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Today's News

  • Howard to serve on S.C. Mayors board

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard was voted onto the Association of South Carolina Mayors board of directors Friday.
    The first Lancaster mayor to serve on the board, Howard was selected by a nominating committee and approved by board members during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s annual meeting.
    Howard, who was elected mayor in a special election in February 2016, said joining the state board is an honor.
    “It’s going to be fun,” Howard said. “I assure you that.”

  • No one hurt in drive-by shooting

    Lancaster police are investigating a brazen daytime drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon at a home less than a block from the police station that endangered patrons at the Dollar General store.
    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant said the incident happened about 5:30 p.m. when a vehicle traveling south on Hughes Street fired multiple shots at a home on the northwest corner of Hughes and Arch streets.

  • Brewery rezoning approved

    On July 17, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the first of three required readings to rezone Benford Brewery. The zoning change will allow the growing brewery to expand.  
    Rumors had spread that the nearly five-year-old brewery, located at 2271 Boxcar Road, was building a bar.
    Owner Bryan O’Neal quickly put that to rest.

  • Kershaw to build bandstand

    The town of Kershaw plans to build a bandstand on a 5-acre property given to the town by Lancaster County School District.
    It will cost the town $102,000 to build the bandstand.
    The lot, once the Kershaw High School football field, is beside the Kershaw post office.
    The space will be available for citizens to use through the Kershaw Recreation Department.

  • Council sets $75 stormwater fee for Panhandle

    Panhandle residents might notice a new fee on their taxes starting this October. A $75 fee per household to fund a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) received initial approval from Lancaster County Council on July 17.
    It passed first reading in council with a 5-0 vote. Councilmen Terry Graham and Billy Mosteller were absent.
    The new fee will only affect residents north of S.C. 5.

  • New fire marshal right at home here

    Newly appointed Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers has lived in Lancaster County all of his life. He began his new position with Lancaster County on July 10.
    “It feels like home,” he said. “This is where I live and I know a lot of people here.”

  • Motorcyclist dies in multi-vehicle accident

    A three-vehicle accident on S.C. 5 claimed the life of a motorcyclist Tuesday afternoon.
    Jason Lee Sims, 27, of Lancaster was killed in the accident, said Lancaster County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman Jennifer Collins. Sims, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne said the accident happened about 4:45 p.m. just north of Tam Lane. The location is about a mile south of the Catawba River bridge.

  • Power outages impact 4,000

    UPDATE:
    About 4,000 homes and businesses in eastern Lancaster County woke up without electricity Tuesday morning.
    The power was not expected to be back on until 10 p.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
    “The damage to the lines was a direct feed out of the retail (sub) station, which ran through the woods,” said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

  • Weekend Recap: July 24, 2017

    Dan Edwards and Larry Honeycutt teamed to win the annual member-member golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Saturday afternoon. The senior twosome combined for a 59 to notch a close win in the 18-hole tournament played under sweltering weather conditions. The annual club championship is Aug. 12-13. Golfers can register by calling (803) 416-4500.

    Scott Hunter topped the ultra-competitive 16-car field in USCS Sprint car action. For the latest dirt racing results, see sports in Wednesday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Column: Feeling nibbled at checkout line? This may be the reason

    If you shop locally and wonder where the money goes, the Tax Foundation has an explanation. South Carolinians pay the 17th-highest sales taxes in the nation, according to a new midyear report from the nonpartisan think tank.
    The ranking, arrived at by combining state sales taxes and a population-weighted average of local sales taxes, is another rebuke to public officials who tout the Palmetto State as a low-tax environment.