Today's News

  • Power outage shuts down Buford schools


    Buford students got the day off Friday after an electrical transformer blew near the schools, causing outages at all three campuses as well as 1,900 homes and businesses.

  • Ethics panel questions Blackmon

    Three members of the S.C. Ethics Commission heard 90 minutes of testimony Thursday at Linda Blackmon’s ethics hearing, and she could be liable for up to $4,700 in fines if found guilty of violating state law.  
    The ethics commission issued no ruling in the case against Lancaster’s mayor pro tem. Acting Chair Donald Gist said the parties involved would be notified of the commission’s decision within 60 days.

  • Church hit by vandals

    A Lancaster church was vandalized over the weekend, its stained glass broken and its interior defaced with fire extinguishers, one week before it was to host a revival with another congregation.
    Deliverance Word of Faith Church on Palmetto Street, off Chesterfield Avenue, was broken into Saturday night. Churchgoers were speechless as they arrived to the chaotic mess Sunday morning, said Associate Pastor Stella Williams.

  • Planning board votes against changing UDO on Thread Trail

    When the doors closed for Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting of Lancaster County Planning Commission, only standing room remained.
    Commission Chairman Charles Deese said it was the largest crowd he has ever seen at a planning commission meeting.
    The hot topic on the agenda was a proposed amendment to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance affecting the Carolina Thread Trail Overlay District. The proposal would kill the requirement that subdivision developers in the district build segments of the trail.

  • Search for escapee puts VW school in lockdown


    Van Wyck Elementary was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after a man ran from authorities taking him to Rebound Behavioral Health, less than a mile from the school.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, the 18-year-old man ran away from Darlington County deputies across the west side of U.S. 521 shortly after 10:30 a.m.

  • IL Rotarians want to form 2nd club

    In the 12 years since the Indian Land Rotary Club was established, a lot has changed in the northernmost point of the county.
    With far more businesses, residents and issues to face, Indian Land might be primed for a second Rotary club, which would meet at lunch to complement the breakfast club.
    “The reason for the lunch club is because of the expansion of Indian Land,” said past club President Tracy Little, who started the first IL Rotary. “If we’ve had that much success with the breakfast club, we can have success with the lunch club.”

  • Apartment developer targets city for 50 units

    A new affordable-housing complex could be coming to Lancaster, bringing 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments designed for senior living, just behind Belk at Lancaster Square Shopping Center.
    City council approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone property for the complex – 4.2 acres between S.C. 9 Bypass East and Woodland Drive – from general commercial to multifamily at its Feb. 12 meeting.

  • Man receives 7-year term in ‘vicious’ attack on his child’s mom

    A Lancaster man pleaded guilty to first-degree domestic violence and was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday, accused of brutally beating the mother of his child for the second time.

  • New Panhandle EMS station will have 4 bays, cost $1.2M

    Indian Land’s new EMS station is designed and ready to be built, and the county has accumulated enough money in fees paid by developers to seek construction bids on the $1.2 million project.
    “It’s awesome to see, because our call volume dictates that we need four ambulances in the Indian Land area. The need is definitely there,” said Lancaster County EMS Director Clay Catoe.

  • IL rescuers haul worker out of 35-foot-deep pit

    Rescuers hauled an injured man from a 35-foot-deep hole at a construction site in Indian Land Tuesday morning.
    The man was part of a crew working to install a sewer lift station behind the Covington neighborhood, near Harrisburg and Barberville roads, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.