Today's News

  • 20-year sentence

    A teenager, who changed his plea to guilty during his armed robbery trial this week, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

    Joshua Xazier Wilks, 18, pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday, Aug. 13, during the second day of his trial, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    Barfield said a jury was selected in Wilks’ case Monday morning and testimony began that afternoon related to a Jan. 16, 2012, armed robbery of a man at a bank ATM.

  • $750K price tag City to upgrade 911 system

    The city of Lancaster has made a significant move toward the upgrade of its E-911 system. 

    Following a closed session during City Council’s meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13, council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with New World Systems. 

    That company, which provides government and public-safety software, will supply the city with a new 911 CAD (computer-aided dispatch) system as well as a new records-management system. 

  • School’s back in session The other side of the desk

    The first-day classroom butterflies applies to teachers, too. 

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore knows well what Buford High School Biology and Physical Science teacher Patrick Marshall and South Middle School teacher Nick Thompson will be going through Monday morning, Aug. 19. They are among the county’s first year teachers. 

  • Cycs rally, trip Bruins


    CHESTER – Lancaster came out strong, but the Chester Cyclones proved to be a force in capping the Chester Jamboree with a 14-3 win over the Bruins on Friday, Aug. 16 at Chester High School Stadium.

  • Dandy diamond opportunity


    Marc Rape delivered as a Spartanburg Methodist College pitcher.

    Now, he’s being summoned to fill a major void as a SMC baseball coach.

  • Moore column: The back-to-school story my daddy loved to tell

    My daddy loved to tell the story of my first day of school.
    Loved to tell how he came home from work that night and asked me, “Gene, how was school today?”
    Loved to tell how I stood there, looked up at him and said, “I really didn’t like it. I don’t think I want to go back tomorrow.”
    He’d always chuckle after that, and then he’d always – always – tell how he looked at me and said, “But, Gene, you’ve got to go. If you don’t, your mama and me will get in trouble.”

  • God has a cure for the hopeless

    Psalm 107 shows God’s cure for believers in hopeless situations. Those whom God has redeemed from every nation need to thank him for his goodness and never-ending loving-kindness.
    Four hopeless situations are described. The first was travelers in a wilderness who had lost their way, unable to find a city and desperately weak without adequate nourishment. When they cried out to God in prayer, he led them by the right way to a city where they could be filled and  satisfied.

  • SC government dysfunction – ignorance, apathy, or ideology?

    A few random sad news stories of late have caused me to wonder why the S.C. Legislature does what it  does. And after serious thought, it seems like there are three possible explanations – ignorance, apathy, or ideology.
    Whatever the reason, we as a state, are suffering greatly because of their actions.

  • Teachers explore Panama in nine days

    Several local teachers recently took a nine-day trip to Panama City, Panama. The teachers included Bo Sylvia, a former Lancaster High School teacher and soccer coach, his wife Carol, retired math teacher at Buford High School; former BHS teacher Jeffery Moyer and his wife, Vicky, an artist and literacy instructor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster and Dr. Robert Hinson, a Lancaster High School English teacher, and his wife, Linda, retired from Charlotte Mecklenburg schools.

  • Leaving Elvis for Elvira

    For bass singer Richard Sterban, the decision to leave J.D. Sumner and the Stamps in the early 1970s was a no-brainer.

    “A lot of people who knew me questioned it, but it was an easy decision at the time,” said Sterban, a member of the Oak Ridge Boys, who will perform at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on Sept. 6  as part of the 2013-14 See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series.