Today's News

  • Estridges celebrate 50 years

    Jack and Evelyn Laney Estridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 23, 2013.
    They were married June 23, 1963 in Monroe.
    The couple has two children, Susan Estridge O’Neal and her husband, Tony, and Lisa Estridge Lucas. They have four grandchildren.
    Jack retired from Springs Industries and Evelyn is a housewife.

  • Improvements aplenty at Camp Bob Hardin

    SALUDA, N.C. – Since the 1940s, Boy Scouts from Chester, Lancaster, York, Union, Cherokee and Spartanburg counties have been going to Saluda, N.C., for summer camp.

    Originally known as Camp Palmetto, the camp expanded in the early 1980s and was renamed Camp Bob Hardin in 1985, in honor of Hardin, a Lancaster native, who was active in the Boy Scouts.

    Hundreds of boys and leaders from the three counties have made the trek up to Saluda during 2013. This year has been the biggest, best year ever for Camp Bob Hardin with a variety of new additions.

  • Our local pets need your help

    It seems that every few months or so I put an article in the paper to tell you, my friends and neighbors, about the plight of some of the innocent pets in our community. Today is not so different, but I will tell you about the plight of the Humane Society of Lancaster SC.

  • Meet the young radicals of South Carolina in 1776

    A decent respect for our history and heritage demands that over the Fourth of July holidays we do more than just eat barbecue, watch fireworks or go fishing.
    For many years, I have made it a practice every Fourth of July to read the Declaration of Independence and spend some time in study of the men and events that surround this momentous and defining event in the life of our country. This year, I was struck by both the age and wealth of the signers from South Carolina. So, who were they?
    Thomas Heyward Jr.

  • Delicate River Dance

    If you’ve ever driven out of Lancaster along Great Falls Highway and crossed the Tom Mangum Memorial Bridge, you’ve seen the Fishing Creek Dam off to the right.

    Seventy-five feet high and 1,770 feet long, the nearly 100-year-old dam is massive, appearing almost serene in its immovability most days, as quiet eddies swirl away from its powerhouse heading down the Catawba River.

  • Fishing Creek Dam amazing feat of century-old engineering

    Fishing Creek Dam is an amazing feat of early 20th century engineering.

    Built in 1916, the dam originally included only a spillway, instead of the 22 massive 25-feet tall by 45-feet wide, spill gates, which were added in the mid-1920s.

    The dam is 75 feet high and 1,770 feet, or approximately one-third of a mile in length, and contains a 3,112-acre reservoir.

    The water on the reservoir side at the back of the dam is approximately 55- to 60-feet deep, while the “bridge side” is approximately 40-feet deep.

  • City Council selects contractor for Air-Rail Park sewer work

    The city of Lancaster has selected which contractor will install the water and sewer infrastructure at the Air-Rail Industrial Park.

    At its Tuesday, July 9 meeting, City Council unanimously voted to award a bid to Dellinger Inc. of Monroe, N.C.

    The company’s work will include the placement of sewer lines and a water pump (lift) station at the new park near the county airport off S.C. 9.

    State Utility Contractors of Monroe, Trussell Bros. of Columbia and Turner Murphy of Rock Hill also submitted project bids.

  • Three arrests made in separate burglaries

    A few eagle-eyed neighbors helped deputies track down and arrest three men in two separate burglary cases early this month. 

    Franciso Coleman Torres, 17, 9942 Woodville Lane, Indian Land, and Johnathan Casey Deese, 23, of Pageland, are each charged with second-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into a home in the 8300 block of Taxahaw Road on July 2.

    Dennis Bernard Talford, 36, 1503 Chandler Place, is also charged with second-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into a home in the 1600 block of Summit Avenue on July 6.

  • Two arrests made in armed robbery

    Two men are now behind bars in connection with the brazen, daylight armed robbery of a man in the University Place (Walmart) parking lot Monday, July 8. 

    Malcolm Shaquille Williams, 18, of Rock Hill, was charged Tuesday evening, July 9, with  armed robbery and possession of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime, according to a press release from Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. 

  • Flood advisory issued for Lancaster County

    Motorists were cautioned Thursday afternoon, July 11, as the National Weather Service in Columbia issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Lancaster County.

    The advisory is in effect for the whole county until 6:15 p.m., according to a NWS release sent Thursday at 5:18 p.m. Radar was showing slow-moving thunderstorms rolling through the county and producing a significant amount of rain.