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Today's News

  • Library board’s inaction draws fire

    Lancaster County Council members are turning up the heat on the library board for dragging its feet on plans to spend $8 million in voter-approved funds upgrading facilities in Lancaster, Kershaw and Indian Land.
    “We’ve been talking about the library and library board for a year now,” said frustrated council member Terry Graham.
    County Library Director Rita Vogel gave council members an update on the facilities plan during the Jan. 9 meeting of the council’s Infrastructure & Research Committee.

  • Abduction suspect sets off through dark woods, eludes cops

    A Lancaster man suspected of taking an infant from its grandmother led deputies on a massive chase Friday, wrecking his car in Van Wyck and running through the woods to elude a horde of officers, only to be nabbed later 5 miles away eating breakfast in Indian Land.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said the Rock Hill Police Department issued a “be on the lookout” for Gabriel L’Ambiance Ingram about 1:40 a.m. Friday. Ingram, 28, was accused of taking a 9-month-old child from its grandmother without the mother’s permission.

  • Tombstone just appears out of nowhere

    Who are Elise and Norville Grant, and how did their tombstone end up dumped in the woods off Zion Road north of Lancaster?
    Dennis McAteer, who stumbled onto it at some property his girlfriend owns, would really like to know. Finding no answers himself, he called in the sheriff’s office, but they got no leads either.

  • Exactly what schools get for $199M

    Eleven new playgrounds, 7,350 Chromebooks, at least 1,432 doors, and 12 parking lot and pick-up areas.
    That’s some of what the Lancaster County School District’s $199 million bond referendum is funding.
    And then there are the bigger projects – two new schools, three multipurpose buildings and three new artificial-turf athletic fields.
    About $121 million of the bond money will go to Indian Land, about $34 million to Lancaster, $33 million to Kershaw and $14 million to Buford.

  • Pedestrian hit by SUV, dies from her injuries

    A Lancaster woman has died after a vehicle struck her Tuesday night on Baker Street near Springdale Road in Lancaster.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 43-year-old Patricia Morgan Pate.
    According to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, the victim was trying to cross Baker Street when she was struck by an SUV driven by 56-year-old Kendra Joy Melton of Lancaster.
    Gooches Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County EMS responded to the scene shortly after 7 p.m.

  • Fun night as chamber surprises honorees

    I arrived at Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual soiree at 6 p.m. to find a sea of business suits and other fine attire in the main hall of The Lodge at Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    Most gathered around a small table where rows of nametags were being picked up and clipped on, some adorned with ribbons that said Silver Sponsor or Gold Sponsor. Others went to the adjacent bar, where wine and beer were not in short supply.

  • 'Best snow day'

    Little traces of snow were still on the ground Thursday evening as Wednesday’s snowfall melted away.
    Lancaster County, as well as some upper state and midland counties, were under a winter storm warning and winter advisory Wednesday. Snow accumulation ranged from 3 inches in Indian Land to a half-inch in Lancaster to 2 inches in Elgin.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, said Wednesday was one of their easiest snow days.

  • Packed hall honors Mayor Taylor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Ann Taylor’s last official act as Heath Springs mayor Tuesday was swearing in mayor-elect Eddie Moore and new council members Peggy Bowers and Elaine Lehr.
    But the standing-room-only crowd had something special in mind for Taylor when she tried to slip away quietly after the ceremony.
    State lawmakers Vincent Sheheen and Mandy Powers Norrell presented Taylor with resolutions from the S.C. Senate and House honoring her for decades of work for the town.

  • Kershaw may need rec center property for new industrial park

    KERSHAW – No, the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center on North Matson Street isn’t for sale.
    But Kershaw town officials are exploring the possibility of buying it from the county.
    Engineering plans for Kershaw Commerce Park show the main entrance cutting through the rec center parking lot. The park must have two entrances, and a dirt road on the site isn’t wide enough for a southern entrance.
    “We didn’t find out about this until two weeks ago,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.

  • Chamber kicks up heels, dishes out awards

    About 300 local business people, corporate sponsors and guests piled into The Lodge at Sun City Carolina Lakes on Thursday for the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual soiree, a night of celebration, award presentations and the changing of the guard.
    The event, presented by Founders Federal Credit Union, was the chamber’s 62nd annual meeting. Chamber members got dressed up, ate good food, enjoyed live music and toasted the accomplishments of six award honorees – Pamela Trimnal, Odell Steele, J.C. Rainey, Melissa Prince, and Pat and Michael Clancy.