Today's News

  • Council to hear update on courthouse restoration

    County Council will hear a final report on the historic county courthouse project at its Tuesday meeting.
    As part of their agreement with the county, Chad Catledge with Lancaster’s Perception Builders and Danny Mullis with Charlotte’s BE&K Building Group will present their monthly reports on the county’s two courthouse projects.
    County Administrator Steve Willis said this will include Catledge’s final update on the historic courthouse, as renovations on that building come to a close.

  • LAPS, city police dept. to hold toy giveaway

    Children can come get free gifts while the adults learn more about deterring crime in their city.
    That’s the plan for an upcoming toy giveaway sponsored by crime-prevention group Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) and the Lancaster Police Department.
    The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at several parks throughout the city.
    Organizers will be at each park for an hour. Following are the locations and the times.
    • 11 a.m. – Pardue Street Park, 101A Pardue Circle

  • New pantry helps hungry in Indian Land

    By Reece Murphy

    INDIAN LAND – In these days of economic uncertainty and a 14.2 percent local unemployment rate, it’s no secret there are a lot of people struggling to make ends meet in Lancaster County.
    And like the county, so it goes in Indian Land.
    Until recently, if you lived in the growing Panhandle community and happened to be among those struggling to put food on the table, you had few choices since the closest food pantries were in Lancaster and Fort Mill.

  • Chamber seeks nominations for two awards

    At the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Jan. 27, two special honors will be announced. County residents are invited to submit nominations for these community awards.
    Volunteer of  the Year
    Nominations for the Lancaster County Volunteer of the Year award are now being accepted.
    Residents, businesses and volunteer organizations are invited to place a name in nomination for this award.  

  • Boredom results in crash landing

    Well, winter is almost here. Now, I like Christmas, but I sure dread all of this cold, nasty weather.
    Days like this aren’t meant for a growing boy. I was made for clear warm days, when I can be outside playing, and out of Mama’s way.
    You know, this dreary weather isn’t lessening my chores at all.
    In fact, Mama, because she’s keeping a closer eye on me, is staying on top of stuff.

  • Former police officer files suit

    A former sergeant with the Lancaster Police Department is suing the department and two of its members for money he said he’s owed after being fired earlier this year.
    Pat Parsons, 50, a sergeant who had worked for the department for 11 years, filed suit Thursday in federal district court. He is represented by Columbia-based law firm Gaffney Lewis & Edwards.

  • White to retire as police chief

    Hugh White is stepping down as Lancaster’s police chief.
    White, whose retirement will become effective Jan. 7, has headed the Lancaster Police Department for the last 11 years. He’s worked for the department since 1982.
    White, 51, said he had been thinking about retiring since 2007 and was prompted to do so after hearing about possible changes to the police officer retirement system, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.
    He said his retirement had been in the works the last three years.

  • Mulvaney to resign today from S.C. Senate

    Mick Mulvaney said he will resign from his District 16 seat in the state Senate today.
    Mulvaney said Thursday that his election as the 5th District U.S. House representative was certified this week, and now he can resign from his state Senate seat. He said he plans to submit his resignation letter today.
    Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, defeated incumbent John Spratt, a Democrat from York, in the November election to win the congressional seat. Spratt had held the seat since 1983.
    Mulvaney will take his seat in Congress on Jan. 5.

  • Welcome center has new temporary home

    The county’s welcome center has a new home – at least a temporary new home.
    It moved from the historic Springs House at Catawba and Gay streets to 128 S. Main St., a retail front location in downtown Lancaster.
    “This was a much-needed move,” said Sylvia Hudson, the welcome center specialist. “While I enjoyed the Springs House, this location and the additional space we have here are such blessings.”
    The center moved on Nov. 22 and opened at its new location on Nov. 30.
    Hudson said the move is already paying off.

  • Mulvaney taps Simpson for chief of staff position

    Lancaster native Al Simpson will be Mick Mulaney’s chief of staff in Washington, D.C.
    Mulvaney, who will be sworn in Jan. 5 as the 5th District U.S. House representative, has been busy preparing for his new role, which includes selecting an office, meeting federal officials and appointing a staff.
    Simpson will be in charge of managing Mulvaney’s staff, which will include between 12 to 15 people. He will oversee constituent services and make sure events run according to schedule.
    Simpson officially accepted the offer earlier this month.