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Today's News

  • James Brooks resigns from school board

    James M. Brooks resigned from the Lancaster County school board Friday afternoon, effective immediately, a week after he was charged with methamphetamine trafficking.
    “It is with regret that I tender my resignation," Brooks said in a letter to school board Chairman Bobby Parker. "Due to the negative publicity of the allegations against me, it is in the best interest of the students of Lancaster County and my fellow board members for me to step down.

  • Handy helpers target Clinton area

    More than 100 volunteers will converge on neighborhoods in the Clinton Elementary School attendance zone Saturday to begin revitalization efforts as part of the Lancaster Pride Promise Neighborhood project.

  • Fire destroys local woman’s Gatlinburg vacation spot

    The horrific Gatlinburg wildfire hit home Tuesday night for Lancaster resident Judy McAteer Hammond, who lost the timeshare condo where she has vacationed for the past 20 years.

    “I cried myself to sleep,” Hammond said. “The devastation is unbelievable up there.”

    The condo is in the Tree Tops Resort, located on the outskirts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee. Hammond and her late husband, Mike Payne, bought the timeshare in 1996.

  • Community center gets zoning variance to replace porch

    The city of Lancaster has granted an exception to allow the front-porch cover of the Lancaster Community Center on East Meeting Street to be completely rebuilt.

    The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved a variance at its Nov. 21 meeting that allows the porch cover to be built back as a non-conforming use.

    The variance was good news for the community center’s all-volunteer board of directors.

  • Crenco customers donate $3,470 to St. Jude’s

    Customers of the Lancaster-based Crenco stores donated $3,470 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a six-week Halloween fundraising drive in the company’s five stores. 

    Customers donated the money when paying for their purchases at the Crenco stores. In return for each gift, store employees wrote the customer’s name on a pumpkin-shaped card to hang in the store’s window. 

  • Sheriff’s office updates its accreditations

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office this week received reaccreditations from state and international credentialing agencies. 

    Sheriff Barry Faile officially received the certificates from the S.C. Law Enforcement Accreditation Council and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at Monday night’s county council meeting.

    State certification is awarded after the agency satisfies 300 standards including an on-site assessment followed by yearly evaluations.

  • Sun City drive helps feed 97 families

    Beverly Lane Lorenz

    For The Lancaster News

    Sun City Carolina Lakes expanded the scope of its annual Thanksgiving food drive this year to include families from more county schools and the Lancaster Children’s Home. 

  • Carter to retire Dec. 12

    Police Chief Harlean Carter will retire in less than two weeks, after 26 years at the Lancaster Police Department and six years in the top job.
    Her retirement, effective Dec. 12, is for “purely personal reasons,” Carter said Tuesday. She said the decision was difficult, but it was time to "pursue other interests." She declined to elaborate.

  • School board member Brooks charged with meth trafficking

    Lancaster County school board member James M. Brooks has been charged with methamphetamine trafficking after a 3 a.m. traffic stop in Indian Land.
    Brooks and Carol Jean Broom, 37, of Fort Mill, were arrested early Saturday by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies on Doby’s Bridge Road. Brooks had a substance believed to be meth in his jacket pocket, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Heath Springs faces deadline for hospitality-tax strategy

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs is getting a hospitality tax Jan. 1. The only question is how much it will be.
    That decision is left up to town council. Unlike the local option sales tax, the hospitality tax does not require voter approval.
    The amount could be 1 percent that goes to the county, 2 percent split with the county or 2 percent that the town keeps. But it’s going to be at least 1 percent.