• County to save $1M with deal on radios

    Lancaster County Council has shifted the usually slow gears of government into high, trying to take advantage of a deal on the new 800 MHz radios that the county needs to join the new statewide Palmetto 800 system.
    Council has called a special meeting for Thursday morning to consider a resolution allowing the county to sign a purchase order by Friday to seal a deal on the radios that would save $1.1 million. The cost would be $3.5 million, down from an expected $4.6 million.

  • Cardboard Box City combats homelessness

    Autumn begins Thursday, and cold weather will not be far behind, raising concerns about people who have no place to call home.
    Last year on a single night in January, more than a half million people were experiencing homelessness across America, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a leader in service and research on the issue.
    The Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless (LACH) hopes its second-annual Cardboard Box City event can help change that reality here.

  • Gas pumps begin running dry

    Hannah L. Strong and Reece Murphy

    Gasoline is becoming scarce and more expensive in Lancaster County due to a leak in Alabama's Colonial Pipeline, and government agencies are cutting back on gas use to weather the shortage.
    Murphy Express on S.C. 9 Bypass had bags over all of its pumps Monday morning, as did a number of other convenience stores. A Murphy cashier said the store received 9,000 gallons Sunday morning and was sold out before close.

  • National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration Sept. 24

    Duke Energy’s World of Energy education center at Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca will host a family event celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day  on Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Aspiring designer showing at Charlotte Fashion Week

    As a little girl, Teresa Jennette Faulk stripped her dolls down to their bare plastic skin and sat on the floor with her mom, armed with a sharp pair of scissors, a vivid imagination and pile of old clothes.
    Teresa could see the new clothes in her mind. Together, she and her mom cut scraps from their discarded wardrobe to make new, fashionable outfits for the dolls.  
    “I cared more about the clothes than the dolls,” Faulk recalls.

  • McCorkle to sign book on Milt Chaney

    The Lancaster County Historical Commission is hosting local author and retired educator Don McCorkle for a presentation on his latest book, “Milt Chaney’s Tavern,” from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the Historic Lancaster Courthouse (circa 1825) at 100 N. Main St.
    McCorkle’s book is fiction based on local history. It tells the story of Chaney, a notorious innkeeper and a number of travelers who stayed at his tavern, never to be seen again.

  • Inspiration for our 650 first responders

    Lancaster County's United Methodist Churches have joined together to place the daily devotional book "Strength for Service" in the hands of every first responder in the county.
    This edition of the book, a collection of inspirational passages that Methodists first started sending out during World War II, includes the story of a Lancaster sheriff's deputy wounded in 2011.

  • Man loses up to $100K in scam

    An 89-year-old Kershaw man over the past nine months withdrew as much as $100,000 from his credit union and sent it to scammers who promised him millions in sweepstakes winnings, according to a sheriff’s report.
    The man’s daughter in New Jersey reported the crimes Sept. 7 after discovering during a visit that her father had been sending cash and numerous money orders to recipients overseas and in the United States.

  • 3-vehicle wreck kills woman, 69

    A three-vehicle wreck on S.C. 9 in eastern Lancaster County killed a Pageland woman, injured a Kershaw woman and closed the highway for at least four hours Wednesday.
    Norma Jean Plyler Moree, 69, of Pageland died in the accident, which occurred near Earnhardt Lane about 4 miles east of Buford Crossroads, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller.
    Miller said Moree was following a tractor trailer west on S.C. 9 at 10:24 a.m. in a 2011 Toyota Camry when Heather Marie Rollings, 23, of Kershaw crossed the center line in a 2002 GMC pickup traveling east.

  • VFDs snag $116K grant for high-tech radio gear

    Three Lancaster County volunteer fire departments have received a $116,005 federal grant to purchase radios compatible with the county’s new Radio System Project.
    The Assistance to Firefighters Grant will go to the McDonald Green, Bell Town and Gooches fire departments.
    The grant money will buy 11 mobile 800 megahertz radios for trucks and 26 portable radios, or walkie-talkies, for the three fire departments, said Darren Player, the county’s director of emergency management and fire service.