Today's News

  • Bureaucratic fix will take much effort in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – A quarter century ago, town council stopped grouping its ordinances into the seven categories that had been used up to then, just listing them all as “miscellaneous.”
    The S.C. Municipal Association has now advised the town that to follow state law it must get all the ordinances codified – arranged in sections by type – to make them more citizen-friendly.
    “We gotta get busy,” says Town Clerk Donna Moree, noting that there are 100-plus ordinances to codify.

  • No more cheap facility rentals at local schools

    The Lancaster County School District has raised rental fees it charges the public for using school facilities – up to a tenfold increase – saying that under the old rates taxpayers were inappropriately subsidizing private groups.
    At the Nov. 13 school board meeting, the board unanimously approved raising rates for facility rentals across the district. The last time the rates were changed was in 1999.

  • Ready, set, go!

    Thousands of shoppers flocked to stores before the Thanksgiving turkey even had time to get cold Thursday, getting an early jump on Black Friday shopping.
    Some local stores, including Walmart and Dollar General, started Black Friday sales Thursday night, but others waited for the traditional early Friday kickoff to the Christmas shopping season.
    Ginny Smith-Sistare, owner of Anna Laura’s Boutique and Lancaster Jewelers, said business was booming Friday, and the retailer planned to extend its sales into Small Business Saturday, while supplies lasted.

  • Native American artisans featured at 6th-annual sale

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Just in time for the holiday season, see and shop for jewelry, Catawba pottery, baskets, quilts and more one-of-a-kind artwork at the sixth-annual Native American Art and Craft Sale, held in conjunction with Lancaster’s Christmas in the City event.
    The sale will take place at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

  • Again we honor Faulkenberry’s generous legacy

    Ward Faulkenberry and his fellow 472 American Legionnaires started a holiday food drive 59 years ago that has become a legacy of local yuletide giving.
    That effort – named the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket in his honor – kicks off this weekend.
    Led by HOPE in Lancaster, the annual fundraiser ministers to some of the county’s financially hardest-hit families. This year’s goal is $9,000.
    Bekah Clawson, HOPE’s executive director, calls the Christmas basket the perfect way to share the holiday spirit.

  • Kershaw's industrial users will pay more for water

    KERSHAW – Higher industrial water use has pushed Kershaw’s water purchases over 1 million gallons a day, which bumps the town into paying more per gallon, and town officials have been wrestling with how to pass along those extra costs to customers.
    This week they decided that only large industrial users will pay more, rather than also saddling residential customers with higher monthly bills.

  • MUSC buys Springs Memorial

    Springs Memorial Hospital has been sold to the Medical University of South Carolina, linking us to the state’s premier teaching hospital as it branches out beyond its campus in Charleston.
    The news prompted gleeful reaction among local leaders.
    “So many of our rural hospitals in S.C. have closed, and I’ve been concerned about that. This alleviates that worry,” said Mandy Powers Norrell, who represents Lancaster in S.C. House District 44. 

  • Picks coming down to final week

    The Lancaster News annual Pigskin Picks comes down to this – the final week – for all the marbles.
    The Picks has a tie at the top – draw, stalemate, deadlock – with Sports Editor Robert “How We Luv The Little Rascals” and Ernie “Big E” Rowell in a deadlock duel.
    Howey, the “panel rascal,” has led for the majority of the season, but Rowell, soothsayer he is, rallied late to force a draw, which is going to the final week.

  • Bruins fall twice to cap York Prep tourney play

    Lancaster dropped a pair of losses in the final day of play in the York Prep Tip-Off Classic at York Prep Academy in Rock Hill on Tuesday night.
    The Bruins, in the nightcap, lost to host York Prep, 75-74, and the Lady Bruins fell to the York Prep Lady Patriots, 70-49.
    In the boys game, Lancaster led at the half, 32-30, but the Patriots rallied for the close comeback win over the Bruins.
    O’mazeon Tinsley led LHS with 25, 14 in the second half. He drilled four treys on the night.

  • Warrior hoop teams working for new season

    The Indian Land High School varsity basketball teams have opposite agendas for the 2018-19 season.
    The Lady Warriors, winless last season at 0-20, are shooting for a better season, while the ILHS boys are bidding to continue their rise in Class AAA play.
    Two years ago in the Warriors’ first season in Class AAA hoops, the ILHS boys earned a first-round playoff bid and advanced to round two last season.