Today's News

  • Column: Pageland needs our help to win $500K contest on reality TV

    Residents of Lancaster County, it’s time to show your Palmetto Pride and help your small-town neighbor to the east by joining the #PickPageland revolution!
    #PickPageland is a social-media campaign designed to help Pageland win a reality TV contest that awards one town in America a $500,000 downtown revitalization.
    Pageland has made the Top 20 out of more than 12,000 towns that applied to the “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” television show. No other town from South Carolina was selected.

  • Sports Talk: Thanks for the life of Bucky Hardin

    Can’t let this Thanksgiving weekend pass without reflecting on a blessing to Lancaster County.
    Bucky Hardin, who died earlier this month after a tough battle with cancer, is remembered as “good man,” fierce competitor, and true friend to many here.
    In my job, our paths crossed often, but I knew Bucky long before I penned my first story at The Lancaster News more than 40 years ago.
    My first recollection of Bucky goes back to his days as a star baseball player for Lancaster High School and the Lancaster Post 31 American Legion team.

  • Buford has new, familiar faces to lead basketball

    The 2018-19 Buford High School basketball teams features a new look and a familiar face this season.
    Susan Scott, who guided the Buford Middle School girls basketball program for 14 years, is the new Lady Jackets coach.
    She was named the BHS girls coach last spring, replacing T.J. Armbrust, who yielded his hoops coaching duties after 10 years to spend more time with his family.
    Steve Sellers, a fixture with the BHS athletics program in working with the football and baseball teams, is back to lead boys hoops.

  • Vols look for playoff return; AJ girls bid for more success

    The Andrew Jackson High School boys basketball team will be looking to return to the Class AA Upper State playoffs this season, while the AJ Lady Volunteers, under new leadership, is seeking to continue their hardwood success.
    The Lady Volunteers are led by first-year head coach Olivia Gaines, a former University of South Carolina women’s basketball player under Dawn Staley who came to AJ from Class AAAAA Fort Dorchester High School in Berkeley County.

  • Creating a newspaper written by kids, for kids

    It’s a newspaper like any other, full of articles on current events, sports, science and popular culture.
    But it’s written by a bunch of kids, from kindergartners to high school seniors.
    Last week, Mookie’s Place, an afterschool childcare center in downtown Lancaster, was converted into a newsroom.
    “They’re having a ball,” said Monique Smalls, executive director of the program. “They’re loving it because they get to speak freely. They love the idea of creating something.”

  • One SC Fund awards $275K for Hurricane Florence relief

    From release
    COLUMBIA – The One SC Fund Grants Committee has announced the second round of grant awards for Hurricane Florence relief and recovery projects across South Carolina.
    Grantees will receive a total of $275,000 to support their projects.
    The One SC Fund was established by then-Gov. Nikki Haley in November 2015 after the Thousand Year Flood to help South Carolinians who are recovering from a disaster.

  • It’s time for tree-lighting, parade, Santa in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will kick off the 2018 holiday season in the county with its annual Christmas parade and community tree lighting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.
    And there will be plenty of family fun to enjoy, said Dayna Singleton, coordinator of the town’s Community Heart & Soul project.
    “I’m very excited…. It’s going to be a really great time,” Singleton said.

  • Flat Rock audio-visual feast is a Christmas gift to us all

    Visit the link below to see and hear the light show!

  • 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.