• Closings, schedule changes

    The County Administration Building and all library branches will close at noon today, and the libraries will not open Saturday.
    County recycling and convenience sites are closed today and Saturday.
    All county recreation programs are canceled through Sunday.
    The Lancaster County Job Fair set for Sept. 20 is postponed until further notice.
    The town of Kershaw will suspend normal operations, including garbage collection, at noon today, but essential personnel will be on call.

  • Storm supplies arrive and shoppers swoop in

    It was a mad scramble at many local retailers Thursday, as new shipments of storm-related essentials arrived, were stacked at the front of the stores, and quickly got scooped up by determined shoppers.
    Home Depot in Lancaster was expecting more generators and water. A store employee said the last shipment of generators sold out in just a few hours.
    Friends Peggy Mackey and Gloria Simpson were grabbing cases of water and other supplies at Home Depot while they could.

  • Helping the homeless ride out the emergency

    While everyone else is stocking up on supplies for the coming storm, Kevin Lilly asks that we all remember the homeless and elderly in our communities.
    Lilly, founder of the Mobile Shower Ministry for the homeless, has been stocking his shower truck this week with more than 400 food packs, blankets and other supplies. The ministry serves Lancaster County, Rock Hill, Charlotte and other areas. Lilly also co-founded the Street Feet Ministry for the homeless.

  • Schools cancel Friday classes

    The Lancaster County School District and USC Lancaster canceled classes today in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.
    Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, said the closures include administrative offices and afterschool programs.
    He said the district, unlike many nearby school systems, did not close Thursday because strong winds were not expected to reach the county until this afternoon.

  • 100 National Guard troops deploying from Lancaster

    About 100 men and women are being deployed to the coast from the S.C. National Guard Armory in Lancaster, joining  2,500 other soldiers from around the state.
    First Sgt. Scott Titus said the local guard unit has three teams ready to go, along with the first wave of front-end loaders, skid steers, smaller dozers and other gear.

  • ‘Storm of a lifetime’

    Hurricane Florence is expected to slam into the southern N.C. coast this afternoon, then veer southwest and begin a slow, drenching crawl across South Carolina that could last days and cause catastrophic flooding.
    Gov. Henry McMaster cautioned residents of central South Carolina to be ready for anything.
    “This is a different kind of hurricane, not one that’s going to hit the coast and pass through quickly,” he said. “It’s going to the hit the coast and stay – maybe for two days… right over South Carolina….

  • State issues burning ban

    The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued a statewide burning ban until futher notice.
    The ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including yard debris burning, campfires and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes in all unincorporated areas.
    While open-fire cooking isn’t part of the ban, the forestry commission is advising all citizens to be vigilant until the notification gets lifted.

  • LPR modifies evening schedule for Thusday, Friday

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation has cancelled all evening indoor and outdoor activities from Thursday through Sunday ahead of Hurricane Florence.
    The after school program will run Thursday as scheduled, but will be suspended Friday since schools classes have been cancelled for the day. For details, call (803) 285-5545.

  • Florence shifts toward South Carolina (5 p.m. update)

    Hurricane Florence has no intention of giving Lancaster County the brushoff.
    An 11 a.m. Wednesday update on the storm from the National Weather Service shows that northern South Carolina will get hit harder than initially thought after two radical overnight shifts in direction.
    The massive storm is now expected to travel more westward after colliding with a high-pressure system developing over the northeast United States.  
    The storm is now projected to pass through the heart of South Carolina on midday Sunday after weakening into a tropical depression.

  • Robbers hit Lancaster gun store


    Authorities are seeking three suspects who burglarized a local gun store early Monday morning.

    According to a release from the Lancaster Police Department, the three suspects are believed to be in their late teens to early twenties.