• 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.

  • Schools to close Friday

    The Lancaster County School District just announced that all Friday classes are cancelled. After-school programs will still be held Thursday, but there will no extracurricular activities after 6 p.m. Thursday or on Friday.

    “Right now, our area isn’t expected to get any major effects of Hurricane Florence until Friday,” said school school superintendent Dr. Jonathan Phipps. “Of course, we’ll continue to monitor the storm forecasts and adjust as necessary.”


  • Chamber drive nets 30 new members

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce bumped its membership up by almost 10 percent  in its annual membership  drive. 

    “We are excited to welcome 30 new members who have joined the chamber and partner with us to make Lancaster County a better place to live, work and do business,” said Dean Faile, the chamber’s president and CEO.

  • Lights of Hope

    Nearly 200 people attended the Lights of Hope event at Eastside Baptist Church on Saturday to pray for those trapped in addiction and remember those who lost their lives to it.
    The Saturday event featured special music, a candlelight vigil and speakers touched by the opioid epidemic.
    Delois Carpenter and her husband, Rick, leaders of the local addiction outreach ministry Chainbreakers, led the guest speakers, followed by Sheriff Barry Faile, Donna Wright, Coroner Karla Deese and Wes Keziah.
    Wright lost her daughter in September 2015 to an addiction.

  • Annual events mark 9/11 terrorist attacks

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant was one of many local first responders who attended events Tuesday marking the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    Grant remembers that day vividly.
    He was doing paperwork in his office when John Boy and Billy interrupted their radio show with news that an airliner had crashed into one of the twin towers. When another plane hit the second tower 17 minutes later, he knew the nation was under attack.

  • County adds 3 firefighters in Indian Land

    The Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Monday night to add three full-time firefighter positions at Station 10 in Indian Land, which will allow paid round-the-clock fire protection there for the first time.
    “We’ll be around 1,000 calls this year. It was almost 900 last year,” Indian Land Fire Chief Tom Pikard said Tuesday afternoon, before hustling out to answer a call that came into the station while he was on the phone.
    Right now, five full-time firefighters at ILFD staff the station from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

  • We all know the drill – Water, bread, batteries

    Water, bread, milk, beans, batteries and other essentials needed to ride-out a heavy storm were flying off of shelves at local stores Tuesday afternoon as consumers prepped for the wake of Hurricane Florence.
    Nikki Brinkman had her Walmart buggy loaded down with candles, non-perishables, charcoal, paper products and gallons of sweet tea. She said she bought extras of everything to get ready for the storm.
    “I think everyone is underestimating what it will do,” she said, noting that she remembers when Hurricane Hugo came through nearly 30 years ago.

  • Brace for impact

    Lancaster County expects tropical-storm-force gusts to arrive here about noon Thursday as Hurricane Florence nears a devastating landfall on the Carolinas coast, but that forecast could worsen if the storm’s track shifts even slightly southward.
    Wind is expected to be the main culprit here, as rainfall in the county from Thursday through Monday is expected to total just 2 to 4 inches.
    All of that depends on the massive, 500-mile-wide Category 4 storm staying on its current path. It is expected to make landfall about 2 a.m. Friday.

  • McMaster orders coastal evacuation

    COLUMBIA – Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the mandatory evacuation of an estimated 1 million people in eight coastal S.C. counties beginning at noon Tuesday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas.
    “We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane, so we’re willing to suffer some inconvenience…. This is a very dangerous hurricane,” McMaster said at a Monday afternoon briefing.    

  • McMaster holds 2:30 p.m. brief on Hurricane Florence

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will hold a media briefing at 2:30 p.m. today to update the public on Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on the state.
    Local officials are also meeting at 3 p.m. today at the Emergency Operations Center on White Street to discuss the storm, which intensified to Category 4, with winds in excess of 130 mph as it continues to bear down on the Carolina coast.