Today's News

  • New life for Ellen Dean

    Lancaster’s Ellen Dean Hotel, which was owned by the late Mayor Joe Shaw and his wife, Charlotte, is being sold to a group of investors.
    The investors, incorporated as Ellen Dean LLC, include some from Lancaster, but the main participants are based in Charlotte.
    Joe Shaw Jr. said Tuesday he can’t comment on exactly what the group has in mind for his parents’ White Street property, but that the investors intend to continue the legacy of the once-elegant hotel just as his father did.

  • Rec-bond referendum set at $19M

    After two rounds of cost increases in recent weeks, the Lancaster County Council on Monday night set the amount of this fall’s recreation bond referendum at up to $19 million.
    The council voted unanimously to put the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot after a public hearing and lengthy discussion. The latest $5 million increase pays for an upgrade from natural grass to synthetic turf for proposed youth soccer complexes in the Indian Land and Heath Springs/Kershaw areas.

  • Recent LHS grad dies in Fairfield Co. wreck

    A Lancaster woman died at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Saturday after she was involved in a single-car wreck in Fairfield County.
    Tytyana Lanishia Hood, 18, was airlifted from Springs Memorial Hospital to CMC Saturday night, where she later died from injuries she sustained in the accident, according to the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office.

  • Van Wyck struggles to access revenues from state

    No one ever said creating a new town from scratch was going to be easy — or quick.
    Case in point: Of the myriad issues facing the new Lancaster County Panhandle town of Van Wyck, which was just incorporated in 2017, its attempt to get an official designation and population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau has been particularly bedeviling — and perhaps costly.
    “I think the best way to put it is a bureaucratic headache,” said Mayor Sean Corcoran. “It’s been frustrating.”

  • Renaming of post office for hero Willie Williams on Trump’s desk

    The renaming of a Fort Mill post office in honor of James Elliott Williams, the most decorated enlisted man in U.S. Navy history, has cleared its final congressional hurdle and awaits President Trump’s signature.
    Rep. Ralph Norman wanted to recognize Williams’ sacrifices and bravery in honor of Veterans Day 2017 by introducing the bill, which was cosponsored by the entire S.C. delegation in the U.S. House. The Senate passed the bill last month.

  • Festival uplifts kids

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    It was a day of youth affirmation, music, food, and free bikes and haircuts Saturday as hundreds attended the 10th-annual National Youth Empowerment Kids Day Festival at Preston Blackmon Park.
    “Seeing the people come out makes me want to go hard every year,” said Ja’Von Crockett, an Atlanta hair stylist, businessman and minister who returns to his hometown every year to stage the festival.

  • Suspect in 2009 murder back in jail

    The suspect in a 2009 murder case who fled the state before his court date was caught in Baltimore last month and extradited to Lancaster.
    According to Baltimore City District Court records, Montrez Michael Clark, 28, was arrested June 12 on a fugitive warrant. He was booked at the Lancaster County Detention Center on June 22.
    Clark was charged, along with four others, in the murder of Lamario Demond Ford of Great Falls in 2009. Ford was found beaten and shot inside of a Cunningham Street home on March 31, 2009.

  • Churches welcome young black pastor

    The July 1 service at Grace United Methodist Church was filled with laughter, applause and even some tears as 24-year-old Sh’Kur Francis preached his first sermon at the church.
    Francis is the first black man to pastor the prominently white congregation at Grace UMC. He is also the pastor at Lynnwood United Methodist Church, and will begin teaching social studies at A.R. Rucker Middle School next month.
    He has learned the names of every member of both churches and memorized details about each person that makes them unique.

  • DeVenny takes oath as mayor

    For most of his life, Alston DeVenny has put service at the center of his life. And his swearing-in as the mayor of Lancaster was just another extension of that service to his community.
    “I owe everything I have to the fact that people put enough trust in me to allow me to represent them – and that’s black folks, white folks, rich folks, poor folks. It’s everybody,” DeVenny said. “I’m not perfect, but on the whole, I think I’ve done a good job.”

  • Lancaster city council race heats up

    After a relatively silent special mayoral election, the District 5 Lancaster City Council race is now heating up, with three candidates challenging incumbent Hazel Taylor.
    Don Geraghty, James “Butch” Flynn and Mike DeMarco are all running for Taylor’s seat. Taylor said Friday that she intends to run for re-election.
    Two of those candidates are already familiar to Lancaster residents. Geraghty and Flynn ran in the mayoral special election July 10. The two candidates garnered less than 5 percent of the vote in the election.