Today's News

  • Oliver deserves to lead patrol

    Lancaster native Mike Oliver knew years ago as a mere teen he wanted to work in law enforcement.
    He just didn’t know his love for enforcing the law would lead him to the top of his profession in the Palmetto State.
    It has, as Oliver is now commander of the S.C. Highway Patrol after being named to the elite post in December by Leroy Smith, director of the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
    “I never dreamed that I would one day be the colonel,” Oliver said. “I’m honored. I know it’s a great responsibility.”

  • County purchases should have caused public outcry

    I am thrilled, but yet somewhat appalled at the outrage of the citizens of Lancaster County for being so humiliated by CNN’s coverage. Lancaster County taxpayers should have shown these same emotions and outcry last year when Lancaster County Council purchased the building site for the new EMS station in the Buford community.
    Council formed a committee combining the talents of three of our fine councilmen – Cotton Cole, Jack Estridge and Larry Honeycutt – to locate a site and return with recommendations.

  • Valentine's Day Breakfast Surprise

    The late George Carlin, a comedian and humorist, often examined life’s absurdities.

    Take this one for example: “Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.”

    Now, that makes sense and his is a point that’s well taken.

    But without stale bread, we wouldn’t have bread puddings and stuffing. We also wouldn’t have French toast, which would short-circuit many upcoming Valentine’s Day breakfasts.

  • Come mingle with Paige

    Jesef Williams
    You’ll have the chance to meet a TV star Friday night.
    Lancaster native Paige Duke, the focus of a reality show on the CMT network, will be at Famdamily’s Restaurant & Tavern that night for a meet-and-greet and photo session.
    Duke, 24, stars on the newest season of the “Sweet Home Alabama” dating show. Men from across the country have come to Fairhope, Ala., to vie for Duke’s attention and affection.

  • Future meets the past

    Reece Murphy
    Allen Hudson: Born a slave in 1844, illiterate, yet became Lancaster County’s first black constable and, at age 26, its first black state congressman.
    Frank Richard “Dick” Massey: Born a slave, became a blacksmith, merchant and “prominent and well-to-do colored citizen,” according to an early 1900s Lancaster News article; served as chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party.

  • District buying complex and land

    Reece Murphy
    The Lancaster County School District’s Maintenance Department has a new home with the district’s purchase of the former Springs Transportation Department complex Monday.
    Meanwhile, the school board moved one step closer to making a new Indian Land elementary school a reality this weekend with a purchase contract for land on which to build it.

  • Statesmen sign Truesdale



    INDIAN LAND – When Indian Land High School football star Rondreas Truesdale was making his choice about where to play college football, he had his share of choices.

    That was until he made his official visit to Cleveland, Miss., and Delta State University.

  • Walk-off win keys Lancers’ sweep


    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers highlighted a season-opening baseball sweep of Stanly Community College with a walk-off win over the Eagles.

  • USCL tennis team sweeps SMC



    The University of South Carolina Lancers women’s tennis team defeated Spartanburg Methodist College 9-0 last Thursday afternoon at the J.P. Richards Complex at USCL to begin their 2012 season.

  • Former MLB player shot to death

    Christopher Sardelli
    When Phillip Mickles woke Tuesday morning, he was shocked to learn his former high school baseball teammate Danny Clyburn Jr. had died in a shooting only hours earlier.
    Mickles, principal of A.R. Rucker Middle School, learned the news as text messages began streaming into his cell phone from former classmates early Tuesday.
    The two men had known each other since they were children and had grown up playing football and baseball together.