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Today's News

  • Man charged with burning Christmas gifts, mobile home

    A Lancaster man was arrested for arson Dec. 28, accused of setting fire to Christmas presents from his girlfriend after an argument and burning down his mobile home.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy responded to 571 Mosteller Drive about 3 a.m. Dec. 28 and found intoxicated homeowner Ronald Allen Roddey, 54, on the front porch with a “small pile of burnt material” at his feet.

  • City faces serious financial pain this year

    Flip Hutfles doesn’t mind being called cheap.
    “If you can save $12,000 here and $6,000 there, it adds up,” said the Lancaster city administrator. “I take being cheap as a compliment.”
    Keeping a close eye on the city expenditures is more important that ever in light of what the city is facing over the next two years.
    Hutfles sat down Wednesday to discuss the multiple challenges that must be dealt with in 2017.

  • Faile: Time to begin talks on replacing jail

    Personnel changes, new programs and technology, and serious consideration of a new jail are a few of the things Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has on his agenda for 2017.
    Faile, who won reelection to a third term in November, said he ended 2016 with some personnel changes in the investigations unit to replace Capt. Craig Bailey, who retired after 25 years in law enforcement.

  • Schools’ 2017 agenda just got a lot busier

    Lancaster County schools are in for a busy year, with several major construction projects starting and the surprise retirement of Superintendent Gene Moore, who will leave July 31.
    Dr. Moore announced his retirement Tuesday. The school board hopes to have his successor hired by July 1, the start of the new academic year, said David Knight, the district’s public information director.
    Moore, who has led the school district for 11 years, is the county’s fifth and longest-serving appointed superintendent.

  • 7,000 babies later, Townsend retires

    Dr. Richard Townsend remembers arriving in Lancaster in 1986.
    It was the end of June. His new OB/GYN office had no furniture and no air conditioning. He sat on the floor and ate a sandwich before starting a night shift at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Townsend’s wife and family were still in Pennsylvania. Their Lancaster home was under construction, so he slept at the hospital for the first month.

  • Lawmakers target road funding again

    COLUMBIA – Just as it did last year, the General Assembly begins its 2017 session this week determined to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, but flailing about over how to pay for the job.
    At a roundtable discussion Thursday sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, state House and Senate members discussed competing proposals for financing road repairs. Most involved some kind of increase in the state’s gasoline tax to provide a sustained, long-term funding source.

  • Gunman hits nearby stores within minutes

    Two south Lancaster convenience stores were robbed within 25 minutes Thursday night, and officials believe the same suspect committed both crimes.
    The holdups came less than three days after an armed man robbed another convenience store on Pageland Highway.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, the Thursday robberies occurred at the Stop and Shop at 2147 McIlwain Road about 8:45 p.m. and the Pantry Pak convenience store at 2014 Lynwood Drive soon after.

  • State of emergency declared

    Under cold, grey skies with forecasters still calling for significant snowfall, Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency late Friday to cope with the approaching winter storm, and Lancaster County residents jammed stores buying up ice melt and last-minute groceries.
    As the day progressed, snow predictions increased slightly, and a fine, cold mist was falling.
    “The most recent forecast is calling for 3 to 6 inches of snow, with very little ice,” said Darren Player, the county’s emergency management director.

  • Warriors drop home pair to Parkwood High Rebels

    Indian Land tipped off the 2017 part of its 2016-17 varsity basketball schedule and fell twice on the hardwood at the ILHS gym on Wednesday night.
    Visiting Parkwood of Union County, N.C. notched the hoops sweep of the Warriors.
    The Lady Warriors, in the varsity opener, dropped a 52-36 loss and the Warriors lost in the nightcap, 72-51.
    In both games, the ILHS teams started strong only to fall to the Rebels teams.

  • IL wrestlers sweep in region opener

    Indian Land opened its Region IV-AAA wrestling schedule, posting a pair of home wins over Camden and Columbia on Tuesday night.
    The Warriors, 15-5, 2-0, blitzed Columbia, 63-6 and downed Camden, 44-33.
    Indian Land, seventh in the latest Class AAA state wrestling poll, notched the 11-point win over sixth-rated Camden to highlight the region sweep.