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Today's News

  • Former TLN Publisher David Ernest dies at 65

    David Ernest, who guided The Lancaster News as publisher for a decade, died Friday in Columbia after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was 65.
    Ernest came to the paper as publisher in 1992 from Florida, where he was advertising manager at a sister newspaper, the daily Citrus County Chronicle.
    Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News, said it was a pleasure to work with Ernest during his 10 years at the paper.

  • County honors its Dixie Darlings all-stars

    Local officials recognized and honored the players and coaches of the Lancaster Darlings all-stars at Monday’s meeting of Lancaster County Council.
    The girls finished as runners-up in the 2017 Dixie Softball World Series this month in Sumter. Eleven teams competed in the tournament.
    Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper saluted the all-star team for its “16-2 record, great play and great sportsmanship” and for being superb ambassadors for the community.

  • Heath Springs might do without municipal court

    HEATH SPRINGS – Now that Heath Springs no longer has a law enforcement officer on regular patrol – a move to save the town money – officials are considering doing away with municipal court and asking county magistrates to handle any cases that come along.
    After all, the logic goes, without police patrols, chances are there won’t be a lot of cases for municipal court to handle.

  • Smooth 1st day of school

    More than 12,000 students began the new academic year at the Lancaster County School District’s 22 schools on Thursday.
    It was smooth sailing most of the day, except for some traffic congestion around the district’s many on-going construction projects.
    “We had a little congestion at Lancaster High,” said David Knight, LCSD spokesman. “But nothing out of the ordinary for the first day of school.”

  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by car

    A pedestrian was hit by a car on Memorial Park Road in Lancaster just after 3 p.m. Thursday and later died from the injuries.

    The victim stepped out in front of a 2000 Chevy Impala driven by 17-year-old Ke’von Drakeford of Heath Springs, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne. Drakeford was not charged in the case.

    The victim, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

    More information will be available in Sunday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Sen. Graham talks local infrastructure

    Sen. Lindsey Graham’s ears perked up Wednesday morning when he learned that Kershaw officials could use some federal help getting a railroad spur to the town’s new 122-acre industrial park.
    “Let’s see if we can help with this one,” Graham said. “This sounds like a pretty good deal.”

  • Grumbling council votes for $75 IL fee

    In a decision that didn’t seem to please anybody, Lancaster County Council passed second reading of an ordinance Monday night that would add a $75 stormwater fee to the tax bills of homeowners in the north end of the county.
    The fee would also impact commercial property, varying by size.
    The fee, which requires one more council vote, would raise $1.57 million in the first year, to be used to start a new county department that would address stormwater issues.  

  • Staring down a timber rattler while jump-starting a Camry

    While trying to jump-start their car Wednesday, Eric and Jeri Sullivan found a surprise under the hood – a 4-foot timber rattlesnake coiled atop the motor.
    Eric “popped the hood, and it lifted its head up, and he slammed the hood down,” Jeri Sullivan said Thursday.  “I screamed and told my husband I would not ever be driving that car.”
    What to do next? They couldn’t shoot the snake without hitting the motor, and they sure weren’t going to try to touch it.

  • SCCL man charged with vandalizing streets

    A Sun City Carolina Lakes resident has been charged with vandalizing streets inside the Indian Land community.
    Lancaster County deputies arrested Bradley Keith Munger, 64, Aug. 6 on two counts of malicious injury to property. Munger is a non-owner resident of the 55-and-older community who reportedly lived with his girlfriend in the 55000 block of Derringer Avenue.
    The charges stem from a July 30 incident in which Munger allegedly threw cans of paint in the road at the front gate on Del Webb Boulevard and Sun City Boulevard.

  • ‘Astounding’ electronic art

    Art created electronically on tablets was unveiled Wednesday at a public reception for the artists and community members at the Springs House in Lancaster.
    The artists, pre-k students from Southside Early Childhood Center and adult clients from the Chester/Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs center, created digital pieces using tablets and their own imaginations.