Today's News

  • County council votes for $98.7M budget

    The average taxpayer will see about a $28 increase on the county portion of their tax bills for fiscal 2019-20, under the $98.7 million budget that Lancaster County Council passed unanimously on first reading Monday night.
    The proposed budget, which requires three readings, is $4.7 million higher than the current budget.  
    The value of a tax mill is $349,838, and the budget was originally built with a 3.3-mill increase in the general fund (87.5 mills). But the amended version passed by council could climb as high as 4.5 mills once all the numbers are in.

  • Clyburn, Cureton join Education Hall of Fame

    Educators, county officials, community leaders, families and friends filled the Lancaster High Multipurpose Building on Tuesday for the 2019 Celebration of Excellence Luncheon.
    Longtime colleagues reunited and shared memories at the annual event, which recognizes exceptional educators – past and present – in Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster County School District inducted two members into the county’s Education Hall of Fame – Ernie Clyburn and Dr. Deborah Cureton – and recognized 37 retiring educators and other staffers.

  • Shots injure 2 at post-prom party

    Two people were injured in a shooting at a party after Lancaster High’s prom early Sunday morning near Twin Pines in Lancaster.
    The shooting took place between midnight and 1 a.m. at 1415 Charlotte Highway, a building that had been rented out for an “after-prom party,” according to Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Leadership Lancaster gets hands-on experience

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is wrapping up another year of Leadership Lancaster.
    Started in the late 1980s, the seven-month program offers an opportunity to learn more about the community in areas of history, education, leadership, health care, business and economic development, social service, government and law enforcement. It is open to Lancaster County residents and members of the business community.

  • Red Rose Festival this weekend in Lancaster

    The Red Rose Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary May 17-18 with a weekend of family fun in the Cultural Arts District of Lancaster. The free two-day music festival also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, vendors, a photo contest, pageant, dog show, car show and more. 
    The festival is 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, starting with the photo contest winners announcement at 6 p.m., and Rosie the Rabbit’s 10th birthday at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is at 7 p.m., followed by local favorite Whits End.  

  • Coming Events

    Week Ahead

    Area blood drives


    - May 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Akzo Nobel, 1872 S.C. 9 Bypass West, Lancaster. 

    - May 27, 1-7 p.m., RedStone 14, 9650 RedStone Drive, Indian Land. 

    American Red Cross

    - June 6, 1-5:30 p.m., Bojangles, 516 Hampton St., Kershaw. 

    - June 14, 2-6:30 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 1005 University Drive, Lancaster. 

  • Church News

    Week Ahead

    Rainbow Tea at Barr Street Community Center May 24

    Centennial AME Zion Church will host a Rainbow Tea at 6 p.m. May 24 at the Barr Street Community Center, 610 E. Meeting St., Lancaster. For details, call (704) 458-6136. 

    St. Paul Baptist Church musical workshop

  • Guest Column: Our elderly citizens need help to guard against abuse, neglect

    As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected.  
    Older people are vital, contributing members of American society, and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

  • Guest Column: Bad idea to shift gas-tax money away from repairs

    Among the arguments offered by opponents of South Carolina’s 2017 gas-tax hike was that the state’s highway-maintenance spending had historically been inefficient and poorly prioritized.
    They asked: Why should we believe these new tax dollars would be wisely spent?

  • Road-paving industry needs workers

    With S.C. roads in desperate need of repair, the state’s asphalt industry is just as desperate for employees to go out and do the work.
    The job market is ripe for those seeking employment in the road-rebuilding field, with more than 350 positions available across the state.
    Since the passage of the 2017 S.C. road-repair bill, which raised gasoline taxes gradually over six years to fund highway improvements, demand for asphalt workers has skyrocketed. The paving industry anticipates creating more than 1,000 jobs in the state within the next five years.