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Today's News

  • County crime stats improve overall in ’17

    Crime was down overall in Lancaster County between 2016 and 2017, with several categories falling to a 10-year low, according to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
    According to crime statistics released Monday, Type 1 crimes, which include both violent crimes and property crimes, fell 6 percent overall in 2017.
    The total number of violent crimes – murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults – fell 5 percent. Property crimes, which include, larcenies, auto break-ins and motor vehicle thefts, decreased 7 percent.

  • Lancaster, it’s time for your close-up!

    Lancaster and one of its corporate anchors will bask in some heartwarming national TV exposure Saturday morning, as the “Lucky Dog” episode taped here last fall is broadcast on CBS.
    Nutramax Laboratories, sponsor of the Emmy-winning program, will hold an invitation-only watch party at the Springs House during the 10 a.m. airing. Guests will include company executives, local officials and animal-rescue groups.

  • Kershaw town council denies $25K KCPC request

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Community Park Council on Monday asked the town council for $25,000 to secure an equal grant for the playground-replacement project at Stevens Park, but the council turned down the request.
    The $25,000 would have won KCPC a matching amount from the J. Marion Sims Foundation, a big step toward the community group’s $375,000 goal.
    “We just don’t have it,” Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman told anxious KCPC board members after council discussed the matter behind closed doors for more than an hour.

  • Serving up soul

    There were long lines for lunch Tuesday as USC Lancaster hosted its eighth-annual Soul Food Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship.
    Bailey, founder of the event and TRIO director at USC Lancaster, passed away in 2016.

    The winners at this year’s event included:
    ◆ Founders Federal Credit Union – Best Main Dish, for grilled chicken wrapped in bacon. Comporium’s fried catfish and tartar sauce was second.

  • Enlightening month in India

    Haley Williams, a dance teacher at McDonald Green Elementary, has a new creative and contemplative passion – yoga – and she has begun teaching evening lessons after a month’s training in India.
    Williams, 20, holds yoga classes at 5 and 6 p.m. every Tuesday at I2A Fitness, 724 S. Main St., Lancaster.
    She started doing yoga nearly three years ago after injuring both hamstrings during a dance program. She says yoga helped her to lengthen muscles, relax tightness and release a lot of stress.

  • ‘No Trespassing’ on thoroughfare?

    Commuters and residents along the Lancaster County side of Regent Parkway at the Panhandle’s northern tip found unusual signs beside the heavily-traveled road Tuesday morning: Private Road. No Trespassing.
    Best known as the home of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Heritage USA, Regent Parkway runs between Harrisburg Road in Indian Land and S.C. 21 in Fort Mill.
    The road is traveled by about 10,000 cars each day and is home to hundreds of Lancaster County residents on the half-mile Indian Land stretch ending at that county line at Sugar Creek.

  • What happened to winter? 80 degrees in mid-February

    Less than a month after we were making snowmen, Lancaster hit 80 degrees Friday, with beaming sunshine but damaging winds.
    Saturday the forecast high was to be 30 degrees cooler, then swinging back up into the high 70s by Tuesday.
    It’s as if spring and winter are trading punches as the change of season approaches.
    Friday’s high was a fabulous 23 degrees above normal for the date, but the winds got a little too gusty, topping 40 mph at times.

  • Flu creates shortage of bus drivers

    Anyone qualified to drive a school bus was subbing behind the wheel this week, as the flu kept home 13 percent of the Lancaster County School District’s drivers, making some bus routes run 30 to 45 minutes late.
    Administrators and coaches were forced to step in as 10 county school bus drivers were out with the flu or flu-like symptoms, said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director.

  • Reid Pointe repairs may cost less than feared

    INDIAN LAND – There’s bad news and good for Reid Pointe, whose residents are scrambling to repair their subdivision’s streets so that the county will agree to accept them into its road system.
    The bad news is that the streets’ problems are not cosmetic issues with the asphalt, according to new county tests completed last week. They involve the road base, which is too weak to support the required amount of weight.

  • Morrow lone candidate in Heath Springs race

    Tameka Morrow, a teacher at North Elementary School, is running unopposed in the race for the open seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
    “Everyone has a voice, but I’d like to put the voice of the younger generation – the generation of the offspring of the retirees,” Morrow said. “It’s time for a younger generation to come in, and I would like to put a fresh face on council.”