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Today's News

  • Sheriff: IL budget estimate way off

    Law enforcement for an incorporated Indian Land would likely cost more than double the $1.2 million budgeted by town organizers in their proposal to the state – and up to three times that amount within several years.
    That was the blunt assessment that Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile delivered Nov. 16 during a presentation to the Indian Land Action Council.

  • Kershaw gets $100K grant to chart path

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Kershaw officials want dialogue and new ideas to shape the town’s vision, and they’re about to get an earful thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded this week.
    The town received the Community Heart & Soul grant from the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation and its local partner, the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

  • Kershaw Christmas parade this Sunday

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will kick off the 2017 yuletide season at 3 p.m. Sunday with its annual Christmas parade, which this year includes more than 100 entries.
    “The Christmas season is upon us, and the annual parade is something the entire town enjoys,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We’d like to encourage everyone to come out and join us for some holiday fun.”
    The year’s theme is “A Child is Born.” The parade will be broadcast live on LearnTV’s YouTube channel.

  • Court dismisses S.C. education suit

    The S.C. Supreme Court has reversed its 2014 order that the legislature address the poor quality of education in rural school districts across the state, ending a 24-year legal battle over the issue.
    The 3-2 ruling Nov. 17 dismissed the lawsuit Abbeville School District v. the State of South Carolina. The 2014 ruling was criticized at the time as judicial intrusion into the General Assembly’s and governor’s responsibilities, and the high court, with two new members since the earlier decision, took that side this month.

  • 7-hour standoff ends with no arrests, injuries

    Law enforcement officers swarmed the Northwest Apartments off West Meeting Street overnight Tuesday during a seven-hour standoff that ended with no charges.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said the incident began about 9:45 p.m. when a deputy responded to the apartment concerning a report of shots fired.

  • Clemson claws to top in school food drives

    Bekah Clawson and Jan Blainey might be the only two people in Lancaster without a favorite team Saturday when Clemson and USC square off for annual bragging rights in the Palmetto Bowl.
    Both of them are already on the winning side, thanks to football-themed food drives that benefited HOPE in Lancaster, as well as the food bank at Indian Land’s Belair United Methodist Church.
    Food collected the past two weeks at Buford Middle and High schools is already on the shelves at HOPE, said Clawson, the nonprofit’s executive director.

  • Street safety at issue for IL schools

    An Indian Land Middle School parent has collected about 300 signatures on a petition pushing SCDOT to put in sidewalks and crosswalks on River Road and U.S. 521.
    “I don’t want someone to get hurt or killed before they decide to put in crosswalks and sidewalks,” said Pam Houge, who started the petition Oct. 26 and got about 300 signatures in two weeks. “It shouldn’t take someone getting killed before they do something.
    “I’m on a mission. I’m not going to stop until this is done.”

  • Crunch time for retailers as shopping blitz nears

    Lancaster County retailers have their Black Friday inventory and are stocking shelves in preparation for the busiest shopping day of the year.
    Hot big-ticket items this year are expected to include televisions, Apple watches, gaming systems and appliances.
    More than 164 million consumers in the United States are expected to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend and cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
    In 2016, individual shoppers spent on average $289.19, the NRF reported.

  • Don’t pull your back lifting today’s paper!

    This is not your everyday Lancaster News. It’s the Thanksgiving paper, which means enough advertising content to wallpaper your house three times.
    In our business, we joke that this one is “a real dog-killer,” harkening back to when kids on bikes threw newspapers onto front porches. This was the day for porch pooches to stand clear when the massive missive arrived.

  • 4 VFDs respond to Riverside Road house fire

    Four volunteer fire departments responded to a house fire early Saturday at 2037 Riverside Road in Lancaster County.
    Firefighters from Gooches, Shiloh Zion, Riverside and Charlotte Road/Van Wyck fire departments were called to the blaze at 3:27 a.m. and were on scene until 7:16 a.m.
    The fire is still under investigation, with no cause determined yet, said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.