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Today's News

  • Scientists track ‘crazy’ ant that might soon invade S.C.

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — A dangerously prolific invasive ant species, which first surfaced in the United States 15 years ago, has been spreading throughout the South and now appears on the verge of entering South Carolina for the first time.

  • Check out the new UDO, zoning map

    The Lancaster County Planning Department has completed the new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and Zoning Map after an 18-month-long effort that included several public input meetings.
    The new zoning map and UDO will be on display at the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office, with planning department staff available for comments and questions, for the next few weeks leading up to an Aug. 23 public hearing on it.  

  • Bike/walk study seeks community feedback

    The Rock Hill and Fort Mill Area Transportation Study (RFATS) is seeking community input on its effort to facilitate bicycle and pedestrian connectivity by creating local bikeways, walkways and trails.
    An online survey is available through July 31 asking what would make the community safer and more friendly for walking and biking. It also wants to know what destinations that are most likely safe to walk and bike to, as well as demographic information. It also asks survey takers to rank types of bike facilities.

  • Goal: Ease fears on race, policing

    In the wake of violent incidents across the country involving police and young black men, Lancaster County leaders are joining together to hold a public forum Aug. 1 to discuss race relations and police practices.
    The leaders include Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff, Sheriff Barry Faile, Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter and other county officials, clergy and young people.
    The “Let’s Talk About It” forum will be 6-8 p.m. at Lancaster High School.

  • Who ya gonna call? Don-drai-co!

    Yes, those are Lancaster native Dondraico Johnson’s dance moves in the summer blockbuster “Ghostbusters.”
    The 36-year-old choreographer mapped out scenes involving up to 150 actors and and even got to appear on screen himself.
    Johnson, who has worked on many movies and TV shows since moving to Hollywood, said it was tremendous fun working with stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, as well as director Paul Feig.

  • Storm-water utility, fees proposed for Panhandle

    Among the deferred agenda items at Monday night’s Lancaster County Council meeting was a proposed ordinance that would establish a storm-water utility for the Lancaster County Panhandle.
    Monday night’s discussion and deferral was the first many residents had heard of what will essentially be a new county department charged with managing storm-water issues and infrastructure in the Panhandle – and a new fee on their tax bills to pay for it.

  • Lancaster News staff wins 9 LCNI awards

    Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway staffers won nine awards this week in the 2015 news and editorial contest sponsored by the papers’ parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.
    LCNI, based in Shelbyville, Ky., owns 51 community newspapers and dozens of other publications in 12 states, including the two Lancaster County papers.
    Publisher Susan Rowell said it is an honor to be recognized by LCNI and she is proud of the editorial staff’s commitment.

  • Big Kershaw water-line project awaits final OK

    KERSHAW – Town officials hope that another big utility project – running a 12-inch water line to Haile Gold Mine – can begin once the town gets the go-ahead from L&C Railway.
    “All the in-town construction easements have been obtained,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “They’ll be filed with the clerk of court’s office by the end of the month.”
    The town is still awaiting official confirmation from L&C Railway for a construction easement to cross under the railroad tracks along Church Street.

  • Sims Foundation hosting youth forum Wednesday

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is hosting a “Sims Talk” this Wednesday to explore what changes youth want to see in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn.
    The event, targeting 16- to 25-year-olds, is the second in a series of Sims Talks created to gather grassroots insights from local communities and use that information to create greater change in local government.

  • IL man arrested on child-porn charges

    A Sun City Carolina Lakes man has been arrested on multiple child-pornography charges following an investigation by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff’s office investigators arrested Ray Gene Cook Jr., 63, of 12298 Gadwell Place, Indian Land, July 15 on 17 counts related to the distribution of child pornography via an internet file-sharing network.