 896 South Carolinians killed in the Vietnam War are engraved for history on the polished Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
    The Wall has helped heal the nation’s wounds and honor Vietnam veterans.

  • Get set for Kershaw’s 40th annual spring fest

    KERSHAW – The 40th annual Spring-A-Thon is Friday and Saturday in downtown Kershaw.
    “How about that? Four decades is proof of a good tradition. That tells us that folks in the Kershaw area look forward to coming out and enjoying themselves. Everybody has a good time,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. 
    Organized by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, the weekend of family fun kicks off from 6-10 p.m. Friday on Hampton and Cleveland streets.

  • 2 new fast-food chains arrive soon in Lancaster

    It’s time to lay the rumors to rest. The big red-clay construction site across U.S. 521 from Bojangles’ in Lancaster will soon become two restaurants – Captain D’s and Church’s Chicken.
    Both eateries are slated to open this summer. Franchisee Shawn Eby, CEO of Goalz Restaurant Group LLC, said 55 to 60 workers will be hired at each location.
    Headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyo., Goalz Restaurant Group owns another franchise in Denver, N.C., just northwest of Charlotte.

  • Rite Aid on Main Street closing