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Today's News

  • Bus driver protects kids, takes bite from a pit bull

    A Lancaster County school bus driver was bitten by a pit bull Wednesday morning on J.B. Denton Road after the dog slipped through the closing bus doors.
    The driver was able to finish her route, which picks up Lancaster High students, and was later taken to urgent care to be checked.
    “She’s going to be OK,” said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director. “She did a good job of keeping that dog away from other kids…. That was her primary goal and responsibility.”

  • LHS basketball game will use metal detectors tonight

    The Lancaster County School District, in an effort to send a message that schools are safe after school hours, will have metal detectors set up for the first time at a basketball game during Lancaster High’s home game tonight.
    This effort is the start of random metal-detector checks at school activities.
    LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said the district has had no threats about after-school activities or for this particular game against Andrew Jackson High.

  • Giving Tuesday benefits local Outreach Project

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project participated in the Giving Tuesday campaign for the first time this year, with a goal to raise $5,000 for protective services and children in foster care.
    “This is an opportunity for Lancaster to come together to donate to a cause that’s dear to many people’s hearts,” said Lauren Kornegay, LCOP coordinator. “I am very excited because this is our very first Giving Tuesday campaign, but it won’t be the last.”

  • Choo-choo Christmas

    Joe Silien
    For The Lancaster News

    The annual holiday railroad display at Sun City Carolina Lakes is getting a huge makeover this year – a new layout more than twice as big as the one visitors have enjoyed for the past eight years.
    The track gangs have been busy setting up the new railroad in the lobby of The Lake House. Gone is the 8- by 10-foot train board and the tightly packed O-27 gauge track layout. In its place is phase one of a much larger display.

  • Mulvaney steps into political storm

    WASHINGTON – A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that Mick Mulvaney can keep juggling two executive branch agencies at the president’s behest, keeping him at the center of a partisan battle over consumer protection.
    Mulvaney, the White House budget director and a former U.S. House member from Indian Land, showed up for his second job Monday morning as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He carried at big bag of Dunkin’ Donuts.

  • Kershaw fire kills elderly woman

    A 83-year-old Kershaw woman died in a fire at her home Monday morning, one of three residential fires across the county in two days.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Bonnie F. Hilton, who lived on West Welsh Street. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.
    The Kershaw, Flat Creek and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments responded to the home around 9 a.m., along with full-time Lancaster County firefighters, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • USCL is listed as top 2-year college in state

    A national school-ranking organization has named USC Lancaster the top two-year college in the Palmetto State, and No. 4 in the country.
    Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based company that analyzes schools nationally, gives USCL a B-plus grade in its 2018 best community colleges ranking.
    “I am honored, but not surprised, that USC Lancaster would be named the top two-year campus in South Carolina,” said Dr. Walt Collins, dean of USCL. “This is a credit to our devoted and dedicated faculty and staff who work hard toward the success of our students.”

  • IL 14-year-old dies after bike hits tree

    A 14-year-old Indian Land resident has died after he was seriously injured when his bicycle hit a tree near the Carolina Thread Trail on Nov. 19.
    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese identified the victim as Garrett Howison.
    According to Garrett’s obituary, he and his family had moved to Walnut Creek from Xenia, Ohio, in August. His parents are Jason and Angie Howison.

  • Identity of robbery suspect sought

    A man robbed the Swami Mart on South Main Street in Heath Springs Sunday morning, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a suspect from surveillance video.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said in a release Tuesday that the suspect walked into the store about 8:30 a.m., saw other customers there and patted his pockets as if he had forgotten his wallet.

  • Van Wyck council gets down to business

    VAN WYCK – Less than two weeks after the town’s first-ever election, Van Wyck’s mayor and council aren’t wasting time.
    They’re already moving ahead with plans to grow town boundaries through annexation.
    Van Wyck Mayor Sean Corcoran said 16 property owners turned in annexation petitions during a Nov. 18 swearing-in ceremony and barbecue at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, while several others expressed interest.