Today's News

  • Bad weather, sling blades and politics don't mix

    Guess what? It snowed this week. It rained, too.

    Just a few weeks ago, you were moping your weary brow and gnashing your teeth while wishing for a little cooler weather.

    Are you happy now? Not me.

    You know, I don't really care much for icy, cold winter weather. I'd just as soon have the hardwood leaves remain green and attached to the trees year-round.

    But sitting around watching the newscasts inside a warm house made me do a little thinking.

    Those of us who have managed to hang on for a number of winters have seen great strides in home heating.

  • More snow on the way

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow on Saturday - it won't keep kids from going to school.

    A cold airmass combined with moisture heading toward the Carolinas will combine to create another bout of winter weather on Saturday.

    According to the National Weather Service, the precipitation will begin as rain across the area, except for Chesterfield and Lancaster counties, where a mix of snow and rain is expected.

    As a low pressure system passes to the east, colder air will begin moving across the area, causing the rain to change to snow later on Saturday.

  • Church transforms basement into 'Holy Ground' for Passage Through Psalms

    Two years ago, a visiting pastor asked Betty Kay Hudson if he could take off his shoes in the basement of First United Methodist Church.

    The pastor had come there for Passage Through Psalms.

    Hudson said the man encountered something he never expected –he found his burning bush, just as Moses did.

    "He came in sensing the presence of God and said 'this is holy ground,' " Hudson said. "It is a spiritual experience that has that effect on everyone who comes."

  • Melton cites family support at induction

    Max Melton said having family attend his S.C. High School Football Officials Hall of Fame induction on Saturday made it special.

    "When you work high school games and are away from home a good bit, you have to have the support of your family," Melton said. "My family was able to attend the induction and it meant a great deal to me.

    "Their support is greatly appreciated," he said. "My wife (Karen) and my two children (Matt and Casey) and my parents (Mr. and Mrs. Max Melton Sr.) attended and that made it special.

  • Local events to celebrate life and dream of MLK

    A number of events are scheduled to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lancaster County.

    Most will be held Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Schools and local, state and government offices will be closed to commemorate the life of the civil rights leader. The Lancaster News office on North White Street is also closed for the holiday.

    Events kick off when the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP holds its annual celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday at Living Word Church of Lancaster, 115 Market St.

    Events scheduled for Monday include:

  • District schools field first all-county bands in years

    The county's best band players will come together this weekend for a concert the entire community can enjoy.

    For the first time in years, the middle and high schools in the Lancaster County School District have organized two all-county bands that will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster High School auditorium.

    Between 150 and 200 of the top players in the district are expected to participate, said Scot McGuire, director of bands at Andrew Jackson High School.

  • Republican primary is Saturday

    If you plan to vote in the Republican presidential primary Saturday, you may see some names on the ballot that aren't familiar to you.

    That's because the ballot will list some candidates who've already dropped out of the race, as well as some lesser-known candidates.

    The Republicans on the ballot are: Hugh Cort, John Cox, Cap Fendig, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson.

  • Warriors top Jackets, Bruins

    Indian Land High School junior 140-pounder Thomas Harris has been a major player in the Warriors' wrestling success this season.

    On Tuesday night, Harris gave IL an early spark in helping the Warriors take a 46-30 win over county foe Buford.

    Harris, with IL trailing 12-4, keyed an 18-0 run to boost the Warriors to the 16-point win.

    "Thomas has had a solid season; and, at that point in the match, he responded with a key pin," IL coach Mike Kersey said. "Thomas is a veteran and he gave us that needed spark."

  • Heath Springs considers curfew

    HEATH SPRINGS - Heath Springs Town Council is considering a curfew for anyone 16 and under.

    Vincent Webb, a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy whose duties are to police the town, spoke to Town Council on Tuesday about recent incidents where youngsters were spotted in town in the early morning hours without adult supervision.

    Webb mentioned an incident where three males, all 17 and 18, and five girls, some of whom were just 13, were spotted on Clyde Street at 3 a.m. in early November.

    "I would like to see a curfew in place where I can do a little bit more," Webb said.

  • Where Lancaster County residents vote in the presidential primaries

    Some polling places consolidated

    You may be one of the Lancaster County residents who won't vote in your usual polling place for the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. The county combined several precincts because it did not get enough money from the state to open all precincts.

    The polling places that have been combined and where you'll vote are:

    - Antioch and Hyde Park - Hyde Park Baptist Church, 1898 Flat Creek Road

    - Belair and Belair II - Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land