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Today's News

  • Paws on Parade brings art to our public spaces

    Fiberglass dog sculptures will be popping up across Lancaster County through early June.
    Paws on Parade, a public art exhibit sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, features 10 dog sculptures designed and painted by local artists.
    Arts council Executive Director Debbie Jaillette said the project was mostly funded through a Lancaster County accommodations tax grant to promote tourism.

  • Column: Community newspapers nationwide are adapting to survive

    There was a tough but mostly accurate headline on a recent Associated Press story: “Decline in readers, ads leads hundreds of newspapers to fold.”
    But as usual, the headline didn’t tell the whole story.
    The story had a strong central basis, the research of Penny Abernathy and her colleagues at the University of North Carolina. She reported in October that about 1,400 U.S. cities and towns lost newspapers from 2004 through 2015.

  • 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.

  • Rep. Newton earns 6th college degree

    Rep. Brandon Newton, 24, recently received his master’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University, marking the sixth college degree he’s earned over the last seven years without incurring much college debt.
    By the time he was elected to represent the 45th District in the S.C. House in 2016 – the legislature’s youngest member – he’d already racked up three associate degrees from USC Lancaster in art, business and science, and two bachelor’s degrees from USC in liberal arts and organizational leadership.

  • S.C. lawmakers end session with ‘incomplete’ on education reform

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. General Assembly officially ended its 2019 legislative session at 5 p.m. Thursday with the ceremonial banging of a gavel.
    Lawmakers, however, will return May 20 to take care of some unfinished business, the chief being passing the $9 billion budget.
    They must also figure out what to do about the state’s financially drained and $9 billion-in-debt power company Santee Cooper.    

  • County adds vaping to smoking ban

    The county’s smoking ordinance will be updated to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where traditional smoking was already banned.    
    “We didn’t have this [vaping] when we put together the smoking ordinance,” said Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt.
    County council unanimously passed the first of three required readings April 29 that adds vaping to the smoking ban.   
    “I’m glad…. You hear so much about it,” said council member Charlene McGriff.

  • Kershaw man charged in 3 burglaries

    A man was arrested May 2 in burglaries at three different Kershaw buildings – a town-owned facility, a nonprofit and a realty office.
    Andy Mark Beckham, 53, of Kershaw is charged with three counts second-degree burglary after evidence found connected him to each of the scenes.
    The first break-in was at Heartland Realty on East Hilton Street. Deputies responded to the scene the morning of April 22 to find the place ransacked and missing a laptop, two tablets, a money order and change, according to a sheriff’s office release.