• Hand-made for the holidays

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Christmas is the season for giving and pleasing. However, gifts don’t have to be bought to be appreciated.
    Homemade gifts that dear ones have personalized with their touches and poured their time and hearts into can be cherished year after year, and the best part is that they don’t cost a lot to make.

  • School cafeteria managers take top prize in state contest

    From release

    A team of three Lancaster County School District cafeteria managers won the S.C. Nutrition Association Chopped Contest at Myrtle Beach Oct. 20.
    The team members – Hally Adams, Buford High; Jessica Ayers, South Middle; and Rhodica Harris, Van Wyck Elementary – beat teams from Greenville County, Greenwood and Williamsburg to take the top chef title.

  • Solicitation calls not from S.C. Sheriffs’ Association

    The S.C. Sheriffs’ Association is warning the public about a phone scam requesting donations on behalf of the group.
    The association’s executive director, Jarrod Bruder, said the group does operate an Honorary Membership Program but does not solicit through telemarketing.
    “Our office has been inundated with phone calls today from individuals who believe they are returning a missed phone call,” Bruder said in a Thursday press release.

  • Winter storm might persist until Tuesday

    Authorities on Friday put Lancaster County under a winter-storm watch from Saturday through Monday, with the possibility of more frozen precipitation Tuesday.
    According to the 4 p.m. briefing from the National Weather Service, most of the Upstate counties on the border with North Carolina are under a winter-storm warning, with other Upstate counties under a winter-storm watch. The NWS said the watch might be extended into Tuesday for Lancaster and Chesterfield. 

  • S.C. trying to replace its voting machines before 2020

    COLUMBIA – State election officials announced Friday that they’re looking for a new voting-machine system for the entire state that would create an auditable paper trail and be in place for the 2020 elections.
    The State Election Commission and the State Fiscal Accountability Authority released an RFP (request for proposals) on Friday searching for a system that features a paper record of each voter’s voted ballot to replace the current paperless system.

  • Moving on from Duracell

    Steven Strong worked his last day at Duracell on Monday. He had been with the company for 31 years, starting as a mechanic and working his way up to a supervisor position.
    On Tuesday, he attended a job fair at USC Lancaster featuring plentiful manufacturing positions across Lancaster County.
    Strong, who lives in Lancaster with his family, said he was surprised and encouraged to see so many manufacturing jobs available here. He had been worried that after his Duracell layoff he would have to travel away from his hometown to work every day.

  • Holiday train display moves to SCCL Lodge

    Joe Silien
    Railroad Club of Carolina Lakes

    The big news from the Railroad Club at Carolina Lakes this year is that the annual holiday display will be at The Lodge at Sun City, rather than The Lake House.
    This move, to the community’s newest amenity center, is intended to be the centerpiece of a host of holiday activities at the new location at 2955 Sun City Blvd.

  • Ellen Haggins again gathers gifts for kids at Christmas

    Around the festive season it’s often easy to get caught up in shopping for our friends and family, and forget about those for whom Christmas can be a hard time of year.
    But one Lancaster resident uses the holidays as an opportunity to look outside of herself and her loved ones, and bring joy to other people.
    Ellen Haggins, a lifelong Lancaster resident and mother of two, has collected Christmas presents for local children for the last four years to share the spirit of Christmas giving with her community.

  • Norrell gets leadership post on House Judiciary

    Kayla Vaughn

    S.C. Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell has been named first vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee, making her the second highest-ranking Democrat on the key legislative panel.
    “I am so excited about this,” Norrell said Thursday. “It is such an honor. I’m especially happy to be able to show my daughter Emma and so many others that women can lead in government and be good wives and moms.”

  • Some 911 calls not getting to dispatch

    Some 911 calls were not getting through to the Lancaster County emergency dispatch center on Thursday, the apparent result of some unspecified problem with cell-phone use in several parts of the Carolinas.
    Stephen Blackwelder, Lancaster County’s director of public safety communications, said calling 911 from a landline seemed to be working, but calls from cell phones weren’t always getting through Thursday.