• Special election likely in February

    Lancaster County school officials will confer with the county election commission today about scheduling the special election to fill the school board seat vacated by James Brooks after his arrest.
    “We’ll meet with election officials this week to make sure we know the timelines required by state law,” said Superintendent Gene Moore. “We’ll share this information with the board during its regular meeting next Tuesday night so the board can make an appropriate decision on filling the vacancy.”

  • Busy yule season kicks off with big downtown crowd

    Nearly 2,500 people visited downtown Lancaster for Saturday’s Christmas in the City festivities, which included the Artisans Holiday Market, trolley rides, music and pictures with Santa.
    “Bringing people together and having a good time downtown gets you in the Christmas spirit,” said Joe Timmons, the city’s events and promotions manager. “That’s the most important thing – to get people in the Christmas spirit.”

  • Tributes, tears as city honors Carter

    There were lots of hugs and tributes and a few tears Monday at the Historic Courthouse during a busy three-hour drop-in for retiring Police Chief Harlean Carter.
    A steady crowd of well-wishers flowed in and out, with at least 30 people filling the old courtroom the entire time.
    “It’s been a pleasure to work with the chief over the years,” said Sheriff Barry Faile, one of many officials in the room. “She’s always been a team player and always had the best interests of the citizens in mind. She will be missed.”

  • Warming center needs volunteers

    A winter warming center will open in Lancaster Jan. 2 and offer the area’s homeless a warm, dry place to thaw out, enjoy a hot meal, take a warm bath and wash their clothes.
    The Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless is renting a two-bedroom, one-bath house at 1242 Trestle Lane. The home will remain open until March 1, but that may be extended if cold weather lingers.
    “It’s been difficult to find a location,” said Melanie Outlaw, United Way director and coalition chair.

  • Mulvaney mum on meeting with Trump

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney met with Donald Trump on Monday in New York, and several national news outlets described him as a serious contender for  director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    Mulvaney, the 5th District Republican from Indian Land, declined comment on the substance of the meeting Monday, and neither he nor Chief of Staff Al Simpson of Lancaster responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

  • S.C. Christmas tree farmers have good '16 despite weather

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Despite being too dry, too wet or damaged by winds, S.C. Christmas tree farms have weathered the storm and are experiencing another strong year in 2016.
    Though some trees have been stressed by severe drought in most areas of the state – or by standing water and wind damage along the coast – there are still more than enough healthy trees to go around for anyone looking to jump-start their Christmas spirit.

  • Duke Energy Foundation gives firefighters $100K

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  • Planting a red maple to honor 1st responders

    More than 50 city and county officials and employees stood in a chilly circle Friday morning while the Lancaster Garden Club planted a red maple tree in honor of first responders.
    The ladies of the garden club chose to celebrate Arbor Day by planting the tree at the Public Safety Communications Center on Pageland Highway. Over 200,000 calls each year for law enforcement, EMS and firefighters are handled here.

  • Christmas Basket has raised $1,705 toward $10K goal

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received more than a dozen donations so far totaling $1,705, with a goal of $10,000 this year.
    “By this time we were hoping to have received more donations,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster. “We are just hoping that the community will step up, because these people are in need.”
    The money raised is used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Drug, gun plea nets a decade in prison

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and weapons charges.
    Lepoleon Hall, 37, was one of three defendants sentenced this week in Lancaster County’s General Sessions Court, according to Sixth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman’s office.
    Hall, formerly of the 2300 block of Douglas Heights, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol.