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Today's News

  • Business booms for Fourth of July

    Lighting a fuse, hearing the launch and seeing a shower of colorful sparks appeals to many Americans as they light fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. 

    And Lancaster County’s northern Panhandle, just over the state line, is a fireworks destination for many from North Carolina, where fireworks laws are stricter than South Carolina’s.

  • Lancaster improves slightly in latest Kids Count survey

    Lancaster County now ranks 18th in the state in child well-being, according the latest Kids Count data, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
    That’s up one position from the previous year, when the county ranked 19th in child well-being in the Palmetto State.
    York County ranks first, while Allendale County ranks last. By comparison neighboring counties Kershaw ranks 14th, Chesterfield 25th and Chester 41st.

  • Four arrested Friday in Hood Street drug raid

    Four Lancaster men were arrested on a slew of felony drug charges following a multi-agency raid led by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at a home on Hood Street in Lancaster.
    Arrested in Friday’s raid at 202 West Hood St. were Robrentay Levelle Jackson, 24, Byron Laqentin Stevens, 26, Ernest Wadell Crosby, 50, and Korickio Tonquavius Cunningham, 20.

  • Man charged with drawing pistol on cop

    A Lancaster man armed with a stolen pistol faces multiple charges after an early Sunday tussle and foot chase near the hospital with a city police officer and a county deputy.
    Anthony Belk, 28, of 915 15th St. was arrested just after midnight Saturday.
    He is charged with resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen handgun and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. He was later charged with disorderly conduct.
    He is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention on a $14,000 bond.

  • McLellan new fire chief

    Lancaster City Council didn’t have to look very far Tuesday night to find the city’s new fire chief. Justin McLellan was sitting in the room.  
    Just 90 minutes after the council honored retiring Fire Chief Chuck Small, and then meeting behind closed doors, they unanimously choose 34-year-old battalion chief McLellan as the new leader of the Lancaster Fire Department.
    Mayor John Howard said McLellan was clearly the right choice.

  • Council balks at killing Ansley Park

    After a contentious meeting Monday night, Lancaster County Council voted against rescinding the Ansley Park development agreement.
    The vote was 6-0 not to reconsider the council's Dec. 15 decision that allowed the long-troubled Indian Land project to proceed. Council member Jack Estridge abstained.

  • District 1 runoff goes to Graham

    Terry Graham of Van Wyck won the Lancaster County Council District 1 primary runoff election Tuesday against fellow Republican contender Melvin Stroble.
    Barring the slim possibility of a successful write-in campaign by another candidate, Tuesday night’s victory means Graham is the presumptive winner of the District 1 seat, since he has no Democratic challenger in the general election, which is Nov. 8.
    According to the Lancaster County Elections Office, Graham received 860 votes, or 60.52 percent of the 1,421 ballots cast in District 1.

  • Hunter Wallace wins auditor job

    Susan Hunter Wallace squeaked by in Tuesday’s runoff election for Lancaster County auditor, narrowly defeating Allen Blackmon.
    Hunter Wallace received 1,848 votes (51.3 percent) in the Republican runoff, leaving Blackmon close behind with 1,755 votes (48.7 percent). She will have no Democratic opposition in November’s general election.
    “I’m humbled, and I know I’m privileged to be the next auditor,” Hunter Wallace said. “It’s not money and it’s not power. I give (God) all the glory for this win.”

  • Big names coming to Lancaster this year

    Season tickets for the 2016-17 See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series go on sale ($275 plus tax) in July.
    The lineup ranges from down-home country and uptown R&B to classic rock ’n’ roll and cutting-edge comedy.
    Leading the list is a Sept. 17 concert by Shooter Jennings and Waymore’s Outlaws.

  • Column: Tanner responds to Evans’ column

    I just want to let Dianne Evans, who serves on the Lancaster County Library Board, know that I believe rules need to be applied and followed. (Evans wrote the column, “Some think rules don’t apply to them,” in last week’s Gateway.)
    What many residents don’t realize is that all the county boards and commissions are different and, therefore, their rules need to be written accordingly.