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Today's News

  • Mahaffey now locally owned again

    The scent of freshly baked cookies greets you as you walk through the doors of Mahaffey Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

    Those tasty treats are some of the small things Joe Wilson has introduced to make his business friendlier.

    Wilson is the new owner of Mahaffey Funeral Home, which is Lancaster County’s oldest continually operating funeral establishment. With his purchase in May, the business is now locally owned for the first time since the early 1990s.

  • High-rise landscaping

    A local company has played a role in helping reshape the residential landscape in Uptown Charlotte.

    Majestic Landscaping & Palms, based in Lancaster, was hired earlier this year to deliver and plant windmill palm trees on the rooftop terrace of The Garrison at Graham, a new six-floor loft-style housing development that offers its residents close views of the Charlotte skyline.

    Dennis Donahue, owner of Majestic Landscaping, said his business was contacted in July and did the job on Sept. 25, all in one day.

  • Two pediatricians join new Lancaster practice

    A new pediatrics practice in Lancaster marks the return of a Heath Springs native turned doctor.

    Lancaster Pediatrics opened in July with Dr. Katie Fine. She was joined by Dr. Darniya Powe Belton last month.

    Belton, 31, was born in Lancaster County and is a summa cum laude graduate of Johnson C. Smith University.

  • Crime march set for Oct. 31

    Several Lancaster County residents are planning to spend their Halloween standing up against crime in their neighborhoods.

    Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS), a citizens crime awareness group, is hosting a crime watch march on Oct. 31. The aim is to stop the violence and take back the neighborhoods, said City Councilwoman Tamara Green, who founded LAPS.

    She said the march includes school children, LAPS members, pastors and other citizens.

    “Anyone is welcome to participate,” Green said.

  • Are you $200,000 richer?

    Someone got very lucky Wednesday with a $1 Powerball ticket bought at a Lancaster convenience store and is now $200,000 richer.

    The ticket, sold at Twin Pine Convenience Store in Lancaster, matched all five white balls in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, according to state lottery officials.   

    The winning numbers were 5, 15, 25, 30 and 40. The Powerball was 6 and the Powerplay number drawn was 2.

  • Floor in old courthouse won't be restored to its 1828 style

    Although the county plans to restore Lancaster’s historic courthouse as close to its 1828 condition as possible, it won’t be with the same type of basement flooring the building originally had.  

    County Council decided Monday not to move forward with a proposal that called for installing basement flooring similar to the building’s original flooring.

    The project, estimated at $40,000, would have involved placing brick pavers on the bottom floor of the building. The floor there is now made of cement and tile.

  • Who took pizza signs?

    INDIAN LAND – Where do missing business signs go?

    That’s what county officials and several businesses in Indian Land want to know.

    The debate began earlier this year after a few business owners in the Panhandle sought the culprits for their missing temporary signs, the kind that advertise special deals or goods for sale.

    David Loughry, a partner with Figaro’s Pizza off U.S. 521 in Indian Land, was one of those business owners.

  • Rudy Carter OK after accident

    It was supposed to be a typical Monday afternoon, but Oct. 12 turned into a day Rudy Carter will never forget.

    Carter, chairman of County Council, was mentally preparing for the night’s meeting as he navigated his way to the Lancaster County Administration building. It had been raining all day, and the roads were slippery as Carter started his drive on Cane Mill Road about 5 p.m.  

    Carter was following a small car, which attempted to make a left turn, but instead cut off a wrecker truck heading in the opposite direction.

  • Arts council to put arts in Halloween

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is putting the arts in Halloween this year.

    For the second year, the arts council is planning an art draw through downtown Lancaster, with participants getting the chance to win original art by local artists, gift baskets and more.

    The event will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

  • Double transplant recipient reaches out to help another

    HEATH SPRINGS – After overcoming diabetes and related life-threatening illnesses, Crystal Hagwood is reaching out to a friend going through a similar struggle.

    Hagwood is organizing a benefit program for fellow Lancaster resident Bettina Thompson, who has type 1 diabetes and is unable to pay her medical expenses, which now exceed $50,000.

    The benefit is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bright Light Baptist Church, 4469 Kershaw-Camden Highway in Heath Springs. The public is invited to attend.