Today's News

  • Should animal control offices be armed?

    After a recent incident in which an animal control officer was chased on top of a truck by a charging dog, Joel Hinson is hoping to find better ways to protect his employees.

    Hinson, director of the county’s Animal Control office, said while there have only been about six attacks in his 15 years with the department, he still worries what could happen to his officers if an animal catches them off guard. The department has four officers, including Hinson.

  • Many people seeking help to keep their houses warm

    Some Lancaster County residents are running their ovens with the door open in an attempt to stay warm inside their home.

    Elaine Adkins, director of HOPE in Lancaster, said a number of residents who’ve come to the agency for assistance are doing that, among other measures, to try to keep warm during this cold snap - the most prolonged cold snap this area has seen since 1981.

    HOPE - which provides food and assistance with rent, mortgage and utilities to locals - has seen an influx of people visit its office this week, many of whom were seeking heating assistance.

  • Five motorcycle troopers now patrolling roads here

    Lancaster resident Jessica Kennington saw a motorcycle in her rearview mirror on U.S. 521 North on Tuesday.

    Kennington, 24, was headed to York Technical College in Rock Hill to pick up a book for one of her classes.

    This motorcycle, Kennington noted, was a little different than most. It was equipped with blue lights, and driven by a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper.

    The trooper pulled Kennington over for speeding near Raceway Express. She was driving 55 or 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

    The trooper let Kennington, who was wearing her seat belt, off with a warning.

  • LHS halls quiet as students return

    Lancaster High School Principal Dr. Joe Keenan said the halls were quiet as students returned from their holiday break Monday – about a week after a car crash that killed one student and injured three others.

    Keenan said a few students spoke with counselors about the death of 15-year-old Elyse Hardin, who was killed in the Dec. 29 crash.

    Hardin was a rear-seat passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt that ran off the road and hit a utility pole about 10 p.m. that day, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • A look at plans for new bridges

    LESSLIE – Walking the halls of Lesslie Elementary School in York County on Tuesday night, Richard and Linda Vaughan looked at several diagrams for the proposed S.C. 5 bridge replacement project.

    The longtime Van Wyck residents remember a time when S.C. 5 didn’t exist and have noticed a drastic increase in traffic near their home in recent years.

    After learning last year that the S.C. Department of Transportation was planning to construct two new bridges along the road, both were interested in the project.

  • First Red Rose Festival set

    A spring weekend will feature games for children, live music, crafts and plenty of food, while fostering a greater feeling of community pride.

    Staff with the city of Lancaster say those are the aims of the first-ever Red Rose Festival, which is being planned for May 7 and 8.

    The event is being billed as the city’s signature event.

    On Tuesday, City Council voted unanimously to allocate $30,000 toward the festival.

  • Will remote-controlled airplanes take off at old landfill?

    Standing near his favorite remote-controlled airplane at County Council’s chambers, Jeff Petroski discussed an idea for bringing his favorite hobby to others.

    Petroski, a remote control airplane enthusiast and owner of a radio-controlled, or RC, business, spoke to council Jan. 4 about using the county’s old landfill on Lynwood Drive for RC fliers.

  • Weather delays ALDI store opening to Feb. 4

    The opening date for the new ADLI store has been pushed back a few weeks.

    The grocery chain will open in its Lancaster location Feb. 4. Weather-related delays have caused the opening to be moved from its original date, said ALDI spokeswoman Martha Swaney.

    The store was originally set to open today.

    The unusually cold and wet weather of the last two months have resulted in the setbacks.

    “Minor delays – nothing out of the ordinary,” Swaney said. “Sometimes there are factors beyond your control.”

  • Autopsy fails to determine how motorist died

    An autopsy failed to show whether a Jefferson man killed on S.C. 903 died because he was ejected from his car or hit by another vehicle on Jan. 7.

    Scottie Privette, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11 p.m. crash by Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. Morris said Privette died of head, neck and chest injuries.

  • School district leaders discuss goals for 2010

    In the midst of budget cuts and a down economy, Lancaster County School District officials reflect on 2009 while looking forward to what lies ahead in the new year.

    School board chairman Bobby Parker said the top priority of the year will be determining how to handle budget cuts handed down by the state. The district has already been hit with two cuts so far this school year – the most recent a 5 percent reduction.