• IL trash and recycling center opens

    Good news for Panhandle residents who dump their own trash: Indian Land’s new convenience center is finally open for business.
    Located on Northfield Drive in Perimeter 521 Commerce Park off U.S. 521, the long-awaited household trash and recycling center opened Monday without fanfare.
    “We’re open right now,” Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said Monday afternoon. “We’ve still got some stuff, like the carport shed for used oil, to put in, but if you’ve got some trash to get rid of, swing by and see us.”

  • Lancaster native honored for his years of leadership in JROTC

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    A man who grew up in Lancaster and retired from the Army has been honored in Chicago for his work as a longtime educator.
    Lloyd N. Cunningham, a 1972 graduate of Lancaster High School, received the 2017 Most Influential African Americans of Lake County Educational Leadership Award. The award was presented to Cunningham by the Chicago People’s Voice newspaper on Feb. 19 during a celebratory dinner in Waukegan, Ill.

  • An oath to serve and protect

    Lancaster police officers were sworn in during a Wednesday night ceremony and reception at the 15th Street Training Center. Newly-named Police Chief Scott Grant said it was important for the officers’ families to participate in the ceremony. “We gave our officers a legal swearing in when they were hired, but this is a little more fitting and proper,” he said.

  • Lancaster native to lead VA in York

    Retired Army Col. Melinda Vaughn Woodhurst didn’t stay retired.
    In February, York County’s legislative delegation appointed the Lancaster native as that county’s Veterans Affairs director.
    Woodhurst calls it a tailor-made job.
    “I told the folks at the county (York) that I had been in training for this job since I was a 14-year-old freshman at Lancaster High School taking JROTC courses,” she said. “I guess we can say I already have 35 years of experience.”

  • Panel grills Van Wyck on plan for new town

    COLUMBIA – A legislative committee questioned Van Wyck’s incorporation proponents about their plan for 90 minutes Tuesday, but decided nothing and postponed the rest of the hearing until some unspecified future date.
    About 35 Van Wyck residents attended the hearing before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation, hoping the panel would recommend that the S.C. secretary of state allow the community’s effort to move forward.

  • U.S. flag on left – Right!

    Keer America’s Chinese flag is flying again outside the Indian Land plant after the pole remained bare for a few weeks because the flag was cut down twice in one week.
    Leah Lee, a spokeswoman for the Chinese-owned corporation, said the company wanted to “wait until we are ready” before replacing the flag.
    After waiting three weeks, Lee said the flag was replaced the same way it was flying when it was cut down the second time – in the center of three flagpoles with the American flag to its left if the viewer is facing the building.

  • Sheriff tamps down rumors in killing

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday it has no evidence that convenience store owner Harnish Patel’s murder was ethnically motivated, but it isn’t taking that possibility off the table.
    Meanwhile, Patel’s widow, Sonal Patel, issued a statement late Thursday thanking the sheriff’s office and the entire Lancaster community for their support.
    “We appreciate all of the love you have shown us,” Patel wrote. “It is with your support along with time that will help us to move forward.”

  • Learning from the master

    Cherry Doster
    Special to The Lancaster News

    The 2016-17 school year has been a busy one for Van Wyck artist Bob Doster.
    In January and February, Lancaster County School District students have been converging on his Backstreet Studio in Lancaster to paint banners that will be exhibited from March to October in the Red Rose City’s cultural arts district. He also served as an artist in residence at Indian Land’s Harrisburg Elementary School.

  • Let’s mosey on down to the beach

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    The phones rang early and often in the newsroom Monday, with various versions of “hey there’s a horse-drawn covered wagon and two cowboys riding down Bowater Road.”
    If you didn’t pull over and strike up a conversation with them, which is what they were after, let us handle the howdy-dos.

  • J.R. Wilt cast a long shadow

    One of Lancaster County’s most outspoken community advocates and government watchdogs, J.R. “Jack” Wilt, died Saturday.
    Tim Wilt said his father died at his home of a heart-related issue after lying down for a nap on his 78th birthday.
    Wilt and his wife, Shirley, had five sons.