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Today's News

  • From thorns to flowers: March Yard of the Month

    Back in April 2007 when Mike and Mashalle Bailesfirst purchased their home at 930 Sherwood Circle, they realized the house and yard needed a little attention. With the windows of the house almost covered in overgrown hollies, English ivy and the thorny spikes of ileagnes throughout the yard, the Bailes had to make a few choices.

    Many of the shrubs were removed and replaced with slower growing lower maintenance varieties such as nandina.

  • Alcohol to be sold at Red Rose Festival

    Alcohol options will be expanded for adult patrons of this year’s Red Rose Festival.

    On Tuesday, March 26, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a request from Support Services Director Teresa Meeks to allow beer and wine sales at the two-day festival May 17 and 18 in downtown Lancaster.

    2012 was the first year the Red Rose Festival featured alcohol. Just beer was available, though.

    In late 2011, council revised an existing city ordinance to allow beer and wine to be sold at city-sponsored functions.

  • Gleason still in jail

    The man accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter remains behind bars.

    Last week, Phillip Bryan Gleason was given a $150,000 surety bond during a hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Gleason is charged with homicide by child abuse in the March 5 death of 5-year-old Soren Victoria Chilson.

    According to reports, he was home alone with the girl, who was later unresponsive and died shortly afterward from head injuries. She suffered several body bruises, as well.

  • Eleven Lancaster County schools earn Palmetto Awards

    Eleven Lancaster County schools earned prestigious Palmetto Awards from the S.C. Department of Education this week for their outstanding performance.

    Now in its 12th year, the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver awards recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.

    The awards are granted in two categories, general performance and closing the achievement gap, both based on data from the S.C. Department of Education's annual school report cards.

  • Council considers farmers market change

    Lancaster County officials are hoping a new crop of people can help grow the county’s farmers market. 

    With a drop in volunteers willing to serve on the county’s Farmers Market Commission, coupled with the need for someone to manage day-to-day activities at the Pageland Highway market, Lancaster County Council discussed a proposal to shift responsibility for the market during its March 25 meeting. 

  • Council gives nod to work at Air-Rail Park

    Landscaping and electrical line work are two of the latest projects to be approved at the county’s new Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park.

    Lancaster County Council approved both projects during its March 11 meeting by a vote of 6-0. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent on a previously-scheduled trip.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented the two projects as a way to enhance the appearance and marketability of the industrial park, which is under construction near the county’s airport. 

  • Social services aplenty in county

    There are hundreds of people looking out for the very young, elderly, poor and disadvantaged in Lancaster County.

    Participants in the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lancaster program became more familiar with these helpers and the agencies they represent during Leadership’s most recent information day March 13.

  • Deputies search for home invasion suspect

    Deputies are searching for one of three men charged in a violent 2012 home invasion after he failed to appear in court earlier this month. 

    A general sessions bench warrant was issued March 18 for Brandone Marquiz Wagner, 29, of Winston Salem, N.C., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Wagner is charged with attempted armed robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with a home invasion that happened Jan. 8, 2012 in the 200 block of Clearwater Drive, per a 2012 sheriff’s office press release.

  • Autry questing for repeat Crown, $30K

     

       

    Lancaster Super Speedway is set to host the largest dirt track race in the S.C. history this weekend highlighted by the running of the Carolina Crown.

  • Tarque notes progress for LHS soccer squad

    Lancaster High School head soccer coach Alex Tarque, in his first season guiding the Bruins booters, said the LHS soccer campaign is a work in progress.