Local News

  • Council denies rezoning request

    Lancaster County Council members shot down a rezoning request by an Indian Land nonprofit that would have allowed it to build a no-kill animal shelter.

    The action came during a meeting in which council members also approved a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes deal for a company looking to settle elsewhere in Lancaster County.

  • Voters to decide three Lancaster City Council races

    Three of the seven seats on Lancaster City Council are up for election this year. 

    Incumbent Linda Blackmon-Brace and Jackie Harris are vying for District 3. Jean Cureton and incumbent Tamara Green Garris are looking to best the other candidate for the District 4 seat, while Sara Eddins is unopposed as she seeks re-election to District 6. 

    City Council members, who serve four-year terms, don't run along party lines. 

    District 3 

  • Much-needed morale boost

    There is a very private side of HOPE in Lancaster that few get to see.

    It usually happens just after 11:30 a.m. each weekday when the front doors get locked and volunteers have a chance to collect their thoughts, said HOPE in Lancaster Executive Director Elaine Adkins.

    When those doors are closed and no one is around, Adkins said the tears inevitably flow.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE in Lancaster is known for providing short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

  • Authorities use DNA to file burglary charges

    Traces of DNA collected at the scenes of several burglaries and larcenies just north of Lancaster in May resulted in arrest warrants issued this week for a Monroe, N.C., man. 

    Authorities are searching for Lucas Wayne Pate, 21, on several charges, including three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of larceny/breaking into a motor vehicle and two counts of damaging or tampering with a vehicle, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

  • Sunday alcohol sales on ballot

    In addition to voters’ right to choose their political representatives during an election, most states, including South Carolina, offer an even more direct form of democracy known as a ballot measure.

    Such measures, whether binding or non-binding, offer voters a chance to voice their opinions directly on a range of issues from constitutional amendments to questions about special local taxes.

  • Blackmon-Brace addresses parked car

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace addressed a photograph submitted to The Lancaster News this week showing her car parked in a handicapped space. 

    A resident, who asked to remain anonymous, brought the picture to the newspaper office about 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. 

    The photo shows a burgundy four-door Cadillac parked in a handicapped space at the County Administration Building on the White Street side. The car has a Blackmon-Brace campaign sign on its side. 

  • Beauty pageant causes controversy at Indian Land Elementary School

    Indian Land Elementary School became the focus of unwanted media attention after a flyer sent home with students last week announcing what appeared to be a school-sponsored beauty pageant setting off an outcry from some parents.

    Though the Oct. 20 pageant has since been canceled, organizers say they’ve decided to go ahead with it anyway, but under a new name.

  • Woman arrested for package theft; second charged with identity theft

    A Lancaster woman was arrested last month after an investigation into stolen UPS packages.

    Jodi Ann Bowker, 44, 2298 Cane Mill Road, was arrested Sept. 19 and charged with three counts of theft of a controlled substance, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    Bowker was arrested by Lancaster County Drug Task Force agents after the conclusion of a joint investigation between the task force and UPS loss prevention employees.  

  • Burglary suspect arrested again in connection to another burglary

    Only two weeks after a Lancaster man was arrested on burglary charges, deputies arrested him again last week in connection with another burglary. 

    Joseph J. Hinson, 26, 1134 Laurel Ave., was arrested Monday, Oct. 1 on charges of burglary and drug possession, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    After an investigation into the burglary of a Hoke Road home on Sept. 26, authorities developed Hinson as their suspect, the release said. 

  • Car runs off road, hits two vehicles

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating an accident that sent five people to the hospital Wednesday night, Oct. 3.

    A 2005 four-door Toyota was traveling south on Country Club Road at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when the driver ran off the right side of the road, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the Highway Patrol.

    The car struck a group of trees and then hit two vehicles that were parked on private property – a 1995 GMC pickup truck and a 2003 Chevrolet SUV, Elder said.