Today's News

  • Hartley is right; The News, not TV, will be here for readers

    I wanted to comment on Jenny Hartley’s column in the Aug. 8 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Having worked in law enforcement and the electric utility industry, I understand being on the scene in a coffee-deprived and groggy state of mind.

    If I had been there I would most likely have laughed out loud if I had been asked the location of the Lancaster County Courthouse. Sorry, I can’t always be diplomatic – sometimes I’m just human.

  • VFD trains on new ladder truck

    INDIAN LAND – Training on the new ladder truck at Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department started Aug. 4, the same day the Lancaster County Courthouse burned.

    The timing was coincidental. Although the new ladder truck is the tallest in the county, it is not yet in use.

    Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. aerial specialist Rodney Pearson flew from Houston, Texas, to train Panhandle firefighters on the truck. Ferrara and Spartan Motors built the truck, which was delivered to the station July 22.

  • Bless Fest features local gospel choirs, other acts

    Last year's Bless Fest went so well that organizers want to do it again. And this time, it will be bigger than ever.

    The 2008 Bless Fest will be a two-day event. It will again feature various local gospel choirs and other acts, such as praise dancers and comedians.

    Saturday's festivities will be at In His Presence Fellowship Ministry, 726 Main St.

    On Sunday, the program will be held at Plantation Pointe Civic Center, 1001 W. Meeting St.

  • County OKs $400,000 for Kershaw park

    County Council members unanimously agreed Monday to fund $400,000 worth of improvements at the Kershaw industrial site.

    The site will one day look more like an industrial park, with trees cleared and roads built into it with the funding.

    "This would really be a big jump start for Kershaw," said County Councilman Jack Estridge, who represents the area.

  • County Council OKs plan to build new courthouse

    Lancaster County voters will have a choice – sort of - in how the county pays for a new courthouse.

    County Council met Wednesday to discuss an installment-purchase plan to pay for a new courthouse.

    The Lancaster County School District used an installment-purchase plan a few years ago to build the new Indian Land High School and pay for renovations at other county schools. It involves the sale of bonds, which are then paid back by taxes.

  • We learned some hard lessons in past week

    We know hindsight is 20/20. We were reminded last week how painful it often is to learn from a mistake that has given us that crystal-clear perspective.

    Our beautiful, 180-year-old courthouse was severely damaged by a fire set by an arsonist during the early morning of Aug. 4. When we learned of the fire, we sighed, “Oh, no, not our courthouse!”

  • Crawford launches run for more Olympic glory Sunday

    Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford launches his quest for more Olympic fame when the first round of the 200 meters begins Sunday.Crawford, a Van Wyck native and a former Indian Land High School state champion, will be in the first-round competition at 10:05 p.m.

  • $12,000 offered for info on arsons

    County Council upped the reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved with last week's fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and the 6th Circuit Solicitor's office.

    At the end of a special meeting Wednesday, County Council voted to add $10,000 to the reward offered by the S.C. Arson Hotline.

    "This shows they're serious about trying to get someone to call and give information about the fires," said Allison Love, executive director of the S.C. Insurance News Service.

  • Do your research before choosing next president

    On July 24, my family said goodbye to my 18-year-old son, a United States Marine, as he departed Camp Lejuene for Iraq. This would be the first of at least two deployments he will make.

    As expected, this was an emotional day. I expected sadness, but didn’t expect the many other emotions I felt that day.

  • Teams look to jamborees

    With the county high school kickoffs two weeks away, teams will move their preseason schedules into area jamboree action.Buford and Andrew Jackson get the jump on their county grid brethren as they battle in the 33rd annual Camden Shrine Jamboree tonight at Camden’s Zemp Stadium.