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Today's News

  • Opposition torpedoes Van Wyck business plans

    After a heated public hearing Monday, developer Karen Andrade abandoned plans to create a small business hub in the heart of Van Wyck – a project fiercely opposed by some members of the community. Three local residents voiced their objections to the Van Wyck Planning Commission at the meeting, and were received with applause by many town members gathered to hear the outcome of the contentious rezoning proposal.

  • TLN wins 8 awards in LCNI competition

    The Lancaster News won eight awards, including four first places, in the annual competition among the 54 newspapers owned nationwide by Landmark Community Newspapers.
    Five of the awards were for visual journalism, with judges noting the newspaper’s sophisticated use of modern design techniques and integration of photo packages with stories.
    Design team leader Athena Redmond brought home two first-place awards, for front-page design and general design. She also won second place for general design at our sister paper the Pageland Progressive Journal.

  • Give Local tops $200K for 1st time

    Give Local Lancaster was an even bigger success than usual this year, topping $200,000 in fundraising for the first time and far outstripping last year’s total of $159,305.
    “I really have limited words to express how amazed I am,” said Give Local Lancaster coordinator Holly Furr. “It’s amazing the support that is given to these nonprofit organizations.”
    The total as of Friday afternoon was $204,870, pending some final checks to be added in.

  • Ablaze in color

    It started out as a plan to slap a fresh coat of paint on the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department – maybe something imaginative like… white.
    A month later, the little building is exploding with bright colors and images, thanks to Christina Chastain, Deah Stogner and their small army of helpers.

  • Benefit concert to help AJ student

    Rain or shine, Horseplay Farms is raising money Saturday to help a 15-year-old girl achieve her dreams, with a little help from some local bands and country rapper/rocker Charlie Farley.

    Natalie Griffin lost one of her legs in a lawnmower accident when she was 5. The Andrew Jackson High School student has worn a prosthetic leg for the last 10 years, but hopes to purchase a much lighter running blade prosthetic.

  • Column: Are S.C. officials shirking oversight of state payouts to private groups?

    In 2006, lawmakers approved spending $700,000 in the fiscal 2007 state budget to help the private Erskine College establish the John Drummond Center for Statesmanship – to be named after the longtime senator who retired from the legislature in 2008.
    A budget proviso authorizing the funding required the Abbeville County liberal arts college to give a written report to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees and the then-state Budget and Control Board on how it spent the state funds.
    That apparently never happened.

  • Column: Palmetto Y slow to fix pool issue in Fort Mill

    I have been a member of what once was the Springs Recreation Center in Fort Mill, now known as the YMCA at the Complex, since 2010. In 2017, we thought we were going to lose the recreation center, and we banded together and did whatever we could to save the facility.
    This center has been more a community center than a sports complex to many people. This is where friends were made, and kept, for many, many years.

  • Column: Help collect the 8 missing photos of S.C. soldiers killed in Vietnam

    The names of the 896 South Carolinians killed in the Vietnam War are engraved for history on the polished Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
    The Wall has helped heal the nation’s wounds and honor Vietnam veterans.

  • Get set for Kershaw’s 40th annual spring fest

    KERSHAW – The 40th annual Spring-A-Thon is Friday and Saturday in downtown Kershaw.
    “How about that? Four decades is proof of a good tradition. That tells us that folks in the Kershaw area look forward to coming out and enjoying themselves. Everybody has a good time,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. 
    Organized by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, the weekend of family fun kicks off from 6-10 p.m. Friday on Hampton and Cleveland streets.

  • 2 new fast-food chains arrive soon in Lancaster

    It’s time to lay the rumors to rest. The big red-clay construction site across U.S. 521 from Bojangles’ in Lancaster will soon become two restaurants – Captain D’s and Church’s Chicken.
    Both eateries are slated to open this summer. Franchisee Shawn Eby, CEO of Goalz Restaurant Group LLC, said 55 to 60 workers will be hired at each location.
    Headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyo., Goalz Restaurant Group owns another franchise in Denver, N.C., just northwest of Charlotte.