Today's News

  • AJ Middle blanks Buford Middle, 16-0

    The Andrew Jackson Middle School Volunteers stayed unbeaten on the football season with a 16-0 home win over rival Buford Middle School on Thursday, Sept.  17.
    Chas DeBruhl, the AJMS Offensive Player of the Game, scored from 15 yards out on a zone read keeper.
    DeBruhl hit Braden Phillips on the conversion to give the Vols an 8-0 edge.
    Will Burton scored on a 10-yard run for a 14-0 AJMS lead. O.J. White tallied on the two-point conversion for the Vols’ 16-0 edge.

  • ‘Dispel the gossip’

    With the Panhandle’s housing market in full swing and its schools rapidly filling to capacity, do Lancaster County school district officials have a plan in place to address issues such as overcrowding?
    That was just one of the questions on Pam Mulvaney’s mind as she and several other concerned Indian Land parents showed up en masse during Lancaster County School Board’s meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 15.

  • Municipal bodies, LCEDC respond to FOIA requests

    City, county and economic development officials have all acknowledged receiving a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by The Lancaster News on Sept. 9, though no records have yet to be released.

  • More street lights needed to keep walking students safe

    Local business owner Melissa Horton pokes a little fun at herself with the title of “self appointed crime watch president of Meeting Street.”
    But when it comes to keeping children safe, the owner of Unique Hair Design and Unique Hair Design The School said it’s no laughing matter.
    Horton has launched a one-woman campaign to shed a little more early morning light on the area near Clinton Elementary School. She wants to see some additional streetlights placed on East Meeting Street and near the school.

  • Three fall victim to phone scams

    Three Lancaster County men lost as much as $3,640 between them in separate phone scams earlier this month.
    The victims fell for the scams just days after Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile warned residents to be aware of a bogus jury duty scam and to never send money or personal information to anyone over the phone.
    IRS scam
    The first incident occurred on Aug. 31 when two men who said they represented the IRS tricked a 21-year-old Heath Springs man into sending them money to resolve a “miscalculation with his taxes.”

  • Motor home burns in parking lot

    Firefighters are often credited with saying “given the circumstances, it could’ve been a lot worse.”
    That was especially true Thursday, Sept. 17, when a burning motor home was parked near the gas pumps at a convenience store.
    “Thankfully, no one was hurt,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Steven Blackwell of the Thursday afternoon fire in front of Primus Mini Mart. “This one could’ve definitely been worse.”

  • Public invited to UDO rewrite meetings

    A multitude of zoning changes are coming to Lancaster County and local planning officials are hoping a series of community meetings will help keep the public informed.
    County Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis unveiled the four-meeting schedule this week, part of the county’s next step in a yearlong effort to rewrite its Unified Development Ordinance.

  • Fun for all at IL fall festival

    It’s time for the Indian Land Fall Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the fifth annual S.C. Championship Chili Cook-off.

    Saturday’s festival promises to be a lot of fun for everyone from toddlers to teens and older folks, all for a good cause – helping support the Indian Land Rotary Club’s local youth projects, including the annual third-grade dictionary project, scholarships, school needs, literacy projects, sports teams and more.

  • Bigger audits needed

    The Legislative Audit Council has done a terrific job on its latest report, and taxpayers should be grateful.

    I give “The Nerve’s” Rick Brundrett a little credit. In 2012, Brundret broke a story on a proposed $16 million line item in the Agriculture Department’s budget for an undisclosed expansion project at the State Farmers Market.

    As it turned out, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers was pushing his agency to buy property at the market – property owned by S.C. Ports Authority Chairman Bill Stern.

  • Rowell Memorial race Saturday

    Lancaster Super Speedway hosts the Barry Rowell Memorial Race with the SECA Crate Late Model Division paying $2,000 to win Saturday night, Sept. 19.
    Rowell, who died suddenly on January 17, was 52.
    Rowell was born Sept. 19, which makes the race date significant in that it is being held on what would have been his 53rd birthday.
    Barry was a friend to many and loved by all.
    A native North Carolinian, he was born in Wayne County and was a graduate of Parkwood High School in neighboring Union County, N.C.