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Today's News

  • Tradesville on parade

    The Tradesville community gathered Saturday for its annual Fall Festival and parade. For nearly a quarter-century, the event has been organized as a fundraiser for the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Council sides with IL developer

    After a two-hour hearing Monday, county council overturned the planning commission and approved Two Capital’s plans for a 300-unit Indian Land apartment complex.
    The 6-1 vote, with only Jack Estridge opposed, rejects the planning commission’s concerns that the developer’s preferred exit point will pump hundreds more cars onto S.C. 160 too close to one of the Panhandle’s most congested intersections. The S.C. Department of Transportation had OKd the exit point, but the planning commission still refused to budge.

  • Hospitality tax gets final OK

    County council approved the third and final reading of the 2 percent hospitality tax Monday night, and the new charges will start appearing on diners’ and drinkers’ tabs Jan. 1.
    Council voted 6-1, with the opposing vote from Chairman Bob Bundy.
    The 2 percent tax, the maximum allowed under state law, will apply to all establishments that sell prepared meals and beverages in the unincorporated areas of Lancaster County.
    The money can be spent only on tourism-related projects.

  • Mary Bucher will be taken back to Ohio

    Following months of research and trial and error, Andrea Williams has finally arranged medical transportation for her mother, Mary Bucher, from Springs Memorial Hospital to Ohio.
    On Thursday, Bucher will be moved via private medical transportation to a nursing home in Ohio. She will be in a comfortable driving distance from family instead of 10 hours away, Williams said.
    Williams called 911 in May after Bucher’s husband, Kimber Bucher, 73, said she had been sick for several days.

  • Lancaster civic leader Don Scott, Boy Scout ambassador, dies at 90

    Hazel Taylor found out June 14 just how civic-minded Don Scott was.
    Despite his frail health, Scott, who died Saturday at his home two days after turning 90 years old, showed up to cast a special city council election ballot for her at the voting precinct inside the Church of the Good Shepherd, a church he helped found.
    Scott’s actions moved Taylor to tears that afternoon, and still do. Every vote counts, she said in a voice choking back tears, but when someone goes to that much trouble, it’s never forgotten.

  • Big voter-registration efforts under way

    The voter-registration deadline for the Nov. 8 general election is Oct. 8, and with absentee voting slated to start Oct. 3, several organizations have joined forces to boost voter registration in Lancaster County.
    Rally In The Park: Your Vote Matters is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lancaster’s Preston Blackmon Park, (formerly Southside Park), 500 Conner St.
    The rally is jointly sponsored by the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP, the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Theta Sorority and Iota Theta, and the Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

  • 116 Dobermans seized, man arrested

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    A Richburg man has been charged with more than 198 counts ranging from ill treatment of animals to violations of rabies-control law.
    Jordan James Johnson, 47, of Richburg, was arrested Friday by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and charged with 116 counts of ill treatment of animals, 81 counts of violating the rabies control law and one bench warrant.
    According to the Chester County Detention Center records, his total bond has been set at $436,225.

  • Main St. move pays off

    Local restaurateur Howard Witherspoon thinks Lancaster’s Main Street is still the place to do business, which is why he moved there.
    “From Market Street to here, it’s like night and day,” said Witherspoon, who co-owns The Hot Dog King with his wife, Toya. “Even on slow days, it’s 100 percent better.”
    Witherspoon’s move to 220 S. Main St., fueled by word of mouth, has become the talk of the downtown business district. Witherspoon moved to Main Street in mid-June.

  • Open enrollment time for many health plans

    It’s that time of the year again when people are allowed to make changes to their health insurance plans for the upcoming year. It’s also that time of year when people stress and procrastinate making these decisions.
    A best practice is to evaluate how your current plan has performed in 2016 and to make changes (if needed) to improve your plan for 2017.

  • 'Standing peacefully for justice'

    Watching the Charlotte riots on TV Tuesday and Wednesday nights after the police killing of Keith Scott, Alfrick Seegars felt pulled in two directions.
    As a 28-year-old black man, Seegars knew the passion and anger fueled by seeing yet another man of color on the news bleeding to death on the ground surrounded by cops.
    As a firefighter with the city of Lancaster and County Fire Rescue, he also could appreciate the mix of fear and commitment to duty that the police and other first-responders on scene felt facing the angry crowd.