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  • Ice predictions trigger mass fretting

    Lancaster County hunkered down for the worst overnight as the first significant winter storm of the season seeped in over the region, with freezing rain and sleet predicted across most of the Piedmont.
    The National Weather Service in Columbia issued a winter storm warning for Lancaster and Chesterfield counties from 1 a.m. Friday through 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Lancaster Chamber’s annual gala honors those who serve others

    A hospital CEO, a former bank officer, a restaurant owner, a community servant and a national ministry’s public relations specialist were the honorees Thursday night during the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet.
    This year’s soirée at the University of South Carolina Lancaster drew about 250 local business leaders and their guests for an event that not only honored some of the business community’s stars, but also celebrated the chamber’s 60th anniversary.

  • School district cancels classes on Friday

    The Lancaster County School District announced about 7:30 p.m. Thursday that Friday classes at all schools were cancelled.

    Students' families were notified via the school district's automated telephone system that there would be no classes.

  • Power outage sends Harrisburg Elementary students home early

    INDIAN LAND – Harrisburg Elementary School dismissed students at 11 a.m. Jan. 19 because of a power outage, said David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District.  
    “This is all third-hand information, but as I understand it, Duke Energy placed a new transformer sometime over the weekend, and that transformer has malfunctioned,” Knight said. “Nobody was aware of the issue until this morning because of the holiday.”

  • Norrell to give Democratic response to Haley’s address

    From release

  • Voter sign-up deadlines

    Voters who plan to cast ballots in the upcoming party primaries or special mayoral election for the city of Lancaster must register in the upcoming days.
    To vote in the Republican presidential primary, you must be registered by today, Jan. 20. The statewide GOP presidential primary is Feb. 20.
    To vote in the Democratic presidential primary, you must be registered by Jan. 27. That primary is Feb. 27.
    To vote in the special mayor’s race, city voters must be registered by Jan. 23.

  • Buford leader Jim Mahaffey dies at 79

    Community leader and business owner Jim Mahaffey, credited with turning Lancaster Superspeedway into a Carolinas racing hotbed in the ‘70s and ‘80s, died Jan. 18.
    Mahaffey, 79, was an Army veteran and the owner of Mahaffey Used Parts on North Rocky River Road. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah Ruth Craig Mahaffey, five children, 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

  • Council: Give deputies more firepower

    With mass shootings in San Bernardino and Paris still fresh in their minds, Lancaster County officials are moving forward with a plan to equip sheriff’s deputies with semi-automatic rifles for better protection when responding to emergencies.
    Lancaster County Council on Jan. 11 unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to arm all 117 sworn deputies at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with a Bushmaster XM-15 semiautomatic rifle.
    The force currently uses traditional shotguns, though not every deputy is equipped with one.

  • 'Do something that makes a difference'

    Lancaster honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Main Street parade and “I have a Dream” ceremony in the city hall parking lot Jan. 16.
    “Today we celebrate equality, diversity and justice for all,” said Marsha Barnes, who served as mistress of ceremony. “We also celebrate the life of a man who taught us those qualities.”

  • Harrisburg Elementary School to dismiss students at 11 a.m.

    INDIAN LAND – Harrisburg Elementary School is dismissing students at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 19, because of a power outage, said David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District.  
    “This is all third-hand information, but as I understand it, Duke Energy placed a new transformer sometime over the weekend, and that transformer has malfunctioned,” he said. “Nobody was aware of the issue until this morning because of the holiday.”