Today's News

  • Heath Springs truck accident injures one

    A Sumter man was injured Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, in an accident in Heath Springs between a cargo truck and a log truck.
    The accident happened about 5 a.m. at the intersection of Kershaw Camden Highway (U.S. 521) and New Hope Road.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Kenneth Dwyer, 46, of Sumter, was driving south on Kershaw Camden Highway in a 1995 Volvo cargo truck when a 2002 Volvo semi pulling a log trailer pulled out in front of him from New Hope Road.

  • City sells surplus property on govdeals website

    When a municipality periodically sells its surplus equipment, there is no telling where it’s going to next. It could be Pennsylvania, Ohio or overseas.
    In 2012, the city of Lancaster sold a backhoe via Internet that went to India.
    “Sure did,” said Larry Burgess, vehicle maintenance supervisor for the city of Lancaster “I know it ended up over there somewhere.”

  • Codenamed projects still under consideration

    As county officials continue the transition to an in-house economic development office, work on several prospective projects continues behind the scenes.
    On Monday, Sept. 28, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis discussed several confidential projects under consideration by county officials, all with their own mysterious code names.

  • Armed robberies under investigation

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department are investigating similar armed robberies at two convenience stores in less than 24 hours Monday and Tuesday.
    Brooklyn Avenue
    The first robbery happened just before noon Monday, Sept. 28, at JR Grocery, 463 E. Brooklyn Ave. just outside the Lancaster city limits.

  • Rock around the block

    Pleasant Dale Baptist Church’s annual block party draws a large crowd.

  • Now, the rest of the story

    I thought I was through with Slick Willie until I received so many calls and requests asking if Slick was a real person and what happened to him. Also, have I ever seen him again?

    The answer was and is yes, yes and yes.

  • City to fund indigent defense

    The Miranda Rights clause, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you,” has come to roost in Lancaster, due to recent legislation passed by the S.C. General Assembly.
    The state is now requiring its towns and cities to foot the bill for defendants who can’t pay for their own defense in municipal courts.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter and Lancaster Municipal Court Administrator Cammie Heath broke the news to Lancaster City Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting.

  • County students see higher AP scores

    Following a statewide trend, Lancaster County schools saw higher scores among high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams during the 2014-15 school year.
    According to S.C. Department of Education data released Sept. 18, a total of 413 county students took a total of 544 AP exams during the 2014-15 school year, scoring high enough on 227 of those exams to earn college credit.

  • TLN, sister papers’ ad staffs rack up press association awards

    When it comes to newspaper advertising staffs, they don’t get much better than the folks who represent The Lancaster News and its sister papers – Carolina Gateway, Pageland Progressive Journal and the Chester News & Reporter.  
    Want proof? The newspapers’ advertising and graphics departments racked up an impressive 48 S.C. Press Association Palmy Awards this year for their outstanding work and creativity in promoting local businesses, organizations and community events in 2014.

  • Kershaw must upgrade wiring at memorial library building

    KERSHAW – If the town of Kershaw is going to continue allowing the old memorial library on North Matson Street to be used, then upgrades must be made to its electrical system.   
    “We have to do something about the wiring over there,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes. “You flip on a light switch today and one won’t come on and three might not come on tomorrow. We just have to bite the bullet and do it. If we are going to continue to use that building, we have to update it.”