Today's News

  • 2 houses hit with bullets

    Christopher Sardelli
    Two Lancaster homes were hit with bullets within a week of each other and investigators are still searching for suspects.
    The first shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m. July 29 at a home in the 100 block of Willowlake Road. Lancaster police officers were already in the area, patrolling the Palmetto Place Apartments, when they heard several gunshots near the Willowlake Road area, according to a police department incident report.

  • Officers arrest two in church burglaries

    Christopher Sardelli
    A search of a church parking lot led to the arrests of two Indian Land teens in connection with a string of recent burglaries.
    Devyn Martin, 19, 10382 Silver Mine Road, Indian Land, and Kevin Smet, 18, 7372 Henry Harris Road, Indian Land, were arrested by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies Aug. 7. Both were charged with multiple counts of burglary and larceny, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • AG rules on animal shelter

    Gary Phillips
    Landmark News Service
    PAGELAND – After nearly five months of questions and controversy, the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter is undergoing a makeover.
    Chesterfield Sheriff Sam Parker dismissed all personnel at the shelter Aug. 1 as part of what he calls “a new start at the shelter.”
    “I feel that we owe it to the animals and citizens of this county that we begin to set standards and be held accountable for our pets,” Parker said in a press release.

  • Edenmoor residents still in limbo

    Reece Murphy
    A deal between a Charlotte development company and the Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission (FLC) for the purchase of the Edenmoor subdivision has collapsed less than two weeks before its set closing date.
    In its wake, a competitor appears to be stepping in to take over the purchase.
    Attorneys for the development company Eden Ventures announced the decision to pull out of the $8,335,718 deal in a letter to the FLC, effective Tuesday, Aug. 9.

  • Teams launch jamborees



    As the 2011 high school football preseason makes forward progress, the focus is jamboree play.

    All four county teams face jamboree action this weekend, with three playing tonight.

  • Dirt Diamonds produce shining season


    The Dirt Diamonds U-12 softball team capped its season with a solid finish in the USSSA World Series.

  • NDRA Crates highlight LMS action Saturday

    The NDRA Crate Late Models Division headlines the program at Lancaster Motor Speedway this week.

    Last week, LMS saw a new winner, with “Big A” Anthony Sanders capturing his first win on the 2011 season.

  • Balancing act

    “How often should I water?” is perhaps the most frequently asked question by those who enjoy indoor potted plants.
    But there is no pat answer to the question. “Water it as much as it needs to grow” isn’t the right reply.
    Variables such as plant type, plant age, growth stage, season, location, type and size of pot, soil mix characteristics, weather and placement have to be considered.
    According to the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, the main cause of death of potted plants is over-watering.

  • Gas leak fixed at courthouse site

    Walking with a group of her coworkers across Main Street on Wednesday morning, Jennifer Bryan took a quick look over her shoulder.

    Behind her, streams of people were filing away from Lancaster’s courthouse block, which features the newly refurbished historic courthouse and the recently completed new courthouse. 

    As she moved away from the buildings, a gust of wind kicked up the smell that had caused all the commotion. 

    A gas leak forced the evacuation of both buildings. 

  • Recycling is a real no-brainer

    The city of Lancaster plans to roll out (literally) its voluntary recycling program in September.
    While the city is starting off slow with its program, it is to be commended for initiating the effort to recycle plastic, bottles and jugs, metal and aluminum cans, as well as magazines and certain other papers.
    Marty Cauthen, the city’s solid waste director, said several residents had requested the city introduce a recycling program. After discussion and planning, officials devised a system that is not too costly to the city and residents.