• Serving up soul

    There were long lines for lunch Tuesday as USC Lancaster hosted its eighth-annual Soul Food Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship.
    Bailey, founder of the event and TRIO director at USC Lancaster, passed away in 2016.

    The winners at this year’s event included:
    ◆ Founders Federal Credit Union – Best Main Dish, for grilled chicken wrapped in bacon. Comporium’s fried catfish and tartar sauce was second.

  • Truck hits hydrant, shuts down courthouse

    The Lancaster County Courthouse was shut down for most of Tuesday afternoon after a large commercial truck hit a fire hydrant on Catawba Street and cut off the building’s water supply.
    According to Police Chief Scott Grant, the truck turned too sharply from West Meeting Street onto Catawba Street, came over the curb and knocked down the hydrant.

  • Lancaster, it’s time for your close-up!

    Lancaster and one of its corporate anchors will bask in some heartwarming national TV exposure Saturday morning, as the “Lucky Dog” episode taped here last fall is broadcast on CBS.
    Nutramax Laboratories, sponsor of the Emmy-winning program, will hold an invitation-only watch party at the Springs House during the 10 a.m. airing. Guests will include company executives, local officials and animal-rescue groups.

  • County crime stats improve overall in ’17

    Crime was down overall in Lancaster County between 2016 and 2017, with several categories falling to a 10-year low, according to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
    According to crime statistics released Monday, Type 1 crimes, which include both violent crimes and property crimes, fell 6 percent overall in 2017.
    The total number of violent crimes – murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults – fell 5 percent. Property crimes, which include, larcenies, auto break-ins and motor vehicle thefts, decreased 7 percent.

  • Howard out of ICU, still improving, family says

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard has moved out of the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte as his condition continues to improve.
    He is in the hospital’s progressive-care unit, which is a downgrade from ICU and features more intensive physical and respiratory therapy. 
    “Dad has continued to gain strength in the last week and is working to sit in the chair and do strengthening exercises with physical therapy,” said Shelley Robinson, Howard’s daughter.

  • 2 LHS students accused in violent threats

    Two Lancaster High School students have been suspended and reported to police after being accused of talking about violent threats against the school, officials said Tuesday.
    “We had some students make comments where school would be the target of a violent act,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District’s safety director. “Law enforcement got involved right away.”

  • 2 charged in threats on Chesterfield schools

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    Two incidents of potential gun violence at Chesterfield Schools have followed the Feb. 14 fatal shootings at a Florida high school.
    In each case, threats were made but no guns were brought to Chesterfield schools, officials said.
    On Thursday, an administrator overheard a student threatening to bring a gun to Chesterfield-Rudy Middle School, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Reid Pointe repairs may cost less than feared

    INDIAN LAND – There’s bad news and good for Reid Pointe, whose residents are scrambling to repair their subdivision’s streets so that the county will agree to accept them into its road system.
    The bad news is that the streets’ problems are not cosmetic issues with the asphalt, according to new county tests completed last week. They involve the road base, which is too weak to support the required amount of weight.

  • Flu creates shortage of bus drivers

    Anyone qualified to drive a school bus was subbing behind the wheel this week, as the flu kept home 13 percent of the Lancaster County School District’s drivers, making some bus routes run 30 to 45 minutes late.
    Administrators and coaches were forced to step in as 10 county school bus drivers were out with the flu or flu-like symptoms, said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director.

  • ‘No Trespassing’ on thoroughfare?

    Commuters and residents along the Lancaster County side of Regent Parkway at the Panhandle’s northern tip found unusual signs beside the heavily-traveled road Tuesday morning: Private Road. No Trespassing.
    Best known as the home of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Heritage USA, Regent Parkway runs between Harrisburg Road in Indian Land and S.C. 21 in Fort Mill.
    The road is traveled by about 10,000 cars each day and is home to hundreds of Lancaster County residents on the half-mile Indian Land stretch ending at that county line at Sugar Creek.