Local News

  • 'I am Lancaster' campaign seeks to create a sense of community

    You can play a major role in a new marketing campaign coming to the county.

    See Lancaster SC, the group that promotes tourism in Lancaster County, has begun work on its “I am Lancaster” effort.

    Residents will have a chance to submit a quote saying why they embody the spirit of Lancaster and why the county is a great place to live.

    Those quotes will be placed on posters that will adorn building windows in downtown Lancaster.

    See Lancaster hopes to begin displaying them in mid-March.

  • Will county join Carolina Thread Trail?

    Imagine a trail that connects several Lancaster County attractions, including Landsford Canal State Park, the Forty Acre Rock preserve and Andrew Jackson State Park.

    Now imagine those trails could lead into neighboring Union, York and Mecklenburg counties, connecting thousands of tourists and nature lovers.

    That’s the idea behind the Carolina Thread Trail, a  proposed interconnected trail system that Lancaster County Council considered at its Jan. 25 meeting.

  • Heavy rains flood roads

    Residents and motorists traveling along Gills Creek Drive near Buford apparently got the worst of the heavy rain and flooding that drenched the county Friday.

    Lancaster County got between 2.25 and 3.25 inches of rain, depending on the location, said Morris Russell, the county’s emergency management director.

    The rain was steady for most of the day, creating roads that posed hazards for residents. Severe flooding was reported in several areas in the county.

  • Fort Lawn rejects Springs' request

    FORT LAWN – Fort Lawn Town Council won’t turn $40,000 left over from its sewer project to Springs Global as was requested by a Springs representative last month.

    Council voted instead Tuesday to keep the money as reimbursement for expenses it has incurred.

    For many years, Springs maintained a municipal sewer system for Fort Lawn. But as the company was closing area plants, it informed the town in 2007 it would no longer maintain sewer service.

  • Exit exam scores decline

    Local school officials saw a dip in the number of students who passed the state exit exam on their first attempt in 2009.

    The Lancaster County school board and district personnel discussed the results at Tuesday’s board meeting. The state released the data in November.

    Slightly more than 74 percent of 10th graders in the Lancaster County School District passed the English and math sections of the High School Assessment Program, or HSAP, during the last school year. That’s a 3-point decline from 2008 when 77.4 percent of 10th graders passed both sections.

  • County seeks to acquire properties at IL community

    Lancaster County Council has agreed to begin the condemnation process for several properties at the stalled Edenmoor community in Indian Land.

    Council met in closed session Jan. 25 to discuss a recommendation from the county attorney for condemning two properties at the Edenmoor site, an Emergency Medical Services station and a 68-acre park.

    In open session, council approved drafting a letter of condemnation, which would eventually bring both properties under control of the county.

  • Some groups raising funds for Haiti relief

    While this is not a complete list of local organizations raising money for victims of the Haiti earthquake, here is the contact information for several groups:

    • American Red Cross of Lancaster County: Call (803) 283-4072 or visit www.upredcross.org and click on “Upper Palmetto.” Checks and credit card donations can be made at the local office at 106 Woodland Dr. Make checks out to “American Red Cross” and write “Haiti relief” in the memo section.

  • Breaking News Residents evacuated as road washes away

    As heavy rain showers blasted through the county on Friday, Lancaster County Council called an emergency meeting to help residents along a severely flooded road.

    Council convened for an emergency meeting at 3 p.m. on Friday to discuss what to do for residents along the recently flooded Gills Creek Drive near Buford. Council will vote on an expedited condemnation of property near the dead end of the road, which will allow the county to use land to create an alternate road into the neighborhood.

  • Murder suspect flees from traffic stop

    A man charged with murder in a Jan. 16 shooting at a Lancaster nightclub is still on the run.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said deputies stopped a car for a traffic violation Wednesday night, and a passenger, later found to be Demarcus Lewis Davis, got out and ran from deputies.

    Warrants were issued by the Lancaster Police Department charging Davis, 20, with murder, assault and battery with intent to kill and two counts of possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime shortly after the shooting.

  • Council OKs incentives for Project Shield

    County Council has taken the first steps toward bringing a defense-type business to the county.

    Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday to enter into a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement with a Delaware-based company, which has not yet been publicly named. The county is dubbing this “Project Shield” until an agreement with the company is finalized.

    The firm is looking at the former BMB Steering Innovation building on S.C. 160.