• Sheriff’s office updates its accreditations

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office this week received reaccreditations from state and international credentialing agencies. 

    Sheriff Barry Faile officially received the certificates from the S.C. Law Enforcement Accreditation Council and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at Monday night’s county council meeting.

    State certification is awarded after the agency satisfies 300 standards including an on-site assessment followed by yearly evaluations.

  • Sun City drive helps feed 97 families

    Beverly Lane Lorenz

    For The Lancaster News

    Sun City Carolina Lakes expanded the scope of its annual Thanksgiving food drive this year to include families from more county schools and the Lancaster Children’s Home. 

  • Handy helpers target Clinton area

    More than 100 volunteers will converge on neighborhoods in the Clinton Elementary School attendance zone Saturday to begin revitalization efforts as part of the Lancaster Pride Promise Neighborhood project.

  • Fire destroys local woman’s Gatlinburg vacation spot

    The horrific Gatlinburg wildfire hit home Tuesday night for Lancaster resident Judy McAteer Hammond, who lost the timeshare condo where she has vacationed for the past 20 years.

    “I cried myself to sleep,” Hammond said. “The devastation is unbelievable up there.”

    The condo is in the Tree Tops Resort, located on the outskirts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee. Hammond and her late husband, Mike Payne, bought the timeshare in 1996.

  • Community center gets zoning variance to replace porch

    The city of Lancaster has granted an exception to allow the front-porch cover of the Lancaster Community Center on East Meeting Street to be completely rebuilt.

    The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved a variance at its Nov. 21 meeting that allows the porch cover to be built back as a non-conforming use.

    The variance was good news for the community center’s all-volunteer board of directors.

  • The gang's all here

    Amanda Harris

    For The Lancaster News

    Never before have Franklin Armstrong, Shirley and Peppermint Patty been together with Charlie Brown and the gang to celebrate the Christmas season. 

  • Lancaster bicyclist killed in Gastonia

    A Lancaster man was hit and killed while riding a bicycle in Gastonia, N.C. last Wednesday evening.
    Johney Westberry, 47, was struck by a Cadillac Escalade while riding north on U.S. 321 near Salem Road at about 7 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. D. Litaker with the N.C. Highway Patrol.
    Litaker said the driver did not see the man due to lack of lighting on the bicycle and dark clothing.
    The driver stopped at the scene and authorities found no signs of impairment, Litaker said.

  • County council gives UDO final approval

    Lancaster County Council approved the new Unified Development Ordinance Monday night by a vote of 5-1. Councilman Jack Estridge cast the vote of opposition.
    “Lancaster County has changed, and this is an effort to try to manage that growth,” said Councilman Larry McCullough. “I fully support the UDO and applaud all who worked long and hard on this.”

  • Historic courthouse gets holiday makeover

    Nearly 30 members from the Lancaster, Leaf & Petal and Green Gardeners garden clubs joined together Tuesday morning to decorate the outside of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Each member brought a bag of greenery and the group worked to make garland, bows and wreaths.

  • Heath Springs faces deadline for hospitality-tax strategy

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs is getting a hospitality tax Jan. 1. The only question is how much it will be.
    That decision is left up to town council. Unlike the local option sales tax, the hospitality tax does not require voter approval.
    The amount could be 1 percent that goes to the county, 2 percent split with the county or 2 percent that the town keeps. But it’s going to be at least 1 percent.