Local News

  • Brown wins Keeper of Dream Award

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News

    About 400 people attended the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, at Covenant Baptist Church.

    The Rev. AnThony T. Pelham, pastor of Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church in Lancaster, founded the event, which celebrates not only King’s life, but raises money for the Rosetta Seegars, Henry Pelham Sr. and Hester Wade Memorial Scholarship Fund. Pelham founded the scholarship fund in honor of those people who had the greatest impact on his life.

  • Hear about S.C. 160 widening Tuesday

    S.C. Department
    of Transportation

    The S.C. 160 road widening project is gaining traction again with a public hearing on the proposed plan, which now includes portions of the road in both Lancaster and York counties, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

    The hearing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, 238 Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160). Project details, including environmental documentation of the project’s effects, will be provided.

  • Night of recognition

    Jesef Williams

    Mobley Drugs came out as the big winner at the annual Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday evening, Jan. 24.

    The local pharmacy took home two of the four accolades awarded at the event, which acknowledges accomplishments of the past year, while outlining the chamber’s goals for the new year.

    The meeting – once again dubbed “Wine & Stein” – was held at the Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.

  • Interim dean Stan Emanuel:‘USCL is here to stay’

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster celebrated a milestone Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest building, Founders Hall.

    The $7.5 million, 40,000-square-foot classroom building, named in honor of major donor Founders Federal Credit Union, is going up between the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building and the Medford Library.

    In all, approximately 50 people attended the event braving freezing temperatures to witness the official start of a project conceived in 2005 and finally set to open in early 2014.

  • Fire burns home in Elgin community

    Fire destroyed the home of an Elgin family Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22, but the family is safe thanks to the quick action of its two youngest members.

    Elgin, Rich Hill and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the fire at 138 Woodside Drive about 3:30 p.m.

    When Elgin firefighters arrived at the tan doublewide minutes later, they found the family outside watching as flames licked through the home’s vinyl siding in spots along the right front side, the roof starting to sag above a burned-out bedroom.

  • Expect winter weather, freezing rain Friday

    Much of Lancaster County saw its coldest morning in almost a year Wednesday with a reported temperature of 18 to 19 degrees.

    But the cold Arctic air hasn’t quite worked its way out of the Carolinas.

    This week, forecasters have been tracking a potential winter storm that could affect this portion of the Piedmont between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

    The weather system should be small and quick-moving, said WCNC forecaster Larry Sprinkle.

  • All-county band festival canceled

    The Lancaster County School District announced Thursday, Jan. 24, it had postponed its all-county band festival due to possible bad weather on Friday afternoon. The two-day clinic for middle and high school band members, which was set for Friday and Saturday and would have included a concert Saturday afternoon at Lancaster High School auditorium, will be rescheduled at a later time. No date has been set. 


  • USCL breaks ground on Founders Hall

    University of South Carolina Lancaster officials and community members celebrated a milestone in the campus’ development Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Founders Hall.

    The $7.5 million, 40,000 square-foot classroom and faculty office building, which will be built between the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building and Medford Library, is slated for to open in 2014.

  • One dead, two injured at paper mill

    CATAWBA – A contractor was killed and two others injured Tuesday morning in an accident at Resolute Forest Products, the paper mill formerly known as AbitibiBowater.

    According to York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell and a Resolute spokeswoman, the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as three contractors were doing maintenance work inside a tank-like “scrubber” located behind the main production area.

  • County’s jobless rate ticks back up

    Like most Palmetto State counties, Lancaster County had a significant increase in its official unemployment rate from November to December 2012.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) released the statistics last week.

    Lancaster County’s December jobless rate was 11.6 percent in December – up from 11 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate for December 2011 was 12.7 percent.