Today's News

  • Students, staff head back to school

    As summer winds down and vacations come to an end, Lancaster County parents, students and teachers are gearing up for the new school year, which is set to begin Monday morning, Aug. 17.
    For some students, including rising sixth and ninth graders, school has already begun, as those students attended orientation day on Friday to learn the in’s and out’s of acclimating to a new school, finding classrooms and learning their new schedules.

  • Gunman robs Hwy 55 burgers

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to track down the gunman who robbed a local restaurant Thursday night, Aug. 13.

    According to a sheriff’s office release, the incident happened about 9:45 p.m. Thursday at Hwy 55 Burgers, 683 S.C. 9 Bypass East, just after employees closed for the day and were cleaning up.

    Employees told authorities that a black male armed with a black and silver semiautomatic pistol came in through an unlocked back door, held the pistol to one employee’s head, and demanded money.

  • Investigations result in two sexual assault arrests

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office closed two criminal sexual conduct cases this month dating back to March, one involving the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.
    Billy Hank Houser, 48, of 785 Battleground Road, Cowpens, is charged with second-degree sexual conduct with a minor victim age 11 to 14.
    The case came to the attention of Lancaster County investigators May 8 after a guidance counselor at the girl’s school learned the girl had told several of her friends she might be pregnant.

  • Alli Shehane now at top of liver transplant list

    Allison “Alli” Shehane has been itching to make it to the top of the list and she’s finally made it.
    But this isn’t a list anyone wants to be on and it’s time for the itching to stop.
    Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and then with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare liver disease, the 17-year-old has been on a liver transplant list at Levine’s Children’s Hospital since 2012.

  • News staff wins eight awards in LCNI contest

    Most days, before sunrise, the fluorescent lights inside the North White Street office of The Lancaster News are flipped on by a newsroom employee.
    The same is true for the end of the day. It’s not unusual for a writer, editor or page designer to be working away long after the press has gone silent and there are few cars in the parking lot.
    It comes with the territory, said TLN Editor Barbara Rutledge. Yes, it all swirls around the need to hit deadlines, but Rutledge said there is more to it than that.

  • Massey found guilty

    A Lancaster man who sought immunity under the state’s Stand Your Ground law earlier this year for fatally shooting another man during a house party in October 2013, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Friday, Aug. 7.
    Allen Wesley Massey, 28, stood trial last week on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in the death of Demarcus L. Robinson, 30, during an early morning party at a home in the 300 block of City Avenue.

  • School district honors top educators

    A hush fell over the excited crowd of teachers, staff and administrators Tuesday, Aug. 11, as Mary Beth Mize took the stage at Lancaster County School District’s annual Celebrate Great Teaching event to explain the importance of anchor teachers.
    Standing inside Lancaster High School’s gymnasium, Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School, thanked the school district for naming her last year’s Middle School and District Celebrate Great Teaching winner.

  • Good Samaritan robbed after giving Lancaster man a ride home

    A Lancaster man is facing attempted murder and other charges after he reportedly robbed a Good Samaritan who gave him a ride early last month.

    The incident also led to the arrests of a woman and another man at the same address, the latter on drug charges. 

    Clint Dewayne Kiker, 26, of 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and armed robbery.

  • Motel call leads to four drug arrests

    Four people, including a minor and a man out on bond for a previous attempted murder charge, were arrested earlier this month on numerous drug charges following a reported armed robbery.
    The arrests were made after officers responded to a 911 hang-up call traced to a room in the Super 8 motel, 1201 S.C. 9 Bypass West, about 3:48 a.m. Aug. 6. There, they found several intoxicated people and a large amount of marijuana and prescription pills inside a room, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • LHS set for 2 jamborees

    Lancaster High School head coach Bobby Collins said the Bruins are hoping for better results this weekend as they play in a pair of Carolinas jamborees.
    LHS, in Collins’ second season, opened their scrimmage schedule with a four-way session against Lugoff-Elgin, Crestwood of Sumter and Eau Claire High of Columbia on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Memorial Stadium.
    “Our kids competed well, but we have some areas to work on,” Collins said. “We have some holes to fix, but we knew that coming in.