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Today's News

  • McMaster: Full speed ahead

    Gov. Henry McMaster spoke to about 125 Lancaster business and civic leaders Thursday about sustaining the state’s economic growth, cutting income taxes and reducing government regulations.
    McMaster, who is running for his first full term as governor this November, spoke during a joint meeting of Lancaster’s two Rotary clubs at USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room.
    He said much of South Carolina’s success in drawing manufacturing jobs is a result of collaboration and partnerships between the state’s schools and industry.

  • Big haul of guns, drugs, money in IL

    A report of shots fired at a Panhandle residence led to three arrests and the seizure of a cache of weapons, drugs and cash, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.
    Jermarcus Kendarryl Coffey, 28, Toni Leigh Napier, 21, and Charles William Rice IV, 27, were arrested at 6956 Jamestowne Road the morning of Feb. 13. Deputies went to the house to investigate a report of gunfire from the night before, and they reported smelling marijuana.
    Sheriff Barry Faile said the call involved gunshots, but no one was injured and no property damage occurred.

  • 17-year-old identified in LHS threat

    Police have identified one of the two students arrested at Lancaster High School after a classmate last Friday reported hearing them threaten to attack the school.
    That student told administrators about overhearing the two talking about “shooting up the school,” according to a Lancaster Police Department statement.
    Launte Ahmadre Holmes, 17, and 15-year-old student were each charged with one count of disturbing schools. Holmes was arrested Monday, booked and later released on bond.

  • New school gets a name: Van Wyck Elementary

    The new campus that opens in the Panhandle this fall will be named Van Wyck Elementary School.
    The Lancaster County school board approved the name unanimously Tuesday night. The school’s mascot will be the Braves, and its colors will match the Indian Land middle and high schools’ blue, gold and white.
    “There was one name that just stuck out overwhelmingly that people voted for, and there was no contest that the name for the school should be Van Wyck Elementary School,” said Steven Puckett, the principal of the new school.

  • No eggs frying on sidewalks, but it’s really hot for February

    This is the week winter completely slipped our minds, as temperatures soared past 80 degrees and spring blossoms started popping out everywhere.
    The heat wave started last week, with temperatures in the mid-70s and gusting winds. This week has brought record-breaking February heat across the South.
    Columbia set a record high of 83 degrees Wednesday, 21 degrees above normal. That broke the record of 81 degrees set on this date in 1997, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.

  • How would incorporation affect law enforcement?

    As Indian Land residents move toward an incorporation vote March 27, more and more say they’re feeling overwhelmed by the often-contentious arguments made by both sides.
    “I’m leaning toward ‘yes’ because I really believe you need to be responsible for your community,” said Indian Land resident Marilyn Marcussen. “But I want to know how much taxes are really going to go up and those kind of things. There’s so much.

  • Finding her mission

    Two years ago, Shanda Mackey moved her three sons from a quiet Buford neighborhood to a loud mobile home park on McIlwain Road.
    She uprooted her family to take over a Christian ministry in that poor, crime-ridden part of the county.
    The Connection, the ministry Mackey leads, began four years ago when Amber and Grant Hinson moved into the mobile home park through a partnership with New Hope Baptist Church.

  • Truck hits hydrant, shuts down courthouse

    The Lancaster County Courthouse was shut down for most of Tuesday afternoon after a large commercial truck hit a fire hydrant on Catawba Street and cut off the building’s water supply.
    According to Police Chief Scott Grant, the truck turned too sharply from West Meeting Street onto Catawba Street, came over the curb and knocked down the hydrant.

  • 2 LHS students accused in violent threats

    Two Lancaster High School students have been suspended and reported to police after being accused of talking about violent threats against the school, officials said Tuesday.
    “We had some students make comments where school would be the target of a violent act,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District’s safety director. “Law enforcement got involved right away.”

  • Howard out of ICU, still improving, family says

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard has moved out of the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte as his condition continues to improve.
    He is in the hospital’s progressive-care unit, which is a downgrade from ICU and features more intensive physical and respiratory therapy. 
    “Dad has continued to gain strength in the last week and is working to sit in the chair and do strengthening exercises with physical therapy,” said Shelley Robinson, Howard’s daughter.