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Today's News

  • 2 dead in Palmetto Place shooting

     

    Two men died Thursday night following a shooting at Palmetto Place Apartments in Lancaster, and police are looking for an injured third man as a person of interest in the case.

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Knight Deese identified the victims as 21-year-old Rakeem Patterson and 22-year-old Markevis Foster, both of Lancaster.

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said officers are looking for Courtney Javon McCain, 36, of Lancaster, for questioning in the case.

  • Column: GOP finally can repeal Obamacare, but it balks

    The news these days is like a rehash of the Obamacare debates, with the two parties simply changing jerseys.
    After the passage of Obamacare, we discovered that it had a dozen new taxes and was not affordable. It was a redistribution of wealth disguised as an act of compassion. It gave us lies on top of lies, and even as it collapses there are many who say it is working.

  • Fort Lawn Councilman Joe Reddick dies at 81

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Longtime Fort Lawn town councilman and community leader Thomas B. “Joe” Reddick died last Friday at age 81. Colleagues and friends remembered him as a man of integrity who cared deeply about his community.
    Fort Lawn Mayor John Rumford served with Reddick when they were both on the board of directors of the Fort Lawn Community Center and again later when both served on Fort Lawn Town Council. Rumford lived up the street from Reddick.

  • County council OKs tax increase

    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the county’s 2017-18 budget Monday, an $82.9 million overall spending plan that increases funding for public safety, employee compensation and infrastructure maintenance.
    The overall budget increase, coming in at $7.9 million more than last year’s, is supported largely by a 4.6-mill increase in property taxes that brings the county’s millage rate to 100.1 mills.

  • Boulware will lead United Way

    Deborah Boulware, long-time United Way volunteer and 14-year employee of the local schools, is the new executive director of the United Way of Lancaster County.
    She starts the job July 10 after leaving her position with the Lancaster County School District.
    “I am both humbled and excited,” Boulware said Friday. “The mission of the United Way goes along with my life mission.”

  • Laid-off worker blasts city officials

    Brian Stogner, a 30-year city worker losing his job because of budget cuts, blasted officials during Tuesday’s city council meeting, protesting his own layoff and the city’s handling of all its employees over the past two years.
    “Morale is the lowest I’ve seen in 30 years,” said Stogner,  a city firefighter whose last day on the job is today.

  • Janice Dabney retiring

    A half century after she started work in the hospital’s emergency room, Springs Memorial CEO Janice Dabney will retire in August.
    Dabney has been one of the city’s top executives and community leaders for more than three decades. She has served two stints on the county school board totaling 16 years and counting.
    The Lancaster native started out at the hospital in 1966 as the only person on duty to check in patients during the second shift at what was then Marion Sims Memorial Hospital.

  • July 4 lights up fireworks sales

    Fireworks retailers are prepping for their busiest season with new arrivals they hope you’ll love.
    From alien invasions to shark-inspired showers, frequent favorites like sparklers and plenty of safety gear to handle it all – they’re stocking up, expecting hundreds to buy to celebrate Independence Day.
    In Indian Land, Phantom Fireworks’ best sellers are the Pyrotechnic Motherlode and the New Yorker Salute Finale – both are ground-based and shoot a series of shots.

  • Red, white & blue fun

    Independence Day festivities begin this week, with tons of red, white and blue and fireworks lighting up the night skies. Here are some events offered in our area:
    ◆ Rock Hill will hold its 14th annual Red, White & Boom Independence Day Festival at 5:30 p.m. July 3, at the Old Town Amphitheater, 144 E. Black St., Rock Hill. The festival includes live music, inflatables, rides, food trucks, beer and wine and an ice cream eating contest. The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. For details, visit www.onlyinoldtown.com/boom.

  • School board approves $102M budget

    Lancaster County school board unanimously approved a $102 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year after a public hearing Tuesday night.
    Expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year are $102,649,796 and revenues are $99,930,644.