• Jesef Williams reflects on time at TLN

    Editor’s Note: Reporter Jesef Williams is leaving The Lancaster News to take a public relations position in Jacksonville, Fla. He’s worked for The Lancaster News for seven years. Today is his last day.

  • Council hears update on smoking ordinance

    It’s been five months since Lancaster County officially quashed smoking inside restaurants, and most bars, as well as many other public-access areas, and organizers of the initiative say the community has adapted well to the change. 

  • Woman scammed out of money by duo

    Police are searching for a man and woman who reportedly swindled a Lancaster woman Wednesday, Aug. 21.

    An officer spoke with the 72-year-old victim just after 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Big Lots, 1206 S.C. 9 Bypass West, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    The woman said she had just been scammed out of $144 by a man and woman she didn’t know.

  • Unwanted county statistic

    For the second year in a row, Lancaster County was ranked one of the worst in South Carolina for motorcycle fatalities. 

    The rankings, which take into account all of the state’s 46 counties, were released earlier this month as part of AAA Carolinas’ annual list of dangerous counties for collisions. 

    The county ranked fourth in the study’s classification for best chance of being in a fatal crash, down two spots from its ranking in 2011. 

  • Local student performance on ACT shows improvement


    Lancaster County student performance overall on the ACT college entrance exam improved over last year, though changes made in the evaluation process make comparisons to past years difficult.

    The news comes as a result of ACT data released Wednesday, Aug. 21, by the S.C. Department of Education.

    ACT is a curriculum-based test intended to assess college-bound students’ academic skills and ability to complete college-level work.

  • County’s jobless rate declines in July

    Lancaster County saw a decline in its official unemployment rate from June to July, according to data released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county had a 10 percent unemployment rate for July, compared to 10.8 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate was 12.4 percent in July 2012.

    Last month, the county had an official labor force of 32,097. Of that total, 3,206 residents were officially unemployed.

  • Bees Tell Workers To BUZZ Off

    A massive oak tree limb that crushed a house in Lancaster Monday morning, Aug. 19, contained a surprise for local first-responders – an equally impressive bee colony.

    The limb – measuring more than three feet in diameter – fell on the small house at 310 N. White St. just after 10 a.m. during heavy rain, according to Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chuck Small.

    The two men who lived in the rental home, neither of whom were injured, were still inside trying to stay dry when firefighters arrived.

  • Questions galore about Haile Gold Mine

    KERSHAW – How will potential activity at Kershaw’s Haile Gold Mine impact residential well use? Will nearby waterways and wildlife be negatively affected years after gold processing has concluded?

  • City awarded $50K grant for arts feasibility study

    The city of Lancaster is getting several thousands of dollars to see if the area can support what’s being called an arts business incubator.

  • Three injured in accident over York County line

    Three people, including the shepherd of one of Lancaster's largest church flocks and his wife, are recovering from an automobile accident in York County on Thursday morning, Aug. 22.