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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Graham, Stroble in runoff for District 1

    Top vote-getters Terry Graham and Melvin Stroble will face off again June 28 in a runoff election for Lancaster County Council District 1.
    Graham, of Van Wyck, and Stroble, of Indian Land, were two of four candidates in the running for the District 1 council seat of outgoing councilman Larry McCullough. The others were J.R. Wilt of Van Wyck and David Freeman of Indian Land.

  • No surprises: Mulvaney wallops challenger Craig

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney was cruising to an easy victory Tuesday night in the Republican Party primary.
    Mulvaney, who is seeking his fourth term in Congress, beat political newcomer Ray Craig, who had come out swinging in the race.
    “Most folks within the district are fairly comfortable with my voting record and representation,” Mulvaney said Tuesday night. “They might not agree with me 100 percent of the time, but they know I am working hard on their behalf.”   

  • Taylor wins city council seat easily

    Hazel Taylor will become Lancaster City Council newest member after a landslide win in Tuesday’s special election.
    Taylor beat U.S. Postal Service worker Nick Parris Jr. 154-20 in the nonpartisan race for the District 5 seat, which involved voters in the University and Lancaster West precincts.
    A retired Lancaster County employee and 16-year member of the Lancaster County Election Commission, Taylor was in her first run for  public office.

  • Auditor runoff pits Blackmon, Hunter Wallace

    The Lancaster County auditor race will be settled in a runoff election June 28 between Allen Blackmon and Susan Hunter Wallace, since none of the candidates received a majority of the votes cast Tuesday.
    Hunter Wallace received 1,789 votes in Tuesday’s Republican primary, or 43 percent. Blackmon got 1,299 votes, 31 percent. Suzette Connell Murphy received 1,070 votes, or 26 percent.

  • 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.