• Windows broken, school camera painted

    Vandals recently caused thousands of dollars in damage to a local elementary school, though deputies are still searching for the culprits. 

    A custodian at Erwin Elementary School, located at 1477 Locustwood Ave., first noticed the damage when he arrived for his shift a little after 9:30 a.m. June 28, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The custodian immediately called deputies about the damage.

  • Mobile pantries available in area

      From Release

    In Lancaster County, more than 16,000 people live at or below the poverty level. 

    This number includes almost 7,000 children and senior citizens.

    In York County, more than 28,000 people live at or below the poverty level. 

    This number includes almost 13,000 children and senior citizens.

    The Springs Close Foundation is providing eight mobile pantries benefitting residents in Fort Mill, Indian Land and throughout Lancaster County.

  • What’s all that digging about?

    By Nita Brown

    For The Lancaster News

    Chances are you’ve recently passed by a construction site in Lancaster. Several projects are under way with graders and backhoes digging busily amidst a procession of dump trucks and hard hats. 

    With the local economy in a slump the last few years, it’s good to see construction and normal to wonder if new jobs are being created.

    The answer to that question is a qualified “yes.” 

  • One in 20 million

    As the old saying goes, the Lord works in mysterious ways.

    So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that he’d keep up with the times and occasionally work through Facebook as well.

    That’s the gist of what can only be called the truly miraculous story of David Ensley of Stallings, N.C., and Amy Cunningham of Indian Land.

  • Animals, landfills on council agenda

    As Lancaster County Council convenes for its first meeting of the month, dangerous animals and landfills are once again on the agenda, though absent is any planned discussion about amending the county’s newly-approved budget. 

  • Jaillette named new Arts Council director

    It all started in church, where she used to play the piano before services began. 

    Debbie Jaillette, who wasn’t even a teenager then, held on tightly to music through the years and used it as a gateway to discover the other arts. 

    Now equipped with much arts exposure and many years as a working professional, the Lancaster County native feels as if she is primed for her most recent position. 

    Jaillette is the new executive director of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. Her first official day was July 1.

  • Lancaster teen serving prison sentence

    A Lancaster teen who was wanted by deputies in two counties is now serving a nearly two-year sentence in state prison. 

    The Lancaster News learned Friday that Donnie Lee Laney, 19, 943 15th St., remains at Kirkland Correctional Institution. The Columbia facility is one of several institutions that are part of the S.C. Department of Corrections.

    Laney was arrested in Chesterfield County after authorities there said he made several false calls to 911 on June 3. 

  • Customer arrested for throwing drink at store clerk

    Police arrested a woman only hours after she threw a drink at a convenience store clerk last week. 

    Elizabeth Marie Baxter, 40, 4880 Feed Lot Road, Catawba, N.C., was picked up by Lancaster police officers after the clerk reported the assault July 1. 

    Officers responded to Midway Grocery, located at 426 W. Meeting St., at 5:50 p.m. and spoke with the clerk who said she had just been assaulted by a customer, according to a police department incident report. 

  • FLC sets closing deadline for Edenmoor purchase

    The Lancaster County Forfeit Land Commission has set dates for closing on the purchase of Indian Land's Edenmoor residential development.

    The announcement came Wednesday during a motion following a closed-door briefing for FLC members by representatives of Eden Ventures, the development company working to buy the troubled residential development.

  • Graffiti mars bypass businesses

    Employees at two local businesses were shocked when they arrived to open their doors last week. 

    It was a little after 7 a.m. June 30 when the first call came in to the Lancaster Police Department. A employee with Walgreens drug store, located at 1101 S.C. 9 Bypass, called police after noticing that someone spray painted the outside of the store. 

    Officers met with the woman who said the paint was not there when the last employee left the previous night at 11:30 p.m.