• 24-hour Give Local total rises to $147K

    Give Local Lancaster raised $147,075 for 50 area nonprofits in its third-annual 24-hour online fundraiser.
    As of Thursday morning, the total was slightly less than last year’s final tally of $155,164, but that figure is expected to be surpassed by the end of Second Chance Giving, which is open through Monday, May 7.
    “We are humbled to see the giving spirit of our community,” said Holly Furr, Give Local Lancaster coordinator.

  • Mayoral candidate arrested

    One of the five candidates running for Lancaster mayor in the upcoming special election has been arrested.
    James “Butch” Flynn, 47, was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding family court bench warrant for failure to abide by a court order.
    He was also cited for second-offense driving under suspension, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. His first offense was in 2011, according to court records.
    The incident report did not say what court order Flynn was alleged to have violated.

  • Keer America ramping up new plant

    A fresh infusion of manufacturing jobs is coming to Lancaster County.

    China-based Keer America is set to add 350 jobs when its newest yarn production plant on Old Bailes Road in Indian Land opens later this month and becomes fully operational sometime in mid-June, company officials said Tuesday.

  • Survivors celebrate

    Jeremy and Janet Larson walked hand-in-hand through the pathway of white paper bags, each one listing the name of someone who has lost a battle with cancer.
    They stopped to read the name of Janet’s grandmother, Janie Montgomery, who died nearly two years ago.
    While Montgomery fought her disease, Jeremy Larson battled his own cancer.
    “He has been cancer-free for three years now,” Janet said about her husband of 18 years. “I was so proud of him. He fought and, in my eyes, he really is a survivor.”

  • New College Park voting precinct formed

    A new voting precinct, named College Park, will be in effect for the July 10 special Lancaster mayoral election. It was signed into existence by Gov. Henry McMaster on April 4.
    The College Park voting precinct encompasses portions of the Jacksonham, Lancaster West and University voting precincts.
    The new precinct takes over the southwestern portion of Jacksonham and the northern portion of Lancaster West, ending at the western side of U.S. 521, and the northern portion of University, down to the northern side of S.C. 9.

  • Give Local Lancaster raises more than $73K for charities

    Give Local Lancaster, powered by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, kicked off its 24-hour crowd-funding event Tuesday with 50 local nonprofits and local food vendors selling barbecue, grilled chicken and gyros.
    “Look at all the nonprofits in Lancaster – how can you not love this place?” said Pat Clancy, board chair of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.
    The one-day fundraiser is part of a national incentive for local communities to give back to the nonprofits in their hometowns. 

  • Plan to quicken Panhandle EMS response

    Lancaster County officials are eying a 2-acre tract on Old Bailes Road near the intersection of S.C. 160 and Calvin Hall Road as the site for a new EMS station that would improve Panhandle response times.
    The vacant, triangular-shaped property is on the east side of Old Bailes near Bailes Ridge Business Park. The $150,000 tract is between Frameport America and Honeywell Scanning & Mobility.
    “We’ve been pushing for this about three years,” said Lancaster County EMS Director Clay Catoe.

  • ‘You will not be forgotten’

    Hundreds honored fallen Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy James Kirk Jr. on Monday during an upbeat celebration of his life at Second Baptist Church.
    In many ways, it was like other law-enforcement memorial services, with a mass of uniformed men and women solemnly marching in and saluting his casket, then filling a third of the large sanctuary. Politicians by the dozen, shaking hands. Repeated thanks for a lifetime of service.

  • Conductor for royal wedding holding Q&A in Lancaster

    People in the Lancaster area, like most Americans, are captivated by the British royal family, especially with a royal wedding coming soon.
    But think about all the details. Who handles the planning? Are royal family members directly involved, or do they leave the planning to someone else? What is it like to direct the music for a royal ceremony?

  • Police release photos in hit-and-run

    Ten days after an Indian Land father and son were struck by a car in a south Mecklenburg parking lot, police have released surveillance photos from the hit-and-run incident.
    On April 17, local businessman Nathan Green, 41, and son Wilkie, 4, were run over by a late-model, cobalt-gray Volkswagen Passat sedan at the Harris Teeter in Blakeney Village shopping center on Rea Road. Witnesses and surveillance footage did not get a license plate number.