Today's News

  • New place to gather, get healthy, have fun

    Lots of new details and images of Indian Land’s new YMCA have been revealed, showcasing the facility’s prime amenities and cutting-edge design.  
    An eight-lane swimming pool, cross-fit functional training, yoga and spin rooms, and an indoor walking track are only a few of the features planned for the sleek, contemporary structure.
    A zero-entry outdoor pool – think of a beach without sand – and waterpark are also in the cards, contingent on additional funding.

  • Nonprofit plans halfway house in Kershaw to help women

    Almost 10 years ago, after serving a five-year prison sentence, Le Tanya Williams founded Battered But Not Broken, a nonprofit that provides housing for women who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and have previously been incarcerated.
    “Our aim is to help women and give them the tools to become productive members of society,” Williams said this week.
    The program already has two halfway houses in Chester, the House of Magdalene and the House of Ruth, and is now branching into Lancaster County. 

  • Teacher, historian, preacher’s wife – Dr. Theodora Smith made an impact

    Dr. Theodora Smith spent two big chunks of her life in Lancaster.
    From 1959 to ’72, she taught school as her husband led one of the city’s largest African-American congregations. Later, after his death, she came back to her adopted hometown, co-wrote the county’s definitive black history book and led an active life as a scholar and civic leader.
    Theodora Shippy Smith died Thursday. She was 98.

  • Gunman robs The Forks store

    The Forks store at the corner of Memorial Park Road and Grace Avenue in Lancaster was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday night.
    According to sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield, an unidentified man walked into the store around 11:30 p.m. carrying a long firearm, either a shotgun or a rifle, while customers were still inside.
    Barfield said the suspect was heavily concealed by his clothing, but the sheriff’s office is working hard to find any clues leading to his identity.

  • Fire/rescue procession to honor Dennis Straight

    A memorial service for fallen Van Wyck firefighter Dennis Straight will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church of Lancaster.
    Straight, 59, was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 last week. He was the assistant chief at Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department and had been with the department for 20 years.
    He was an active volunteer in the town of Van Wyck and at Andrew Jackson State Park.

  • County honors 2 high performers

    Lancaster County Council highlighted the accomplishments of two county workers Monday night.
    Sgt. Michael Hinson of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was named the top county employee for the third quarter of 2018. And Stuart Barfield, chief of planning operations for Lancaster County Emergency Management, received the county’s Thumbs Up Award.
    A deputy since 2008, Hinson is a patrol sergeant for District 3, which includes the southern part of the county.

  • Licko’s Celtic band returns with ‘Highland Echoes’

    If you enjoy the TV series “Outlander” or the stage show “Riverdance,” or if you were among the audience at the standing-room only Celtic Christmas concerts in Lancaster in 2015 and 2016, you won’t want to miss “Highland Echoes – The Holiday Tour.”
    The performance by The Jennifer Licko Band is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Lancaster’s Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St.

  • Caisson ride, 21-gun salute for a dear brother-in-arms

    Just over a week ago, George Flanders, an 80-year-old Vietnam War veteran and Lancaster resident, drove eight hours to Arlington National Cemetery to bury his friend and brother-in-arms, John Helms.
    Harold John Allen Helms, a retired Army colonel from Union Springs, Ala., died Nov. 14, 2017. His last wish was to be buried at Arlington among his fellow servicemen.
    Almost a year later, Helms was finally laid to rest Nov. 1 among the iconic straight rows of white markers, in a ceremony with full military honors.

  • Wells Fargo inches closer to donating library site to Kershaw

    Lancaster County is one step closer to obtaining a high-profile new building for the Kershaw library branch.
    Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas said there are still a few hurdles left before the newly vacant Wells Fargo building on Hampton Street houses the library branch, but the county is much closer to owning it than a month ago.

  • Maj. Matt Shaw honored as top S.C. law officer

    Maj. Matt Shaw has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, the fifth officer with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to win statewide honors this year.
    Shaw was recognized at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. He was nominated for the award by Sheriff Barry Faile.
    “He serves this agency with 100 percent dedication,” Faile said. “He is here early, leaves late and responds to major incidents. He sets the pace for our employees.”