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Today's News

  • Local man murdered in Monroe

    Danny McGriff Jr., 39, of Lancaster was murdered Tuesday night just outside the Relax Inn in Monroe, N.C.
    Monroe police officers found his body on a walkway just outside the motel on West Roosevelt Boulevard just before 11:30 p.m. when they responded to reports of a shooting.
    McGriff had been shot in the chest.
    Three men and one woman were arrested Thursday afternoon by Monroe Police Department detectives and N.C. Bureau of Investigation special agents.
    Monroe Police Department detectives and N.C. Bureau of Investigation

  • Whitewater Center dumps water into river

    The U.S. National Whitewater Center received approval from North Carolina officials Wednesday to begin treating about 6 million gallons of water believed to contain a potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba and discharge it into the Catawba River.
    The river supplies drinking water to Lancaster County.

  • Duracell powers down in Lancaster

    Duracell will start phasing down operations at its Lancaster location next March to consolidate production of AA and AAA line of batteries at a single plant in LaGrange, Ga.
    Company officials told The Lancaster News of its future plans early Wednesday afternoon.
    The S.C. 9 Bypass West plant, which manufactures AA alkaline batteries, has about 430 employees and is the county’s seventh largest employer.

  • Duracell to power down Lancaster plant

    Chicago – Duracell announced today, July 27, that it is consolidating North American production of AA and AAA batteries from two U.S. plants to one facility in LaGrange, Ga.

  • Southern Wisteria: Personal chef ramps up service to Lancaster area

    If you think a personal chef is only for the rich and famous, think again. Southern Wisteria owner, Jackie Starnes, is out to change your mind and maybe even bring her culinary skills to your table. 

    Based in Kershaw, Starnes turned a personal passion into a business. For the last seven years, she’s been providing personal chef service, catering and making custom baked goods. She’s now ready to offer her service to more folks in Lancaster County.

  • Column: Here’s how our system works: Vote or shut up

    The final phase of this political season has officially begun. I think we can all agree to a great big “amen” here.
    The presumptive candidates have been selected, and there are less than four months left for the candidates to dazzle us with their brilliant rhetoric, snide remarks, denials of culpability and other as yet unknown items that will surface before November and be thrown as broadsides against the opposition.

  • Column: County Council: Confusion, lack of understanding or just unprepared?

    Which was it during the July 18 Lancaster County Council meeting? There was much discussion and some opposition to Councilman Jack Estridge’s motion to undo or rescind the approval of a June 13 motion to renew a motion that was never made.
    The June 13 actions were a clear violation of the council’s rules of parliamentary procedures.
    Estridge’s motion itself was really quite simple – “a motion to rescind (cancel) the approval of a motion to renew an ordinance or, if you prefer, to renew a motion.” That was it.

  • Column: Let’s Talk About It

    Yes, let’s talk. Not only to ourselves, not only to people who look like us, not only to people who go to church with us, not only to our friends and family, but also to our community members, clergy and law enforcement officers.  
    In order to start to heal from the tragedies that have occurred throughout our country, we must have an open and honest dialogue with folks who do not look like us. We need to understand why we do not trust each other. We need to understand we all hurt when our loved ones are killed.

  • Bike/walk study seeks community feedback

    The Rock Hill and Fort Mill Area Transportation Study (RFATS) is seeking community input on its effort to facilitate bicycle and pedestrian connectivity by creating local bikeways, walkways and trails.
    An online survey is available through July 31 asking what would make the community safer and more friendly for walking and biking. It also wants to know what destinations that are most likely safe to walk and bike to, as well as demographic information. It also asks survey takers to rank types of bike facilities.

  • Check out the new UDO, zoning map

    The Lancaster County Planning Department has completed the new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and Zoning Map after an 18-month-long effort that included several public input meetings.
    The new zoning map and UDO will be on display at the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office, with planning department staff available for comments and questions, for the next few weeks leading up to an Aug. 23 public hearing on it.