Today's News

  • Courthouse projects coming together

    Work on both the new and old courthouse buildings on Main Street in downtown Lancaster is on schedule.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders updated County Council on the status of both projects at its March 1 meeting.

    Perception Builders is in charge of construction in the second phase of the historic courthouse project, while Catledge is also serving as project consultant for construction of the new courthouse.

  • Prison guard faces charge

    KERSHAW – A Jefferson woman was arrested Friday and charged with accepting a bribe from the family of an inmate at Kershaw Correctional Institute.

    Genevieve M. Robinson, 63, of 517 Rock St., Jefferson, has been charged by the S.C. Department of Corrections with accepting a bribe and furnishing a prisoner with contraband, according to arrest warrants.

  • Residents can get help filling out their census forms

    Help is on hand if you need assistance completing your 2010 Census questionnaire.  

    A U.S. Census Bureau employee will be at the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster, on three days next week to answer questions about the count and to provide forms for those who may not have received them in the mail.

    Questionnaires are expected to arrive at households through today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The census worker will be at the Administration Building from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon March 24.

  • Indian Land Elementary to offer FIT Kids program

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Elementary School  will offer an eight-week after-school program March 22-May 21 called Fitness Improves Thinking Kids (FIT Kids).

    The program is for children in grades two through five. It will run from 2:30 to 6 p.m. and will include homework time, healthy snacks, physical activity and fitness and nutrition education.

    ILES physical education teacher Mike Kersey will lead the program.

  • Wilds to attend national conference on adult literacy

    Kathy Wilds hopes to bring back a lot of valuable information from a major conference next week.

    Wilds, executive director of the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC), will be in Chicago for the first-ever national conference on adult basic education and literacy.

    The conference, which runs Monday through March 19, is sponsored by the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs.

    LALC is a member of ProLiteracy.

  • Inmate tries to escape at emergency room

    A prisoner at the Lancaster County Detention Center tried to escape during a trip to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital on Monday.

    Lamartus Terrone Clyburn, 19, of 2018 Great Falls Highway, was charged with attempted escape, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The report said a deputy took Clyburn to the ER after he complained of chest pains.

  • EMS director: Response times not that long

    INDIAN LAND – After a slow response to an Indian Land 911 call last fall, Lanny Bernard wants to assure residents about the effectiveness of the county’s EMS services.

    Last fall, an Indian Land resident complained to a York County newspaper about having a long wait for an ambulance.

    Bernard, director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services, said the long response time was due to the area’s primary ambulance already being on a call. The patient was so angry that they reported the problem to local newspapers.

  • Literacy hotline up and running

    There’s now a phone number you can call any time with questions about literacy programs in Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC) recently debuted its literacy hotline, (803) 286-READ (7323).

    That number will allow you to receive information about any of the 13 local agencies partnering with LALC.

    If you’re out of town, you can call toll free at (877) 775-READ (7323).

  • Council rescinds measure to annex 121 acres into city

    Kathy White is glad Lancaster City Council has rescinded a recent decision to annex 121 acres of land into the city limits.

    On Feb. 23, council voted unanimously on final reading to annex two tracts of property adjacent to Forest Hills subdivision and Partridge Hill subdivision near West Meeting Street.

    The land, owned by St. Katherine Properties, LLC, had been given an interim zoning of R-10, a  residential district that requires 10,000 square feet per lot. An R-15 classification, though, is less dense, required 15,000 squire feet per lot.

  • USCL festival celebrates Native-American culture with festival

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Native-American Studies Program will kick off its fifth annual Native American Studies Week on March 27 with a festival highlighting Native-American art and culture in South Carolina. 

    The event will feature American-Indian dancing, drumming, storytelling and arts and crafts demonstrations. Vendors will be on hand selling Native-American art and crafts, including Catawba Indian pottery.