• Lot of shakin’

    Staff Reports
    A magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit central Virginia and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon was felt as far north as Concord, N.H. – and at least as far south as Lancaster County.
    The quake comes less than 24 hours after a 5.3 quake struck Colorado.
    According the United States Geological Survey, Tuesday’s quake struck about 1:53 p.m., with an epicenter near Mineral, Va., a town about 90 miles southwest of Washington.

  • Stevens Park to undergo changes

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – Stevens Park in Kershaw will soon become more user-friendly for walkers and others who enjoy the outdoors.
    Kershaw Town Council voted 6-0 on Aug. 15 to approve plans to make the two-way road that runs along the perimeter of the park a one-way road. One of the lanes currently used for motor vehicles will be turned into a one-way lane for walkers and bicyclists.
    Councilman Morris Russell was not at the meeting.

  • Washington, D.C., earthquake felt in Lancaster area

    Lancaster residents were calling The Lancaster News Tuesday afternoon to report shaking after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the Washington, D.C., area, just after 1:55 p.m. There have been no reports of damage to the area at this time. Check back for updates.

  • City settles with fired detective

    Former Lancaster police officer Pat Parsons and the city of Lancaster have reached an out-of-court settlement in his lawsuit against the city. 

    Mike Malone, the city’s labor attorney, said Friday that the two sides agreed to a deal in principle on July 28 and finalized that deal Thursday. 

  • Kershaw seeks to recoup taxes

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw hopes to recoup money it now realizes may be owed to them by the federal government. 

    Town Council voted 6-0 Monday to contract with Municipal Energy Consultants LLC, a California company that is letting local governments know they can get rebates for paying federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. 

    The company says municipalities are exempt from paying the taxes, which are automatically levied when you pay for fuel at a gas station.  

  • Heath Springs continues with its town renovations

    HEATH SPRINGS – With sweeping renovations done to the outside of Heath Springs Town Hall and the adjoining fire station, officials are now turning their attention to the interior. 

    At its monthly meeting Tuesday, Town Council discussed preliminary pricing for new carpet, lighting and paint throughout the Duncan Street building, including the business office and meeting room. 

  • Redistricting map to be considered at meeting

    Lancaster County Council will look at adopting a county redistricting map for use in a series of public hearings when it meets Monday. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said a large map will be available at the meeting for council and the public to review. The map will include a proposed split between the northern and southern portions of the Panhandle into two separate county districts. 

  • Man stabbed during robbery

    Investigators are still trying to find out what happened during a robbery and attack reported at a Lancaster home earlier this month. 

    The case, which involves a 59-year-old man who was reportedly stabbed during a Aug. 7 home robbery, is still under investigation and leads are still being tracked down, said Maj. Matt Shaw with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. 

  • Toddler killed Thursday night

    A 17-month-old boy died Thursday after being hit by a minivan just outside his home in the Buford community.  

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Cody Livesay died at the scene from head trauma that was caused by the accident, which happened at 5:48 p.m. 

    A 2004 Kia minivan was traveling west on Loraine Lane when the toddler walked or crawled in the road and was struck, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. 

    No other injuries were reported. 

  • Changes possible for school board

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis was the bearer of bad news for Lancaster County school board members during Tuesday night’s monthly meeting – changing County Council districts mean someone on the school board is going to lose their job.
    The news came as Willis updated school board members on the county’s ongoing redistricting process, a state-mandated, once-a-decade reshaping of county council voting districts based on population.