• Edenmoor residents still in limbo

    Reece Murphy
    A deal between a Charlotte development company and the Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission (FLC) for the purchase of the Edenmoor subdivision has collapsed less than two weeks before its set closing date.
    In its wake, a competitor appears to be stepping in to take over the purchase.
    Attorneys for the development company Eden Ventures announced the decision to pull out of the $8,335,718 deal in a letter to the FLC, effective Tuesday, Aug. 9.

  • Gas leak fixed at courthouse site

    Walking with a group of her coworkers across Main Street on Wednesday morning, Jennifer Bryan took a quick look over her shoulder.

    Behind her, streams of people were filing away from Lancaster’s courthouse block, which features the newly refurbished historic courthouse and the recently completed new courthouse. 

    As she moved away from the buildings, a gust of wind kicked up the smell that had caused all the commotion. 

    A gas leak forced the evacuation of both buildings. 

  • Celebrating teachers

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District welcomed its teachers back to school Tuesday with its annual Celebration of Great Teaching event.
    The event, held at the Lancaster High School auditorium, drew hundreds of teachers from the district’s 19 schools and gave the district a chance to honor those who make its mission of “Putting Our Children First” possible.
    To kick off the celebration, Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore welcomed teachers back to work.

  • Shoppers take advantage of tax-free sales

    Jesef Williams
    Fewer buggies were available. Additional store clerks manned the check-out counters and a lot more shoppers than normal filled the shopping aisles.
    This was the scene as Lancaster County residents, like others throughout the Carolinas, desccended on local stores to take advantage of last weekend’s tax-free holiday, which ran Friday through Sunday.

  • Cars damaged in gas mix-up at Murphy’s

    Christopher Sardelli
    It was Friday, about 7:30 p.m., when Greg Bowers got the call.
    Dozens of cars were suddenly stalling moments after their drivers had filled up a little after 5 p.m. at Murphy’s Express, a gas station located along S.C. 9 Bypass. Some never made it past the pumps, while others had sputtered at different spots along the road.

  • Pet horse shot to death in its own pasture

    Christopher Sardelli
    When Robbie Dunn first built his ranch on a stretch of land off Old Church Road more than a dozen years ago, it was supposed to be a sanctuary for his family and their five horses.
    Nestled near Andrew Jackson State Park, the 10-acre site was meant to be a safe place for his parents to live and for their various horses to roam.
    But Dunn said those dreams were shattered Saturday when he found one of their beloved horses shot to death in a field on his land.

  • Four arrested in cocaine investigation

    Christopher Sardelli
    Four men were arrested last week after a drug investigation uncovered illegal drugs at a local bar.
    The arrests were made Aug. 4, as the Lancaster County Drug Task Force was conducting an investigation at Good Time Charlie’s, a bar located on West Meeting Street in Lancaster, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.

  • County fixes Edenmoor roads

    Indian Land – Jane Tanner didn’t expect to see any progress as she drove through the crumbling streets of the Edenmoor neighborhood last Tuesday. 

    Taking a few minutes to show a friend around the stalled residential development, located between Jim Wilson Road and S.C. 75 in Indian Land, Tanner had just finished examining the completed, but still vacant, recreation center. 

    The building, finished several years ago, now sits covered from roof to foundation in graffiti. 

  • Council to revise freeze on rezoning

    Lancaster County Council will discuss a change to its freeze on property rezonings in Indian Land at its Monday meeting. 

    Council recently imposed a moratorium on rezonings in the Panhandle area, though council members are considering an exemption for planned development districts. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the amendment is in response to a developer’s request to create a 100-acre PDD in the Indian Land area. 

  • Fletcher is S.C.’s best caseworker

    Julie Graham

    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County’s Chaundra Fletcher has been honored as the S.C. Caseworker of the Year at a recent foster care conference.

    Nominated for the award by the children she serves, Fletcher has worked at the Lancaster County Department of Social Services since April 2007. 

    The honor was given to a surprised Fletcher during the Independent Living Conference by the S.C. DSS and the University of South Carolina.