Today's News

  • Etched in Stone

    Dozens crowded behind Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse on Thursday morning – most  of them first responders – to honor firefighter Dennis Straight, who died in the line of duty in November.
    Straight’s name was added to a list of fallen firefighters etched on a memorial behind the courthouse, as well as to a stretch of S.C. 5 named in his honor.

  • Lancaster OKs initial $25.4M city budget

    Lancaster City Council passed the first reading of its $25.4 million fiscal 2019-20 budget Tuesday. Despite being $2.5 million less than the current budget, the average city taxpayer will pay slightly more next year. 
    In the 4-1 vote, council member Hazel Taylor voted against the proposed budget. Council members Kenny Hood and Tamara Green Garris were absent.

  • Heath Springs hires new town administrator

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council announced Tuesday night that Jason Truesdale has accepted the job as town administrator.
    The administrator’s job is part time (16-20 hours per week), with a $16,640 annual salary.

  • Dad happy to be here for Father’s Day

    Three years ago, Demarius Ross sat at a crossroads – stay on the path he was taking and end up in jail or worse, or work hard to make a better life for him and his growing family.
    Ross, 33, works an 8-to-5 job, then comes home to his wife and three kids during the week, but that wasn’t always the case.
    Raised by a single mother, Ross said he searched for a father’s influence in all of the wrong places.

  • Trio faces multiple drug trafficking charges

    Three Lancaster residents were arrested last week on drug trafficking charges – two of them a mother and son.
    Scott Charles Catledge Jr., 25, and Mary Ann Catledge, 65, both of 501 Plantation Road, Lancaster, were arrested Wednesday and charged with multiple drug offenses, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.

  • Hungry Heroes feeds Lancaster police

    Hungry Heroes founder Amanda Riggan has fed thousands of first responders, military personnel and veterans across the nation. On Thursday, she served the Lancaster City Police Department.
    A Rock Hill resident, Riggan started the nonprofit after the death of York County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Doty last year. She began her efforts by feeding agencies throughout York County, but as word spread, so did her mission.

  • Democrats test preferences in poll at Red Rose Festival

    From release

    At its Red Rose Festival booth May 18, the Lancaster County Democratic Party asked passers-by to vote in a 2020 presidential straw poll, indicating their favorite candidates and most important issues.
    With almost 100 voting-age participants, the tally showed former Vice President Joe Biden leading the field with 30 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren next with 20 percent, then Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7.5 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris at 6 percent, and Sens. Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillebrand at 5 percent each.

  • Giving back while building skills

    Seventy Mission Serve volunteers from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Maryland gathered in Lancaster County this week to complete repairs and projects on 10 homes.
    Mission Serve partners with local city governments to help rehabilitate substandard housing. The nonprofit has 18 projects lined up this summer across 10 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guatemala.

  • Whits End hits the big stage

    Chris Whitaker’s raspy voice boomed from the stage at the 2019 Carolina Country Music Festival last weekend as festivalgoers danced and sang along to “Free Bird” and “Friends in Low Places.”  
    Whitaker is the lead singer of country/southern rock band Whits End, which includes guitarists Brandon Ashley of Lancaster and Dillon Locke of Kershaw, bassist Brad Williams of Lancaster and drummer Steven Branham of Camden.

  • Scottish lass right at home at country music fest

    On my flight from Scotland to the United States last year, I listened to one of my favorite songs – “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks.