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Today's News

  • Sophisticated electric-bill scam working in Lancaster

    A Lancaster auto repair shop was scammed out of $2,000 this week when a caller  threatened to cut off the electricity unless the business immediately paid an overdue power bill.

    “In this instance, we had a small business where employees were working away and got an unexpected phone call,” said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. “You know that you’ve got to have power to stay in business, and they get you before you have time to realize what happened.”   

  • Burning ban remains for Lancaster County

    From release

    S.C. fire officials have lifted the statewide outdoor-burning ban that they imposed Nov. 19, but Lancaster County will keep the ban in effect here until conditions improve.

  • 6,000 years of culture

    It’s the season of fall festivals, and the one last weekend had familiar sights, sounds and smells – tables full of art and crafts, the aroma of sweet potato pie and hot stew, a full parking lot on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
    But upon entering the glass doors of the long house on the Catawba Indian Reservation, it was clear that something was different here.

  • Haley picked for UN ambassador

    President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
    “Gov. Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” Trump said. “She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”
    Haley, 44, is the first woman and first minority appointed for a cabinet-level position in Trump’s administration.

  • Prison guard in Kershaw charged with conspiracy

    It has been a busy two weeks of bad news at Kershaw Correctional Institution.
    A guard and her husband were arrested Tuesday for conspiring to smuggle contraband into the prison following an investigation by the S.C. Department of Corrections and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    A week earlier, an inmate at KCI was stabbed by another inmate. He is recovering.

  • Dick Gannaway, ‘builder of things that lasted,’ dies at 89

    Dick Gannaway, who spent two decades leading this newspaper and the precursor to USC Lancaster, has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 89.
    Dr. Gannaway died in his sleep Sunday in Nashville, family members said.
    Gannaway’s career leading two of Lancaster’s best-known institutions was an unusual bridging of academia and journalism. He was director from 1972-77 of what was then known as the University of South Carolina extension, followed by a 13-year stint as publisher of The Lancaster News.

  • Ex-Gamecocks QB to lead Kershaw parade

    KERSHAW – Former Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson will lead the 2016 Kershaw Christmas Parade as grand marshal on Sunday.
    The parade, with more than 50 entries, starts at 3 p.m. on Hampton Street downtown.
    This is a first for Thompson.
    “It’s really cool and something I’ve never done before,” Thompson said. “I’m excited. I get to meet some new people, make some new friends and have a good time being around them.”   

  • Town that loves trees is in for a shock

    KERSHAW – If the removal of a handful of 100-year-old oaks on North Matson and East Marion streets caused a near revolt earlier this year, Kershaw best get ready for all-out war.
    Mayor Mark Dorman told members of Kershaw Town Council on Monday night that soon scores of trees will be coming down. And just as with the other two incidents, it can’t be helped.
    Dorman said trees along Church Street must be cut down to run a 12-inch water line that will link Haile Gold Mine to the town’s water system.

  • Lancaster man tweeted child porn, charges say

    A Lancaster man has been charged with using Twitter to distribute child pornography and faces a potential 20-year prison term.
    Richard Allen Kampen, 56, of 604 N. Woodland Drive, was arrested Nov. 18 following an investigation by the S.C. attorney general’s office and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Offices as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).  
    Kampen is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison on each count.

  • 50-flavor ice cream truck keeps Cannon busy

    Amanda Harris

    Special to The Lancaster News

    When his unique take on “Pop Goes the Weasel” starts to play, residents know immediately that Roger Cannon’s ice cream truck is headed their way. 

    “I’ve got to jazz it up a little bit,” he said.

    A Fort Lawn resident, Cannon converted an old hospital supply van into an ice cream truck in April, renewing a dream he began years ago.