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Today's News

  • In reversal, 4-3 vote puts Avondale back on track

    Lancaster County Council reversed course on the Avondale development Monday night, voting to more forward with the project despite pleas from an overflowing chamber of red-shirted Indian Land residents.
    But the council also is placing the proposed Ansley Park project back on the agenda for its June 27 meeting, to address neighbors’ concerns about a change in the plan that they fear will worsen traffic.
    The Avondale ordinance will return to council for a second reading June 27. A public hearing will be held before the third and final reading.

  • Holt, Freeman reinstated after much finger-wagging

    Facing an agitated crowd from the Panhandle, Lancaster County Council on Monday night reinstated two Indian Land members of the county planning commission who had been removed for missing too many meetings.
    Jerry Holt and David Freeman both missed five meetings this fiscal year, which automatically vacated their seats under county ordinance.
    Before voting, council members warned the two that if they wanted to be on the commission, they had to show up.

  • County council votes for hospitality tax

    Lancaster County Council took the first step Monday night toward approving a 2 percent  hospitality tax. The first reading of the ordinance passed 5-2.
    The tax would apply to all establishments that sell prepared meals and beverages located in the unincorporated areas of Lancaster County.
    “Estimated revenue from the hospitality tax could be as high as $800,000 per year,” said County Administrator Steve Willis.  

  • Child killed when hit by truck

    A 7-year-old Lancaster boy riding a scooter died Monday evening after he was struck by a cargo truck.
    The Lancaster County Coroner's Office identified the child as Nija K. Tinsley Jr. of Forest Glen Drive.
    The accident happened about 6:20 on Morningside Drive about 1.8 miles south of Lancaster near the intersection of China Berry Drive, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Garry Miller said.

  • Small named top S.C. fire chief

    Retiring Lancaster Fire Chief Chuck Small was named the state’s top fire chief this past weekend during the 2016 S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Small, who announced his retirement in late May after 38 years on the job due to health concerns, received the 2016 Fritz Turner Award on Saturday.

  • 33 congregations to take part in Saturday’s Unity Prayer Rally

    This Saturday morning, members of at least 33 congregations across the county are gathering at Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse in what is expected to be a prayer demonstration that’s the first of its kind in Lancaster.
    It’s called Lancaster’s Citywide Unity Prayer Rally and is sponsored by the Lancaster Division of My Hope with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
    The goal is to unite the county in spiritual purpose.

  • Coming Events

    Week Ahead

    IL alumni reunion

    The Indian Land alumni reunion for classes graduating 1930 through 1983 is today at the Indian Land Elementary School cafeteria, 4137 Doby’s Bridge Road. Doors open at 10 a.m. and a covered dish lunch (drinks are supplied) is 1 p.m. There will be a short program, but most of the time is reserved for visiting with fellow alumni.

    Crime watch group to meet

  • Church News

    Vacation Bible Schools

    - Crestview Baptist Church, 2228 Douglas Road, will continue VBS for kindergarten through fifth grade from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. today through June 29. The theme is “Fun Run.” For details, call or text (803) 804-1717.

  • News Briefs

    County council to meet

    The Lancaster County Council meeting is 6:30 p.m. June 27 in County Council Chambers in the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.

    Development review committee to meet 

    The Lancaster County Development Review Committee meeting is 9 a.m. June 28 on the second floor of the Lancaster County Historic Courthouse, 100 N. Main St.

    Public comment on sheriff’s office sought

  • Column: Tanner responds to Evans’ column

    I just want to let Dianne Evans, who serves on the Lancaster County Library Board, know that I believe rules need to be applied and followed. (Evans wrote the column, “Some think rules don’t apply to them,” in last week’s Gateway.)
    What many residents don’t realize is that all the county boards and commissions are different and, therefore, their rules need to be written accordingly.