Today's News

  • County council to take first stab at budget

    Christopher Sardelli
    A year after county officials and residents debated the contents of its annual budget, Lancaster County Council will begin the process again Monday evening, May 21.
    That’s when council will hear first reading of the county budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2013.
    After three meetings of council’s Finance Committee, the draft budget is $1.65 million out of balance because of several cost increases and newly added community needs.

  • Police charge Clinton with attempted murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster woman remained jailed this weekend after attacking a man with a hammer earlier this week.
    Gena Naliah Clinton, 26, 3034 Miller St., was arrested Tuesday, May 15, and charged with attempted murder, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    Lancaster police officers first learned of the attack after responding to a domestic dispute call in the 3000 block of East Miller Street.

  • Heath Springs water line project at a standstill

    Jesef Williams
    HEATH SPRINGS – The latest phase of Heath Springs’ water line replacement project is at a standstill, and officials don’t know when construction will begin.
    Mayor Ann Taylor updated Town Council on the project during its Tuesday, May 15, meeting.
    Last year, Heath Springs once again received a federal Community Development Block Grant to replace water lines in the town.

  • Fort Lawn unveils 9/11 sculpture

    Denyse Clark
    Landmark News Services
    FORT LAWN – Fort Lawn resident Richard Hulse choked back tears at the unveiling of a unique memorial monument as he remembered fallen comrades who perished in the terrorist attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
    Hulse, a former volunteer with New York firefighters, told a crowd gathered in front of the Fort Lawn Community Center on May 5 why this memorial dedication was of special significance to him.

  • Faith team works on water project

    Mildred Kinghorn
    Faith Presbyterian Church
    Faith Presbyterian Church recently sent nine of its members to Charleston to work as a mission team for Water Missions International.
    The mission team members helped build 20 water-filtration systems for an emergency in Peru.
    Team members were Indian Land residents Edye and David Bender, Sissy Kinghorn, Sue and Rick Lambert, Rodney Mandracchia, Jeannette Wilson and Diane and Colin Winchester.

  • Billboard shares Hinson’s gentle smile

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Services
    GREAT FALLS – A new billboard was unveiled last week.
    But this isn’t your typical advertisement.
    Police hope the billboard will help find the killer of Alfreda Wertz Hinson.
    Hinson was found murdered in her home on Nov. 28, 2011. She died from a single gunshot wound to her head.
    Numerous law enforcement agencies, Crimestoppers of the Midlands, Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Revelations Outdoor Management held a press conference below the billboard on May 8.

  • Andrew Jackson High School graduation

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – Lauren Joyner snapped away with her Kodak digital camera, hoping to get a few good shots of her daughter, Mary Beth, walking across the graduation stage.
    Joyner said Mary Beth is the last of her three children to graduate from Andrew Jackson High School. That idea of finality made Friday’s ceremony even that much more meaningful.
    “I’m very proud,” the mother said. “That’s it. This (Mary Beth) is the last one.”

  • Buford High School graduation

    Sherry Archie
    Proud families rushed to fill the gymnasium at Buford High School as the Class of 2012 graduation ceremonies began.  With the meaningful notes of Pomp and Circumstance filling the air, 122 seniors filed in to take their seats of honor.  They entered as high school students and left as graduates ready to begin the journey of adulthood.
    “We are so proud of our students.  They have all worked hard to get here tonight,” said JoAnn Garris, assistant principal at BHS.

  • Indian Land High School graduation

    Reece Murphy
    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School’s 151 graduates and their parents celebrated the end of 13 long years of school during what must have been the most rambunctious of the district’s four graduations Friday, May 18.
    Ignoring school officials’ admonitions to remain quiet until all students had crossed the stage, scores of family members gladly faced the consequences by voluntarily allowing themselves to be ejected for the chance to stand and cheer on their grads.

  • Lancaster High School graduation

    Christopher Sardelli
    With the lights of Lancaster County Memorial Stadium shining bright above her, Lancaster High School valedictorian McKenzie Blanton declared Friday a moment her fellow graduates will never forget.
    “This day is all about us,” Blanton said. “After we cross this stage, we all have dreams and plans to look forward to.”