Today's News

  • Who's voting absentee in District 2?

    As absentee votes continue to pour in for the special County Council District 2 election, officials have begun noticing certain trends among voters.

    Cassie Stump, director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission, said there are 17 reasons why an absentee ballot may be requested in South Carolina. In the race between Democrats Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk, certain excuses have become more prevalent than others, Stump said.

    The most common excuses in this race: A person is disabled or is attending to a disabled person.

  • Steps removed from old courthouse found at site

    The front of the Lancaster County Courthouse looks a little naked.

    The courthouse, built in 1828, was damaged by a fire set by an arsonist on Aug. 4, 2008, and is undergoing restoration.

    Workers have removed the steps of the courthouse last week. The steps will be recreated in granite just like the old stairs, but will be less steep and more safe, architect Jody Munnerlyn said.

    The old steps have been taken to a secure location. Some of the materials will be reused for the new steps, if possible, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • Groups to distribute food, personal care items

    On Sept. 19, food and personal care items will be distributed to residents of Lancaster and Chester counties.

    The distribution will start at 9 a.m. that day at the Springs Global Grace Complex parking area at 119 Grace Ave., Lancaster.

    This aid is made possible through the Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, sponsored by Feed the Children of Oklahoma City, Okla., in conjunction with HOPE in Lancaster and Star Touring and Riding Association, Lancaster Chapter 396.


  • City tables ordinance on utility trailers

    City officials will head back to the drawing board to revise a proposed ordinance on parked utility trailers in residential areas.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to table final reading of an ordinance that would have placed limitations on how residents could park utility trailers and similar recreational vehicles in their driveways. Council gave first reading to the ordinance earlier this month.

  • Council to look at dorm proposal

    Lancaster County Council will consider helping the University of South Carolina at Lancaster with its plans to build dormitories on the campus.

    As enrollment continues to increase on the campus, the Educational Foundation of USCL has developed a proposal to construct the first residential halls at the college.

    Council will consider the foundation’s proposal at its meeting Monday.

  • Moving ahead with courthouse projects

    A team of engineers, architects and construction crews have been busy working on two projects in downtown Lancaster – the restoration of the historic courthouse and preliminary work on the new county courthouse.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders presented a status update of both projects at Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday.

  • Donations top $33,000 to help homeless woman

    VAN WYCK – It hadn’t dawned on Rosemary Fann how much her life had changed until she was walking through the supermarket last week.

    Fann, who lost her mobile home in June and was then taken in by her church pastor’s family, was in the checkout line when an employee seemed to recognize her.

    “Hey, Rosemary,” the employee asked. “Do you have a new home yet?”

    Fann said she’s surprised that so many people have not only recognized her, but have donated money and time towards finding her a new home.

  • District 2 candidates speak at forum

    Blondale Funderburk lauds her diverse professional experience while Charlene McGriff speaks of her passion and concern for the community.

    Residents got a chance to hear both woman talk about their strengths while also tackling county issues during a political forum held Thursday evening at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Funderburk and McGriff are running for the District 2 County Council vacated by Fred Thomas, who stepped down in June to become a magistrate.

  • 2 men shot at nightclub

    Two men were shot four times each early Saturday while they were at a nightclub on Kershaw Camden Highway.

    An anonymous caller reported the shooting at Grown Folks at 2:58 a.m. Saturday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    When deputies arrived, they found a 30-year-old man with gunshot wounds lying in the parking lot.

    He was about 20 feet away from a white Chevrolet Impala. Blood was found on the driver’s side door frame of the car, the report said.

  • Monroe man, 18, charged in home invasion

    A Monroe man has been charged in an Aug. 16 home invasion in which a teenager was tied up and locked in a bathroom at her home in Tradesville.

    Jacob Lee Hughes, 18, of 4114 Stack Road, Monroe, has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office with first-degree burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime, Sheriff Barry Faile said Wednesday.

    Faile said Hughes came to the sheriff's office for questioning on Tuesday and was arrested there. Investigators are still looking for other suspects.