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Today's News

  • Fires scorch county

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Dry conditions mixed with high wind have posed a great challenge for local fire officials over the last several days.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said county firefighters have responded to more than 30 grass fires since Saturday.
    One of the biggest was on Monday afternoon, when a brush fire threatened at least 10 homes in the eastern part of Lancaster County near the Chesterfield County line.

  • County bans all burning

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The rash of recent brush fires has forced local fire officials to restrict all outdoor burning in the county.
    The Lancaster County Fire Service issued a burning ban late Tuesday morning. The ban will remain in effect “until conditions improve,” said County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.
    This ban, which includes recreational burning, has been issued as a result of continued dry ground conditions, low relative humidity and high winds, according to a fire service press release.  

  • Man shot, killed after argument

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies believe an argument may have led to the shooting death of a Heath Springs man Saturday night.
    Ernest Lee Cunningham, 55, of 2269 Thornwell Road, Heath Springs, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds after deputies responded to a shooting at 923 Louisa St., according to a sheriff’s office press release. He was found at 11:13 p.m. Saturday.

  • Residents file FOIA request over landfill

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A grass-roots residents group has requested a number of county documents in its search for answers about a proposed landfill process.
    In a letter hand-delivered to the office of Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis last week, members of the Lancaster County Action Council filed a Freedom of Information Act request.

  • Councils hammer out plans for airport industrial park

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    In an effort to attract businesses to the county and put more residents back to work, several city and county officials met Thursday night to discuss plans for an airport industrial park.
    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell presented tentative plans for the park at a meeting in Lancaster City Council chambers.

  • Gregory wins GOP primary

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Former state Sen. Greg Gregory won the Republican nomination for the state District 16 seat in a special election Tuesday night.
    Gregory, one of five candidates running for the Republication nomination hoping to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney, won with a total of 3,470 votes, or 56.7 percent of the total votes cast in York and Lancaster counties. Gregory received a total of 2,839 votes in Lancaster County.

  • The Lancaster County Fire Service has issued a burning ban for the entire county.

    The Lancaster County Fire Service has issued a burning ban for the entire county.

    The ban is effective immediately and will remain in place until conditions improve.

     Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said county firefighters have responded to at least 30 grass fires since Saturday, affecting all areas of the county.  

  • Playoff Notes

    Bruins shoot       to stay alive

    Lancaster ventured to Dorman High School in Spartanburg on Tuesday night for a third-round game with the Cavaliers. The Lancaster vs. Dorman winner advances to the Class AAAA Upper State title game on Friday night at 8:30 to meet the winner of the Irmo vs. Westside game at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville.

  • Man spits on officer after arrest

    A Lancaster man arrested for driving under suspension Saturday was later charged with spitting on an officer. 

    Mark Nicshea Barrett, 42, 412 West Barr St., Lancaster, was arrested on multiple charges after he was initially pulled over for speeding. 

    Barrett was charged with speeding, first offense driving under suspension and throwing of bodily fluids. He was also charged with disorderly conduct and failure to surrender a driver’s license. 

  • Tradesville brush fire scorches 14 acres

    Fire officials were busy Monday afternoon fighting a brush fire that threatened at least 10 homes in the eastern portion of Lancaster County near the Chesterfield County line.

    About 1:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the blaze, near the intersection of Shiloh Unity and Bertha Knight roads, not far from Old Camden-Monroe Highway. 

    Chief Jason Laney of the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Departments said about 14 acres were burned in the fire, which damaged at least one unoccupied home in the area.