Today's News

  • Column: Litter-free streets should be goal in this wonderful city

    I grew up in Lancaster and frequently visit my mother, who lives in the Red Rose City.
    I am so sad to see that litter has taken over the roads of this wonderful city.
    Not just a little bit of litter, but huge amounts of it. This problem seems to have increased over the last few years.
    I see all kinds of fast-food trash, soft-drink cans, water bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles. As soon as we pick up the areas around my mother’s home, the litter reappears in this seemingly never-ending cycle!

  • Column: Don’t forget human nature as you decide on town of IL

    There are some laws I have not heard discussed regarding the proposed Indian Land incorporation. They are laws of human nature.
    The first is the Law of Unintended Consequences. This law says that no matter how much thinking and planning you do, any activity has unintended consequences. And the more complex the activity, the more unintended consequences will occur.

  • Fire damages AJ Middle School

    Fire crews scrambled to Andrew Jackson Middle School about 9:30 Thursday night, responding to a fire that started in a janitor's closet. Black smoke was rolling through the building when firefighters arrived.

    The fire was extinguished, but there was extensive smoke damage in the building. School has been canceled for Friday.

  • Authorities called to High Point Circle

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office personnel and SLED agents have blocked off High Point Circle off S.C. 200 and Airport Road to investigate a possible crime scene.
    “We received information this morning that a crime may have been committed at this location, so we obtained warrants and are looking into it,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield.
    Check back later for details.

  • Column: Need changes in Conservation Bank, tax credits for kids with special needs

    Beginning in late January, the 2018 legislative session kicked into high gear.
    As we approach budget week in early March and bills are coming out of committees at a high rate, we are beginning to move at full speed. For example, in just one week, the Education Committee, on which I serve, sent 13 bills to the House to consider.

  • James Brooks arrested again on meth charge at traffic stop

    James Brooks was arrested for methamphetamine possession Feb. 17 during an Indian Land traffic stop, his second drug arrest in a month and the fourth since the November 2016 charges that cost him his county school board seat.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the arresting deputy said he watched Brooks drive his pickup out of the Food Lion parking lot in Indian Land and cross the centerline on Shelley Mullis Road.

  • Celebrating animal rescuers at ‘Lucky Dog’ watch party

    It was a celebration of second chances Saturday for rescued poodle-terrier Scout and his new owner, as more than 70 animal lovers gathered at the Springs House to watch Lancaster’s episode of the CBS series “Lucky Dog.”
    Scout and his owner, Susanne Kempf, were the watch party’s honorees, but there was also a surprise guest. Brandon McMillan, host of the Emmy-winning program, made an unannounced trip to Lancaster and disguised himself in a dog-mascot suit.

  • Fentanyl death nets dealer long prison stay

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for selling heroin laced with fentanyl to a man who later died of an overdose.
    Jonathan Thomas Lewis Terry, 25, was sentenced in Lancaster County General Sessions Court on Friday after pleading guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.
    “Handing over heroin laced with fentanyl is the same as shooting a bullet,” Circuit Judge Dan Hall said before sentencing Terry.

  • Cards, drinks and a life-ending argument

    Eric Tucker took a knife to a gunfight.
    The Lancaster man died from a single gunshot wound Sunday after an argument at his home with his nephew, and witnesses told investigators the younger man fired in self-defense.
    Tucker, 54, was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m. at Springs Memorial Hospital. The shooting happened at 4:46 p.m. a few blocks away at Tucker’s home on Terrace Road.

  • Man dies after Lancaster shooting

    A Lancaster man died from a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon.

    The man, identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 54-year-old Eric Tucker, died around 5:30 p.m. at Springs Memorial Hospital after being treated for a single gunshot wound.