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Today's News

  • Historic cemetery desecrated

    Vandals damaged 13 gravestones in the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Arch Street last week, wrenching them from bases and smashing some of the historic markers beyond repair.
    The devastation had local historian Lindsay Pettus almost in tears Monday morning as he walked through the cemetery surveying the damage. Some of the markers date back to 1836.
    Pettus, president of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, said the vandals struck the cemetery sometime between Aug. 15 and noon Saturday.

  • Glock .45, stack of cash, and backpack stuffed with heroin, crack

    After a months-long investigation, a Heath Springs man was charged with heroin trafficking after his arrest Thursday while he was carrying $9,500 in cash, a .45-caliber pistol and a backpack full of drugs.
    Jarvis Mandrell Anthony, 37, of 2520 Tucker Road, Heath Springs, was arrested on multiple drug and weapons charges outside his home during the culmination of a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office drug investigation that began last year, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said.

  • Fancy digs for homeless cats

    The much-talked-about cat facility at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter is open and filled with furry felines waiting to be chosen and given a home.
    Seventeen cats and kittens removed from small, cramped cages last week were running free in their new spacious, clean, cool home Wednesday afternoon.  
    "We wanted to get these cats out of those cages," said Animal Shelter Director Alan Williams. "It's a whole lot better for them, breathing fresh, clean air and enjoying some freedom."

  • Nappers nabbed on drug charges in Walmart lots

    If you’re going to pass out or fall asleep in your car in a Walmart parking lot, be careful about what’s in the car with you.
    Three people were arrested this week after two separate incidents in Indian Land and Lancaster during which officers were called to awaken people in their cars and reported finding drugs inside.
    The most recent incident occurred about 1 a.m. Wednesday and resulted in the arrest of an Indian Land man on methamphetamine charges.

  • Targeting youth at century-old camp meeting

    The Lancaster City and Countywide Prayer Rally is dressing an age-old message in young hip clothes, and taking it to the historic annual Mount Carmel Camp Meeting next month.
    The group, formed in June for a rally on the courthouse grounds that drew hundreds of participants, will have its “prayer warriors” at the camp meeting Sept. 9-10.

  • Lancaster, York to revive ‘War of the Roses’

    A rather bloody battle between the houses of Lancaster and York that ended 529 years ago at Bosworth Field in England is about to be renewed at Buckelew Park.
    But his time, rights to the throne won’t be at stake, just bragging rights.
    The city of Lancaster has agreed to take on the town of York in a softball game and associated activities in mid-October during a second “War of the Roses.”

  • Springdale Recreation Center closed Monday morning

    The Springdale Recreation Department will be closed to the public until 2 p.m. Monday, according to Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
    The county is making electrical repairs requiring the power to the building to be turned off. The work should be complete by Monday morning, but building inspectors have to review and approve the work before Duke Energy can restore the power to the building, Willis said.

  • South end of Panhandle site for new high school

    The Lancaster County School District has agreed to pay $5.2 million for 142 acres along U.S. 521 and will build the new Indian Land high school there, according to Superintendent Gene Moore.
    The site is on the east side of 521 between Niven Road and Witherspoon Trail, across the highway from Steele Hill AME Zion Church and just north of the Millstone Creek subdivision. It is nearly 5 miles south of Indian Land High School.
    The entire tract is made up of four properties totaling 141.85 acres, and the contracted price is $5,269,900.

  • 13K lose Comporium internet service

    An equipment malfunction caused a massive internet outage Wednesday for 13,000 Comporium Communications customers, many of them businesses that had to turn away customers of their own.
    Matthew Dosch, Comporium’s executive vice president of customer operations,  said the outage started shortly before 3 p.m. and ended about 5:15 p.m. It also cut service to about 7,000 cable TV subscribers.
    Dosch blamed the problems on a malfunctioning electronics card in a piece of equipment at a service node serving Lancaster County customers south of the Panhandle.

  • Lancaster gets 2nd big lottery win in 3 weeks

    Palmetto Cash 5 lottery tickets are hot in Lancaster, it seems, after a local player scored a six-figure win in Wednesday night’s drawing – the second big local win in less than three weeks.
    S.C. Education Lottery spokeswoman Holli Armstrong said the as yet unknown winner won $100,000 with the numbers 2, 3,11, 29 and 34, but also “Powered-up” for an additional $1, which doubled the win to $200,000.
    The odds of winning were 1 in 1,003,884.