• 100 years ago: Flu pandemic toll on county not forgotten

    Families in Lancaster County were not immune to the Great Influenza Epidemic, which caused worldwide devastation 100 years ago this year.
    The deadly disease is estimated to have infected one-third of the world’s population, killing 50 million people.
    The 1918 influenza epidemic – also known as the “Spanish Flu” or “La Grippe” – developed during the last year of World War I, with troop movements spreading the disease across the United States and the globe.
    The disease took its toll on South Carolina.

  • No charges filed in stabbing

    No charges will be filed in the Dec. 15 stabbing death of Charles Cory Arant at his Lynwood Drive home.
    Arant, 29, was found just after 11 p.m. that day by responding deputies. He was stabbed in the upper abdomen and died at his home from the wound.
    “This was a tragic incident,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “We investigated this matter thoroughly, left no stone unturned and looked hard but unsuccessfully to find evidence to contradict what we ultimately concluded were the facts of this incident.”

  • Norrell sees defeat as ‘win-win’

    She no longer turns in for the night at 2 a.m. and crawls out of bed at 5.
    Her schedule no longer includes appearances in seven counties in a day, or the challenge of delivering a message for the 1,000th time in a way that seems unpracticed.

  • Soggy New Year’s forecast

    Pack a poncho, umbrella and rain boots if you’re going out this New Year’s weekend, as another storm system makes its way up the East Coast soaking the Carolinas.
    Some forecasts are predicting up to 2 or 3 inches of rain for the Midlands with higher totals for the Upstate.
    Flood watches have been issued in the Upstate and in Western North Carolina. Lancaster County is not under any weather alerts as of press time Thursday, but county officials are keeping an eye on the forecast.

  • Friends seek to preserve historic cemetery

    Denise Johnston
    For The Lancaster News

    Red, white and blue  wreaths and flags marked the location of the Old Six Mile Cemetery for Veterans Day. Jerry Marcus, former American Legion Post 250 commander, spent an entire morning dressing the graves for the holiday.
    Marcus and some other volunteers have spent countless hours researching, cleaning and dressing the long-neglected resting place of some of the earliest citizens of the area.

  • Family loses home in Christmas fire

    While Santa was delivering presents Monday night, one Lancaster family lost their home in a fire that lasted into Christmas morning.
    The family of three escaped unharmed, but watched as firefighters battled the blaze for four hours from outside of the 14th Street home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the house was a total loss and the American Red Cross was called in to assist the family.
    Gooches, Elgin and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments responded, along with Lancaster Fire Department.

  • Crossing changes ahead

    Hopefully, by summer, motorists in the south end of town won’t have to wait quite as long on the train.
    The L&C Railway is upgrading the South Main Street rail crossing to address safety concerns and improve the line of sight for motorists to allow its trains to travel at higher speeds.
    “That’s what the whole project is about,” said L&C Railroad consultant Steve Gedney.
    Gedney updated the Lancaster County Transportation Committee (CTC) at its Dec. 11 meeting on the status of the $865,000 project.

  • County recycling cutback starts Jan. 21

    For years, Lancaster County residents have been encouraged to separate recyclable materials – glass, plastics, metals, cardboard and newsprint – from their household garbage.
    But starting Jan. 21, some of that is going to change.
    Thanks to what’s being dubbed the “Great Recycling Crisis,” local residents no longer will be asked to separate glass and plastics from their trash. There will no longer be bins for plastics and glass at the county’s 12 convenience sites.

  • E-mail fraud targets IL firm

    An Indian Land company was the victim of a cyber crime last month, costing it more than $13,600.
    Christian Kropac Jr., president of PCI Group Inc., said the communications and security company was the target of a “spear-phishing” attack, in which the culprit sends a fraudulent e-mail that appears to come from a trusted source, to trick the recipient into divulging valuable information.
    Kropac emphasized that the criminal did not hack into the company’s computer system or have access to any customer information.

  • Holiday hot dogs at animal shelter

    Tails wagged in the dog runs and purrs echoed in the cat house Monday as the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosted a Christmas Eve party for the county animal shelter.
    Volunteers grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for the dogs and dished out cans of tuna for the cats while the LSPCA and shelter employees handed out blankets and toys.
    “I think all of these animals were hoping they’d find home,” LSPCA Director Diana Knight said. “They never wanted to end up in a shelter, so they deserve a little Christmas too.”