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Today's News

  • Catawba Riverkeeper releases smartphone app

    From release

  • Blackmon votes to give herself $6,750

    Newly installed Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon broke a 3-3 tie Tuesday night as the council granted her request for $6,750 in back pay, compensating her for the nine months when a legal challenge kept her from taking office.
    But her vote drew immediate scrutiny under South Carolina’s ethics statute, which says public officials must recuse themselves on any vote “that affects their own economic interests.”

  • Ex-Panther: Life is all about attitude, preparation, effort

    INDIAN LAND – Colin Cole knows the secret of NFL success.
    The former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle should.
    In a business where the average career lasts less than three seasons, Cole made a living taking on blockers and stuffing runs for 11 years.
    Cole revealed that secret to the Indian Land High School Warriors football team Tuesday night at Freebird’s Family Restaurant.

  • Opposition to Indian Land incorporation is mobilizing

    As Indian Land incorporation organizers pivot to a “vote yes” campaign after winning approval from a key legislative committee in Columbia last week, opponents are ramping up their efforts to persuade residents to “vote no” on the proposition.

  • More metal detectors at high schools

    After two high-profile safety incidents on campus, Lancaster County School District is ramping up security in schools, implementing more aggressive metal-detector screenings at all four county high schools.
    The district is tripling its number of walk-through detectors.
    In the past week, an Andrew Jackson High student was charged with bringing a loaded handgun to school, and a shooting threat was written on an Indian Land High bathroom wall.

  • Big Fire Safety Expo this Saturday

    The Lancaster Fire Service is hosting its 23rd annual Fire Safety Expo this Saturday in the parking lot of the Walmart on S.C. 9 Bypass in Lancaster.
    The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and marks the end of Fire Safety Week.
    Fire engines and ladder trucks will be on display for children and adults alike. A junior firefighter’s obstacle course, games and prizes, coloring books and a Home Depot kid workshop will be there for children’s entertainment. There will also be a face-painting station, balloons, clowns and a DJ at the Expo.

  • Staff Column: Hello! I’m your new reporter

    If you told me six years ago that I’d become a reporter, fall in love with a country girl and live in good ole’ South Carolina, I’d have said ease up on the psychedelics.
    Yet here I am, with all of the above turning out to be true.
    God must be punishing me for my cynicism as a Northerner.  
    I currently live in Columbia and commute to Lancaster. But I have bought a house in Lancaster’s Erwin Farm neighborhood and will be closing on the sale today.
    I am not an S.C. native, but I don’t plan on leaving – ever.

  • Blackmon seeks $6,750 in back pay

    Newly sworn in Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon has requested back pay for the nine months she would have served on the council if Jackie Harris had not sued her over the 2016 election results.
    Blackmon wants $6,750 in back pay, according to the agenda for Tuesday night’s city council meeting, which was set to begin after press time.
    Blackmon’s request got mixed reviews Tuesday afternoon.

  • YMCA coming to Lancaster

    Lancaster County is getting its first YMCA.
    Officials announced Tuesday that the Upper Palmetto YMCA will be taking over the operations of USC Lancaster’s C.D. Gregory Health and Wellness Center.
    The Upper Palmetto YMCA will start managing the 36-year-old center Dec. 1 and plans to “increase programming and to enhance the fitness offerings of the center,” said Shana Dry, USCL’s spokeswoman.
    The name will change to the Gregory Family YMCA.

  • Student charged with taking loaded handgun to AJ High

    A 17-year-old Andrew Jackson High student was arrested Monday for possessing a loaded handgun and marijuana in the school.
    Devin D’Ante Wright of Heath Springs was charged with carrying a weapon on school property and simple possession of marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    AJHS Principal Alex Dabney told the school resource officer that he had heard Wright had been seen with a pistol inside the school.
    Wright was then escorted to the office, but did not have the pistol.