• Election Day thunderstorms predicted


    Bring an umbrella or put on poncho if you’re going out to vote, because severe thunderstorms could be rolling in Tuesday afternoon, bringing wind and rain to Lancaster County.

  • Licko’s Celtic band returns with ‘Highland Echoes’

    If you enjoy the TV series “Outlander” or the stage show “Riverdance,” or if you were among the audience at the standing-room only Celtic Christmas concerts in Lancaster in 2015 and 2016, you won’t want to miss “Highland Echoes – The Holiday Tour.”
    The performance by The Jennifer Licko Band is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Lancaster’s Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St.

  • County honors 2 high performers

    Lancaster County Council highlighted the accomplishments of two county workers Monday night.
    Sgt. Michael Hinson of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was named the top county employee for the third quarter of 2018. And Stuart Barfield, chief of planning operations for Lancaster County Emergency Management, received the county’s Thumbs Up Award.
    A deputy since 2008, Hinson is a patrol sergeant for District 3, which includes the southern part of the county.

  • Fire/rescue procession to honor Dennis Straight

    A memorial service for fallen Van Wyck firefighter Dennis Straight will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church of Lancaster.
    Straight, 59, was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 last week. He was the assistant chief at Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department and had been with the department for 20 years.
    He was an active volunteer in the town of Van Wyck and at Andrew Jackson State Park.

  • Nonprofit plans halfway house in Kershaw to help women

    Almost 10 years ago, after serving a five-year prison sentence, Le Tanya Williams founded Battered But Not Broken, a nonprofit that provides housing for women who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and have previously been incarcerated.
    “Our aim is to help women and give them the tools to become productive members of society,” Williams said this week.
    The program already has two halfway houses in Chester, the House of Magdalene and the House of Ruth, and is now branching into Lancaster County. 

  • New place to gather, get healthy, have fun

    Lots of new details and images of Indian Land’s new YMCA have been revealed, showcasing the facility’s prime amenities and cutting-edge design.  
    An eight-lane swimming pool, cross-fit functional training, yoga and spin rooms, and an indoor walking track are only a few of the features planned for the sleek, contemporary structure.
    A zero-entry outdoor pool – think of a beach without sand – and waterpark are also in the cards, contingent on additional funding.

  • Teacher, historian, preacher’s wife – Dr. Theodora Smith made an impact

    Dr. Theodora Smith spent two big chunks of her life in Lancaster.
    From 1959 to ’72, she taught school as her husband led one of the city’s largest African-American congregations. Later, after his death, she came back to her adopted hometown, co-wrote the county’s definitive black history book and led an active life as a scholar and civic leader.
    Theodora Shippy Smith died Thursday. She was 98.

  • Girl Scouts win awards for learning, doing

    From release

    Girl Scouts from several Lancaster County troops recently completed a number of educational and service projects and met the requirements for top awards.
    Troop 970 Junior Girl Scouts of the Lancaster District A.M.E. Zion Church earned their Bronze Award by studying how to take care of their kidneys.
    The girls researched kidney disease and dialysis treatments. They reviewed the sugar content in their favorite beverages. By doing this research, the entire group decided to drink water at each meeting.

  • Festival ‘better every year’

    The Indian Land Fall Festival entertained thousands of visitors at its 13th-annual event last weekend.
    Featuring dozens of performers, hundreds of vendors and many festival rides and activities, the event was the largest to date. There were three main areas at the Indian Land schools complex, using the student parking lot, training field and stadium.

  • Van Wyck: County’s most spacious town

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    VAN WYCK – The town of Van Wyck has geographically grown into the largest municipality in Lancaster County since its incorporation in August 2017.
    Van Wyck Councilman Richard Vaughan said the town now includes 219 property parcels.
    “The original incorporated target area was 1.4 square miles and less than 900 acres,” he said. “We have now reached approximately 10 square miles and 6,000 acres.”