Today's News

  • Festival offers free food, fun, school supplies and haircuts

    Ja’Von Crockett has always had a heart for kids who struggle. That’s why he started the National Youth Empowerment Kids Day Festival in Lancaster 12 years ago.
    Showcasing talent from Atlanta, New York and Charlotte, the event will take place at Preston Blackmon Park, also known as Southside Park, located at 500 Connor Street in Lancaster from 3-7 p.m. July 13.
    “Everything is free,” Crockett said, “free food, free drinks, free raffles, free bicycles and book bags, free school supplies and free haircuts.”

  • Mac Horton’s ‘Shelter Rock’ series continues with 3rd volume

    Bailey Milhorn
    The Lancaster News
    Columbia-based author Mac Horton has published his third book, “Shelter Rock Comes Alive,” full of stories about growing up in Heath Springs.
    The book follows the same pattern as his first two, “Tales from Shelter Rock” and “Shelter Rock Rides Again,” in which he describes moments that have shaped his life’s journey.

  • Guest Column: Video prompts ethics question in Berkeley senator’s ’17 DUI arrest

    A newly released police video is raising questions about whether S.C. Sen. Paul Campbell tried to use his official position to avoid charges of driving under the influence and lying to police in 2017 – which, if true, would violate state ethics law.

  • Speedway to host regular racing night

    Lancaster Motor Speedway is set to host a regular night of racing action Saturday night at the half-mile oval.
    LMS, after numerous Saturdays of big races and suffering it share of rainouts, will have the first regular night of racing action scheduled in over a month.
    The card, minus the draw of a big race, will still have competitive action which will include the SECA Crate Late Models, Super Stock, SECA Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Pure Stock V8, Extreme 4, Vintage and Thunder Bomber.

  • Piranhas compete in Metrolina Finale

    The Lancaster County Piranhas swim team capped their season swimming in the Metrolina League Finale at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center on June 29.
    Fletcher Armbrust, boys 11-12 swimmer, and Tamra Tipton, girls 13-14 swimmer, led the Lancaster County team with two wins each.
    Hadlee Stroud, in the girls 6-under group, posted a first to boost the Piranhas in the meet.
    In addition to the Lancaster County team, the field included the Rock Hill Country Club, Tega Cay, River Hills and Lake Wylie.

  • Chester rebounds to halt 14U stars’ run

    CHESTER – Chester quickly rebounded from a loss to down the Lancaster Dixie Boys 14U all-stars to win the District 10 championship in Chester on Wednesday night.
    Lancaster, needing two wins in the double-elimination tournament, opened the title round with a high-scoring 17-16 win over Chester in eight innings.
    Chester, with its back to the wall, came back in the second game to take a 12-2 win over the Lancaster stars in five innings to take the district crown.

  • Packed parades mark a festive Fourth

    Bailee Adams, 7, never stopped smiling, even after the last of the Charlesboro parade lineup passed by her Paw Paw’s truck.
    The parade, celebrating its 40th year, was everything she’d hoped it would be and more, as she watched it for the first time. Bailee is from Georgia and was visiting her grandfather Charles Deese for the Fourth.
    “The horses were my favorite part,” she said. “We usually just watch fireworks and stuff. This was my first parade.”

  • County readies bid requests on libraries, holds its breath

    The bid packages to expand two county libraries and move a third one will be going out soon, and with construction costs exploding across the region, county leaders are unsure what to expect.
    A total of $8 million is set aside to pay for library improvements in Indian Land, Lancaster and Kershaw, but whether that will be enough for the proposed changes is anybody’s guess.
    “It’s where the rubber hits the road,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • 2-week detour in IL at 160, Old Bailes Rd.

    INDIAN LAND – The S.C. Department of Transportation will close the intersection of S.C. 160 and Old Bailes Road from July 15-27 for road improvements.
    The closure, SCDOT said in a statement, is tied to the S.C. 160 widening project in Lancaster County. The schedule “could change if utility conflicts or adverse weather conditions are encountered,” the agency said.
    Beginning July 15, traffic will be diverted down a detour from S.C. 160 to Possum Hollow Road to bypass construction and intersection improvements.

  • Whits End signs manager to help guide next steps

    Local country band Whits End, who played the packed Carolina Country Music Festival last month, has checked off another box on the trek toward possible stardom.
    The five-man band signed a management contract June 28 with Terry Gage, former manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns.
    Gage said she was blown away after watching Whits End perform for the first time at Whiskey River in Charlotte.