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Today's News

  • Going solar

    Going green, whether for the environment or the green in your wallet, is becoming easier in Lancaster County. More and more homeowners are going solar and cutting their power bills by 25 to 50 percent.

    Nearly half a dozen residents with recently installed glossy black panels on their rooftops talked about their savings last week. Some own and some lease the photovoltaic or solar electric equipment. They all saved a lot of cash.

  • Gardening is her passion

    Charis Grabbe, 14, has a green thumb and a state 4-H gardening award to prove it.

    Charis took home first place in the 2017 S.C. 4-H Small Garden Project’s junior division for Lancaster County, the Midlands Region and the state. 

    She is the first overall state winner from Lancaster County in any 4-H project area.

  • Let's go to the movies!

    Denise Johnston

    For The Lancaster News

    RedStone 14 theater in Indian Land celebrated its grand opening Friday. The theater boasts 14 screens and the only PDX Large Format Auditorium in South Carolina.

    The lobby of the theater was decked out in balloon arches simulating popcorn popping out of red and white striped boxes. Vases of flowers in the theater’s theme colors of blue, gold and yellow sat in the center of each café table. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with a sense of anticipation in the air.

  • Column: ‘Home’ – with its allure, baggage – is a distant place we cannot return

    I waxed nostalgic for the “good old days” after reading Professor Emerita Dianne T. Evans’ guest column in the March 9 paper.
    I grew up in the late 1940s and the decade of the ’50s, but my experiences occurred more than 600 miles north of Lancaster County. I too remember a time when we prayed to God for guidance, saluted our flag, were taught American history and respected our elders.
    Everyone respected authority, almost everyone.

  • Column: Mass killings show need for transparency in government

    Less than a week after the massacre at Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., 16 news outlets and organizations filed a motion with the court overseeing the prosecution of the shooter, arguing that hearings and records in the case should be open to the public.

  • Thief fishes rent checks, cash from drop boxes

    Two local apartment complexes and one business have been victimized by a thief who fished checks and cash out of drop boxes and mail slots.
    The thief made off with 16 checks in all worth a total of $7,210 during the late February and early March incidents at the Cottages at Azalea and the Northwest apartment complexes and Lancaster Financial Services.
    The crimes at the two apartment complex offices happened overnight March 4, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department incident reports.

  • Dillon rabies case spurs alert

    State officials warned pet owners this week that the transmission of rabies virus is still an issue in the Palmetto State, after four people in Dillon County were exposed to a rabid bat.
    The bat, which tested positive March 21, was found in a bedroom where someone was sleeping.
    David Vaughan of the state Bureau of Environmental Health Services said the four people were referred to health-care providers for post-exposure treatment.

  • Last chance for matching gifts to Community Foundation drive

    From release

    This is the last week for the Quality of Life Challenge Match, under which the J. Marion Sims Foundation, Founders Federal Credit Union and Springs Memorial Hospital are matching all gifts to the Lancaster County Community Foundation, up to a total of $17,500.
    March 31 is the deadline for the matching program. Several generous gifts have come in, but there is still work to do to meet the $17,500 goal, organizers said.

  • City will give Builders Supply 2 road sections

    The Lancaster City Council has voted unanimously to give parts of French Street and City Avenue to Builders Supply Co., a move to improve safety and deter crime.
    The two streets, on the south end of downtown, cut through the middle of the 110-year-old business, which is run by C.D. “Bubber” Gregory and his son, Sen. Greg Gregory.

  • County OKs building solar farms in Buford

    The Lancaster County Council voted 4-3 Monday to allow construction of two solar farms in the Buford community that could generate $200,000 in county taxes each year.
    Council members Brian Carnes, Jack Estridge, Terry Graham and Steve Harper voted to grant the two conditional-use permits required for the project.
    Harper said Tuesday he voted for the permits because he thought he had no legal alternative.