• Flocks of pink flamingos roosting in yards, raising cash for SCPA

    For the second year in a row, the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting a Pink Flamingo Flock Fundraiser throughout September.
    That was delightfully apparent to Lancaster News employees Friday morning as they maneuvered past 16 birds standing guard at the newspaper’s front entrance. As the remnants of Hurricane Hermine started drenching the poor creatures at mid-morning, the flamingos remained steadfast at their posts.

  • Hermine sloshes past

    Thankfully, tropical storm Hermine left mere puddles and standing water throughout Lancaster County after passing through Friday.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation issued a report early Saturday stating there were no road closures in the county.
    “We were very, very fortunate,” said Jeff Catoe, Lancaster County’s public works director. “We had trees down throughout the county.”
    Catoe said the majority of this week will be spent cleaning up debris.

  • Business celebrates devoted customer

    A reward for a loyal and enthusiastic Pizza Inn customer was delivered to Nicholas Knight’s home late last month.
    Manager Todd Mills sent two waitresses, Alyssa Catoe and Katy Ghent, to  Nicholas’ house with a big pizza delivery box. Pizza Inn does not have a delivery service, but the employees weren’t there to deliver pizza.
    Inside the box was a Pizza Inn employee T-shirt, chef’s hat and gift certificate. The wait staff encouraged management to reward Nicholas’ devotion and his dream of one day working at Pizza Inn.

  • Lancaster gets Dollar General literacy grant

    From release

    The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $4,000 grant to Lancaster’s Communities In Schools program.
    This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth-literacy grants that the foundation gave to about 1,000 organizations across the 43 states where Dollar General does business.
    The grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

  • Thieves again rummaging through unlocked cars

    For the second time in a little more than four months, the Lancaster Police Department is investigating a string of incidents in which thieves rummage through unlocked cars at night and steal money, valuables and firearms.
    In mid-April, six similar cases were reported in the University Drive area.
    This time, they are happening in an area that centers around Buckelew Park on Chester Street.

  • Kershaw eateries start charging hospitality tax

    KERSHAW – If your bill seems a bit higher these days at Kershaw eating and drinking establishments, that’s because it is.
    Kershaw’s 2 percent hospitality tax took effect Aug. 15. Patrons who buy prepared meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages served by restaurants within the town limits are now paying more.
    And so far, so good, said Mitch Lucas, Kershaw’s interim administrator.

  • Motorcyclist dies in crash near Brooklyn Avenue

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning motorcycle crash in the old mill village that killed a Lancaster man.  
    The body of Jonathan William Johnson, 33, of 6177 Shiloh Unity Road, was found about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at the edge of some woods near a Todd Street home by utility workers repairing a clipped power pole, according to Jennifer Collins of the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    “We believe the wreck happened sometime between 2 and 3 a.m.,” said Collins, who was at the scene with Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

  • Drenching likely as Hermine blows past

    Lancaster’s notorious flood-prone areas had county workers hopping Thursday in preparation for Hurricane Hermine, which is expected to roll across the state today, possibly dumping between 3.5 and 4 inches of rain in this area.

  • Rescuers take the plunge

    Four Lancaster County Fire Rescue members on a lifesaving drill had to rescue themselves Wednesday morning after capsizing their raft on Fishing Creek Reservoir.
    The mock operation did not go smoothly as two of the men tied looped lines to one side of the raft, threw them over the hull and pulled from the other side, a technique that eventually righted the craft and flipped aboard a third teammate who was holding on to the side as it went.

  • 2 Kershaw water projects on tap

    KERSHAW – With all the regulatory hoops jumped through, construction will start soon on two utility projects linking Kershaw’s water system to Haile Gold Mine.
    Those projects – running a 12-inch water line along Church Street to the mine property and building a 250,000-gallon water tank on the outskirts of town – should begin this fall. Once the work is complete, the town will have three water towers tied together.