Today's News

  • Charges dropped against teen

    A Lancaster Municipal Court judge has dismissed charges against one of 16 teens arrested during a party at a local hotel.

    Philip Alan Stevens, 17, of Belmont Circle Drive Street, Lancaster, was arrested Oct. 2 after Lancaster police broke up a party at the Jameson Inn.

    Stevens, along with 10 other teens and four minors, was charged with misdemeanor possession of liquor under age 21 and simple marijuana possession. 

  • Susie Laney Sowell West

    Susie Laney Sowell West, 92

    Susie Laney Sowell West, 92, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. She was born November 23, 1918, in Union County, N.C., a daughter of the late Goodman Frank Laney and Lula Josey Laney. Mrs. West was married to the late Dorch Lee Sowell and the late Walter “Pete” Blease West. She was a Charter Member of Liberty Freewill Baptist Church and was retired from J.P. Stevens in Great Falls.

  • Education standards may change


    The Lancaster County School District is waiting for word from the S.C. Department of Education on whether it will adopt a national set of common core standards, but moving ahead with plans to implement them.

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led, nonpartisan effort of the National Governors Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to set national English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards.

  • One day getaways – road trips promise a feast of fall foliage

    We’ve sprung through spring and splashed through summer. Autumn splendor is on its way; Carolina blue skies will backdrop leaves of ambers, ochres and rich reds. Temperatures will drop and fall foliage will soon follow. Don’t miss a chance this year to see fall in all its majesty.

    While there are countless locations to enjoy autumn colors right here in Lancaster County – including your own backyard – you can also pack a picnic and take a day or weekend trip to soak up the changing of seasons. 

  • Partners, volunteers plant seeds of success

    What a summer – and how quickly fall has arrived!

    Thank you, friends, family, business associates and members for the many ways you have welcomed me as the new executive director of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.  

    For me, coming to work in the beautiful, historic Springs House every day in the community I love (with access to a beautiful grand piano on the first floor) is a sign that life is good.

  • Pettit earned gold title

    It has been a whale of a season for Lancaster High School junior swimmer Jory Pettit.
    Pettit capped the 2011 swim campaign with an individual state crown in the 50-yard  freestyle at the recent Class AAAA state swim meet.
    Pettit brilliantly topped a tough field, edging Byrnes High School’s Alex Wood by a slim margin.
    Pettit’s winning 21.47 was the result of a fast finish. Wood, who won the 100-yard freestyle state crown, was a close second in 21.61.

  • We need to recapture our historical spirit of discovery

    Last week we celebrated one of our nation’s most overlooked holidays – Columbus Day, the annual observance of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. It was Oct. 12, 1492, that the explorer first spotted land after a two-month voyage from Europe.
    Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1970.
    Today, it is primarily observed in schools, used to teach students a history lesson about America’s dawning days.

  • Incorporating Indian Land will cost us taxpayers a lot of money

    I would like to respond to the article published in the newspaper  concerning the incorporation of Indian Land.
    We moved here from New York after being taxed out of our home by the state, county, school district and city. Everybody wants a piece of you.
    We looked at other states and areas in the South. We finally found an area here in Lancaster County that we couldn’t believe. Low taxes, low power bills and a beautiful place to live out our lives.

  • Creepy night in the city

    Jesef Williams
    Downtown Lancaster will serve as the mecca for everything artistic and spooky on the Friday before Halloween.
    See Lancaster SC’s Finally Friday series and the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ annual fall crawl have been combined to offer patrons something special on Oct. 28.

  • Kershaw seeking federal grant

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw wants to tap into a federal funding source that has assisted other governmental entities in Lancaster County before.
    On Monday, Kershaw Town Council discussed how the town can quality for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant. The money would pay for sewer line replacements along the old mill area, just north of the town limits.
    Affected areas include First, Second, Third and Fourth streets.