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Today's News

  • Power outages impact 4,000

    UPDATE:
    About 4,000 homes and businesses in eastern Lancaster County woke up without electricity Tuesday morning.
    The power was not expected to be back on until 10 p.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
    “The damage to the lines was a direct feed out of the retail (sub) station, which ran through the woods,” said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

  • 4 suspects sought in Tuesday night shooting

    Lancaster police are looking for suspects in connection to two victims shot and an armed robbery Tuesday night on the 800 block of Woodland Drive.
    Police responded to a call about 8:52 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers met two adult victims, both with apparent gunshot wounds, according to a Lancaster Police Department release.
    A preliminary investigation, the release said, revealed the victims were working on a vehicle in the front yard when four African American males approached them.

  • Motorcyclist dies in multi-vehicle accident

    A multi-vehicle accident on S.C. 5 claimed the life of a motorcyclist Tuesday afternoon.

    Jason Lee Sims, 27, of Lancaster, died at the scene, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.

    The accident closed a portion of S.C. 5 for nearly two hours and rerouted traffic on both sides of the accident scene through Van Wyck.

    The accident happened shortly after 5 p.m. about a mile east of the Catawba River bridge near Carter Quality Plumbing at 1408 Rock Hill Highway (S.C. 5).

  • New fire marshal right at home here

    Newly appointed Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers has lived in Lancaster County all of his life. He began his new position with Lancaster County on July 10.
    “It feels like home,” he said. “This is where I live and I know a lot of people here.”

  • Council sets $75 stormwater fee for Panhandle

    Panhandle residents might notice a new fee on their taxes starting this October. A $75 fee per household to fund a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) received initial approval from Lancaster County Council on July 17.
    It passed first reading in council with a 5-0 vote. Councilmen Terry Graham and Billy Mosteller were absent.
    The new fee will only affect residents north of S.C. 5.

  • Kershaw to build bandstand

    The town of Kershaw plans to build a bandstand on a 5-acre property given to the town by Lancaster County School District.
    It will cost the town $102,000 to build the bandstand.
    The lot, once the Kershaw High School football field, is beside the Kershaw post office.
    The space will be available for citizens to use through the Kershaw Recreation Department.

  • Brewery rezoning approved

    On July 17, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the first of three required readings to rezone Benford Brewery. The zoning change will allow the growing brewery to expand.  
    Rumors had spread that the nearly five-year-old brewery, located at 2271 Boxcar Road, was building a bar.
    Owner Bryan O’Neal quickly put that to rest.

  • No one hurt in drive-by shooting

    Lancaster police are investigating a brazen daytime drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon at a home less than a block from the police station that endangered patrons at the Dollar General store.
    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant said the incident happened about 5:30 p.m. when a vehicle traveling south on Hughes Street fired multiple shots at a home on the northwest corner of Hughes and Arch streets.

  • Howard to serve on S.C. Mayors board

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard was voted onto the Association of South Carolina Mayors board of directors Friday.
    The first Lancaster mayor to serve on the board, Howard was selected by a nominating committee and approved by board members during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s annual meeting.
    Howard, who was elected mayor in a special election in February 2016, said joining the state board is an honor.
    “It’s going to be fun,” Howard said. “I assure you that.”

  • Remembering July 17, 1967 – A fateful day for Jacky Bayne

    This is an edited excerpt from Don McCorkle’s upcoming book, “The Buddy Plan,” which is expected to be published later this summer or fall. The dialogue in the “Vietnam: The sickening sound” section are a dramatization from the book. Although McCorkle and Bayne entered the U.S. Army in 1966 together on the Buddy Plan, McCorkle was not present when his friend was injured.