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Today's News

  • Chief Grant eager to get more boots on the ground this year

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant has one goal in the upcoming months – getting rid of his department’s long-running manpower shortage.
    “It’s not easy to be a Lancaster police officer. These guys work,” Grant said. “It’s a hard job, and we ask a lot of our folks. We’ve been asking double that because we’ve been working short.” 
    At one time the department had 14 vacancies among its ranks of 39 sworn officers.

  • SCDOT maps out 2 options for sidewalks near IL schools

    S.C. Department of Transportation has completed a study on cost of adding sidewalks around Indian Land middle and high schools, and now it’s the Lancaster County School District’s job to come up with the money if it wants them.
    School district safety director Bryan Vaughn said if the district decides to go through with putting in sidewalks, construction probably wouldn’t start for at least a year.

  • Vietnam War flag stops at Lancaster vet’s home

    A traveling flag that marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War flew on the flagpole in Cecil and Phyllis Gardner’s yard last month.
    The flag is crisscrossing the nation as part of a special commemoration of the war, stopping once in each state to fly at the home of one Vietnam-era veteran.
    “They’re going to fly it in every state,” said Cecil Elliott, who is a retired Navy chief petty officer who served from 1948-71.

  • Couples ready to take stage for Dancing With the Stars

    Seven couples will take the stage at the Art’s Focus Program’s second-annual Dancing With the Stars fundraiser on Feb. 3.
    This year’s featured dancers are:
    • Cedric Mingo and Katherine Foo.
    • Dean Faile and Ashley Shannon.
    • Michael Clancy and Connie Funderburk.
    • Matthew Whitaker and Jamikka Crockett.
    • Delmar Patterson and Liz Joyner.
    • David Platts and Katrina Bernsdorff.
    • Sal Estrada and Deborah Cureton.

  • Hard for me to believe there was a time when the races were educated separately

    I reach really high to a top shelf in the Lancaster High School library.

    I grab the light gray, 50-year-old 1967 Rambler yearbook.

    Then I pull down the ’66 and ’68 books, too.

    They’re heavy.

    I carry them to an empty table.

    Though I look like I’m still in high school, I feel the students staring at me like, “What is this crazy newspaper lady doing now?”

    I put the books down and start looking through pages in search of black students.

  • Brrrrrrrrrr!

    Blistering cold and high winds gripped Lancaster County Thursday, extending a weeklong spell of frigid weather, and there’s no sign of a letup until Monday.
    “It’s been at least several years since it’s been this cold,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis. “Last year we just skated along.”
    Friday will be the 12th consecutive day of below-average temperatures here. The county has struggled to break freezing most days, with highs in low to mid-30s.

  • Lancaster woman charged in toddler's beating death

    A 25-year-old Lancaster woman has been charged in the Dec. 18 beating death of her boyfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
    Kayla Marie Cook was charged with homicide by child abuse in the killing of Lilly Schroeder, whom first responders picked up at their home, 418 Heath Circle in Lancaster.
    Cook was arrested in Kings Mountain, N.C., by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 29.
    The arrest warrant says numerous bruises were “observed on several parts of the victim’s body.”

  • Virginia utility to pay $14B for SCANA Corp.

    Utility giant Dominion Energy of Virginia announced Wednesday it will buy SCANA Corp. for $14.6 billion, as fallout continues from the abandoned V.C. Summer Nuclear Station expansion in Fairfield County.
    One of the terms of the deal is providing $1.3 billion in refunds to 600,000-plus S.C. Electric & Gas power customers who experienced nine rate increases to partially bankroll the defunct project. SCANA is the parent company of SCE&G.

  • Sheriff: Program to help the elderly among 2018 goals

    Sheriff Barry Faile is charged with protecting all the citizens of Lancaster County, but when it comes to new goals for 2018, he’s targeting senior citizens.
    The sheriff’s office already has a program in place to trace elderly residents with cognitive disorders prone to wandering, but Faile said one of his major goals this year is to make sure senior citizens have more information and assistance to keep them safe.

  • Women’s warming center opens as frigid air settles in

    A women and children’s warming center opened Tuesday at 1232 Trestle Ln. in Lancaster, just in time for this week’s big freeze, but no guests showed up the first two nights.
    “It takes a couple of days to catch on,” said Deborah Boulware, director of Lancaster County United Way, which is spearheading the initiative.
    The center will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily through mid-March, Boulware said. Meals are served and security guards, provided through the Salvation Army, stay through the night.