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Today's News

  • ‘Mini Hugo’ makes its mark - Severe thunderstorm pelts county

    The storm that swept through Lancaster County late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning has triggered memories of Hurricane Hugo. 

    Thousands of residents lost electricity. Major damage occurred to personal property and roads were temporarily closed as fallen trees blocked thruways and intersections. 

    Wind and heavy rain, along with thunder and lightning, highlighted the storm, which came through the area near midnight – affecting Lancaster and neighboring counties. 

  • City OKs rezoning for USCL housing

     It appears Lancaster County and city officials will work together to enhance property targeted for housing for college students. 

    Lancaster City Council voted 6-0 on final reading at its Tuesday meeting to rezone .85 acres of land from on Brook Drive residential (R-15) to multi-family (MF). Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris arrived at the meeting after the vote was taken. 

    Wayne McBride, who owns the property, wants to build apartment homes that would be occupied exclusively by University of South Carolina Lancaster students. 

  • Is end of Edenmoor saga now in sight?

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    A Charlotte-based real estate group that won a bid to buy troubled Indian Land residential development Edenmoor has until Tuesday to present an acceptable contract to the Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission or risk losing the contract to a competitor. 

    The development’s purchase would come as long-awaited good news for Edenmoor residents who have watched their neighborhood fall into severe disrepair since developers stopped work on the project nearly two years ago.

  • Police charge two in Relay for Life fight

    Two girls were arrested for fighting last weekend at an event meant to raise money and awareness for cancer research. 

    As local residents gathered Friday night for the annual Relay for Life event at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on May 6, several Lancaster police officers responded to a fight behind Medford Library. 

    The fight involved two young girls – ages 12 and 14 – according to a police department incident report. 

  • Landfill debated again at council meeting

    In the ongoing saga regarding a proposed sanitary landfill off S.C. 903, several county residents renewed their opposition at Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting. 

    The discussion came during resident comments about an hour before council unanimously approved second reading of an ordinance to move landfill buffer zones back to 1 mile. The residents who spoke were reacting to comments by county staff about documents released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by the Lancaster County Action Council. 

  • Invincibles flag returns to county

    A small piece of history was returned to Lancaster County last month.

    With a tug of a sheet, Pat Willis unveiled the newest addition to the new county museum – a battle flag from the Lancaster Invincible militia, which fought during the American Civil War. 

  • Our View: Williams played his ‘Uncle Sam’ part well

    When the annual July Fourth celebrations roll around this summer, a central figure will be missing.
    Harold Williams, who played the part of “Uncle Sam” in the Charlesboro and Heath Springs parades, died earlier this month.
    “Uncle Sam” is a common national personification of the U.S. government, which was originally used during the War of 1812. The figure is depicted as a stern, elderly man with white hair and a goatee beard. Typically, he is dressed in clothing that features elements of the U.S. flag.

  • Column: Reporter finds news of bin Laden saga intriguing

    The TV was on, my laptop computer was running and my cell phone was receiving dozens of text messages by the hour. These forms of communication, along with a few others, have been employed heavily in recent days as I’ve immersed myself in the news coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death.
    I was at home surfing the Internet the night of May 1 when a few Facebook friends said President Barack Obama would soon be addressing the nation regarding a “national-security issue.”

  • Heath Springs woman dies in car crash

    Christopher Sardelli and Greg Summers
    The Lancaster News
    CONWAY- The last few days have been a nightmare for Billy Ray and Linda Plyler.
    Their daughter, DeAnna Lynn Plyler, 41, of Heath Springs, died early Saturday morning after she was involved in a three-vehicle crash in Horry County.
    “I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” Billy Ray said. “You don’t like things being the way they are, but you can’t change them.”

  • Relay for Life is now within $50,000 of goal

    The amount raised locally for Relay for Life changes from year to year, but one thing will never change, said Kimberly Collins, community manager for the American Cancer Society.

    “Lancaster County is known for its passion for Relay,” Collins said. 

    That passion was there for everyone to see as 76 teams raised more than $170,000 this year.

    The 2011 Relay for Life culminated with the annual walk at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on Friday, which drew a crowd estimated at more than 9,000.