Local News

  • City events feature creatures, arts, family fun

    If you’re one of those ghoulish souls who loves Halloween, then downtown Lancaster is the place for you this weekend with two big events guaranteed to satisfy your inner monster: Night of the Living Arts and Boo Fun Fest.
    Night of the Living Arts Friday, Oct. 30, is the Lancaster County Council for the Arts’ annual fall adult art crawl, an artistic evening of haunting fun spread out among participating downtown businesses, galleries and organizations.

  • Kershaw drops plan to buy old Springs Mill site

    KERSHAW – There won’t be any buyer’s remorse by Kershaw Town Council when it comes to purchasing the old Springs Mills property bordered by Hampton and Matson streets.
    That’s because it’s backing out of the proposed purchase.
    After meeting behind closed doors for a briefing at its Monday, Oct. 19, meeting, council came into open section and voted unanimously not to pursue buying the 9.1-acre tract on the north side of the town limits.

  • City opts for early payoff

    Members of Lancaster City Council approved first reading of a measure at their Oct. 13 meeting, to double up on two debts to build up cash reserves for another pressing issue that must be dealt with.
    Without a single word, council unanimously voted to spend $330,000 to pay off loans early that funded 2010 improvements to the solid waste transfer station and its share of construction costs of the University of South Carolina Lancaster Native American Studies Center (NASC) on South Main Street.

  • Protecting the flock

    The only bloodstains to have a prominent place in Christian houses of worship in Lancaster County should belong on nail-scarred images of the son of God, and local law enforcement is working hard to keep it that way.

  • Missing woman found in Matthews

    UPDATE: Mrs. Leach was found in Matthews shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, Oct. 27.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating a missing woman with severe dementia who was last seen in Indian Land.

  • Council interested in DLB expansion talks

    Lancaster County leaders have given an official nod to establishing talks with York County representatives about the possibility of connecting the two areas via an extension of Dave Lyle Boulevard.
    During its Oct. 12 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Council Chairman Bob Bundy to consult with York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell regarding a possible partnership on the long-discussed road project.

  • Heath Springs to split court cost with Kershaw

    HEATH SPRINGS – The towns of Heath Springs and Kershaw are following the city of Lancaster’s lead on addressing a state directive, but will join forces to do so.
    Recent legislation passed by the S.C. General Assembly now requires the state’s towns and cities to foot the bill for defendants who can’t pay for their own defense in municipal courts.

  • The new guy in town

    The Lancaster News and its sister papers at Landmark S.C. are proud to announce their new editor Brian Melton, a veteran newspaperman and Lancaster native.
    Melton replaces outgoing editor Barbara Rutledge who is retiring after 27 years with Lancaster County’s newspaper of record.
    Like Rutledge, Melton will serve as editor of The Lancaster News and regional editor of Landmark S.C. sister newspapers Carolina Gateway, Chester News & Reporter and Pageland Progressive.
    His first day on the job is Nov. 2.

  • ‘Operation Silent Sweep’ results in 45 arrests

    A yearlong undercover drug investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office called Operation Silent Sweep resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects and the seizure of more than a pound of drugs, several weapons and thousands of dollars in cash.
    Speaking during a press conference Friday, Oct. 23, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said investigators wrapped up Operation Silent Sweep Thursday with a countywide roundup of suspects.

  • Serving up safety

    When most people think about earning a perfect score, their minds immediately turn to student report cards or SAT results, but what about when it involves a school’s food handling procedures?
    For cafeteria workers at 17 schools throughout the Lancaster County School District, a perfect score is exactly what they earned during a recent series of cafeteria and kitchen inspections by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).