Today's News

  • Council votes to repeal blue laws

    Lancaster County Council voted 6-1 Monday to repeal blue laws that restrict the sale of many goods in the county until after 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

    Council passed the first of three readings of an ordinance that would lift the ban on Sunday sale restrictions for four years. The ordinance being considered would not lift the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays, however.

    Council approved first reading of the ordinance after much discussion between council members and after listening to comments from county residents.

  • More car break-ins reported in Panhandle

    INDIAN LAND – More car break-ins in Panhandle neighborhoods have been reported.

    Four car break-ins were reported in several neighborhoods between Jan. 27 and early Jan. 28.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, two residents reported break-ins on Tintinhull Drive in the Clairemont neighborhood.

    At one home, the back driver’s side window of a car was broken, causing $250 damage. A laptop computer valued at $1,000 was stolen from the backseat.

  • Forecast calls for a little snow

    Will there be another chance to build a snowman this week?

    According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature today will reach 62 degrees in Lancaster County, but colder air is headed this way.

    Today will be sunny, but Monday there is a 50 percent chance of rain, which could turn to snow on Monday night.

    Little accumulation is expected.

    Monday’s daytime high will be 57 degrees, and will drop to around freezing during the night.

  • City OKs annexation where ALDI plans to build store

    The city of Lancaster is moving forward on annexing land that a major grocery store is eyeing for its first Lancaster County location.

    City Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance last week to annex land east of Bojangles’ at the intersection of Old Charlotte Road and North Park Drive.

    ALDI grocery store is looking to build on that parcel, about 2.48 acres owned by Eugene Melton.

  • ‘Real daughter of Confederate hero’ dies at 98

    RICHBURG – Sallie Gibson Bankhead, who was honored in 2002 as a “Real Daughter of a Confederate Hero,” died Wednesday at age 98.

    Bankhead was believed to be the last living child of a Confederate soldier in South Carolina. It also fair to say she was one of the last surviving children of a Civil War veteran in the United States, though it’s not known how many more surviving children of Civil War veterans might be alive today.

  • Local EMS one of first in S.C. to add ICE method

    Sudden cardiac arrest (no pulse and no breathing) is one of the leading causes of death in the nation.   

    More than half of the patients who suffer sudden cardiac arrest do so outside of a hospital. Nationwide the success rates of resuscitation from out of hospital cardiac arrest are in the single digits.

    This has led Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services to add the treatment procedure called “induced cooling by EMS,” or ICE, which involves reducing the body temperature of patients who are resuscitated from non-traumatic cardiac arrest.

  • Ophthalmologists offer eye exams for as low as $1 to those without insurance

    Those without insurance will be able to get an eye exam at a low price and contribute to a good cause at the same time.

    The Eye & Laser Center in Lancaster has started its Sight Saver Eye Exams campaign, through which people who are uninsured can receive a complete dilated eye exam for as low as $1.

    The initiative started Monday and will run as long as the center believes residents need the help, said Dr. Malcolm Edwards, an ophthalmologist at the center.

    Edwards and the other three ophthalmologists will each see three patients per week on the plan.

  • Furloughs at The Lancaster News

    Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, publisher of The Lancaster News, Carolina Gateway, The (Chester) News & Reporter and The Pageland Progressive Journal, announced Monday company-wide furloughs.

    Employees will be required to take a five-day unpaid furlough as a way to curb expenses in a national recession that has hit newspapers and their advertisers particularly hard.

  • Not time for extravagant building

    I am appalled to know that with this dire economy in a town whose citizens are struggling to keep their families afloat our town leaders are planning to spend $33 million on a new courthouse.

    The people of Lancaster are reeling under the onslaught of lost jobs resulting in the repossession of their homes and cars, loss of medical insurance, rising food, fuel, and utility cost, not to even mention education for our children.

  • Relay for Life earns deserved recognition

    From the big house to the state house. From the county seat to the city seat. From the sheriff’s office to highway patrol. New faces in new places.

    At the head of our nation’s helm is the first black president. Locally, we have the first woman from Lancaster County serving in the S.C. House of Representatives. We have a new state senator.

    We have a new sheriff and new person in charge of highway patrol.