Today's News

  • Embezzlement charge against ex-VFD chief Tom Pickard

    Former Indian Land Fire Chief Thomas Wayne Pickard has been charged with embezzlement of public funds, just two months after his arrest on prostitution charges.
    Pickard, 52, turned himself in Wednesday morning at the Lancaster County Detention Center. He is charged with embezzling $1,680 from the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department last year while acting as chief, an arrest warrant said.

  • Top concert series survives again, but tough budget looms

    Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series of concerts avoided the axe – for now – after city council voted Tuesday to keep the events “subject to the constraints of the budget,” putting off the issue until March budget talks.

  • A remarkable life of fortitude, honor

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County has lost one of its most beloved military veterans – its first casualty of the Vietnam War.
    Army 1st Lt. Jon Cook died Sunday at KershawHealth Medical Center in Camden. He was 79.
    One of his longtime friends, Frances Moreland, visited Cook hours before his death.
    “I asked him if he was hurting. He said, ‘No, I’m just real tired.’ And, of course Jon was, with all he had been through.”

  • Chester pledges $75K for Thread Trail proposal

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – An extension of the Carolina Thread Trail that could serve as a natural pathway to coming whitewater rapids along Fishing Creek in Great Falls will have the financial support of Chester County.
    In December, Matt Covington and Bret Baronak from the Carolina Thread Trail addressed Great Falls Town Council about obtaining a 22-mile segment of abandoned CSX rail lines to add into the trail network.

  • Big Thursday splits $40K between USCL, Clemson

    Gamecocks and Tigers rallying in close proximity isn’t something you see often – unless they’re filling a stadium one Saturday each fall.
    But the cross-state rivalry takes a backseat when kids’ futures are on the line.
    And that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday when Big Thursday Scholarship of Lancaster presented checks for $20,000 each to the USC Lancaster Educational Foundation and Clemson University.

  • Wingate choral group tops off double-header

    After a piano recital by award-winning pianist Gregory Knight on Sunday, the 35 voices of the Wingate University Singers top off a cultural double-header next Tuesday evening.
    The singers, who perform at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center on East Gay Street, enjoy both national and international recognition, but their home base is just across the state line in Wingate, N.C.


    CAYCE – Indian Land High School demolished its opponent in the state wrestling championship Saturday, winning the 92-year-old school’s first state title in a boys’ team sport.The Warriors, the Class AAA Upper State champion and ranked No. 2 in the final regular-season AAA state poll by SCMAT, captured the state crown with a 44-12 win over Lower State champ Gilbert High School.

  • Murder at party on Arch Street

    A Lancaster man was shot dead Saturday night at a party on East Arch Street, and police are searching for a suspect in the killing.

  • Great Falls man dies in S.C. 9 wreck

    A Great Falls man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle wreck on S.C. 9 near Grace Avenue west of Lancaster.
    The victim was David Wayne Roberts, 63, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, Roberts was alone driving west on S.C. 9 shortly before 7:15 a.m. His 2003 Chevy Trailblazer left the right side of the road and hit a guardrail before swerving to the left down an embankment in the median and smashing into a tree.

  • Norrell: Schools bill ‘wonderful, revolutionary’

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell says the proposed legislation to overhaul the state’s public education system addresses teacher recruitment and retention “in a huge way.”
    “It has massive incentives,” Norrell told members of the local Democratic Party last Thursday night during its monthly meeting at the Lancaster County Library.
    “It increases salaries far beyond the Southeastern average,” she said, noting that it hikes teacher pay by a total of about 10 percent over the next two years ($270 million).