Today's News

  • Juniors look to rebound after first-round loss

    The Lancaster American Legion Post 31 junior baseball team will have to battle back to stay alive in the state tournament at Lake City.Lancaster, the fifth-seeded team in the eight-team field, dropped an 8-5 loss to fourth-seeded Conway on Wednesday afternoon in the opening round at Lake City High School.Lancaster, 13-9, held an early 5-0 lead on Conway, but couldn’t hold on in dropping the loss.Will Gaston, the third of three Post 31 hurlers in the game, took the loss. He worked three frames and allowed three runs, four hits and no walks.

  • HS gets $500,000 for waterlines

    HEATH SPRINGS – You might call it a big splash in the bucket for the town of Heath Springs – $500,000 in federal grant money to help overhaul its water system.

    Mayor Ann Taylor said the town recently got word that it was awarded a Community Development Block Grant to finance the second phase of its waterline improvements. The project will finance new lines for nearly half the town's population, or about 450 residents.

    "I am thrilled out my mind. I know the people endured low-water pressure for a long time," Taylor said. "I am very delighted."

  • 'We need a senator who will listen to the people'

    As a retired state employee, I was bewildered to read Mick Mulvaney’s July 4 column “Trading short-term benefits for long-term security is wrong.” I could not believe that he did not better understand how public pension plans work. They pay benefits out of the assets of the retirement system, not tax money, and they use the average of the good years and the not so good years in deciding how much to pay retirees.

  • Great Falls dual office issue over

    We are going to repeat a few things we said very recently, but we think, thankfully, an ongoing issue has finally come to the correct conclusion.

    We think the dual office ban in the state’s Constitution is a good thing, but it has, sometimes, unfortunate implications.

    It is no guideline or recommendation. It is actually not just a law. It is a provision of the state’s constitution. The ban says no person can hold two offices “for honor and profit.”

  • First phase of S.C. 160 project nearly done

    INDIAN LAND – It will be at least nine weeks before the Indian Land intersection of S.C. 160 and U.S. 521 is complete, due to an accident June 19.

    A Pike Electric Co. truck was delivering new traffic signal mast arms to the S.C. 160 widening project that day. The truck driver and a worker were unloading a mast arm from the truck, parked on the northbound side of U.S. 521, when another of the large arms shifted and fell from the truck, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Pageland watermelon festival starts today

    PAGELAND – The 57th Pageland Watermelon Festival is offering dozens of events this weekend for people of all ages.

    The festival, the largest annual event in neighboring Chesterfield County, kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.


    Craft and vendor displays open at 3 p.m. Friday on Pearl Street in downtown Pageland and amusement rides open at 5 p.m. in downtown.

    The festival pageant is 5 p.m. at the Pageland Community Center.

  • AAA, Dixie Boys 13 stars bid for state championships

    Two Lancaster Dixie Baseball all-star teams will launch their state championship hopes Saturday.The Lancaster AAA stars, ages 9-10, will battle in the state tournament at Hartsville, while the Lancaster Dixie Boys 13-year-old all-stars will play in Lexington.The AAA stars, who are unbeaten at 6-0 in postseason play, will face Mid Carolina in the 12-team field at Hartsville.“We feel we have as good a chance as any team in the tournament,” said Lancaster AAA all-stars manager Mike Lucas.

  • Cairnes made child's day by giving her a fishing rod

    Cairnes made child’s day by giving her a fishing rod

    I would like to share this with the family of Ronnie Cairnes. My daughter, Alyssa, went fishing with my husband, Freddie, her sister, Adrien, and me on May 18. Alyssa caught a huge bream. We stopped by the Cedar Creek Bait & Tackle, showed it to Ronnie and asked if he could help up put a picture of her and her fish in a magazine. He said he couldn’t. Instead Ronnie gave her a fishing rod – the first one she ever had. Alyssa loved it and it made her day.

  • SCDNR honors Flat Creek man

    KERSHAW – A man who has lived in Flat Creek all his life has made it his goal to protect the community's most precious natural asset, Forty-Acre Rock.

    Last month, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said showed its appreciation for Tom Welsh.

    Welsh, 87, and family attended a luncheon in his honor June 27 at Cromer's in Kershaw. Johnny Stowe, Heritage Preserve Manager for S.C. Department of Natural Resources, attended along with Lancaster County conservationist Lindsay Pettus and a handful of others.

  • Local United Way gives us reason to celebrate

    Even in the toughest of times, there’s always something to celebrate. And while these may not be the toughest of times (anyone who lived through the Great Depression or World War II would tell you those times were much tougher), these are certainly not the best of times.

    The national economy has slowed, and gas prices are at historic highs, with some experts predicting the national average for unleaded regular gasoline will break the $5 mark this year.