Today's News

  • Work on new courthouse begins

    As the sound of hammering came from the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, officials broke ground on a brand new court facility next door.

    “I’m just thrilled it’s finally here,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Rudy Carter. “It’s a momentous day.”

    Several speakers took to the podium during the brief ceremony under a hot September sun, including Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond.

  • Council considers relaxing sign ordinance

    At first, Dave Loughry thought someone had stolen his sign.

    Loughry, a partner in Figaro’s Pizza, placed the sign near his business on U.S. 521 in Indian Land a few weeks ago. He advertised his Tuesday pizza specials, hoping to attract more business. But when he came back the next day, the sign was gone.

    A few weeks and three signs later, Loughry figured it was probably a group of bored teenagers who just couldn’t pass up a tempting target. Then one day a man came into his store and told him what really happened.

  • School officials hope public can help identify suspects

    School officials and police want to know if anyone recognizes two men seen on surveillance video prowling around Lancaster High School last week.

    The Lancaster County School District released a still photo from its digital surveillance system at the school. The photo shows two men walking around the courtyard area of the school about 11:10 p.m. Monday and about 4 a.m. Tuesday. One of the men is carrying a crow bar and is wearing a shirt with Al Pacino on it from the movie “Scarface.”

  • McGriff wins special primary

    Charlene McGriff edged out Blondale Funderburk to win in Tuesday’s special Democratic primary for Lancaster County Council’s District 2 seat.

    McGriff, chairwoman of the Lancaster County school board, won 371 votes to 345, according to the unofficial totals.

    Funderburk, a local businesswoman and first-time candidate, hugged several supporters as she learned of her loss Tuesday night at the Lancaster County Administration Building.  

  • Remembering Hurricane Hugo; Part 1 of 2

    Regina Butz may be the only person in the United States who has wedding and hurricane photos together in the same album.

    Butz, owner of Ace Hardware and Garden Center, and her husband, Tom, eloped to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 16, 1989, for their wedding.

    This wasn’t one of those typical “run off and get married” deals without permission. The couple, in their late 20s, planned their nuptials in great detail and their families knew what was going on.

  • Department planning 15th annual Fire Expo

    Come celebrate National Fire Safety Week with the Lancaster Fire Department at its 15th annual Fire Safety Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Walmart parking lot.

    More than 20 fire trucks from the city of Lancaster and the county’s fleet will be on display. Firefighters will also be on hand to talk to visitors, who may walk through a fire safety house and watch a simulated automobile rollover.

    You also be able to learn how to fire-proof your home for the holidays during the expo.

  • We thought hurricanes were only for coasts

     The winds roared like a freight train that night. And they didn’t seem to stop. On and on, they roared. Fiercely. Frighteningly. Without mercy.

  • LHS school colors are blue and gold

    Thirty-eight years ago, Barr Street High and Lancaster High schools merged to become one local high school for all students in the Lancaster City school district. Through the unease and unknown of the merger, sound-minded administrators, parents and students from both schools joined together and formulated a new school, with a new alma mater, new school colors and a new mascot.

  • Man challenges 'facts' in previous letter

    I am writing in reference to Jeffery Donahue’s letter, “Get facts straight before making hasty decisions.” Mr. Donahue must be a fine young man serving his country in the guard and Army Reserve. He is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts, which were not correct in his letter. Lee Harvey Oswald was not a fundamentalist, which is liberal speak for conservative Christian. Oswald was a Marxist and Communist – a murderer, plain and simple.

  • DeMint breath of fresh air