Today's News

  • America’s dream of civil society fading

    It was a Friday evening and we went to dinner at a local restaurant. We sat down and had just started to look at the menu, when from a booth a few tables away, we heard the sound of a mother cursing at one of the two small children with her. She was swearing about a green balloon one of the children wanted. A moment later, she was threatening to beat them if they didn’t eat their food – again using foul language.

  • Catching the train

    Gregory A. Summers
    Some things never change. With his hands behind his back, a smiling Hazel Knight strolled across the floor of The Shoe Peddler to welcome a customer who had opened the door.
    After 60 years on Main Street, Knight still greets this customer with the same zeal that he used when he waited on Elliott White Springs in February 1955, when “the colonel” walked into the brand-new J.C. Penney department store on South Main Street.

  • Kershaw names Pettit administrator

    Jesef Williams
     KERSHAW – Kershaw town officials didn’t have to look far to find their next administrator.
    Town Council voted at a special meeting Tuesday, April 24, to hire Lancaster native Bryan Pettit as Tony Starnes’ successor.
    Starnes announced last month that he would be stepping down, effective Tuesday, May 1.
    Pettit, 51, has spent nearly 30 years with Springs Industries. He began at the Grace plant and ascended to the position of quality-assurance manager for imports.

  • Commitee begins work on 2012-13 fiscal year budget

    Christopher Sardelli
    The creation of a new 911 system, rising gas prices and the addition of new emergency personnel are some of the challenges the county’s Finance Committee will tackle when it begins discussing the county budget Monday, April 30.

  • Council hears S.C. 160 update

    Christopher Sardelli
    County officials, residents and motorists anxiously listened to an update on expansion plans for S.C. 160, one of the Panhandle’s busiest roads, at Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting, April 23.

  • Driver arrested for DUI after crash

    Christopher Sardelli
    Police arrested a Lancaster woman for driving under the influence after she crashed and flipped her car in front of the Municipal Justice Center on Monday morning, April 23.
    Genie Acquaro-Hagins, 58, 2538 Old Camden Highway, was arrested and charged with DUI soon after the crash, which happened only a few feet from the intersection of McCardell and East Arch streets, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ to sizzle on USCL stage

    Julie Graham
    For The Lancaster News
    “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is hitting the Lancaster stage with plenty of sizzle and family drama beginning May 4.
    Elaine Roberts of Sun City Carolina Lakes is directing the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams. Roberts owned a production company before moving to South Carolina. This is her directorial debut in Lancaster.

  • Help Stamp Out Hunger!

    From release
    The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual food drive Saturday, May 12. Lancaster postal employees will again help Stamp Out Hunger! Across America with your help.
    Now in its 20th year, the Stamp Out Hunger! Effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year, letter carriers collected a record 70.2 million pounds of food from postal customers across the nation.
    A total of 1.1 billion pounds of food have been collected along postal routes since the drive began 20 years ago.

  • Mulvaney endorses Yow in State House District 53 race

    From release
    S.C. House District 53 candidate Ritchie Yow recently received a big boost to his campaign – the endorsement of 5th District Congressman Mick Mulvaney.

  • Lancaster soldiers headed back to Afghanistan in May

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    The Army National Guard’s 178th Combat Engineer Battalion is getting ready for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, and will report to active duty May 14.
    The unit is comprised of about 160 soldiers based at the Rock Hill armory. About 10 of those soldiers are from Lancaster.
    Spc. Michael Boone is among the Lancaster soldiers going on the nine-month deployment. Boone said he is looking forward to what will be his second trip to the region.