Today's News

  • Hurricane Florence local update (10 a.m. Saturday)


    Here’s what we know this morning, based on latest local conditions from Hurricane Florence;

    • U.S. 521 between Heath Springs and Kershaw is blocked due to a downed tree that has power lines entangled in it. A Lynches River Electric Cooperative crew is en route to get the tree up.

  • Deadly storm hits coastline, starts 3-day trek through heart of S.C.

    After making landfall on the N.C. coast about 7:15 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Florence is headed this way, though the massive 300-mile-wide storm isn’t in a hurry to get here.
    According to a Friday afternoon update from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Florence was centered about 35 miles east of Myrtle Beach and moving west at about 5 mph.

  • Shelter opens for up to 125 at Buford High

    As Hurricane Florence pounded the coast and inched inland Friday, Lancaster County Emergency Management and the Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at Buford High School.
    Leland Summers, a Red Cross volunteer and the shelter’s supervisor, urged residents to make the decision on seeking shelter before the storm worsens locally.
    “Don’t wait to decide,” he said. “Go ahead and do what you need to do. If you feel you need to go to a shelter, go now. Don’t wait.”

  • Staggering amount of rainfall coming to Lancaster County

    Lancaster County is expected to accumulate up to 13 inches of rain over the next three days, a sobering prospect for Darren Player, the county’s top emergency management official.
    “This storm is historic for us if it actually turns out to be what they’re predicting,” said Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue.
    “We’ve not experienced this level of rainfall over the entire county. I suspect we’ll set new records as far as the 100-year flood zones go.”

  • Robertson anniversary

    Preston Robertson and Ruth Ann Gainey Robertson celebrate their 50th anniversary today. Preston and Ann were married Sept. 21, 1968. 

    The Robertsons have two sons, Jeff Stewart and his wife, Bobbie Jo, of Pawley’s Island, and Scott Robertson and his wife, Sherry, of Lancaster; two grandchildren, Ashley and Christopher; one great-grandchild, Carson; and another one due in November. 

    They still love each other just as much as they did when they said, “I do,” and are so proud of their children and grandchildren. 

  • Coming Events

    Week Ahead

    Lunch and Learn Program

    The Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, will host an “Excavations and Other Poems” Lunch and Learn Program at noon Sept. 21. 

    Great White, Fifty Watt Freight Train concert

    Great White and Fifty Watt Freight Train will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, 476 Hubbard Drive.

  • Church News

    Week Ahead

    Movie night set for Sept. 21

    Body of Believers in Christ Ministry, 5166 Pleasant Plain Road, Kershaw, will host a movie night at 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 475-3871.

    ‘Friday Night Fire’ Sept. 21

  • News Briefs

    Fire hydrant testing

    Lancaster Fire Department will continue semi-annual fire hydrant testing in the city this month. Opening fire hydrants can sometimes cause temporary discoloration of water in nearby homes.

    The discoloration is not harmful and will clear up by running the water for a few minutes. Be aware and drive slowly through testing areas as streets may be wet, and be aware of fire department personnel in the area. 

    For details, call chief Justin McLellan at (803) 283-4385.

  • Column: Our state’s FOI law a powerful muscle, needs constant flexing

    Through South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act, diligent journalists and others have discovered much revealing information about the actions of state and local government in our state.

  • York, Chester county players lead Tri-County awards

    RICHBURG – York and Chester county high school football players dominated the weekly awards for the Tri-County Football Coaches Association in week four.

    The Class AAAAA players of the week included three players from Fort Mill High School after the Yellow Jackets defeated Lugoff-Elgin High School, 41-21 to post their first win this season.

    Yellow Jackets running back Sebastian Lach was the offensive player of the week with 211 yards rushing and four touchdowns against the Demons.