Today's News

  • County misses out on defense jobs

    A massive manufacturing company dropped Lancaster County from its list of potential new facility sites this week, but preliminary plans are moving forward with a separate, large manufacturing facility.
    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell provided updates on the “one that could have been,” as well as success in moving forward with an as-yet-unnamed company simply dubbed ‘Project Vino,’ during Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday, May 20.

  • Unbeaten P-31 seniors club Clover

    On a cool night at Eggleton Field, the Lancaster Post 31 seniors’ bats were blazing.

    The P-31 seniors drilled 19 hits, including four homers, on the way to a 22-2 League V win over Clover Post 38 in the 70th Lancaster American Legion baseball home opener.

  • Bruins' cheerleaders Watts, Cauthen sign with Saints



    There was double reason for hoopla and cheers in the Lancaster High School conference room on Wednesday afternoon, May 22.

  • Pelham to play at SMC



    In Major League Baseball scouting terms, Lancaster High School senior baseball player C.D. Pelham is regarded as a “pop-up prospect.”

  • Governments should embrace transparency

    If you’ve ever wondered how your city or town council spends your hard-earned tax dollars, there’s a powerful tool that’s available at your fingertips.
    Using this tool, you could quickly and easily see which vendors your city or town does business with, along with amounts they’re being paid, what they’re providing and other important details.
    Residents of at least a dozen South Carolina counties, and an even higher number of municipalities in the state, already benefit from this service.

  • Put a legislator on nonprofit board if you want state money

    In 2011, S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman was among a group of state and local officials, including Gov. Nikki Haley, who attended the 49th International Paris Air Show.
    The $3,544 bill for the Florence County Republican’s trip, according to his state income-disclosure form, was covered by the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA), a regional economic-development organization serving a nine-county area in the state’s northeast corner, including Florence County.

  • Proposed school budgets for 2013-14 set at $95.4 million

    Lancaster County School Board members got their first look at the district’s proposed 2013-14 budgets during their meeting Tuesday night, May 21.

    The proposed financial plans for the upcoming fiscal year include an $80.5 million general fund budget and a $14.9 million debt services budget, and calls for a slight increase in total millage for county taxpayers.

  • A sense of purpose

    Those who live here know what good jobs most Lancaster County schools do, but the entire country now knows how good at least two of them are doing.

    South Middle and Indian Land Middle schools celebrated their official designations among high-performing middle schools Tuesday, May 14, as National Schools to Watch. 

    ILMS was redesignated for the second time as a National School to Watch. The school  earned its first School to Watch designation in 2010, an honor that must be renewed every three years.

  • Kids step up for 4-H program

    Holding her father Kevin’s hand, Kaitlyn Hudson hopped onto the seat of a chair, leaned close to the microphone and told Lancaster County Council what the county’s 4-H program means to her.

    Decked out in a sky blue 4-H 

    T-shirt and small, round eyeglasses, the 5-year-old Heath Springs native had several things to say at council’s Monday, May 20, meeting.

  • Heath Springs Council fails to meet

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs Town Council meeting Tuesday, May 21, was rather uneventful and brief. No formal motions. No action. Not even any debate. 

    That’s because the meeting never happened.

    Only one council member – Mark Bridges – was at Town Hall on time for the 7 p.m. meeting. Councilwoman Iva Drakeford appeared a few minutes afterward.

    Five people serve on Heath Springs Town Council, so at least three members must be present to have a quorum.