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Today's News

  • Column: How it feels to receive a quilt of valor

    When I received an email from The Lancaster News asking me to write about how it felt to receive a quilt of valor from Douglas Presbyterian Church, I debated declining.
    Although the quilt was presented in front of many, it felt like a private moment. A treasured moment. It was my pleasure spending time with the church honoring veterans. But as the quilts of valor – and those who award them – are worthy of recognition, I decided to accept the offer and share my thoughts.     

  • Duke Energy puts up $3B to bolster S.C. power grid

    From release

    GREENVILLE – Duke Energy is investing $3 billion over the next decade in South Carolina to strengthen the energy grid against storm damage and cyberattacks.
    The program – Power/Forward Carolinas – will consist of upgrades that will harden the system against storms and outages, further protect it against computer hackers and physical threats, help expand renewable energy, generate jobs and stimulate economic growth. It will also give 740,000 customers in the Palmetto State more information to manage their energy use.

  • Shoppers gather pre-dawn for Aldi reopening

    Eager shoppers lined up before dawn to be the first in the newly remodeled Lancaster Aldi store. The line of people stretched to the far end of the store wall and over into the parking lot.
    By 8:15 a.m., all the parking spaces were filled at the 1201 Old Charlotte Road location, just north of S.C. 9 Bypass. People started parking in neighboring lots and walking over to the store, just to get in line. Others parked on the grass, out of the way of traffic.

  • Jim Wilson, longtime finance official, dies at 67

    Jim Wilson had a knack for numbers and was downright persnickety about them, Mayor John Howard recalled Tuesday.
    “He’d be checking and double-checking everything to the nth to make sure it was right,” Howard said. “Numbers were his forte. Jim could sit down with a spreadsheet or a project and would be right at home.”
    Wilson, who served as finance director for both the city of Lancaster and Lancaster County, died Friday at his home in Lancaster after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 67.

  • 12 charged in Kershaw drug roundup

    A dozen people were arrested in the Kershaw area last week on drug and other charges, most arising from an earlier undercover investigation, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Between noon Thursday and late Saturday, drug task force agents, criminal investigators and patrol deputies rounded up 10 of 11 suspects wanted on drug-distribution charges, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said in a release issued Tuesday.

  • Incumbent Coates tops Norville for Kershaw council

    Incumbent Eddie Coates beat newcomer Wesley Norville by a 3-to-1 margin Tuesday in the race for an at-large Kershaw Town Council seat.
    Coates won 75 percent of the vote, with 132 votes to Norville’s 44. Only one absentee vote was cast.
    While he’s glad the election is over, Coates said, “I’m ready to continue working until my next four years are up.”
    “The turnout really floored me,” he said. “I was not expecting even 100 people to show up.”

  • Fall’s fireworks arrive

    This week is prime time for enjoying fall foliage across the Piedmont, and there are plenty of places in Lancaster County popping with reds, yellows and oranges.
    Popular places for oohs and aahs include Forty Acre Rock and Andrew Jackson and Lansford Canal state parks, but you can really just go for a ride anywhere in the county and take in the beauty.
    Lancaster resident Colleen Richards said each part of the county has its own unique character.

  • Heavily armed man charged in threats against estranged wife

    A Lancaster man was arrested with an assortment of weapons after his estranged wife accused him of threatening to kill her and cut off the head of a man she was spending time with.
    Kelly Leshannon Roberts, 44, is charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, aggravated assault and battery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

  • Moore elected Heath Springs mayor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Eddie Moore became the first black mayor elected in Lancaster County history on Tuesday, winning a three-candidate nonpartisan race in Heath Springs.
    Moore avoided a runoff by getting 53 percent of the 189 votes cast.
    “I’m blessed. To whom much is given, much is required,” said Moore, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church. “I’m a servant to my savior and to all our citizens alike. Heath Springs has great potential, and we must all work together and play our parts. We must come together to succeed.”

  • This murder hits me close to home

    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 rush to a house on South York Street last Sunday afternoon, minutes after getting word of a homicide there.
    Almost 24 hours later, police still haven’t told me how 58-year-old Mildred Burris Arnold was killed. But I have a gut feeling it wasn’t a gunshot.