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Today's News

  • Sunday alcohol sales petition cleared for ballot

    Besides voting for the county’s next president in November, Lancaster County voters will also help decide whether the county will allow Sunday beer and wine sales in stores.

    A petition to allow Sunday beer and wine sales in county stores was officially cleared this week to appear as a referendum on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

    The Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office received the petition July 6 with 7,014 signatures. 

  • Alley clears lanes for last time

    The Lancaster Bowling Center (LBC) closed its doors for good Saturday night. The balls were racked and the gaudy shoes placed back on the shelf for the last time. 

    Owner/manager Freddie Robinson hung a sign on the front door Monday saying this was LBC's last week.

    "It's just time to retire," said Robinson. He also said the downturn in the economy played a part in the decision to close. 

  • Construction zone ahead

    Lancaster County School District board met Thursday morning to discuss the layout of the three facilities that will begin construction in March.

    Jimmy Wilhide of Moseley Architects presented three site and floor plans to the board for multipurpose buildings at Lancaster High School, Buford High School and between Andrew Jackson Middle and High schools.

  • Black parents talk to kids about dealing with police

    In light of two recent shootings of black men by police, two Lancaster moms decided it was finally time to talk to their oldest children about the relationship between African-Americans and the police.

    "I never imagined that this would have to be a conversation – ever,” said Octavia “BJ” Harris, 33. “Never thought that I would be having to have these conversations with my 12- and 9-year-old boys.”

  • Kershaw wants SCDOT to replace caution light with stoplight

    KERSHAW – The S.C. Department of Transportation may have rejected a 2014 request from town officials to replace the caution light at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets with a traffic signal, but that doesn’t mean the town is giving up on the matter. 

    Kershaw leaders talked with SCDOT officials Tuesday in hopes of getting a new traffic study there. 

  • Town hall meeting to address underage drinking

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth is sponsoring a town hall meeting for parents and their teens to come together with community leaders and experts to discuss underage drinking. 

    The event, Communities Talk: Town Hall to Prevent Underage Drinking, will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the special events room at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Building. 

  • Making History

    As Hillary Clinton made history for women in politics this past week when she was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention, Lancaster’s very own Lena Jones Springs is remembered as the first woman nominated for vice president in United States history.
    Though her nomination was a largely symbolic gesture from the Palmetto State delegates, it was something Springs said she wouldn’t treat lightly.

  • Duracell powers down in Lancaster

    Duracell will start phasing down operations at its Lancaster location next March to consolidate production of AA and AAA line of batteries at a single plant in LaGrange, Ga.
    Company officials told The Lancaster News of its future plans early Wednesday afternoon.
    The S.C. 9 Bypass West plant, which manufactures AA alkaline batteries, has about 430 employees and is the county’s seventh largest employer.

  • Local man murdered in Monroe

    Danny McGriff Jr., 39, of Lancaster was murdered Tuesday night just outside the Relax Inn in Monroe, N.C.
    Monroe police officers found his body on a walkway just outside the motel on West Roosevelt Boulevard just before 11:30 p.m. when they responded to reports of a shooting.
    McGriff had been shot in the chest.
    Three men and one woman were arrested Thursday afternoon by Monroe Police Department detectives and N.C. Bureau of Investigation special agents.
    Monroe Police Department detectives and N.C. Bureau of Investigation

  • Lancaster man pleads guilty in adopted son’s death

    Lancaster resident Robert Jordan, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to infliction of great bodily injury upon a child in connection to the death of his disabled adopted son last fall.
    He was sentenced to 20 years, suspended upon the active service of 14 years in prison, followed by five years of probation, said 6th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Lisa Collins.
    Jordan was arrested Oct. 12 for the death of his 5-year-old adopted son, La'Marion Jordan. The boy died Sept. 4, 2015.
    Jordan was in jail from Oct. 12 until April 14, when he bonded out.