Today's News

  • Rogers column: Court’s autopsy ruling trumps accountability

    For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.
    On July 16, the court ruled that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.
    Why does this matter to the public?
    It matters because the next time police shoot an innocent man, don’t expect the public to have access to the autopsy report giving the details of the death.

  • SLED helicopter spots pot

     Denyse Clark


    Whether it’s tucked behind a dog kennel, disguised in a garden or hidden in the woods, seasoned narcotics officers can spot illegal marijuana growing activity anywhere.

  • Man sentenced for tossing drugs, contraband over fence at KCI

     Christopher Sardelli


    After several hours of deliberation, a jury returned guilty verdicts on Wednesday, July 16, for a West Columbia man charged with tossing contraband over the fence of Kershaw Correctional Institution last year. 

  • Free pro se divorce clinic Wednesday

     Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    When legal troubles arise, hiring an attorney can be an expensive option that is out of reach for many. 

    That’s why S.C. Legal Services (SCLS) offers several community outreach programs that can enable people to handle certain legal problems on their own.

    SCLS will hold an hour-long free Pro Se Divorce Clinic at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Lancaster County Library, 313 South White St. 

  • State justices rule against making autopsy reports public

     Denyse Clark


    After the S.C. Supreme Court previously reversed a ruling allowing government councils to amend agendas during meetings now they’ve upheld a circuit court ruling stating autopsies are private records.

    On Wednesday, July 16, the court ruled 4-1 that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.

  • Council tackles LCEDC concerns

     Christopher Sardelli


    In the wake of a churning sea of criticism by county officials against the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., several residents came to the LCEDC’s defense Monday night, July 14.

  • Commission works on new proposal

     Reece Murphy


    Lancaster County Capital Project Sales Tax Commission members are reworking a November general election ballot question to reauthorize the county’s 1 cent capital project sales tax to include more funding for county roads.

    The commission expects to finalize its new proposal Tuesday, July 22, in order to present it to County Council on July 28.

  • Taylor to lead LHS baseball

     Robert Howey


    A diamond fixture in area baseball levels has been summoned to guide the Lancaster High School baseball program.

    Toby Taylor, who has produced success as a player and coach from youth baseball to college play, has been named the Bruins’ baseball coach.

  • Loss of a faithful friend

     Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County’s Christian Services has been a community staple since 1981, when Helen Warren started it as a ministry of the Church of Lancaster. 

    The purpose of Christian Services was to match up donors with Lancaster County residents needing financial assistance, food, clothing and household items. 

  • Sowell, Hinkle lead junior golfers play in Kershaw

     Logan Sowell, the Andrew Jackson High School star golfer, continued his stellar play as the Lancaster chapter of the SC Junior Golf Association opened the second half of its 2014 tournament season.