Today's News

  • Fire service 'a brotherhood'

    Gregory A. Summers
    Justin McLellan has a hand-written sticky note on his computer screen at Fire Station 1.
    “ALL IN,” it says, a motto Lancaster’s new fire chief borrowed from Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney.
    The 35-year-old McLellan bleeds orange and purple. His office has a few Tigers souvenirs, alongside photos of wife Kylie and daughters Riley, 10, Haley, 8, and Addaley, 2.

  • A matrimonial moment in a family pawn shop

    “Love is the reason we are here,” said the presiding notary public, bringing business to a halt inside Lancaster Pawn & Jewelry at 1 p.m. Friday.
    The South 200 store was a mini-chapel, with a wedding arch, flowers, a tiered cake and monogrammed champagne glasses.
    Johnny Knight, 52, stood at the altar as his bride, Mary Paddock, 51, watched from the back of a makeshift aisle, holding a bouquet of fresh roses.
    The groom’s mom, Patsy Bailey, handed him a crystal dove. “It’s a symbol of peace and tranquility,” she said.

  • County below state averages on ACT scores

    South Carolina released ACT scores for all 2016 graduating classes this week, and Lancaster County students received a 17.2 average composite score, a notch below the statewide average of 18.5.
    The S.C. Department of Education said in a release Tuesday that last year’s ACT reports show much room for improvement.
    The ACT, a career and college readiness test, scores high school students on English, math, science and reading. The test is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale.

  • Rep. Norrell appointed to tax-reform committee

    COLUMBIA – Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster is among 14 S.C. House members on a special tax-reform committee appointed Tuesday by House Speaker Jay Lucas.
    Norrell, a Democrat whose 44th District includes Lancaster, Heath Springs and Kershaw, will serve on the bipartisan panel, which will review the S.C. tax code and make recommendations to Lucas for changes before the next legislative session.

  • Founders Federal Credit Union buying Rock Hill Schools office building

    Founders Federal Credit Union is buying  the Rock Hill Schools district office building to expand its back-office operations into Rock Hill.
    Founders will purchase the property at 660 Anderson Road and an outparcel for $2.7 million. The new location will house some existing employees from the credit union’s corporate headquarters in Lancaster, which is filled to capacity and needs to expand, according to the company.

  • 'Nothing better than a homegrown tomato'

    For the past seven years, farming has been a passion for Rachel Hovis. Her work and dedication to farming led her to receive the 2016 American FFA Degree, along with 18 others in the state.
    “It’s the highest honor an FFA member can get,” Hovis said.
    The Future Farmers of America Degree is awarded to students based on their leadership abilities, their participation in at least 50 hours of community service with three different organizations, their supervised agricultural experience and their time and cost investments.

  • Remember When: A yard full of trees, an apple pie in the window

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away in July, we had a few of his recent columns stockpiled, waiting to run. With his family’s permission, we will continue to publish them until we run out, in his honor.

    The telephone note on my desk was asking for an immediate reply.
    Talk about a quick response – I made it! No, the house wasn’t on fire. Mr. Hagins down at Railway Express had called, and our fruit trees had arrived.

  • Friends, Carolinas brews help couple launch Main St. dream

    Lancaster’s Main Street got a new place to hang out this week as The Craft Stand opened for business in a renovated century-old building in the heart of downtown.
    Owners Don and Brandy Geraghty had their official opening at noon Thursday, with 24 Carolinas craft beers on tap, retail craft beer in bottles and a few original Craft Stand items such as pint glasses, koozies and T-shirts in signature black.
    The business is located at 134 South Main in the old Emanuel’s Jewelers building, just across Gay Street from the old Bank of Lancaster.

  • City council rejects police raises

    A two-month-long effort by the Lancaster Police Department to get pay raises for nine mid-level and senior officers has been rejected by Lancaster City Council.
    City employees from other departments turned out in force at Tuesday night’s council meeting, arguing that if the officers got raises, all other city workers should get raises too. After a long executive session to discuss the matter, council voted 5-2 against the police pay hikes.

  • Elgin residents’ concerns stall UDO rewrite by several weeks

    Public concerns over the county’s new Unified Development Ordinance and Official Zoning Map has resulted in at least another month being added to the already 19-month-long rewriting process for the UDO.
    More than 75 people, most from the Elgin community, attended the UDO public hearing Tuesday night to voice their concerns about the ordinance’s Environmental Hazardous Overlay District, which they fear will restrict their land use. Many addressed the Planning Commission during the citizens’ comments portion in the four-hour meeting.