Local News

  • Council to take up blue laws at Monday meeting

    Lancaster merchants may not have a blue Christmas this year.

    Lancaster County Council is holding a special meeting Monday to vote on first reading of an ordinance to repeal the state’s blue laws through Jan. 4, 2009.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the ordinance was brought up by staff for County Council to consider, in hopes of keeping Lancaster County merchants competitive with those in surrounding counties.

  • Nutcracker ballet returns Nov. 24-25

    An enchanted forest, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a host of young dancers from Lancaster County will return to the stage for performances of the beloved ballet, “The Nutcracker,” later this month.

    The ballet will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 24-25 at the Lancaster High School Auditorium. The performance is a collaboration between the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, Lancaster County School District and Kennedy Center Partnership Project, said David Platts, arts coordinator for the school district. The ballet will also be performed for students in the mornings.

  • ComForcare partners with MS Society

    ComForcare Senior Services

    ComForcare Senior Services has been selected as the preferred provider for Care Management Services for the Charlotte metro area for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    The Mid-Atlantic Chapter serves 7,400 people living with multiple sclerosis in South Carolina and the western portion of North Carolina.  

  • Officers arrest man wanted for murder in Mexico

    Jenny Hartley


    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office helped catch an illegal immigrant charged with murder in Mexico.

    The suspect, Felipe Valdivia, 33, is expected to be deported to Mexico this week. He is accused of beating a 62-year-old lemon farmer to death in Veracruz, Mexico.

    According to sheriff’s office incident reports, investigators learned about the case in April from an informant.

  • School fall festival Saturday

    Jesef Williams


    If you’re looking for a good time as well as a chance to win a coveted video game system, come out to McDonald Green Elementary School on Saturday.

    The school is hosting its second annual Family Fall Festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Children will have access to inflatable rides, rock wall climbing and the highly anticipated Whizzer ride, in which four occupants move a lever forward and backward to propel themselves.

  • Firing range to be updated

    Jenny Hartley


    A recent federal grant hit the bullseye for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The $89,435 grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, will allow the sheriff’s office to do state-of-the-art renovations at the existing firing range, at the Lancaster city limits. The range is shared by the Lancaster Police Department.

    The grant does not require a match from Lancaster County.

  • County agrees to maintain two more roads

    Jenny Hartley


    County Council recently approved taking care of more roads.

    There has been recent debate over what roads Lancaster County will accept for maintenance.

    County officials say the county has little money for road maintenance. Council voted 4-2 to accept roads from the Arlington and Clairemont subdivisons in Indian Land at its Nov. 2 meeting.

    Arlington resident Jim Campbell asked County Council to accept the roads.

  • School drops nuts from menu

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    When Nathan Powell was just a toddler, his mother, Cristy, tried to gave him a peanut butter cracker for a snack. He wasn’t interested in eating it, but where it touched his skin, he immediately developed hives.

    At the doctor’s office later, Cristy learned how close she came to losing her son. If he had ingested it, he likely would have died, she said.

    Nathan is one of nine Indian Land Elementary School students with a potentially fatal peanut allergy.

  • Teen, 15, saves brother, 10, from fire

    Buford High School freshman Corey Funderburk stayed home from school on Monday to help care for his 10-year-old brother, Justin.

  • Yap Ye Iswa Festival Saturday

    Jesef Williams


    Native American pottery, cuisine, music and other customs will be in close reach for locals on Saturday.

    For the second straight year, the Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba) Festival is coming to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at USCL’s Bradley Building.

    Yap Ye Iswa focuses on the nearby Catawba Indian Nation, which is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in South Carolina.