Today's News

  • ‘Be respectful, polite’ then slap on the cuffs

    At 8 a.m. sharp, about 20 deputies, investigators and drug task force agents pack the conference room at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Some ring the table. Others lean against the wall. Some wear uniforms, others street clothes. They’re serious but not tense.
    Lt. Eric Jaillette, the drug task force supervisor, issues marching orders. He wears a camouflage hoodie, jeans and cowboy boots.

  • AJ cleanup expands: 6 weeks, $3M

    Andrew Jackson Middle School’s plan for a two-week, $1 million fire cleanup has ballooned into perhaps six weeks and $3 million.
    “The latest date we’ll reopen is the Monday after spring break, April 16,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “Of course challenges could arise that we can’t foresee, but we’re confident we can open by then.”

  • Kershaw moves to cut swim team cost

    KERSHAW – And the two swim teams shall become one.
    The Kershaw Stingrays will merge with the Lancaster Piranhas on a one-summer trial basis for the upcoming competitive youth swim team season.
    “We’re trying it and in talking with parents, if they don’t like it, we can always go back to being a Kershaw team,” said town council member Jody Connell.

  • TLN wins 31 awards from SCPA

    SPARTANBURG – The Lancaster News won 31 awards at the S.C. Press Association’s annual meeting Saturday, including first place for general excellence.
    TLN’s three sister papers combined for another 47 awards, with The (Chester) News & Reporter taking home its first President’s Cup and Editor Travis Jenkins named Journalist of the Year.
    Jenkins, the ceremony’s biggest winner, received his third-straight Freedom of Information Award. The audience rose in a long standing ovation in his honor.

  • Homecoming with a purpose

    Don Dixon is coming home again. This time, in addition to providing an evening of music, he and his wife, Marti Jones, will be helping fund repairs and security improvements at the Old Presbyterian Church cemetery.
    The concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center, 307 West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster.

  • Filings begin for ’18 political races

    The official election season has begun, with several candidates already planning to seek office in the June party primaries.
    “These non-presidential election years are normally a little slower, but it’s not been that way here,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    “This office has been pretty busy with the upcoming Indian Land incorporation on March 27, as well as the filings.”
    This year, the offices of governor, members of Congress, the S.C. House and other statewide and local offices are up for election.

  • Rep. Ralph Norman running for reelection

    ROCK HILL – Rep. Ralph Norman announced Monday that he will be seeking a new term in the U.S. House.
    “The last nine months has been such an honor to serve the people of the 5th District,” Norman said in a release. “In that short time, I have traveled all over the district and have heard from so many of my constituents.  
    “A lot of progress has been made in Washington this past year, but there is certainly more work to be done,” he said.

  • Playground in progress

    KERSHAW – This town’s most anticipated construction project since Haile Gold Mine broke ground Friday, with workers digging footings and assembling pieces of the new playground at Stevens Park.
    “So here we are, finally,” said retired physician Jim Timmons, who was manning a portable drill as a group put together one of the many playground component bases that are being cut and built from scratch.
    Timmons is the husband of Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for Kershaw Community Parks Council.

  • Cigarette suspected in massive SCCL fire

    Low humidity, gusty winds and one discarded, still-lit cigarette combined to kindle the massive blaze that destroyed three homes Thursday in Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    “I’ve seen cigarettes start a fire in grass, but never in 40-mph winds,” said Lancaster County Fire Rescue Director Darren Player.
    Player noted that interviews and an initial investigation led county Fire Marshal Russell Rogers to come to that conclusion.
    A Sun City resident, he said, told investigators that he was smoking on a porch deck.

  • Old county potter’s field finally getting historical marker

    A long-neglected piece of Lancaster’s past near the intersection of S.C. 9 and Old Dixie Road is getting its due.
    A historical marker that shows the location of the “County Home/Poor House” cemetery will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Sunday.
    And this is one marker that’s a long time coming, said Jessica Blackmon.