Today's News

  • Sheriff's office receives $350,000 in grants

    A crime scene unit and new fingerprinting system will soon be helping the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office – and other agencies nearby – to solve crimes.

    The sheriff’s office has received almost $350,000 in grants from the S.C. Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs.

    A $241,833 grant will pay for a two-officer crime scene unit. The grant covers salaries, training and equipment for the crime scene technicians.

  • County OKs moratorium on billboards

    No more billboards can be erected along large parts of S.C. 9 and U.S. 521 for the next year.

    County Council approved final reading of an ordinance Monday that imposes the one-year moratorium on issuing of permits to erect new billboards. It restricts new billboard construction on S.C. 9, from the Chester County line to the western boundary of the city of Lancaster, and on U.S. 521, from the city of Lancaster to the North Carolina border.

    Lancaster resident Randy Collins voiced his opposition to the moratorium.

  • Sharing traditions

    INDIAN LAND – Stomping from one foot to the other, Ronnie Beck tossed a series of hoops into the air as a ceremonial drum beat in the background.

    Decorated in blue and yellow clothing, Beck, a member of the Catawba Indian Nation, performed a traditional hoop dance at Indian Land Middle School on Thursday.

    During the dance, Beck tossed almost 20 different colored hoops around his body, using the hoops to create different shapes, such as birds, alligators and even Mickey Mouse.

  • Man shot in leg after hold-up attempt

    A Lancaster man told police that he was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt early Thursday.

    Lancaster Police Department officers responded to a home on Central Avenue about 12:50 a.m. Thursday and found the 27-year-old man lying on the porch.

    The man told police that he was walking home and a burgundy SUV pulled up beside him, according to an incident report.

    He told police a man with his face covered up got out of the SUV and said, “Give it up.”

  • County Council approves first step for USCL dorms

    Lancaster County Council took a step Monday to transform Lancaster into a true college town.

    After discussing a proposal from the Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, council unanimously passed a resolution that could help provide funding for two new dormitory facilities on the college campus.

    The resolution allows the county to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Housing Administration Loan Program in connection with the proposed dorms.

  • Exhibit features USCL mementos

    There’s still time to check out a display that ties into the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s 50th anniversary celebration.

    Since Aug. 14, an exhibit featuring old pictures and memorabilia has been up in the lobby of the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at USCL.

    Photos of past presidents, vintage bulletins and handouts as well as information on previous and future expansion are included.

    Faculty started gathering material for the exhibit about a year ago.

    Brittany Taylor, exhibit curator, finalized things this summer.

  • Lancaster department gets bullet-proof vest for its dog

    Police officers aren’t the only ones who need bullet-proof vests.

    Their K-9 partners need them, too, since they often track and find armed suspects before their human counterparts do.

    But K-9 vests aren’t cheap. They can cost $1,600, said Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Dean Short, who handles the agency’s K-9, a German shepherd named Bruno.

    Fortunately for Bruno, Short found Susie Jean.

  • Rams too strong for Yellow Jackets

    BUFORD Friday night was a bitter-sweet type game for the Buford Yellow Jackets.  BHS was able to suppress the Chesterfield Golden Rams’ high-powered offense, but they couldn’t stop them completely.

    Buford received first possession in this contest, assembling a pretty good drive converting on fourth down on one play, and burning 7:29 off the clock.  The drive went null when Chesterfield picked off a Britt Wells pass.

    The Rams’ pass heavy offense was effective in the first half, but in the red zone they faltered with two turnovers.

  • Bruins blitz Jackets 38-0

    Each week, Lancaster High School head football coach Bennie McMurray stresses progress from the previous game.

    McMurray, after the Bruins’ 38-0 rout of county rival Buford High School, saw few flaws in the LHS effort Friday night.

    “This was almost a perfect game,” said McMurray. “It’s the kind of play we need from our team.”

    The Bruins came out roaring and blitzed the Jackets for 31 first-half points on the way to the shutout win.

    LHS, 3-0, struck for 24 points in the opening period to take control early.

  • Lancaster High swimmers prevail in four-way meet

    The Lancaster High School swim team swept a four-way meet, prevailing with 212 points.

    The Bruins were followed by Clover, 202; Northwestern, 181; and Chester, 21.

    LHS individual results:

    Jena Aeschbacher – 2nd 100 backstroke, 1st 200 individual medley

    Elizabeth Catoe – 2nd 50, 100 freestyle

    Sarah DeVenny – 3rd  100 backstroke, 4th 100 butterfly

    Kaysia Grow – 5th in 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly

    Hannah Jacobs – 4th 100 breaststroke, 2nd 200 individual medley