• Time for a treat!

    Lancaster County is about to get a lot sweeter as Girl Scouts in the area begin their annual cookie sale next month.
    Twenty-two troops made up of about 275 young girls will take part in the sale, which this year begins Feb. 22 and ends March 17.
    This year the groups will be selling a new cookie, the gluten-free chocolate chip caramel, which the girls got to taste test Saturday during a cookie rally.

  • Warming shelter at Prime Time for Seniors Center

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Lancaster County Warming Center is open to the county’s homeless population, though it’s at new location.
    For now, the warming center is inside the Prime Time for Seniors Center, 309 S. Plantation Road (across from Springdale Recreation Center).
    After the loss of The Citadel House in August – a homeless shelter program founded by Pastor James Pringle – the warming center didn’t have a location ready to go this winter.

  • Long-running rainstorms finally will take a breather

    This week’s storm dropped another 1.5 to 2 inches of rain on an already soaked Lancaster County.
    According to the National Weather Service, some of the showers moved through with wind gusting of 35 to 40 mph, knocking down trees and causing damage in the southern end of the county. 

  • Basket Fund tops goal, raising $9K

    The 2018 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund wrapped up this year’s campaign, just topping its goal with a total of $9,239 raised by Friday.
    After falling short last year, HOPE Executive Director Bekah Clawson said she was happy to be going into next year without a deficit. “That’s extremely exciting,” she said.
    HOPE in Lancaster has been leading the Christmas Basket since 2008. This Christmas the nonprofit was able to distribute 325 food bags and 200 stockings to local families in need.

  • Norman bill would limit lawmakers’ terms, perks and pensions

    As the 166th Congress convened Thursday, Rep. Ralph Norman introduced legislation that would limit the terms of federal lawmakers and reduce their retirement benefits after they leave office.
    “The time is now that we end the reign of career politicians and make them come home to live under the laws they pass,” said Norman, the 5th District Republican from Rock Hill. “Term limits would cut the influence of special-interest lobbyists and encourage a true citizen legislature.”

  • ‘Shocking’ leap in per-capita income

    Lancaster County’s per-capita income has jumped 16 percent in the past year, a mind-blowing leap that has us ranked third-highest in the state, with average income trailing only Charleston and Beaufort counties.  
    “Shocking. This ascension is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” county Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert said after the data was released Wednesday by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

  • 'I'm tickled to death'

    Two Lancaster-area Clemson Tiger fans are part of the Orange Express headed west this weekend, searching for national championship gold.
    Larry Wolfe, who says he’s been “tailing the Tigers” for nearly 60 years, will be in Santa Clara, Calif., to see Clemson tangle with defending national champion Alabama on Monday night in Levi’s Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

  • Newcomer takes oath

    For perhaps the first time ever, a resident of Lancaster County’s Panhandle has been sworn in to countywide office.
    It isn’t the highest-profile position, and many voters probably can’t even describe its duties, but it’s a job that touches almost every family eventually – probate judge.

  • Hearing in Blackmon ethics case scheduled

    The S.C. Ethics Commission has scheduled a Feb. 21 public hearing on the complaint filed against Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon in October 2017.
    The hearing will be at 9:30 a.m. in the ethics commission hearing room at 201 Executive Center Drive, Suite 150, in Columbia. It will be open to the public.
    In a letter to Blackmon dated Dec. 20, the commission said the hearing could be preempted if Blackmon agrees to a consent order before the hearing date. Reached Thursday, Blackmon refused to comment on her legal plans.

  • Arson suspected in 2 vehicle fires

    Firefighters were baffled when called to return to the scene of a Cimmeron Road house fire the next morning when the family’s car was set on fire.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident as possible arson, along with another car fire that happened Dec. 15.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said a refrigerator in the kitchen started the Tuesday house fire shortly after 9 p.m. and that most of the house was left uninhabitable.