Today's News

  • Fire damages business in Pleasant Hill community

    Below-freezing temperatures and a multi-layer roof made putting out a blaze a challenge for firefighters Monday night.
    Firefighters got a call shortly after 9 p.m. about a fire at the S&M Mini Mart on Kershaw-Camden Highway in the Pleasant Hill community.
    Crews arrived minutes later to find the left rear section of the building on fire, said Patrick Helms, chief of the Heath Springs Fire Department.

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  • Fires claim two houses

    Fire departments battled two fires on Dec. 22, one of which involved the arrest of a man who allegedly tried to steal fire equipment from the scene.
    Gooches Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Hardin said firefighters responded about 6:30 p.m. to 1125 9th St., Lancaster.
    Hardin said flames were visible through the vacant mill house’s roof when firefighters arrived.
    He said the home was a total loss. A cause of fire has yet to be determined.

  • Bowling Center Results



    Week of Dec. 18

    Following are the Lancaster Bowling Center scores for the week of Dec. 18.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Howard to become next police chief

    Harlean Howard will become the city of Lancaster’s next police chief.
    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Howard, who’s in her 20th year with the Lancaster Police Department. She’s held the rank of captain since 2003. 
    Howard will succeed Hugh White, who recently announced plans to retire. White has been with the department since 1982, serving as chief the past 11 years.
    Howard’s appointment as chief becomes effective Jan. 7. 

  • Only minor problems attributed to snowfall

    While Mother Nature played havoc with much of the East Coast, she kept her touch gentle in these parts with just enough snow to transform Lancaster County into a winter wonderland.
    According to the National Weather Service, Lancaster County received between 2 and 5 inches Sunday, with the heaviest amounts falling in the northern and eastern parts of the county.
    Residents across the region had been watching the weather projections for days, when forecasters began saying that the Charlotte area had its first good chance for a white Christmas since 1947.

  • Sisters in adversity

    Brenda Hilley and Sarah Funderburk of Lancaster believe sisters make the best friends.
    Hilley, the oldest of five sisters and four brothers in the Deese family, was “second mama” to her other siblings. As children, they learned to support and encourage each other, and remained close as they grew up.
    Both Hilley and her younger sister, Funderburk, are artistic and enjoy making many different kinds of hand-crafted gifts for friends and family.
    Their Christmas trees are filled with ornaments – most of which are their own creations.

  • Christmas Basket drive tops $11,000

    In one week, the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund nearly doubled the amount of money generated to help area residents in need.
    Slightly more than $5,200 was donated to the fund through Wednesday of last week, bringing the grand total to $11,602.
    Other donations were coming in but aren’t included in this story because of The Lancaster News’ early deadline for the Christmas holiday.
    Donations received after Wednesday will be reported in next week’s roundup.

  • County in good financial shape, auditor says

    Despite three county departments ending the fiscal year over budget, Lancaster County received another good rating during this year’s annual audit.
    Sheila Morgan, a certified public accountant with McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at Lancaster County Council’s Dec. 13 meeting. Morgan issued the county an unqualified opinion, meaning it was in good financial shape.

  • Expansion of HS fire station about to start

    HEATH SPRINGS – Prep work has begun on the long-awaited expansion project at the Heath Springs Fire Department station.
    Fire Chief Patrick Helms gave Heath Springs Town Council members an update on the work Tuesday. The department will more than triple the size of its existing Duncan Street station – going from about 3,000 square feet to more than 10,000 square feet, Helms said.
    The work is being paid for through a $976,000 federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant that the fire department received last year.