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Today's News

  • Pelham debuts, looks ahead

    C.D. Pelham’s Major League Baseball debut wasn’t a highlight memory maker, but he’s likely to fondly recall the occasion.

    Pelham, the former Lancaster High School and Lancaster American Legion Post 31 baseball star, made his big league debut Wednesday night in the Texas Rangers’ 9-3 home loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

    Pelham, 23, was promoted to the Rangers on Monday after the American League Western Division team purchased his contract from the Class AA Frisco RoughRiders.

  • County equipping more school resource officers

    Lancaster County Council unanimously voted Aug. 27 to spend up to $62,000 to equip five certified school resource officers.  

    The equipment includes computers, radio/walkie talkies, duty and tactical gear, Tasers and body-worn cameras.

    The equipment is for two new SRO positions, as well as for three more deputies recently named SROs. 

    The salaries, insurance and fringe benefits for are paid by the school district, with the county picking up other related costs. 

  • Schools ban unauthorized drone flights

    The Lancaster County School District has prohibited the use of drones on school property, unless the operator first clears it with the school district and has a commercial drone license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

    “We always want to do all we can to keep our students, staff and visitors safe,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps in a LCSD release. “We can’t ignore the potential for a drone flown improperly to put people and property at risk.”

  • No progress on getting building for the library

    Downtown Kershaw may look a lot emptier next month when Wells Fargo shuts down its branch on Hampton Street.

    The Kershaw branch will close its doors Oct. 10. Josh Dunn, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo, said the company is in the process of letting its customers know about the change, but the ATM will remain attached to the vacant building.

    Dunn said the company tracks customer behavior, and customers are increasingly using online and mobile banking rather than walking into a branch.

  • Atlantic storm threatens East Coast

    Tropical Storm Florence is expected to again strengthen into a major hurricane, with forecast tracks taking the storm toward the East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
    The NHS expects Florence to make a turn toward the west-northwest and west with a decrease in forward speed through Saturday. The storm may begin to move faster toward the west-northwest over the western Atlantic early next week.

  • County officials attend D.C. conference, make key contacts

    Local officials flew to the nation’s capital this week for a Palmetto State-focused conference on issues ranging from opioids to the economy.
    “This is something that’s never been done before for us at the county level. It’s very important, given some of the things the Trump administration is trying to pull together and get down to the state and local government for everyone’s benefit,” said Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes.

  • Schools: Parents no longer can just show up for lunch

    Parents will no longer be allowed to eat lunch with their children at Lancaster County schools whenever they choose, but will be welcome on specific days set aside by the school district.
    Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said that the district came to the decision to end the practice after a 2017-18 school year internal safety audit.
    “It wasn’t an arbitrary decision,” Vaughn said. “We’ve been discussing this for six to eight months, and getting input from teachers, administration and parents from schools.”

  • Battlefield in Buford to get $16K in upgrades

    The Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield and Lancaster County are teaming up to make some significant improvements to the historic site and put it on the national map.
    “We want to make this so people come from other areas to see it,” said Ken Obriot, president of the friends group. “There’s a mass gravesite out there with 84 revolutionary war soldiers buried there, and they need to be honored and people need to know the story.”

  • Muddied waters

    Growth can be good, but sometimes it’s messy.
    That has certainly been the case for Milton Hood, 61, a retiree who owns a roughly 30-acre homestead he has dubbed Falling Springs, located just off U.S 521 at the extreme southern edge of Indian Land.
    The outstanding feature of Hood’s property is a 2-acre pond, fed mainly by a nearby stream, an idyllic spot for fishing, family activities, or just quiet reflection and relaxation.

  • Governor declares state of emergency as storm path aims at Carolinas

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon with the looming possibility that a hurricane could make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas next week.
    “This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances,” McMaster said of Tropical Storm Florence. Spinning out in the Atlantic Ocean, the storm is expected to be approaching hurricane strength again late Saturday.