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Today's News

  • Big Fire Safety Expo this Saturday

    The Lancaster Fire Service is hosting its 23rd annual Fire Safety Expo this Saturday in the parking lot of the Walmart on S.C. 9 Bypass in Lancaster.
    The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and marks the end of Fire Safety Week.
    Fire engines and ladder trucks will be on display for children and adults alike. A junior firefighter’s obstacle course, games and prizes, coloring books and a Home Depot kid workshop will be there for children’s entertainment. There will also be a face-painting station, balloons, clowns and a DJ at the Expo.

  • Staff Column: Hello! I’m your new reporter

    If you told me six years ago that I’d become a reporter, fall in love with a country girl and live in good ole’ South Carolina, I’d have said ease up on the psychedelics.
    Yet here I am, with all of the above turning out to be true.
    God must be punishing me for my cynicism as a Northerner.  
    I currently live in Columbia and commute to Lancaster. But I have bought a house in Lancaster’s Erwin Farm neighborhood and will be closing on the sale today.
    I am not an S.C. native, but I don’t plan on leaving – ever.

  • Blackmon seeks $6,750 in back pay

    Newly sworn in Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon has requested back pay for the nine months she would have served on the council if Jackie Harris had not sued her over the 2016 election results.
    Blackmon wants $6,750 in back pay, according to the agenda for Tuesday night’s city council meeting, which was set to begin after press time.
    Blackmon’s request got mixed reviews Tuesday afternoon.

  • YMCA coming to Lancaster

    Lancaster County is getting its first YMCA.
    Officials announced Tuesday that the Upper Palmetto YMCA will be taking over the operations of USC Lancaster’s C.D. Gregory Health and Wellness Center.
    The Upper Palmetto YMCA will start managing the 36-year-old center Dec. 1 and plans to “increase programming and to enhance the fitness offerings of the center,” said Shana Dry, USCL’s spokeswoman.
    The name will change to the Gregory Family YMCA.

  • Student charged with taking loaded handgun to AJ High

    A 17-year-old Andrew Jackson High student was arrested Monday for possessing a loaded handgun and marijuana in the school.
    Devin D’Ante Wright of Heath Springs was charged with carrying a weapon on school property and simple possession of marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    AJHS Principal Alex Dabney told the school resource officer that he had heard Wright had been seen with a pistol inside the school.
    Wright was then escorted to the office, but did not have the pistol.

  • Rowell elected national leader of 2,200-paper industry trade group

    Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News, was elected president of the National Newspaper Association’s board of directors last week during the trade group’s 131st annual convention in Tulsa, Okla.
    Rowell, who has served as a director for five years, said she is personally and professionally honored to lead the nation’s largest newspaper trade association, which represents 2,200 member publications.

  • Tax breaks detailed for new employer

    A home décor distributor that is expanding into Lancaster County won’t have to pay its full share of county taxes for 10 years as an incentive.
    Unique Looms announced in May that it was creating 300-plus jobs in the next four years. Of those, 245 are new jobs and about 90 are moving here from York County. Unique Looms also has locations in downtown Fort Mill and near Carowinds.
    “They’re a great company,” said Jamie Gilbert, Lancaster County’s economic development director, noting that Unique Looms plans to invest $4 million here.

  • 2 Democrats running for governor

    Two Democrats say they are running to challenge Republican Gov. Henry McMaster when he runs in 2018.
    S.C. Rep. James Smith of Columbia announced his candidacy Monday, and Charleston businessman Phil Noble will officially unveil his plans Wednesday, according to the Charleston Post and Courier. Noble will challenge Smith for the minority party’s nomination.
    Besides McMaster, three Republicans have declared their candidacies – Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, former state agency head Catherine Templeton, and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill.

  • Archie Parnell again seeks 5th District seat

    Archie Parnell, who lost a close special election for the 5th Congressional District in June, will run again in 2018, he announced Monday.
    The Sumter Democrat will challenge incumbent Republican Ralph Norman, who won the seat after Mick Mulvaney vacated it to become President Trump’s budget director.

  • IL lottery ticket worth $200,000

    One lucky customer at an Indian Land convenience store has won $200,000 from an S.C. Education Lottery Palmetto Cash 5 ticket purchased for Monday’s drawing.
    The winning ticket was purchased at a QuikTrip on Charlotte Highway in Indian Land. No winner had claimed the prize as of Tuesday afternoon.
    While the ticket matched all five numbers for the $100,000 prize, the ticketholder “Powered-Up” for an additional dollar. This brought the total prize to $200,000.