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Today's News

  • City council fills housing board seat

    Lancaster City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to appoint Brenda Thompson to the Lancaster City Housing Authority Board.
    She will fill the position left open by the July 20 resignation of board member Lorenzo Small. Mayor John Howard and council member Hazel Taylor cast the dissenting votes.
    “I’ve been wanting to serve the Lancaster community for some time,” Thompson said. “And this is an opportunity for me to give back to the community.”

  • Man charged with indecent exposure

    A Lancaster man has been arrested after a rattled neighbor told sheriff’s deputies she saw him exposing himself and committing a lewd act in front of her home. 

    Nicholas Moses McCullough, 30, of 1481 Victoria St., is charged with one count of indecent exposure. 

    The sheriff’s office incident report said a deputy responded to a home in the 1400 block of Tripp Lane in Lancaster about 8 a.m. Sept. 7 after a report of a suspicious person.

  • Antiques aplenty draw the curious and the nostalgic to downtown shop

    As you stroll Lancaster’s Main Street, your nose may be drawn to the roasted pork from 521 BBQ or the dogs and burgers at Hot Dog King, but curiosity pulls you toward the Shops on Main antique emporium.
    What originally started as an interest in antique guitars has “exploded into this” says owner Hunter Fox as he walks around his store amid countless knickknacks and rare finds. Old Coca-Cola and Pepsi machines, countless automotive and street signs as well as local folk art line aisle after aisle.

  • Feet away from a suspected murderer

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I walk down a narrow hallway with the mother of a teen who was shot dead just a week earlier.
    My heart pounds as I walk into a small office at the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Clemson, Auburn join to fight world hunger

    From release

    CLEMSON – The two rivals faced off on the gridiron last weekend, but Clemson University and Auburn University are united off the field in supporting the World Food Programme’s efforts to defeat hunger.

    “I am enormously proud that Clemson is exploring ways to join Auburn and WFP in our joint fight against hunger,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “Defeating hunger is an enormous challenge, but if we tackle it together, we know this is a fight we can win.”

  • New connection between 2 street killings

    A Wednesday bond hearing in one of Lancaster’s recent street killings revealed a suspected connection between that case and another murder two weeks later.
    Prosecutors asserted that Allen Cooper, a 17-year-old Lancaster High basketball player killed April 26 outside Hope on the Hill, participated in the April 11 drive-by murder of Mar’Quise “Mini Me” Evans.

  • Cops using body cams on all stops

    The Lancaster Police Department has finished deploying $78,000 worth of body cameras, one for each of its sworn officers, so if you have a brush with the law, chances are it will be part of a video database, available for use as evidence.  
    The city got a $74,000 state grant to pay most of the system’s startup cost. But in return, the General Assembly attached requirements about what gets recorded and how the recordings are stored and used.

  • Belk denied bond in Daquan Blackmon shooting

    A suspect in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon was denied bond Wednesday during a hearing in General Session Court that revealed new details about the Aug. 18 case.
    Travis Belk, 25, of Lancaster, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime. Belk was arrested in Chester Aug. 24. A co-defendant, Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 23, of Lancaster was arrested Aug. 25 on one count of accessory after the fact.

  • Stormwater fee reduced before final council OK

    Before giving the measure final approval Tuesday night, the Lancaster County Council reduced the new stormwater fee for Panhandle homeowners from $75 to $60 a year.
    The fee will be added to upcoming tax bills and applies to the area from S.C. 5 north to the county line. That portion of the county (Indian Land) is now considered to be in Charlotte’s urban area, with more than 1,000 residents per square mile.

  • Lancaster gets no-kill pet sanctuary

    Lancaster County will soon have its first no-kill pet sanctuary and will begin providing a safe haven to shelter pets by the end of September.
    In June, the Indian Land-based nonprofit rescue group Paws in the Panhandle bought Palmetto Kennels, located off U.S. 521 just past Shiloh Unity Road north of Lancaster.
    It’s a change in direction for Paws founder Gloria Davey, who had bought land in Fort Mill and planned to build a shelter from scratch there.