Today's News

  • City council considers requests at hearing

    Lancaster City Council held a public hearing and budget workshop Tuesday, June 16, for its proposed $23.8 million fiscal 2015-16 budget.
    One school project request and several council recommendations were made at the meeting, but not all of them were fully approved.
    During the public hearing, Reggie Lowery, executive director of Communities In Schools (CIS), addressed council about its continued support for YouthBuild.

  • Summer storm packs a punch

    A summer storm rolled across Lancaster County on Thursday evening, June 18, causing scattered damage and leaving thousands without power, some into Friday afternoon.
    News of the pending storm came about 2:49 p.m. Thursday, with a National Weather Service severe thunderstorm warning issued for southeastern Lancaster County, predicting lightning and a storm capable of producing wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and quarter-size hail.

  • CCA helps struggling families with wide range of services

    For almost 50 years, Carolina Community Affairs (CCA) has provided help to those facing economic challenges in York, Union, Chester, Fairfield and Lancaster counties.
    Its goal is reducing the causes and conditions of poverty, and the agency spent more than $30 million through the 2012-13 fiscal year to assist both low-income families and individuals with a range of services from job placement to helping pay utility bills.

  • Bill Stokes to discuss paddling on Catawba River

    The next speaker in the Katawba Valley Land Trust 2015 Speaker Series is local paddler Bill Stokes.
    The lecture is 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Sheriff seeks leads in burglary

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary at a home near Indian Land High School.
    The crime occurred sometime during the day Friday, June 12, at the River Road home, while the homeowner was at work.
    Investigators said the suspect, or suspects, broke through the glass patio door using a portable air compressor.
    Once inside, the burglar ransacked the house, stealing money, coins, medication, a .22 caliber pistol, watches and jewelry.

  • Cell phones best option for police oversight

    Hardly a week goes by now without the surfacing of a cell-phone video of police abuse, often of minorities.

    These private camera videos are providing the best and often only record of police confrontations, such as the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, or the more recent incident at a pool party in Texas.

    South Carolina just passed a law requiring police to wear body cameras, and while they may do some internal good, don’t expect to see the images in the news.

  • Words to live by

    After reading the guest column,“Jesus leaves disciples and us with words of comfort,” by Pastor Bob Lanning of Cornerstone Bible Church in the June 14 edition of The Lancaster News, I feel compelled to tell the following story of how God continues to perform miracles and that he does answer prayer.

    When I was hired at Counseling Services of Lancaster in 1995, Walter Quinn, the executive director, said to work there, I’d have to put “God first, family second and then work.”

  • Judge sentences heroin dealers

    COLUMBIA – A federal judge sentenced the two men arrested in Lancaster County’s largest heroin bust to federal prison Wednesday, June 17.

  • Landscaper questions bidding process for pine straw

    HEATH SPRINGS – Darren Sowell, owner of Sowell’s Lawn Care and the town’s landscaping  contractor, addressed Heath Springs Town Council on Tuesday, June 16, about what he deems as a conflict in project services done through bids.

  • June 30 registration deadline looms for district bus riders

    In an effort to manage and ensure the safety of thousands of students who ride Lancaster County school buses on a daily basis, local school officials are spearheading a brand-new bus rider registration program.