Today's News

  • City awards $50,000 in hospitality-tax grants

    Lancaster City Council has awarded $50,000 in hospitality-tax grants to eight local organizations.
    The funds are collected through a 2-percent tax imposed by the city on the sale of all prepared food and beverages sold within the city.
    “A good example is the Craft Stand,” said City Administrator Flip Hutfles. “Every time they pour a tap, 2 percent goes onto that bill.”
    “That tells you there’s a lot of people eating good prepared foods right here in the city,” Mayor Alston DeVenny added.

  • Violent Great Falls police chase

    GREAT FALLS – A Chester man was arrested Saturday after leading law officers on a chase through Fairfield and Chester counties in a stolen truck, then crashing it and trying to get away on foot.
    Austin Shane Hayes, 23, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to stop for a blue light.
    According to the incident report, Chester County sheriff’s deputies were alerted by Fairfield deputies just before 11 p.m. that they were in an active pursuit that was heading into Chester County.

  • Heeding his church’s call

    Nearly 20 years ago, Nathan McLemore served a six-month mission in Lancaster. Every morning he’d study and plan, then he’d head out to share the gospel door to door.
    “For the most part, people were very friendly,” he said. “Knocking on doors during the summer, people would invite us in and offer us water. They’d say they weren’t really interested in our message, but we looked thirsty.”

  • HOPE to get $540K in grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has awarded HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster half a million dollars in a grant that will be rolled out over three years to help the organization to diversify its funding sources.
    “J. Marion Sims, over our history, has been very generous to HOPE and very supportive of HOPE,” said the nonprofit’s Executive Director Bekah Clawson.

  • Thumbs up on 2nd route into jumbo subdivision

    There will be a second entrance to the 2,000-home subdivision and commercial development that Lennar Carolinas plans to build just north of Shiloh Unity Road.
    At its March 11 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance that changes a vacant 76-acre tract along Old Hickory Road from the rural district zoning classification to medium density residential. The acreage is just north of Crestview Lane.       

  • Kershaw considering increases to water rates

    KERSHAW – While nothing has been decided, the town’s homeowners need to brace for a possible increase in residential water rates beginning July 1.
    “Just like everything else, things are going up,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas at Monday night’s town council meeting.

  • Fred Rom, county’s oldest military vet, dies at 105

    INDIAN LAND – Fred Rom, the oldest military veteran in Lancaster County and one of its great storytellers, died Saturday, 18 days shy of his 106th birthday.
    The son of Austrian immigrants and a decorated World War II soldier, the Sun City Carolina Lakes resident had a lifetime of experiences that few could top.

  • Heath Springs man charged after drug raid

    HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man was arrested Friday on multiple drug charges after the county’s SWAT team raided his home.

  • ‘Buddy Plan’ book signing this Sunday

    INDIAN LAND – Don McCorkle grew up in the Panhandle, and Bruce Logan grew up in Detroit.
    But they are forever linked through their individual relationships with McCorkle’s lifelong friend Jacky Bayne. Pronounced dead twice – once in the field and once at a hospital – Bayne was in a coma for 30 days after he was horribly wounded by a land-mine explosion on July 17, 1967, near Chu Lai, Vietnam.
    Call Bayne’s miraculous survival the X-13 factor.

  • A.J. State Park heralds 7th president’s birthday

    Laura Ledford
    Andrew Jackson State Park

    Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 252nd Birthday Celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
    Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items were made by hand during Jackson’s time. If you are lucky, you might get to chat with Old Hickory.