• Commercial water rates are going up

    Gregory A. Summers



    KERSHAW – Members of Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Monday, Aug. 17, to change water rates for commercial water customers, based on the pipe size at the water meter.

    For some customers, the change will mean an increase in the base rate; for others, it will mean a slight decrease.

    The change in commercial base rates follows a close to 5 percent increase in residential rates in July.

  • IL Middle School expansion project begins this fall

    Christopher Sardelli


    Construction on a planned expansion and renovation project at Indian Land Middle School, to accommodate a rise in the student population, is expected to begin later this year, school district officials say.

    Lancaster County School District Facilities Director David Small confirmed July 29 that preliminary design work is complete and plans are being reviewed by the S.C. Department of Education’s Office of School Facilities.

  • Felony DUI charges upgraded

    Reece Murphy



    The Lancaster County Solicitor’s Office has upgrade felony DUI charges against a Lancaster man following the death of his son who was injured in a drunk driving accident south of Kershaw last week.

    In the meantime, family members say they’re depending on memories of the outgoing 5-year-old and a spirit of forgiveness to help them cope with the tragedy.

  • Gunman robs Hwy 55 burgers

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to track down the gunman who robbed a local restaurant Thursday night, Aug. 13.

    According to a sheriff’s office release, the incident happened about 9:45 p.m. Thursday at Hwy 55 Burgers, 683 S.C. 9 Bypass East, just after employees closed for the day and were cleaning up.

    Employees told authorities that a black male armed with a black and silver semiautomatic pistol came in through an unlocked back door, held the pistol to one employee’s head, and demanded money.

  • Alli Shehane now at top of liver transplant list

    Allison “Alli” Shehane has been itching to make it to the top of the list and she’s finally made it.
    But this isn’t a list anyone wants to be on and it’s time for the itching to stop.
    Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and then with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare liver disease, the 17-year-old has been on a liver transplant list at Levine’s Children’s Hospital since 2012.

  • News staff wins eight awards in LCNI contest

    Most days, before sunrise, the fluorescent lights inside the North White Street office of The Lancaster News are flipped on by a newsroom employee.
    The same is true for the end of the day. It’s not unusual for a writer, editor or page designer to be working away long after the press has gone silent and there are few cars in the parking lot.
    It comes with the territory, said TLN Editor Barbara Rutledge. Yes, it all swirls around the need to hit deadlines, but Rutledge said there is more to it than that.

  • Massey found guilty

    A Lancaster man who sought immunity under the state’s Stand Your Ground law earlier this year for fatally shooting another man during a house party in October 2013, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Friday, Aug. 7.
    Allen Wesley Massey, 28, stood trial last week on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in the death of Demarcus L. Robinson, 30, during an early morning party at a home in the 300 block of City Avenue.

  • School district honors top educators

    A hush fell over the excited crowd of teachers, staff and administrators Tuesday, Aug. 11, as Mary Beth Mize took the stage at Lancaster County School District’s annual Celebrate Great Teaching event to explain the importance of anchor teachers.
    Standing inside Lancaster High School’s gymnasium, Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School, thanked the school district for naming her last year’s Middle School and District Celebrate Great Teaching winner.

  • Motel call leads to four drug arrests

    Four people, including a minor and a man out on bond for a previous attempted murder charge, were arrested earlier this month on numerous drug charges following a reported armed robbery.
    The arrests were made after officers responded to a 911 hang-up call traced to a room in the Super 8 motel, 1201 S.C. 9 Bypass West, about 3:48 a.m. Aug. 6. There, they found several intoxicated people and a large amount of marijuana and prescription pills inside a room, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • More than X’s and O’s

    Buford High School Football Coach Tripp Watts will admit it was a selfish idea.
    In 2014, Watts was brainstorming a way to save some meal money during the Jackets’ preseason drills.
    The math is easy in this two-edged sword.
    On a player level, take a 16-year-old eating machine whose growing every day, figure $7 a meal and multiply that 12 times. That’s $84 per player.
    “Some of our guys and their families just can’t afford that, so I was trying to come up with anything that would work,” Watts said.