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Today's News

  • Fire chief retires, citing health issues

    The city of Lancaster’s fire chief announced his resignation late Monday, citing health problems.
    “Today ends my 38-year career with the Lancaster Fire Department,” Chuck Small posted on Facebook. “I’m retiring due to health complications, but could not have been blessed more with a career that has opened so many doors and blessed me in ways I could have only dreamed of.”

  • District 1 candidates: IL growth the issue

    The four candidates running for Lancaster County Council’s District 1 seat met to discuss the issues for the first and last time Thursday night ahead of the June 14 Republican primary during the 2016 Before You Vote Candidates Forum.
    Held at the Inspiration Ministries/CrossRidge auditorium, the event drew about 110 voters as candidates David Freeman, Terry Graham, Melvin Stroble and J.R. Wilt discussed a range of topics – nearly all associated with a single issue – growth.

  • Impromptu gathering honors the fallen

    Despite an official cancellation due to expected rain, nearly 30 people showed up anyway at Lancaster Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon and held a Memorial Day program of their own.
    Randy Collins of Collins Realty in Lancaster led the service after discovering that the city’s official event had been canceled by the American Legion.
    “No one really wanted to leave,” Collins said Tuesday.
    What happened next was “one of the most touching things” eight-year event attendee Marilyn Roddey had seen “in a long time.”

  • Shelter to get cat facility, written policy manual

    Relief is in the works for the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, where plans for a portable cat sanctuary and a written policy manual should ease the overcrowding and clear the confusion between the shelter and rescue groups.  
    County Council Chairman Bob Bundy visited the Lancaster County Animal Shelter earlier in the week of May 9, just a couple days before the shelter was closed down for an investigation and Director Shandy Miller was suspended with pay. He was following up a previous visit to determine the shelter’s greatest needs.

  • Rescheduled Cops on Top event today

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office will hold its Cops on Top fundraiser for the S.C. Special Olympics today at Chick-fil-A in Indian Land.
    The third-annual fundraiser runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with deputies raising money primarily through the sale of Special Olympics hats and T-shirts. Those who buy T-shirts will get a free sandwich meal combo.
    The fundraiser was originally set for April 22, but was canceled due to inclement weather.

  • Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident

    A Heath Springs businessman was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on S.C. 9 Memorial Day afternoon.
    Tracy Clyde Baker, 49, was riding a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on S.C. 9 about 1.5 miles outside Fort Lawn at about 2:50 p.m., according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller.
    Miller said Baker ran off the right side of the roadway near Nectar Road just inside Lancaster County and overturned, throwing Baker from the motorcycle.
    Baker, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe head injuries.

  • Remember When: My dog Tiger: Practical joker, not-so-fierce tent protector

    Come on, be truthful and tell me when was the last time you saw a boy and his dog walking down the street or along a country road?
    Where are the herds of young folks riding bicycles or walking along with a bamboo cane fishing pole over their shoulder and beside them the best friend in the world, their dog?
    Now, dogs come in all kinds of packages, just like their young masters. I gotta admit, at times, both look pretty scruffy.

  • Craig comes out swinging hard against Mulvaney

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney's Republican challenger Ray Craig came out swinging Thursday night during the 2016 Before You Vote Candidate Forum in Indian Land, but failed to draw the three-term 5th District incumbent into an all-out fight.
    Speaking before a crowd of about 110 in the Inspiration Ministries/CrossRidge auditorium, the Lake Wylie resident and political newcomer set up his introduction riffing on "three phrases."

  • Kershaw Council tries to end street-name ruckus

    KERSHAW – The festering controversy about who chooses street names within Kershaw’s town limits has come to an abrupt halt.
    The town’s elected officials last week unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance that makes town council the final authority on any name changes recommended by the Lancaster County Planning Commission.

  • Authorities probe fire at Laurel Hill Road home

    INDIAN LAND – Authorities are investigating a fire late Thursday night that destroyed a vacant home at 138 Laurel Hill Road.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said a neighbor reported the blaze after noticing flames in the distance.
    Volunteer firefighters from Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land and Pleasant Valley Fire Departments responded about 11:15 p.m. Thursday.