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Today's News

  • Ministerial Alliance hopes to make a positive impact

    One of the primary purposes of the Lancaster County Ministerial Alliance is to help young people by taking or supporting positive action to address problems in the community.
    “The way to the root of the problem is to provide solutions,” said the Rev. Eddie McIlwain, president of the organization.
    McIlwain said it was erroneously reported that some ministers present at a recent public meeting were members of the alliance.

  • Girl Scouts give thanks to seniors

    Giving thanks. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about.  
    But there are many ways to give thanks – with time, energy and love.  
    Four local Girl Scout troops gave thanks to some Lancaster County seniors by creating autumn centerpieces for the Thanksgiving dinner tables at the Lancaster County Council on Aging.
    Misty Carpenter and Cheryl McAteer work closely with the local Girl Scout troops.  

  • Farmer's market moving forward

    County Council reorganized its farmers market commission this summer and now it’s supporting a plan to upgrade the market itself.
    Officials say since the commission was reorganized, with mostly new members, the market itself has seen an increase in business. But the physical location across from the sheriff’s office on Pageland Highway, could use some renovations. Councilman Jack Estridge said at a recent council meeting that the market facilities have been neglected for years.

  • Sheriff targets underage alcohol sales

    As part of a local crackdown, law enforcement charged seven convenience stores and one bar with selling alcohol to minors last week.
    Two other businesses were charged with alcohol license-compliance violations.  
    More than 20 businesses were checked during an alcohol compliance sweep Nov. 13.
    The sweep was conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the State Law Enforcement Division, the Lancaster Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

  • Man pleads guilty in assault on LHS assistant principal

    The Lancaster man accused of assaulting Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Bill Farrar in August has been sentenced.
    Rodney Thompson, 44, 2751 Pineview Drive, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery Monday afternoon in general sessions court.  
    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said Thompson was given a three-year prison sentence, suspended to two years probation.
    During those two years, Thompson:
    • Must complete 100 hours of community service

  • Closet Ministry preps for free shopping day

    The little gray house with red shutters is abuzz with activity.
    Volunteers have been busy preparing clothing, shoes, coats, blankets and toys for an upcoming free shopping day this Saturday, when the fellowship hall of Second Baptist Church in Lancaster will be transformed into a Closet Ministry store.
    Gently used items donated by the community – winter clothing, blankets and toys – will be available.

  • Measure would reduce size of zoning district

    A new ordinance may soon allow more planned development districts in the county.
    County Council gave first reading on Nov. 9 to an ordinance to decrease the minimum acreage amount for PDDs from 150 to 2 acres. A PDD, such as Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, is a zoning designation that combines both residential and commercial properties.
    Council tabled the ordinance in July as it wanted more information.

  • Schools to beef up drug searches

    Expect more drug searches and safety checks at area high schools in the near future.
    Bryan Vaughn, director of safety and transportation for Lancaster County School District, gave the school board an update Tuesday on those plans and other safety measures.
    The district has become “quite sensitive” to drugs and wants to eliminate their presence on school campuses, Vaughn said.

  • Work on town’s new station about to begin

    HEATH SPRINGS – Construction is expected to start next month on the new station for the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
    Heath Springs Fire Chief Patrick Helms updated Town Council on the project Tuesday.
    Bobbitt Design Build was awarded the contract to design and build the new station, a 10,250-square-foot facility located on Duncan Street. The station is being funded by a Fire Station Construction Grant (SCG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

  • Lancaster man accused of Pageland thefts

    PAGELAND – Responding quickly to a string of a smash-and-grab car stereo thefts, Pageland police caught a Lancaster man who had tell-tale blood on his hands from shattered glass.
    Police received a 911 call at 6:46 p.m. Nov. 9 from a truck owner in the Bojangles’ parking lot who had just seen the thief speed away in a white Honda.
    Steven Dale Moree, 36, of Pageland, told officers that he saw his truck window broken when he came out of Bojangles’.