• The Lancaster News honors some of those we lost this year

    Donald Adams (1935-2015)  
    Adams, who served as Lancaster Fire Department chief from 1975-84, was known, and respected for the love of his family and his church, as well as his down-to-Earth, straight-talking, humorous personality and no-nonsense approach to his job. He was a city firefighter from 1967-92.

    John R. “Pete” Arnold (1939-2015)
    A native West Virginian, Arnold rose from an assistant professor to become the dean of University of South Carolina Lancaster for 12 years (1982-94).

  • Clemson faithful trekking to Miami

    Gordon Thorne, a “Tiger fan for life” and an IPTAY member since birth, is hoping to see Clemson University football history unfold New Year’s Eve.
    Thorne, 47, will be at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., where the No. 1 Tigers, 13-0, battle 11-1 Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl.
    The winner advances to face the Alabama-Michigan State winner. A Tigers win over the Big 12 champion Sooners will give Clemson a school record 14-0 start.

  • Missing woman found in N.C.

    A Kershaw woman was found safe in Columbus County, N.C., about 12 hours after she was reported missing this past weekend, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported.
    Maj. Matt Shaw said N.C. authorities found Martha Williams, 78, in the wee hours of the morning on Dec. 27 in Riegelwood, which is about 25 miles west of Wilmington.
    “She’s fine and back home,” Shaw said.
    Shaw said Williams was last seen about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26 on Kershaw Camden Highway near Andrew Jackson High School, driving a white, 2008 Kia Sportage.

  • County had its share of crime in 2015

    Lancaster County was on track for a year without a murder for most of 2015, then September came and with it the death of a 5-year-old special needs boy named La’Marion Jordan.
    In the three months that followed, Lancaster County experienced four more murders, plus the triple murder of three locals in Charlotte that investigators believe may have been connected to one of the local murders.
    Following is a recap of violent deaths in unincorporated Lancaster County that grabbed headlines this year, plus other notable crime news for 2015:

  • Top stories of 2015

    From the passing of Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw to the explosion of residential and business growth in the county to a surge in recent gun violence, Lancaster County has had a busy news year in 2015.
    As the county flips the last page of its 2015 calendar, The Lancaster News staff has poured over the events of the past 12 months and compiled this recap of the year’s top stories.

  • Top photos of 2015

    Here are some of our favorite photos from The Lancaster News in 2015.

  • City council TV coverage possible in ’16

    While it’s not a priority, Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles wants to explore the possibility of recording city council meetings for rebroadcast on LearnTV.
    Hutfles discussed the matter at the Dec. 8 city council meeting as one of nine performance goals he believes are achievable by the end of the current budget year in June 2016.

  • Kershaw considers plan for industrial site

    KERSHAW – The idea of buying and developing the old Springs Mills property as a small industrial park is no longer feasible for the town of Kershaw.
    But that doesn’t mean its leaders aren’t exploring other options to attract jobs to the southern part of Lancaster County.
    Last month, town council heard a presentation from Columbia-based Carlisle and Associates on the need to develop a site-certification plan for a tract the town is interested in developing as an industrial site.

  • Lennar makes early payment

    National homebuilder Lennar Corp. presented Lancaster County officials with a check for $1.2 million Dec. 14 intended to enhance local public safety and education.
    Presented by Lennar Division President Jon Hardy and Director of Land Development Tom Johnson, the check is an early fulfillment of the company’s development agreement with the county for construction of the Tree Tops neighborhood.

  • Shaw’s personal city hall

    Though its paint has faded and its halls are empty, the Ellen Dean Hotel continues to crackle with memories from its meandering 74-year history.
    Standing in the once-elegant hotel lobby at the corner of White and Meeting streets, Joe Shaw Jr. took a few minutes this month to scan the room. It’s only a few weeks since the death of his father, Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw Sr., and he’s taken on the overwhelming task of sorting through the remnants of his dad’s hotel.