Today's News

  • 71-year-old woman loses $5K in scam

    A 71-year-old Lancaster woman lost $5,500 this month after falling prey to a phone scammer who told her she had won more than $400,000 in cash.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the woman told authorities that she received a call about 4 p.m. Oct. 3 from a “John Newcomer” who told her she had won $440,000, but to collect her winnings, she first had to pay $5,500 in taxes.
    The police report said the man gave the victim a deposit number and a routing number of where to send the $5,500.

  • Animal advocates win staff increase at county shelter

    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Monday night to hire a part-time employee at the animal shelter to assist full-time staff who have been working overtime for months.
    Before the vote, council members Larry Honeycutt praised the persistent animal advocates who have been pushing council for extra staff.
    “Meeting after meeting we have heard concerned citizens tell us about the deplorable conditions at our animal shelter, and we have done nothing,” Honeycutt said.

  • Murder outside church service

    A Lancaster man was charged Monday with murdering a man who was shot seven times near a church during Sunday morning services.
    Two other men were shot Monday evening less than a mile from the site of Sunday’s murder, but those victims were expected to survive, officials said, and there’s no indication so far that the incidents are related.
    Kenneth Jerome Hood Jr., 19, of 981 12th St., was arrested by sheriff’s deputies about 8:30 a.m. Monday after a foot chase at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street.

  • Matthew thrashed outside my front door, howling, screaming like something alive

    Editor’s note: Michele Roberts, a former Lancaster News reporter, rode out Hurricane Matthew with her dog, Chewie, in their apartment at Garden City, just south of Myrtle Beach. Here is her account.

    Living at the beach is, for the most part, a fine thing. The ocean is five minutes away, which is simply marvelous.
    I moved to Garden City in March 2015 after living in the Lancaster area for 15 years. Up until now all has been well.

  • Beloved Springmaid Pier destroyed, but resort owner pledges to rebuild

    The iconic Springmaid Pier, obliterated Saturday by Hurricane Matthew, will be rebuilt, its owner said Tuesday.
    The wooden pier, the longest in Myrtle Beach at 1,068 feet, opened in 1953 as part of Springmaid Beach. For generations, it was the site of countless snapshots featuring vacationers from Lancaster and the other old Springs Mills towns. The 36-foot-wide structure, at 3200 South Ocean Boulevard, drew anglers and sightseers alike.

  • Matthew drags on

    The massive cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Matthew were under way Tuesday, with 290,000 South Carolinians still without power and 434 state roads and 27 bridges still closed.
    Interstate 95 was closed just north of the S.C./N.C. border. Fifteen dams, including three in the Pee Dee River basin, had been breached.
    Roads remained flooded in Horry, Dillon, Marion, Georgetown, Florence and Williamsburg counties, as well as in a few isolated spots to the south in the Lowcountry.

  • What would make this a better place?

    Long ago, there was a famous tale of a magical spring called the Fountain of Youth, which bestowed youthful energy on those who sipped or bathed in its water. Accounts go back to the fifth century BC, but the legend gained popularity in the 16th century with the journeys of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon.
    As it turns out, the fountain of youth is actually not a myth. In fact, we all have access to this energy right here in our own community: it is found in our young adults.

  • Free college application day

    Andrew Jackson, Buford and Indian Land high school seniors had the opportunity to apply to S.C. colleges for free this week during school hours.
    Students could apply to 32 colleges, which included two- and four-year schools. Colleges offer students application fee waivers during the fall through SCCANGO, a campaign to promote a college-going culture.

  • Faile - Threatt Engagement

    Buddy and Donna Faile announce the engagement of their daughter, Bailey Adair Faile, to Joseph Samuel Threatt, all of Lancaster.
    The wedding is planned for June 10, 2017, at First Baptist Church.
    Miss Faile is the granddaughter of Williford and Peggy Faile and William and Judy Roberts, all of Lancaster. She is a 2011 graduate of Lancaster High School, and a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She is a first grade teacher at Harrisburg Elementary School.

  • McGriff - Harris Engagement

    Shudell and Lillie McGriff of Lancaster announce the engagement of their daughter, Teresa Lydell McGriff, to Ricky Alex Harris, both of Columbia.
    An October wedding is planned.
    Miss McGriff is the granddaughter of the late A.B. and Hattie Lathan and Betty W. McGriff and the late Selvin McGriff. She is a graduate of Lancaster High School, and earned an associate degree in health science from South University in Columbia. She is office manager for Children & Adult Dental Group in Columbia.