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Today's News

  • Column: S.C. House bill confirms party caucuses are public

    This editorial ran in thenerve.org, an online publication of the S.C. Policy Council, an independent, nonprofit research group promoting free-market policies and government transparency.

    Exactly one year ago, The Nerve’s Rick Brundrett published a story on how legislative caucuses – the General Assembly’s partisan strategizing organizations – somehow get to avoid being designated as public entities. This despite the fact that they meet, rent-free, in public office space and by definition deal with public business.

  • Column: Jettisoning pervasive negativity

    A few news items, two from South Carolina and two national:
    Item one: S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson called David Pascoe (the special prosecutor that Wilson appointed) a “liar” over his handling of a public corruption case.
    It began with a barrage of harsh words from Wilson delivered with great heat and passion and ended with a flurry of papers filed in court. Gov. Nikki Haley called the whole thing “an embarrassing mess.”  There’s no reason to think it won’t continue for a while.

  • County rezones 45 acres near HGM

    The Lancaster County Council met Monday night and passed a Haile Gold Mine rezoning ordinance that changes 45 acres from rural residential/intense agriculture district to mining district. The three vacant parcels are on Gold Mind Highway, Snowy Owl Road and Haile Gold Mine Road.
    The land is surrounded by properties already zoned for mining and was needed for a bridge to be built over Highway 601. “Those huge dump trucks tear up the highway. This bridge will keep them off the highway,” County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • 521 overpass to close this weekend

    The overpass at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 will be closed to northbound traffic this weekend and next as S.C. Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs.
    Lancaster County SCDOT District 4 Engineer John McKay said the bridge would be closed from 4 or 5 p.m. Friday until Sunday afternoon both weekends as crews work to patch the road deck on the nearly 40-year-old bridge.
    Traffic onto S.C. 5 will be detoured to the median crossover just past the bridge, a detour of less than two-tenths of a mile.

  • New reporter joins TLN staff

    Mandy Catoe has joined The Lancaster News as a general assignment reporter and photographer. She covers the county and education beats.  
    Mandy has lived in Lancaster since 2005 and has a varied background in human services, organic farming, sports and music festivals and is a registered yoga teacher.
    She graduated magna cum laude from Winthrop and has worked as a freelance writer and photographer throughout her life.

  • Fires displace 2 families early Thursday morning
  • City fund to help businesses start, expand

    The city of Lancaster will create an economic development incentive fund to help promote and recruit local commercial businesses within its borders.
    City council unanimously voted Tuesday night to use the $25,000 it had originally budgeted for its 2015-16 Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. membership/participation dues as a start.
    City officials severed ties with the in-limbo LCEDC in November 2015, choosing instead to support the county’s new economic development department.

  • Thieves target cars in University Drive area

    The Lancaster Police Department is urging University Drive residents to remove valuables from their cars and keep them locked after one SUV was stolen and several cars were broken into or rummaged through at separate homes this week.

  • Warrants: 4 suspects present at IL murder

    All four of the men charged with murdering Randy Tran were present when he was shot, and the killing happened at the Indian Land site where his body was found, according to warrants released Wednesday.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Tran’s body about 7 p.m. April 5 in woods just off Little River Trail, a rough gravel road at the end of Little River Road west of Indian Land High School.
    The 20-year-old Fort Mill student had been shot once in the head.

  • Fire training qualifies under new SNAP rules

    The Lancaster County Fire Rescue’s “Is There Fire in You?” campaign got an unexpected boost this month from the governor’s office.
    On April 1, Gov. Nikki Haley announced revised guidelines for those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, what were once known as food stamps.