Today's News

  • North small fry stars face Spartanburg

    Staff Reports

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission North small fry football all-stars will play in the SCAP state semifinals Saturday afternoon at Spartanburg High School.

    Lancaster County will face Spartanburg in a 2 p.m. kickoff at Spartanburg High.

    The winner advances to the state title game at Abbeville on Dec. 10.

  • Troopers chase car through Lancaster

    Troopers chase car through Lancaster

    Reece Murphy 



  • Thanksgiving turkey wars, politics, and the main thing

    Many years ago as a small boy sitting at a crowded and noisy Thanksgiving dinner, I learned a valuable lesson about turkey, politics and priorities. It is a lesson that our national and state politicians have yet to learn – and it’s hurting all of us.

  • Jobless rate falls for October

    Jesef Williams 


    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate fell considerably last month, according to recent figures from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    The county posted an unemployment clip of 13.7 percent for October, compared to the 14.9 percent for September. That places the county at 13th in the state. The rate a year ago in Lancaster County was 14.6. 

  • Two die in separate Lancaster accidents

    Christopher Sardelli


    Two people died in separate vehicle crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

    The first accident involved a Great Falls man, who died after he was thrown from his motorcycle after hitting a car on Thanksgiving Day. 

    The crash happened at 7 p.m., about 1.3 miles north of Great Falls along S.C. 97, according to  S.C. Highway Patrol reports. 

  • The Hinson Girls strumming for fame

    Reece Murphy


    Up on stage, the members of The Hinson Girls bluegrass band out of Van Wyck seem like naturals with an at-ease performing style that’s the hallmark of seasoned musicians.

    Maybe that’s why it comes as such a surprise to learn the girls – Katelyn, 12, on mandolin and lead vocals, Kristin, 16, on guitar and fiddle, and 14-year-old twins Allison and Melissa on banjo and bass – played their first formal show in February.

  • Man shot on porch, shootings elsewhere in city

    Christopher Sardelli


    Police are on the hunt for two men wanted in the shooting of another man Sunday night.

    Lancaster police officers responded to a house in the 100 block of South Gregory Street at 8:20 p.m. about a man shot on a porch, according to a police department press release. 

    The victim, an 18-year-old Lancaster man, was sitting on the front porch of a friend’s home when two men he knows walked toward him. 

  • Injured motorcyclist recovering in hospital

    Reece Murphy


    A Lancaster man injured in a motorcycle accident two weeks ago is recovering but remains hospitalized, friends said.

    Larry Pierce Altman, 62, was injured about 9 a.m. Nov. 19 while on his way to Second Baptist Church to meet fellow members of the church’s motorcycle ministry before heading out for a charity bike ride in King’s Mountain.

  • Select the right potato variety

     Potatoes can be a mystery. With many stores now carrying multiple varieties, trying to figure out what potato works best for what can be a guessing game.

    Potatoes usually fall into two categories (baking and boiling). The chief difference between the two types is the starch content. 

    Baking potatoes are relatively high in starch. Boiling potatoes are lower in starch and waxy, which holds them together when boiling or in soup and stews.

  • Soup of the Devil

    In the late 1860s, chili was frontier food. 

    The mixture of dried beef, suet, chili peppers and salt was pounded together into compact bricks and left to dry in the hot sun was a regional dish enjoyed by those in Texas and neighboring Louisiana.

    Easily transported, these bricks could be dropped into a pot of boiling water on the trail to make a stew-like soup for settlers and cowboys trekking across the Midwest.