Today's News

  • Downed tree causes Thursday power outage

    A fallen tree caused more than 1,500 Duke Energy customers in Lancaster to lose power early Thursday, May 23.

    Rick Jiran, the utility company’s district manager, said a “big tree” fell on a power line about 6 a.m., knocking down two spans of lines. A span is the distance between two utility poles.

    Jiran said 1,556 Duke Energy customers lost electricity. The outages were along the eastern end of the Lancaster city limits, as well as areas outside the city limits, such as Greenbriar Drive.

  • County jobless rate at 9.6 percent

    The local unemployment trend mirrors that of the state, which has seen its lowest rate in nearly five years.

    Lancaster County had a 9.6 unemployment rate for April – a substantial drop from the 10.2 percent posted for March, according to recent figures released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).

    In comparison, the rate for April 2012 was 11.2 percent.

  • Kershaw Town Council passes first reading of 2013-14 fiscal budget

    KERSHAW – Across-the-board salary increases account for the bulk of the change in the proposed budget for the town of Kershaw.

    At its Monday, May 20, meeting, Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved first reading of the $3.5 million budget for 2013-14.

    The vote was 6-0. Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes was absent.

    Town Administrator Bryan Pettit said all town employees are scheduled to receive a 3 percent pay raise beginning with the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • LSS hosts Coca-Cola Shootout at Sundown on Saturday night



    The Lancaster Super Speedway is set to host the Coca-Cola Shootout at Sundown on Saturday, May 25.

    This stacks up to be one of the best nights of racing on the 2013 LSS season.

  • Bailey, Pate lead Buford winter-spring sports awards



    BUFORD – Buford High School star athletes Carley Bailey and Kholby Pate took their share of the maroon and gold spotlight at the annual Buford High School winter-spring sports awards night on Tuesday, May 21 in the BHS Commons area.

  • P-31 seniors win opener



    The Lancaster Post 31 American Legion senior team opened its 70th baseball season, posting an 8-4 win over Fort Mill Post 43 at the Fort Mill field on Tuesday, May 21.

  • Gamecocks sign Pettit



    The University of South Carolina Natatorium, home of the S.C. High School League state championship swim meet, has become quite familiar to Lancaster High School senior star swimmer Jory Pettit.

  • LSWCD announce winners of photo contests

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District announced the winners of its 2012-13 Conservation Photo contests.

    LSWCD held two photo contests during the current school year for all high school students in the county.

    The contest was divided into four categories: Conservation In Action, Conservation Practices, Agriculture and Conservation Across America and Close Up Conservation.

    Photos were judged on technical merit and composition.

    The first-place winners received a $20 gift card and second-place winners received a $15 gift card.

  • Renaissance for Olde Presbyterian Church

    Editor’s note: Every month, the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation will bring progress updates and interesting stories about the restoration of the Olde Presbyterian Church, now Lancaster’s Cultural Arts Center. Our introduction takes a look through the eyes of Lindsay Pettus, Society Board chair and well-known local historian.

  • Oh, so close!

    GILBERT – The finality of a gut-wrenching sudden- death 4-3 loss in the Class AA state championship soccer match couldn’t tarnish a brilliant Indian Land High School soccer season Saturday afternoon, May 18.

    As the dejected Warriors left Leonard Price Field following Bishop England’s narrow win over Indian Land, there was plenty of praise for the two-time Class AA Upper State champions.