• ‘Let the man have his tomato plants!’

    Fiery discussions are nothing new at Lancaster City Council meetings, usually over weighty issues like pay hikes, sewer troubles or budget cuts.
    Tuesday night, the hot topic was tomatoes. Ned Gregory’s tomatoes, in particular.
    For a number of years, Gregory has planted tomatoes beside his law office at 210 W. Meeting St., running over a little into the lot beside him with his dozen or so plants. The lot held a dilapidated house, and he had the owner’s permission.

  • Business leader Troy Elmore dies

    VAN WYCK – It’s always been easy for Sonny Hinson to find best friend Troy Elmore’s calling card.
    “If I got home from work and the field in front of the house was cut, I knew it was Troy that had done the cutting,” Hinson said Friday, rocking on his front porch.
    Since the 1980s, the two of them shared loads of coffee and laughs on that porch. But now Hinson sits alone, pondering the unexpected loss of his tractor-loving buddy.

  • Council kills stormwater fee increase

    Lancaster County Council reversed itself this week on raising the Panhandle stormwater fee to $75 a year, a $15 increase that would have helped repair and upgrade culverts and pipes overwhelmed by stormwater runoff.
    Council member Charlene McGriff said she doesn’t have a problem with keeping the two-year-old stormwater fee where it is, but wants residents to understand what that decision means.

  • Coroner identifies woman in homicide

    A woman whose body was found Tuesday afternoon outside a vacant home in the Rich Hill community has been identified.
    On Wednesday afternoon, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Jennifer Collins identified the woman as 36-year-old Kimberly Alger of Heath Springs.
    An autopsy on Alger is scheduled for Thursday, Collins said in a written release.
    Alger’s death is being treated as a homicide and Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Wednesday that the investigation into her death is continuing.

  • Red Flag Fire Alert now in effect

    COLUMBIA - The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued an immediate statewide Red Flag Fire Alert.
    The alert discourages all outdoor burning whenever weather conditions elevate the risk of wildfire.
    Weather forecasts for the next three days include very low relative humidity and elevated drought conditions across most of the state.
    When combined with dry fuels on the ground, those conditions create the potential for outdoor burning to escape areas of containment and rapidly spread.

  • From four lanes to three

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant has a two-word tip for motorists frustrated by the recent lane pattern changes along the North Main Street corridor — be nice.
    “Change can be a hard thing to swallow until everybody gets used to it, so there are going to be some growing pains,” Grant said. “The best is advice is to be a more courteous driver, especially at the intersections.”

  • 4-H summer camps offer hands-on fun

    Haley Vincent
    Lancaster 4H intern

    School is almost out, and summer is almost here. When planning your summer, check out all of the opportunities that Lancaster County 4-H has to offer.
    Once again, Lancaster County and Chester County 4-H are partnering to create fun-filled camps. In total, we have 14 camps for youth ages 5 to 17 to choose from, with a few highlighted below. For specific age limits for each camp, see the event webpage below.

  • Blast off!

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Calling all space explorers! The Lancaster County Library system is launching its space-themed Universe of Stories summer reading program.
    Readers from infants to adults can register and complete reading requirements to win prizes. Patrons can either register online or at the Lancaster, Del Webb or Kershaw branch circulation desks.

  • County: Private garbage haulers to pay more

    Steve Harper is convinced that private residential garbage haulers from neighboring counties are slipping trash into Lancaster County to duck disposal fees elsewhere.
    “There’s no doubt in my mind that it happens every day,” said the Lancaster County Council chairman, noting that the practice, along with Panhandle growth, has the county’s solid-waste disposal costs soaring.
    County leaders started looking at the issue late last year after the county’s garbage-disposal expenses spiked.

  • HS council votes for 14% budget increase

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council passed first reading of a $398,550 budget on May 21 for fiscal 2019-20, a 14 percent increase over the current year.
    The budget includes $247,700 for administration, $9,800 for fire department training, supplies and expenses, $137,400 for sanitation and streets, and $3,600 for depot expenses and maintenance.
    Second reading is set for next month, with the budget taking effect on July 1.
    The biggest single increase is $13,000 in salaries and bonuses for employees.