• TLN publisher wins national award

    The National Newspaper Association has chosen Susan Rowell, The Lancaster News’ publisher, for one of the highest tributes in community journalism.
    The annual Emma C. McKinney Award is given to a working or retired newspaperwoman who has provided distinguished service and leadership within the industry and in her community.

  • Jail cells overflow, no relief in sight

    The Lancaster County Detention Center is bursting at the seams, setting a record this week with more than 200 inmates jamming the 121-bed facility on Thursday.
    Sheriff Barry Faile attributes the rise in the prisoner population to a big increase in the number of arrests this year – up 9 percent in the first two quarters. Violent crime has risen 82 percent.
    “It’s sad that we’ve got that many inmates out there, but it’s good we have them there instead of on the streets,” Faile said this week.

  • SC Works job fair Thursday at USCL

    From release
    Finding a job listing online and applying for it are simple tasks these days, but landing an interview or even a callback can be a big challenge.
    This week, job seekers will be able to meet face-to-face with decision-makers at a number of local businesses that are hiring now. The Lancaster County Welcome Home Job Fair will be held Thursday morning at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building.
    While some businesses may offer on-the-spot interviews, others will be scheduling interviews.

  • 75% of Kershaw residents get Duke’s energy-saving review

    KERSHAW – Three-quarters of Kershaw’s eligible residents took advantage of Duke Energy’s free Neighborhood Energy Saver Program.
    Program manager Sue Dinnsen said the average participation rate is about 70 percent and Kershaw’s 75 percent set a new participation record for the utility in the state.
    The program was available to about 1,100 homes, and 786 of them participated between December and February.

  • Victory Sports

    Now in its fifth year, Victory Sports Camp reached more than 200 kids this week. On Tuesday, about 130 signed up at the Buford High School location, and 80 participated at the Barr Street Learning Center.
    Victory Sports Outreach is a nonprofit Christian ministry that reaches out to local families through sports. The camp lasts one week every summer.

  • Statewide pet push

    Gail Holland’s first day on the job volunteering at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter was life changing, for her and for an 11-year-old beagle named Buddy.
    Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters of SC has recently been recruiting volunteers to socialize and exercise dogs at the county shelter.
    Although Holland had walked a number of dogs, she took special notice of Buddy.

  • Watermelon Festival events start this weekend

    Pageland’s Watermelon Festival begins this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an emphasis on speed and song.
    On Friday, golfers will try to master the speed of the greens at White Plains Country Club as the captain’s choice tournament returns to the festival.
    The cost is $200 per team of four. Check in is at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at noon.
    On Saturday, it is speed in the air and on the ground.

  • HS waives part of water/sewer fees for nonprofit soup kitchen

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council has voted unanimously to waive $500 of the sewer and tap fees for a 15-year-old nonprofit food bank that wants to build a soup kitchen.
    Larry Kelly of Rainbow Promise Enterprise asked council last month to forgo the entire amount, which could be somewhere between $1,700 and $2,200.

  • Lancaster motorcyclist dies in York Co. crash

    A Lancaster man was killed in a collision last Wednesday on U.S. 21 about 5 miles south of Rock Hill.
    Dedrick Quashanero Strain, 25, died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

  • County EMS staff shortage taking big toll

    With medical calls increasing by the thousands each year, Lancaster County EMS is facing staff shortages caused by looming retirements and other agencies snatching up medics left and right.
    Clay Catoe, Lancaster County EMS director, said he has had some medics retire recently, and at least four more are eligible for retirement by the end of the year – himself included.