• ‘Deal with it and get the job done’

    Between the four of them, these Lancaster County public servants have spent nearly 200 years fighting fires and rescuing victims. They are among 13 active volunteer firefighters in the county who are 70 or older.

    Up and down stairs during jail fire
    Howard Gainer, 73, who works for Belltown Volunteer Fire Department, started running to fire calls when he was 18.
    He joined the Lancaster Fire Department as a volunteer, then moved out to Belltown when they organized in 1976.

  • House fire puts itself out

    Sometimes it’s not a bad thing when a washing-machine hose bursts.
    A Lancaster family is thankful that theirs did after a fire broke out in their home Friday night on Cedar Pine Lake Road west of Lancaster.
    The family came home from a night out shortly before 9:30 p.m. and found that their clothes dryer had caught fire, according to County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
    The fire spread to the washing machine and melted the hose connecting the washer to the water supply. That triggered a full spray of water that doused the fire before it did much damage.

  • Woodland Drive crash kills 21-year-old man

    A Lancaster man died early Sunday after he ran off Woodland Drive in Lancaster driving a pickup that had been reported stolen, overturning the truck and hitting a group of trees.
    The man was identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as Jacob Colt Miles, 21. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Barn fire in IL kills 2 horses

     Two show horses were killed, two more injured and a barn was reduced to ashes when a fire broke out Friday on Henry Harris Road in Indian Land.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, the fire started shortly before 6:30 a.m. at Thalia Farm, and the cause was still under investigation Tuesday. The barn was a total loss.
    The horses that died were named Riot and Bourbon.

  • Massive project just north of city

    With the Panhandle filling up fast, growth is pushing south down the U.S. 521 corridor toward Lancaster, and the next project in the works looks like a doozy. 
    Lennar Carolinas is seeking huge rezonings for residential and commercial projects just north of Lancaster Motor Speedway, along with a second residential project off Henry Harris Road in Indian Land.

  • ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you’

    Brandon Barnes couldn’t stop smiling last Saturday, accepting well-wishes from the 250 people who attended a fundraising basketball tournament at Indian Land High School to help with his medical expenses.

    “Thank you for everyone coming out and supporting me,” Barnes said in a Facebook post after the tournament. “It’s good to see I have a good community and family to help me through this hard time in my life.

    “It’s good to know I don’t have to go through this by myself.”

  • 'Night of One Acts' seeks to spook you

    To build some anticipation for Halloween, the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is performing “A Night of One Acts,” a hair-raising production including “The Unscary Ghost,” “The Nightmare of Frankenstein” and “The Lottery.”
    “For a small theater with a not-very-big budget, we put on some awesome shows,” said stage director Catherine Wallace.

  • 684 county readers finish library’s summer program

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    More than 1,700 readers in Lancaster County signed up for the music-themed “Libraries Rock!” summer reading program at the Lancaster, Kershaw, and Del Webb libraries.
    Held from June 1 to July 31, the annual program included patrons of all ages who attended special events and registered to read books and win prizes.

  • County Attorney Weaver retiring by end of this year

    John Weaver says he still loves coming to work, though his days as Lancaster County attorney are now numbered.
    The 71-year-old Weaver, who has served as the county’s primary legal adviser for four years, announced this week that he intends to retire no later than Dec. 31. He has agreed to stay on the job until a new attorney is hired.

  • Smith, Norrell crisscross county

    INDIAN LAND – The campaign trail brought S.C. Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith back to Lancaster County on Thursday – and he hit it hard.
    Smith and his lieutenant-governor running mate, state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster, spent the entire day crisscrossing the county. It was a bid to shore up votes in what they called an ever-tightening race against Smith’s GOP opponent, Gov. Henry McMaster.
    “We’re going to win this race,” Smith told a crowd at Sun City Carolina Lakes.