Today's News

  • Main Street scarecrows vandalized

    Police are looking for the vandal or vandals who damaged 11 scarecrows displayed downtown this week for Crows on Main, an annual Halloween scarecrow competition.
    Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster, said the vandalism happened Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
    “We think it was somebody trying to be funny, but it’s not very funny,” Timmons said. “I think this is the first time it’s ever been this bad.”

  • 280,000 flee S.C. coast ahead of Matthew

    More than a quarter million people had evacuated the S.C. coast by late Thursday, and Lancaster County began providing shelter for some of those fleeing the path of Hurricane Matthew.
    President Obama declared a state of emergency in Florida Thursday afternoon ahead of the storm, which regained its category 4 strength during the day. The death toll has topped 100 across the Caribbean.
    Gov. Nikki Haley ordered more than 20 counties to evacuate in phases throughout the week, including Horry, Georgetown, Charleston and Beaufort along the coastline.

  • IL landfill owner admits violations

    The owner of an Indian Land landfill and recycling center sanctioned by state environmental officials in 2012 has pleaded guilty to willfully violating the S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act.
    Ron Olsen, owner of Pressley’s Recycling Center at 9531 Charlotte Highway, entered the plea in Lancaster County General Sessions Court Monday and received a 90-day sentence, suspended upon time served, and one year probation.

  • Officials agree: Time to dissect financial woes, sift alternatives

    Consolidating some city and county services is possible, but starting the process will require exhaustive number-crunching and serious, “painfully tough” discussions.
    That’s the initial reaction from a number of city and county officials after Lancaster Mayor John Howard floated the idea that the city’s colossal financial challenges require drastic action.

  • Planning board sends UDO rewrite to council, but without approval

    After working on the document for 20 months, the Lancaster County Planning Commission has sent the 54-page revised Unified Development Ordinance to county council with no recommendation, positive or negative.
    The motion to approve the UDO, the document that spells out the county’s zoning and development regulations, received a 3-3 vote in the commission’s special meeting Monday night. It was the second such meeting in two months.

  • DUI suspect had just dropped off 5-year-old child at school

    A Lancaster County man faces multiple charges after allegedly passing out behind the wheel near North Elementary School while dropping off a 5-year-old for class.
    The Lancaster Police Department arrested 36-year-old Jamy Kenneth Stacks of 2622 Deertrack Circle on a barrage of charges including driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to surrender a driver’s license, and improper tag and no insurance. He was also charged with unlawful conduct on a child.

  • Baker prevails as King of the Carolinas Street Stock winner

    GASTONIA, N.C. – “The Gambler” is King of the Carolinas in racing.
    Sage driver Brandy Baker, “The Gambler,” is finally King of the Carolinas after capturing an exciting Street Stock win at Carolina Speedway.
    Baker was on the front row for the Street Stock main with Tyler Hyatt. When the green flag dropped to start the race, Baker, Hyatt, Ronnie Mosley and Andy Blackwood battled for the lead entering turn one.

  • Humble Abode empowers women

    The Women’s Enrichment Center held the grand opening Monday for its new Humble Abode retail store and sewing room, which is designed to be self-sustaining and to teach women a trade that’s becoming a rarity.

    WEC Humble Abode, at 311A N. Main St. in Lancaster, works with local businesses and individuals who request custom-made products. 

  • Column: ‘Free’ tuition: Clinton buying your vote with your own cash

    Four points to address in Hillary Clinton’s debt-free education plan.
    Before I state anything I would like to point out that this debt-free plan appears to only cover tuition costs. Here are direct quotes from her plan found at Hillary.com, followed by my own translation of her comments.
    1. “She will make a major investment in HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions and other low-cost, modest-endowment private schools so that these deserving students also benefit from the lower cost of college.”

  • Column: The New S.C. will be more moderate

    This is the third column on The New South Carolina – about the demographic, economic and political changes that are transforming our state.
    In sports, the Gamecocks wear garnet and black. Clemson wears orange and purple. In politics, South Carolina is red and deep red.
    These are known as “self-evident truths.” Things that just are.
    While the garnet and orange will probably last until the Second Coming, the red in South Carolina politics is changing – and changing faster than most folks think.