• Slow thaw

    Crews have been working all week cleaning up area roads after the winter storm dumped several inches of snow on the county Monday.
    County Administrator Steve Willis said as of Thursday, conditions on major highways have finally cleared up, though ice and snow remain on many secondary roads in the county.

  • When will students make up snow days?

    Like the old saying goes, nothing in life is free.
    For Lancaster County students, that means snow days.
    As of press time Thursday, Lancaster County School District students had missed three days of school this week due to icy road conditions, not including Monday, which was a scheduled teacher’s work day.
    School officials said to meet the state-mandated 180 day school year, students will have to start making up days next month.

  • When will all the snow and ice finally melt?

    Lancaster resident Tracey Mobley wasn’t interested in playing in the snow this week.
    While many locals had snow fights and built snowmen, Mobley looked on from her window. And when that fluffy snow turned to slippery ice, that gave her more incentive to stay inside.
    Temperatures in Lancaster Country have barely crept above freezing this week, meaning snow and ice have melted slowly during the day before temperatures dropped at night.
    So, when will all the ice thaw?

  • How to file an insurance claim after winter storm

    S.C. Insurance News Service
    COLUMBIA – Snow and ice from Monday’s winter storm were a factor in about 2,000 auto accidents across South Carolina through Tuesday, according to the state Highway Patrol.
    “Icy conditions also may pose a threat to homes and businesses,” said Russ Dubisky, executive director of the S.C. Insurance News Service.
    For car owners who have experienced damage, the S.C. Insurance News Service offers the following tips on how to file an insurance claim:

  • Katawba Valley Land Trust names director

    Dr. Barry Beasley is the new executive director of the Lancaster-based Katawba Valley Land Trust.
    Beasley succeeds Dr. Austin Jenkins as director of the trust. Jenkins left the post in August to begin teaching at the university level.
    “We are indeed fortunate to have found such a well-qualified and gifted individual to lead us into the future,” said Lindsay Pettus, president of the land trust. “We are excited to expand our efforts to protect natural and cultural resources and to share our story with the communities we serve.”

  • Man turns himself in after accidental shooting in HS

    A Lancaster man was charged Wednesday, four days after authorities say he accidentally shot a man Saturday in Heath Springs.
    Cameron Leroy Maier, 20, of 4424 Fletcher Funderburk Road, Lancaster, turned himself in to deputies at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    Deputies responded early Saturday morning to a shooting at a field located near 1079 Wendover Road. There they found Thomas Sutter, 20, of Lancaster had been shot in the back during a bonfire and party, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • 2 people hurt in shooting

    As helicopters buzzed overhead, deputies and first responders arrived at the scene of a double shooting on Shiloh Unity Road Thursday afternoon.
    The shooting involved three family members – Spoffard James Evans, 41; his father, Dwight Spencer Evans, 65, both of 3522 Shiloh Unity Road, and Jataune Tyrone Richardson, 34, of 3546 Shiloh Unity Road, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Richardson is the son-in-law of the senior Evans.

  • No school in Lancaster County on Friday

    Dangerous black ice, icy roads in neighborhoods and rural areas, unsafe parking lots and sidewalks, and plunging temperatures mean schools will be closed again Friday.

  • Mulvaney reacts to shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Less than a week into his first term as U.S. Congressman, Mick Mulvaney participated in a joint conference call with hundreds of House members about security after the shooting of a Congresswoman last Saturday.

  • Snow – joy, misery!

    Reece Murphy
    If there ever was a polar opposite of the snow that fell three weeks ago in Lancaster County, this week’s snow storm was it.
    The former, much anticipated and brief, came the day after Christmas, settling postcard beautiful. The roads, for the most part, left unscathed and open.
    Then there was this one, drab and gray, a snow event that started off lovely enough, but soon turned to sleet and freezing rain, leaving roads nearly impassible and slick as hockey rinks. The effects are still being felt.