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Today's News

  • 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.

  • County crime stats improve overall in ’17

    Crime was down overall in Lancaster County between 2016 and 2017, with several categories falling to a 10-year low, according to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
    According to crime statistics released Monday, Type 1 crimes, which include both violent crimes and property crimes, fell 6 percent overall in 2017.
    The total number of violent crimes – murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults – fell 5 percent. Property crimes, which include, larcenies, auto break-ins and motor vehicle thefts, decreased 7 percent.

  • Lancaster, it’s time for your close-up!

    Lancaster and one of its corporate anchors will bask in some heartwarming national TV exposure Saturday morning, as the “Lucky Dog” episode taped here last fall is broadcast on CBS.
    Nutramax Laboratories, sponsor of the Emmy-winning program, will hold an invitation-only watch party at the Springs House during the 10 a.m. airing. Guests will include company executives, local officials and animal-rescue groups.

  • Kershaw town council denies $25K KCPC request

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Community Park Council on Monday asked the town council for $25,000 to secure an equal grant for the playground-replacement project at Stevens Park, but the council turned down the request.
    The $25,000 would have won KCPC a matching amount from the J. Marion Sims Foundation, a big step toward the community group’s $375,000 goal.
    “We just don’t have it,” Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman told anxious KCPC board members after council discussed the matter behind closed doors for more than an hour.

  • Serving up soul

    There were long lines for lunch Tuesday as USC Lancaster hosted its eighth-annual Soul Food Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship.
    Bailey, founder of the event and TRIO director at USC Lancaster, passed away in 2016.

    The winners at this year’s event included:
    ◆ Founders Federal Credit Union – Best Main Dish, for grilled chicken wrapped in bacon. Comporium’s fried catfish and tartar sauce was second.

  • Enlightening month in India

    Haley Williams, a dance teacher at McDonald Green Elementary, has a new creative and contemplative passion – yoga – and she has begun teaching evening lessons after a month’s training in India.
    Williams, 20, holds yoga classes at 5 and 6 p.m. every Tuesday at I2A Fitness, 724 S. Main St., Lancaster.
    She started doing yoga nearly three years ago after injuring both hamstrings during a dance program. She says yoga helped her to lengthen muscles, relax tightness and release a lot of stress.

  • ‘No Trespassing’ on thoroughfare?

    Commuters and residents along the Lancaster County side of Regent Parkway at the Panhandle’s northern tip found unusual signs beside the heavily-traveled road Tuesday morning: Private Road. No Trespassing.
    Best known as the home of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Heritage USA, Regent Parkway runs between Harrisburg Road in Indian Land and S.C. 21 in Fort Mill.
    The road is traveled by about 10,000 cars each day and is home to hundreds of Lancaster County residents on the half-mile Indian Land stretch ending at that county line at Sugar Creek.

  • What happened to winter? 80 degrees in mid-February

    Less than a month after we were making snowmen, Lancaster hit 80 degrees Friday, with beaming sunshine but damaging winds.
    Saturday the forecast high was to be 30 degrees cooler, then swinging back up into the high 70s by Tuesday.
    It’s as if spring and winter are trading punches as the change of season approaches.
    Friday’s high was a fabulous 23 degrees above normal for the date, but the winds got a little too gusty, topping 40 mph at times.