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Today's News

  • I cleaned off the blood...it was time to leave

    Editor’s note: Jessica Britton, 29, is a Waxhaw photographer who has shot assignments for The Lancaster News since 2012. She was at ground zero Wednesday night during the worst of Uptown Charlotte’s racial unrest. Seldom has the nation’s attention focused on a place so close to us.

    Jessica Britton
    For The Lancaster News

  • Stray cat tortured, 2 players charged

    Two University of South Carolina Lancaster baseball players were charged with animal mistreatment Thursday after an off-campus incident Sept. 10 that led to the grotesque death of a cat.
    Grant Payton Bodison, of Simpsonville, and Joshua Allen Kiser, of Aiken, both 19, turned themselves in to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators Thursday on one count each of ill treatment of an animal for shooting the cat repeatedly with a BB gun.

  • Air Force commander comes home

    John M. McCain, a Lancaster native and retired Air Force colonel, has been hired as the No. 2 official at the new Lancaster County Economic Development Department.
    He’ll start work Monday as the existing-industry manager, reporting to agency Director Jamie Gilbert, who has been working solo since July.

  • It’s official: Mitch Lucas gets the job

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously named Mitch Lucas town administrator this week, six months after he stepped into the job on an interim basis when the previous administrator left in a rush.
    This continues Lucas’ long-running service to Kershaw. He was a town council member from 1987-97 and mayor from April 1999 to June 2000. He retired in 2008 as the human resources director for the Lancaster County School District.

  • Almost back to normal at Lancaster gas pumps

    The local gas crunch caused by an Alabama pipeline leak is almost over, but not quite.
    Officials with Colonial Pipeline said late Wednesday that crews had wrapped up work on a bypass around the leak on pipeline 1 in Shelby County, Ala., and removed plugging devices from both sides of the leak.
    Company officials said though the fuel was flowing again, it might take several days for the fuel supply chain to return to normal on the major pipeline, which moves gasoline, diesel and jet fuel through the Carolinas from Texas to New Jersey.

  • Heath Springs buying new phones for town hall

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to buy new phone equipment outright for town hall  rather than leasing it.
    The cost of the new phone system from Comporium Communications is $1,945.  Town Administrator Tony Starnes said buying the system made more sense than leasing it for $81.80 a month, which works out to $982 a year. If the equipment lasts more than two years – and Starnes said it might last eight or 10 – buying will end up saving money.

  • Prison walls don’t stop phone threats

    A Lancaster man serving prison time on drug charges has been accused of  texting threats to another man using an illegal cell phone, a sheriff’s office incident report said.
    Derrick Antonio McIlwain, 30, made headlines in March 2011 after Lancaster police officers pulled him over for loud music and later found crack cocaine in his car.
    McIlwain was convicted of trafficking cocaine in early 2013 and sentenced to eight years. He is incarcerated at the Turbeville Correctional Institute (TCI) in Turbeville.

  • Gas shortage may ease soon

    by Hannah L. Strong and Reece Murphy/reporters
    The gasoline shortage that hit Lancaster County hard over the weekend and has lingered since should start easing in the next few days, according to the S.C. Emergency Management Division.
    On Tuesday, Colonial Pipeline in Alabama, whose leaking pipeline cut gas supplies across the Southeast, announced that it had finished bypassing the damaged section and gas should start flowing through the pipeline again today.

  • Council to hear IL developer’s appeal

    An Indian Land apartment development twice rejected by the Lancaster County Planning Commission will take its case directly to county council members Monday night, asking them to overrule the planning board.
    The council will hear an appeal from Two Capital, which wants to build 313 apartments at the intersection of S.C. 160 and Calvin Hall Road.
    The planning commission denied Two Capital’s plan because of traffic and architectural design issues, both in violation of the Unified Development Ordinance, according to Jerry Holt, the commission’s vice chair.

  • County to save $1M with deal on radios

    Lancaster County Council has shifted the usually slow gears of government into high, trying to take advantage of a deal on the new 800 MHz radios that the county needs to join the new statewide Palmetto 800 system.
    Council has called a special meeting for Thursday morning to consider a resolution allowing the county to sign a purchase order by Friday to seal a deal on the radios that would save $1.1 million. The cost would be $3.5 million, down from an expected $4.6 million.