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Today's News

  • 'Standing peacefully for justice'

    Watching the Charlotte riots on TV Tuesday and Wednesday nights after the police killing of Keith Scott, Alfrick Seegars felt pulled in two directions.
    As a 28-year-old black man, Seegars knew the passion and anger fueled by seeing yet another man of color on the news bleeding to death on the ground surrounded by cops.
    As a firefighter with the city of Lancaster and County Fire Rescue, he also could appreciate the mix of fear and commitment to duty that the police and other first-responders on scene felt facing the angry crowd.

  • Saluting Sims for 20 years of giving

    A crowd of more than 200 gathered Friday night to salute the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s 20 years of grant-making to agencies serving the residents of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls.
    Those grants have totaled more than $50 million to 108 nonprofit and government agencies over the two decades, and the charitable foundation’s $70 million in current assets make it the eighth largest in South Carolina.

  • 30 countries and counting

    Ten years later, Cara Walker can still close her eyes and stroll the dirt streets of Moshi, a Tanzanian city within sight of Mount Kilimanjaro.
    She remembers wandering through shops and open-air markets with no agenda, browsing to learn. Bougainvillea bloomed. Kiswahili music played. Chickens clucked, and babies cried and laughed.
    “Your senses are constantly engaged, if not borderline overwhelmed,” Walker recalls. It was "a surreal and beautiful experience.”

  • Shoplifting suspects collared after K-9 search, foot-chase

    It started with a man running from Lancaster’s Home Depot with three stolen string trimmers and jumping into a getaway car parked between the mulch pallets.
    It ended two hours later after a K-9 search and a police foot-chase through the backyards of nearby Gregwood.
    A Concord, N.C., couple were jailed Sept. 16 after the incident at the Home Depot on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Steven Michael Vanderburg, 28, was arrested by Lancaster Police Department officers about two hours after the theft, running through the Gregwood subdivision.

  • Final call: Kershaw oaks coming down

    KERSHAW – There won’t be a last-minute reprieve for the four majestic oak trees at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets.
    The trees will be cut down within the next two weeks, said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    The decision to move forward with cutting down the trees came on the tails of a Sept. 8 public hearing on the matter.

  • Mulvaney, Lucas brief chamber members

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney told Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday that it’s time for meaningful, common-sense reforms to Social Security to keep the system solvent.
    “This is a hard thing to do politically, because it’s easy to run a political ad… that says Mick Mulvaney wants to take Social Security away from old people,” he said. “But it’s something we have to fix.”

  • Big crowd for ‘Milt Chaney’ book signing

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster 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.