• Redistricting plan OK’d

    It’s official – the federal government has given a seal of approval to Lancaster County’s redistricting plan.
    The plan, which shifts the county’s seven districts to accommodate changes in population found during the 2010 Census, received official approval in a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice this week.
    This comes a few months after the plan was formally approved by Lancaster County Council and sent off to the federal government.

  • Community embraces Paige Duke

    For The Lancaster News
    Famdamily’s Restaurant was the place to be Friday night to show support for a small town girl who hit the big time.
    Lancaster native Paige Duke is the star of the newest season of CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” a reality show that is much like “The Bachelor” with a southern twist. Duke won a spot on the show’s second season, competing against 21 other women for the heart of a southern gentleman.

  • 16 districts in zoning draft for IL

    After months of discussion, a committee tasked with clearing up zoning concerns in the Panhandle has developed a proposed list of commercial zoning districts.
    County Planning Director Chris Karres said the list of 16 business districts was recently drafted by a county committee made up of Lancaster County Council members Larry McCullough, Larry Honeycutt and Charlene McGriff, as well as members of the county planning department, the planning commission and residents from Van Wyck and Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • Three people arrested after bloody fight in Walmart

    Jesef Williams
    Three Lancaster County residents were arrested Saturday night following a fight inside the Walmart supercenter that left blood on the pet food aisle floor.
    Goldie Jackson, 23, 1109 Third St., Lancaster; Branan Scott Pate, 20, and Heidi Marie Phillips, 38, both of 5133 Stonesboro Road, Heath Springs, were each charged with assault and battery.

  • Two men sought in Walmart armed robbery

    Jesef Williams
    Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that took place Monday night at the Indian Land Walmart.
    Sheriff's deputies came to the supercenter at 10048 Charlotte Highway at 8 p.m. after two men approached the service desk with a note demanding money, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.
    One of the suspects flashed a handgun, the release said.

  • Second homicide this year in the city

    Christopher Sardelli
    It was early Thursday morning when Sherri Hinson learned something awful happened across the street from her Willowlake Road home.
    Peering out her window sometime after 7 a.m., Hinson saw police officers stringing crime scene tape around a small yellow house at the corner of Willowlake Road and East Dunlap Street.
    “It’s unbelievable. I got the call this morning and looked out the window and saw all that yellow tape outside,” Hinson said.

  • The $500,000 question

    Christopher Sardelli
    It’s official designation is parcel 129 on Lancaster County Tax Map 58.
    On paper it’s simply a flat, 1-acre piece of property located at 365 Rocky River Road, also known as S.C. 522, and just a short trip to S.C. 9 Bypass.
    But the small parcel near Buford Crossroads has stirred up a lot of big questions recently about how much county officials paid for both the land and the creation of a brand-new Buford EMS station.

  • A true friend

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    Abraham Lincoln once said that the better part of one’s life consists of one’s friendships. With the recent death of Lancaster native the Rev. Dr. W.O. Thompson, those friends closest to him say they are feeling the absence of that better part.
    Lancaster County Council Vice Chairman and District 4 Council member Larry Honeycutt, who was friends with Thompson for more than 40 years, said his death has left a “big void” in his family.

  • Council to discuss LARS at meeting

    Christopher Sardelli
    Lancaster County Council will once again discuss the future of the Lancaster Area Ride Service when it meets Monday night.
    Council recently tasked a committee to look at possibilities for extending the medical transportation program and will discuss the committee’s findings on Monday.
    One suggestion from the committee is to have council authorize sending a letter of pending grant submission to the S.C. Department of Transportation, which will hold grant funds already set aside for LARS.

  • USCL event provides arena for expression

    She spoke openly about witnessing domestic violence in her home.
    Her family dynamic wasn’t the most ideal. At one point Wednesday, she used the phrase “hateful marriage” to describe her parents’ union.
    Her name is Veronica Clayton.
    You may recognize her as a student at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    I now know her as a poet.
    Evander Wilson is bothered by “copy cats” and people he considers inauthentic and untrustworthy.