Today's News

  • It's not a forest, but it will do

    Bless Pete, I’m suffering from Osama bin Laden overload.

    It’s kinda like having to unfasten your britches due to that last piece of pie you just had to have.

    Right now, I’ve had my fill when it comes to reading, watching, hearing and talking about the demise of Osama bin Laden.

    Now, the very first reports about him sure seemed like the kind of heroic story old veterans like me yearn for. 

    The Twin Towers mastermind was finished off in a way that befit his own lifestyle (see Matthew 26:52). 

  • Schools Celebrate Excellence

    Jarrod Bell is an excellent example of what it means to be a great student.

    Not only is the Erwin Elementary fourth-grader good at his studies, but teacher Eron Watts said he always comes to school ready to work, with a positive attitude that motivates his classmates.

    “He gives them a helping hand when they are struggling with an assignment or he just says encouraging words to make them feel good,” Watts said of Jarrod. “They don’t even have to ask for his help; he just jumps in to assist them.”

  • History in the making

    The newly restored historic Lancaster Courthouse is getting a face-lift of another kind outside. 

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs (LCGC) is coordinating an ongoing project to plant and maintain a flower garden at the courthouse’s rear entrance, which faces the Catawba Street courtyard. 

    This is no ordinary flower garden. The garden will showcase local and state plants, as well as provide a habitat for birds and butterflies. The garden will also include historic components to provide a community learning experience. 

  • Orange prevails in AJ spring game



    KERSHAW – The Orange prevailed in the annual Andrew Jackson High School spring football game on Friday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium.

  • Warriors score early, down Broome

    The Indian Land Warriors’ soccer strategy worked like a charm.

    IL, 19-4, bolted to a 3-0 halftime lead on the way to a 3-2 win over Broome on Thursday night.

  • Central wins Upstate title



    BUFORD – The Central Lady Eagles’ 2011 Friday 13th was about monster wins.

  • Lancers go 1-2 in Region X tournament



    The University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers went 1-2 in the Region X baseball tournament at the Burlington Royals Stadium in Burlington, N.C.

  • Buford educator Corbett Carnes was ‘big as life’

    American psychiatrist Karl Menninger once said, “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”

    No one knows that better than long-time residents of eastern Lancaster County whose lives were touched by the late Corbett Carnes.

    A former Buford High School teacher, Tradesville farmer and active community leader, Carnes died Thursday. He was 99 years old.

  • County officials bang gavel at new courthouse

    That was how S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal summed up the county’s new courthouse building Thursday afternoon. 

    Toal joined several local and state leaders, as well as architects, engineers and contractors, for the building’s unofficial grand opening. 

    “It is functional and fitting and right and not over the top,” Toal said from the back steps of the new building, as she looked out onto a crowd of more than 100 people, many of whom had a hand in creating the building. 

  • Fire claims Lancaster Home

    Local firefighters believe a fire at a home on Oakwood Avenue in Lancaster Friday morning began in the kitchen.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters from four area fire departments responded to the fire shortly after 10.

    “We believe they left something on the stove,” Blackwelder said. “When we got there it was well involved; the kitchen was all involved and it had burned a hole in the roof over the stove.