Local News

  • County OKs moratorium on billboards

    No more billboards can be erected along large parts of S.C. 9 and U.S. 521 for the next year.

    County Council approved final reading of an ordinance Monday that imposes the one-year moratorium on issuing of permits to erect new billboards. It restricts new billboard construction on S.C. 9, from the Chester County line to the western boundary of the city of Lancaster, and on U.S. 521, from the city of Lancaster to the North Carolina border.

    Lancaster resident Randy Collins voiced his opposition to the moratorium.

  • Sharing traditions

    INDIAN LAND – Stomping from one foot to the other, Ronnie Beck tossed a series of hoops into the air as a ceremonial drum beat in the background.

    Decorated in blue and yellow clothing, Beck, a member of the Catawba Indian Nation, performed a traditional hoop dance at Indian Land Middle School on Thursday.

    During the dance, Beck tossed almost 20 different colored hoops around his body, using the hoops to create different shapes, such as birds, alligators and even Mickey Mouse.

  • Man shot in leg after hold-up attempt

    A Lancaster man told police that he was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt early Thursday.

    Lancaster Police Department officers responded to a home on Central Avenue about 12:50 a.m. Thursday and found the 27-year-old man lying on the porch.

    The man told police that he was walking home and a burgundy SUV pulled up beside him, according to an incident report.

    He told police a man with his face covered up got out of the SUV and said, “Give it up.”

  • County Council approves first step for USCL dorms

    Lancaster County Council took a step Monday to transform Lancaster into a true college town.

    After discussing a proposal from the Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, council unanimously passed a resolution that could help provide funding for two new dormitory facilities on the college campus.

    The resolution allows the county to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Housing Administration Loan Program in connection with the proposed dorms.

  • Exhibit features USCL mementos

    There’s still time to check out a display that ties into the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s 50th anniversary celebration.

    Since Aug. 14, an exhibit featuring old pictures and memorabilia has been up in the lobby of the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at USCL.

    Photos of past presidents, vintage bulletins and handouts as well as information on previous and future expansion are included.

    Faculty started gathering material for the exhibit about a year ago.

    Brittany Taylor, exhibit curator, finalized things this summer.

  • Lancaster department gets bullet-proof vest for its dog

    Police officers aren’t the only ones who need bullet-proof vests.

    Their K-9 partners need them, too, since they often track and find armed suspects before their human counterparts do.

    But K-9 vests aren’t cheap. They can cost $1,600, said Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Dean Short, who handles the agency’s K-9, a German shepherd named Bruno.

    Fortunately for Bruno, Short found Susie Jean.

  • Experts disagree on what damaged building

    KERSHAW – One engineer says yes, the other says no.

    That still leaves Kershaw business owner Kevin Robinson with a damaged store front.

    Robinson has a heating and air business on Hampton Street. He told town officials a few months ago that the front of his building was damaged by the town’s Streetscape downtown revitalization project.

    An engineer has since looked at the building.

  • Edenmoor meeting yields no answers

    A small group of Indian Land residents showed up at the vacant Edenmoor Recreation Center parking lot last Wednesday morning expecting answers about the stalled development, but instead left emptyhanded.

  • Who's voting absentee in District 2?

    As absentee votes continue to pour in for the special County Council District 2 election, officials have begun noticing certain trends among voters.

    Cassie Stump, director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission, said there are 17 reasons why an absentee ballot may be requested in South Carolina. In the race between Democrats Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk, certain excuses have become more prevalent than others, Stump said.

    The most common excuses in this race: A person is disabled or is attending to a disabled person.

  • Steps removed from old courthouse found at site

    The front of the Lancaster County Courthouse looks a little naked.

    The courthouse, built in 1828, was damaged by a fire set by an arsonist on Aug. 4, 2008, and is undergoing restoration.

    Workers have removed the steps of the courthouse last week. The steps will be recreated in granite just like the old stairs, but will be less steep and more safe, architect Jody Munnerlyn said.

    The old steps have been taken to a secure location. Some of the materials will be reused for the new steps, if possible, County Administrator Steve Willis said.