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Today's News

  • Warming shelter at Prime Time for Seniors Center

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Lancaster County Warming Center is open to the county’s homeless population, though it’s at new location.
    For now, the warming center is inside the Prime Time for Seniors Center, 309 S. Plantation Road (across from Springdale Recreation Center).
    After the loss of The Citadel House in August – a homeless shelter program founded by Pastor James Pringle – the warming center didn’t have a location ready to go this winter.

  • Long-running rainstorms finally will take a breather

    This week’s storm dropped another 1.5 to 2 inches of rain on an already soaked Lancaster County.
    According to the National Weather Service, some of the showers moved through with wind gusting of 35 to 40 mph, knocking down trees and causing damage in the southern end of the county. 

  • Basket Fund tops goal, raising $9K

    The 2018 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund wrapped up this year’s campaign, just topping its goal with a total of $9,239 raised by Friday.
    After falling short last year, HOPE Executive Director Bekah Clawson said she was happy to be going into next year without a deficit. “That’s extremely exciting,” she said.
    HOPE in Lancaster has been leading the Christmas Basket since 2008. This Christmas the nonprofit was able to distribute 325 food bags and 200 stockings to local families in need.

  • Norman bill would limit lawmakers’ terms, perks and pensions

    As the 166th Congress convened Thursday, Rep. Ralph Norman introduced legislation that would limit the terms of federal lawmakers and reduce their retirement benefits after they leave office.
    “The time is now that we end the reign of career politicians and make them come home to live under the laws they pass,” said Norman, the 5th District Republican from Rock Hill. “Term limits would cut the influence of special-interest lobbyists and encourage a true citizen legislature.”

  • 'I'm tickled to death'

    Two Lancaster-area Clemson Tiger fans are part of the Orange Express headed west this weekend, searching for national championship gold.
    Larry Wolfe, who says he’s been “tailing the Tigers” for nearly 60 years, will be in Santa Clara, Calif., to see Clemson tangle with defending national champion Alabama on Monday night in Levi’s Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

  • ‘Shocking’ leap in per-capita income

    Lancaster County’s per-capita income has jumped 16 percent in the past year, a mind-blowing leap that has us ranked third-highest in the state, with average income trailing only Charleston and Beaufort counties.  
    “Shocking. This ascension is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” county Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert said after the data was released Wednesday by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

  • Missing teen found

    Missing Lancaster teen Ryanna “Calli” Thames, 14, was found safe Friday in Mecklenburg County, N.C.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for Lancaster County Sheriff’s office, said Friday that Calli is “healthy and safe.”
    Calli’s family reported her missing Thursday morning when they noticed she was gone. The sheriff’s office asked the public for help Thursday afternoon in tracking her down.

  • Column: Road repairs, or more lanes on interstates?

    A proposal by a longtime S.C. senator would siphon off millions of dollars that lawmakers promised would go toward fixing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, instead earmarking that money for widening interstates.
    It also could be a way around what the state transportation chief previously has described as a funding problem for interstate projects because of pending court challenges.

  • Commentary: Graham: Giving up on the wall might end Trump’s presidency

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham appeared on Fox News Wednesday night to insist that Republicans back President Trump on border-wall funding. He suggested a compromise with the Democrats that would end the federal shutdown, fund the wall and give work permits to undocumented immigrants who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Here are excerpts of his interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity, who begins with a reference to the Dec. 26 killing of California police Cpl. Ronil Singh, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant.

  • Deputy collapses during altercation

    A Lancaster County deputy collapsed shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday while struggling with a suspect along Gold Mine Highway.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies responded to a call about a suspicious person stepping out into the road and flagging down cars near the Flat Creek Quick Stop.
    Barfield said a deputy concluded that the suspect, Christopher Lynn Beckham, 25, might be mentally unstable and tried to place him in protective custody.