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Today's News

  • VW man’s trail cam catches black bear

    The McQueen family of Van Wyck is used to seeing wildlife like squirrels, rabbits and deer on their property, but a trail camera set up in the woods out back caught an unexpected visitor last week – a black bear.
    Chris McQueen, who lives with his wife Tricia, son James, 10, and daughter Sadie, 1, on a wooded 4-acre property on Old Hickory Road, said the camera captured the bear’s image as it roamed near a spot where he’d dumped deer corn.  

  • James Brooks resigns from school board

    James M. Brooks resigned from the Lancaster County school board Friday afternoon, effective immediately, a week after he was charged with methamphetamine trafficking.
    “It is with regret that I tender my resignation," Brooks said in a letter to school board Chairman Bobby Parker. "Due to the negative publicity of the allegations against me, it is in the best interest of the students of Lancaster County and my fellow board members for me to step down.

  • Drug, gun plea nets a decade in prison

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and weapons charges.
    Lepoleon Hall, 37, was one of three defendants sentenced this week in Lancaster County’s General Sessions Court, according to Sixth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman’s office.
    Hall, formerly of the 2300 block of Douglas Heights, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

  • Christmas Basket has raised $1,705 toward $10K goal

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received more than a dozen donations so far totaling $1,705, with a goal of $10,000 this year.
    “By this time we were hoping to have received more donations,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster. “We are just hoping that the community will step up, because these people are in need.”
    The money raised is used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Planting a red maple to honor 1st responders

    More than 50 city and county officials and employees stood in a chilly circle Friday morning while the Lancaster Garden Club planted a red maple tree in honor of first responders.
    The ladies of the garden club chose to celebrate Arbor Day by planting the tree at the Public Safety Communications Center on Pageland Highway. Over 200,000 calls each year for law enforcement, EMS and firefighters are handled here.

  • Duke Energy Foundation gives firefighters $100K

    From release

  • S.C. Christmas tree farmers have good '16 despite weather

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Despite being too dry, too wet or damaged by winds, S.C. Christmas tree farms have weathered the storm and are experiencing another strong year in 2016.
    Though some trees have been stressed by severe drought in most areas of the state – or by standing water and wind damage along the coast – there are still more than enough healthy trees to go around for anyone looking to jump-start their Christmas spirit.

  • Handy helpers target Clinton area

    More than 100 volunteers will converge on neighborhoods in the Clinton Elementary School attendance zone Saturday to begin revitalization efforts as part of the Lancaster Pride Promise Neighborhood project.

  • Fire destroys local woman’s Gatlinburg vacation spot

    The horrific Gatlinburg wildfire hit home Tuesday night for Lancaster resident Judy McAteer Hammond, who lost the timeshare condo where she has vacationed for the past 20 years.

    “I cried myself to sleep,” Hammond said. “The devastation is unbelievable up there.”

    The condo is in the Tree Tops Resort, located on the outskirts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee. Hammond and her late husband, Mike Payne, bought the timeshare in 1996.

  • Community center gets zoning variance to replace porch

    The city of Lancaster has granted an exception to allow the front-porch cover of the Lancaster Community Center on East Meeting Street to be completely rebuilt.

    The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved a variance at its Nov. 21 meeting that allows the porch cover to be built back as a non-conforming use.

    The variance was good news for the community center’s all-volunteer board of directors.