• 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.

  • Christmas Basket has raised $3,460

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has raised more than a third of its goal midway through December.
    The annual fundraiser, run by HOPE in Lancaster and ministering to some of the county’s neediest families, is still accepting donations.
    So far, $3,460 has been raised toward the $9,000 goal. This week’s gifts included $1,000 from J&S Inc. Redi-Mix Concrete.

  • Ho Ho HOPE!

    Eighty volunteers got busy over the past couple of weeks to help with the preparations for HOPE’s senior Christmas party Dec. 10.
    The season of giving drew volunteers from a number of local groups and organizations, including Sun City Carolina Lakes and Tree Tops community groups, Indian Land High School’s special-needs class and YouthBuild, as well as many regular HOPE volunteers.

  • Lancaster man pleads guilty to federal weapons charges

    A Lancaster man has pleaded guilty to weapons charges in federal court and faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
    Quavis Jamar Rudisell, 29, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession if a firearm and ammunition, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia.
    Rudisell is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition based on prior convictions. He was found with a loaded 9mm magazine and admitted throwing down a pistol while fleeing from Lancaster police Sept. 6, the release said.

  • Mulvaney acting WH chief of staff

    WASHINGTON – Mick Mulvaney is headed to the West Wing.
    President Trump on Friday named the Indian Land ex-congressman – and current White House budget director and acting head of the federal consumer watchdog agency – his acting chief of staff.
    “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  • City hires MKSK to develop downtown revitalization plan

    The city of Lancaster will pay a consulting company  $170,000 to develop a “downtown revitalization plan” that would give Main Street a facelift and a marketing focus.
    The city council voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting to hire MKSK Studios – a landscape architecture, urban planning and design firm based in Greenville – to develop the master plan.

  • Pageland makes Top 10 in reality TV competition

    Pageland is one step closer to hitting the reality TV jackpot, selected as one of the Top 10 small towns in America competing for a $500,000 downtown makeover.
    The television show “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” announced the selection on its Facebook page Tuesday. About 50 Pageland residents, business owners, politicians and civic club members were holding a watch party at the Pageland Community Center, exploding in screams and exchanging hugs when theirs was the eighth town selected.

  • Sims Foundation gets new home, a gathering space for community

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is relocating to the old Springs Co. building along Lancaster’s Main Street, a move designed to make the foundation’s headquarters a gathering place for the community.
    The new location, dubbed The Crescent because of its curved wall of glass blocks facing Springs Street across from the post office, is three times as large as the foundation’s existing home on North White Street.

  • 6 fire departments dispatched to blaze

    Two people were severely injured Wednesday afternoon in a house fire in the 5000 block of Flat Creek Road east of Lancaster.
    According to a Lancaster County Fire Rescue report, the two residents of the home were injured and at least one of them was flown by helicopter to a burn facility for treatment of smoke inhalation and internal burns.
    Rich Hill, Flat Creek and Antioch volunteer fire departments responded along with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, and Kershaw and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments were called in to help.

  • ‘I’m sorry – I can’t say it enough times’

    Two days into his murder trial, Brent Gay pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Thursday in the 2015 shooting death of Flint McManus and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    Gay, 34, confessed to shooting McManus and blamed debilitating drug abuse. He asked forgiveness from the victim’s relatives, who had sat through 14 hours of prosecution testimony before the plea deal was announced.