Today's News

  • Family stories, picking cotton and selling GRIT

    Have you ever looked up your family history, also known as geneology or "family tree," to see when and where your ancestors came from? Maybe there is a skeleton in the closet or a pot of gold buried beside the oak tree. I have had some help looking up part of my family history from my niece Joy Mullis of Gaffney. (She is a real whiz at geneology.)

    It has been my experience that whatever you find is interesting and fascinating.

  • Garden revival made easy

    Spring floods, summer droughts and temperature extremes take their toll on gardens and the gardeners who tend them.

    It is possible to help gardens recover from the crazy temperature and moisture extremes that seem to occur each year.

    Start by assessing the current condition of the landscape. Remove dead plants as soon as possible; they can harbor insect and disease organisms that can infest healthy plantings. Consider replacing struggling plants with healthy plants better suited to the space, growing conditions and landscape design.

  • Congrats to Class of 2013

    Take a good look at the Graduation 2013 special section. It’s full of the graduates from all four county high schools.
    Today, about 787 Lancaster County students will march across four graduation stages to receive their high school diplomas.
    Later, they’ll flip the tassels on their mortarboards as they celebrate their graduation with the friends, family, teachers and administrators who helped them along the way.  

  • Library needs to keep up

    When I was 4 or 5 years old, I lived on West Barr Street across from then Lancaster County librarian Robbie Horton. Miss Robbie often invited me to spend the day with her at the library, which at the time was located on East Gay Street – and I eagerly went along every chance I got.

  • Council gives nod to new site for Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

    What do the county’s historic jail, administration building and upcoming Air-Rail Industrial Park have in common?

    At one point in time or another, all three have been suggested as a possible new home for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., though it seems county officials now have another location in mind.

    During Lancaster County Council’s meeting May 20, council members gave a nod to constructing a new LCEDC office building inside Lancaster Business Park.

  • Heath Springs firefighters get FEMA grant for rescue tools

    HEATH SPRINGS – Emergency personnel in Heath Springs will soon be better equipped to help people in life-threatening situations.

    Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department is the recipient of a $47,178 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The money will allow the department to buy extrication tools used to free people trapped during vehicle accidents.

    Part of the grant money will go toward rescue equipment related to low-angle rope rescue.

  • Talf Wrenn never buys into excuses

    KERSHAW – No, the name of Andrew Jackson High School’s Talf Wrenn isn’t listed among those in this year’s graduating South Carolina seniors to go through an entire academic career without missing a single day.

    There were two days Talf missed at Andrew Jackson Middle School in the sixth grade attributed to an allergic reaction to a medication for pneumonia.

    Then, there were five days he was absent as a fourth-grader at Kershaw Elementary School.

  • Final Leadership Lancaster session focuses on law enforcement

    The sudden impact from the forced entry startled mostly everybody who was inside.

    A team of SWAT team officers burst through the door in search of a wanted criminal suspect. There was no advance phone call. No knock at the door. Just a group of masked authorities armed to the hilt and a flash bang.

    Though such stealth operations happen in Lancaster County more often than you’d think, this particular scenario was a simulation performed for participants in the Leadership Lancaster program.

  • LSS features five divisions Saturday



    The Lancaster Super Speedway racing card for Saturday, June 1 includes five divisions of racing at the half-mile dirt oval.

  • Vols honor spring stars



    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School senior athletes Bre Wright and Luke Kennington earned their share of recognition at the annual Volunteers’ spring sports awards on Saturday, May 25.