• Lancaster paramedics scrambling to help survivors in Panama City

    Tammy Varnadore and Tamara Collins knew what to expect after their 500-mile overnight trek to Panama City, Fla., but the devastation still floored them.
    Railroad cars lay on their sides, dragged far away from their tracks. Buildings lacked entire roofs. Mobile homes were tossed together, blocks away from their addresses.
    “They have no water, no power,” Varnadore said Friday. “This place is destroyed.”
    The Lancaster paramedics left for Hurricane Michael’s impact zone around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Desperate gibberish from 4-inch windows in metal doors

    A loud, jarring buzz bounced off the concrete-block walls, past the clanking metal doors and the occasional yells of the people trapped behind them.
    The source of the annoyance, a man incarcerated months before for receiving stolen goods, was holding down a call button and banging repeatedly on the metal door of his cell with his fists.
    “Larry! Larry! Larry!” the inmate hollered in desperation.
    Capt. Larry Deason walked calmly to the cell and peered through a 4-inch-tall window at the man’s unkempt face.

  • Act 388 strangles education budgets

    Research presented in September to Lancaster County leaders, predicting how our rocketing growth will affect local government revenues, paints a rosy picture for the county and a foreboding one for the school district.
    The study by Clemson University’s Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory (REAL) shows that while the county government gains operating revenue from the arrival of new residents, the schools do not.

  • Indian Land Fall Festival promises fun for families

    Chris McGinn
    For The Lancaster News
    Soaring swings, towering slides, furry farm animals and a Ferris wheel are all planned to entertain children of all ages at the Indian Land Fall Festival on Nov. 3 and 4.
    The 13th-annual event promises to surpass past events with the new two-day festival held at the Indian Land schools complex off River Road.

  • Hometown filmatic rollouts don’t get no better than this!

    Popcorn tubs and merriment overflowed Tuesday night at the gala premier of Lancaster’s home-grown horror flick – “Radioactive Bullfrogs From Hell.”
    The cast and crew joined a rowdy, packed house at the Crown Cinema to absorb the 40-minute action thriller, written and directed by Phillip Fleming and turned into a campy cinematic masterpiece by a passel of his daring pals.
    It’s a fight to the death – spoiler alert! – between a trio of well-armed country boys and a 20-foot-tall mutated bullfrog.

  • Blackmon cites 22,960 lifetimes of unfair criticism

    Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon held the floor for eight minutes at Tuesday night’s council meeting, sobbing at times as she spoke about the recently disclosed ethics complaint filed against her a year ago.
    “I’m speaking because I do not want to see anybody go though what I have been put through on this city council,” Blackmon said through tears. “Now with our local paper, I’ve been dragged up and down this city, with disrespect to me, my family, my friends.”

  • Final salute in granite

    A 10th name was added Wednesday to the black-granite monument at the corner of Dunlap and Catawba streets that honors our law officers who died in the line of duty.
    The name of Deputy James L. “Ole Man” Kirk Jr. was unveiled after a standing-room-only ceremony in the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse. The memorial service was supposed to be outside, but a pelting rain drove it indoors.
    The 57-year-old Kirk died April 24, 2018, after collapsing from an apparent heart attack during firearms training at the firing range on Kennel Lane.

  • Lucky again, as storm blows past

    Tropical Storm Michael whipped through Lancaster County with 50-mph gusts Thursday but caused little disruption here, after obliterating parts of the Florida Panhandle and killing six people.
    Darren Player, the local emergency management director, said the county fared extremely well, as it did last month during Hurricane Florence’s devastating slow crawl across the Carolinas.
    “We were blessed. It could’ve been a whole lot worse than it was,” Player said. “And if you look at the people around us, they did get a lot worse.

  • Center of Michael now passing over Lancaster County

    Tropical Storm Michael, a former Category 4 hurricane, moved into Georgia and South Carolina overnight Wednesday and continues to move across the Piedmont.
    At 11 a.m. Thursday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, and is moving northwest at 23 mph.

  • Schools, county offices close Thursday ahead of storm

    The Lancaster County School District and Lancaster County offices will be closed Thursday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Michael.
    “Because of the wind factor… it’s just not safe for our buses to be on the road. We just want to make sure our students are safe,” said school district Superintendent Jonathan Phipps on Wednesday.
    Phipps said the district will monitor conditions throughout the day Thursday before making a decision on Friday classes. The fast-moving storm is expected to be out of South Carolina before dawn Friday.