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Today's News

  • Crackdown on passing school buses

    The Lancaster County School District is installing cameras on school bus stop signs to catch drivers illegally passing buses whose lights are flashing and stop signs are extended.
    “The bus stop arm cameras help us send a strong message that we’ll do whatever it takes to catch people who put our students at risk,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said.

  • No room at animal shelter

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has seen a major influx of dogs over the past month, taking in an overwhelming 100 of them in just two weeks.
    The shelter is set up with only 31 runs to hold dogs, and shelter Director Alan Williams said he tries not to double up the runs to keep the animals from passing along diseases. A distemper outbreak shut down the shelter in May 2017.

  • 2nd arrest in Kings Circle shooting

    A second arrest has been made in the Nov. 1 Kings Circle shooting, with a search still under way for two other suspects.
    Travis Phillip Miller, 35, was arrested Nov. 6 after deputies and investigators found him hiding in the basement of a North Catawba Street home. He was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He was found carrying a stolen 9mm and was also charged with possession of a stolen pistol.

  • Sigh of relief! Roof fix done before week’s drenching rain

    County officials bypassed the normal budget process last month to make $68,000 in emergency roof repairs to the donated Barnett Building on West Meeting Street, after Hurricane Florence damaged the structure.
    It’s a good thing they did. Without those repairs, this week’s four days of flood-inducing rains would have compounded the repair costs.
    The roof of the two-story building was damaged during Hurricane Florence in September.

  • 3 days of rain cause flooding

    INDIAN LAND – The sump pump at Nita Brown’s home sure picked a bad time to go out.
    Thursday afternoon, Brown had about a half inch of water in her basement on Ander Vincent Road, off Waxhaw Highway. 
    “I’m so sick of this mop, but the ground is just so saturated that there’s no place for the water to go. I’m ready for it to stop,” said Brown, who lives adjacent to a small tributary that flows into nearby Twelve Mile Creek.

  • 'Nutcracker' launches the Christmas season

    “Nutcracker” returns to Lancaster this year with the Columbia City Ballet performing the Christmas classic about Clara and her adventures through the Land of Sweets with her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
    The magical ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a story that has enchanted children and adults alike since it was written in 1816.
    William Starrett, executive and artistic director of the Columbia City Ballet, said this year’s performance will be bigger and better than ever.

  • WWI scholar to lecture on 30th Infantry, ‘Old Hickory’

    Melody Craig
    For The Lancaster News

    Deep in the forest of Compiegne, aboard a private railway carriage in the region of Picardy, France, the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, was agreed upon at 5 a.m.
    Taking effect at 11 a.m. Paris time, it would silence the guns of World War I between the Allies and Germany. It is often referred to as the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

  • New place to gather, get healthy, have fun

    Lots of new details and images of Indian Land’s new YMCA have been revealed, showcasing the facility’s prime amenities and cutting-edge design.  
    An eight-lane swimming pool, cross-fit functional training, yoga and spin rooms, and an indoor walking track are only a few of the features planned for the sleek, contemporary structure.
    A zero-entry outdoor pool – think of a beach without sand – and waterpark are also in the cards, contingent on additional funding.

  • Nonprofit plans halfway house in Kershaw to help women

    Almost 10 years ago, after serving a five-year prison sentence, Le Tanya Williams founded Battered But Not Broken, a nonprofit that provides housing for women who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and have previously been incarcerated.
    “Our aim is to help women and give them the tools to become productive members of society,” Williams said this week.
    The program already has two halfway houses in Chester, the House of Magdalene and the House of Ruth, and is now branching into Lancaster County. 

  • Teacher, historian, preacher’s wife – Dr. Theodora Smith made an impact

    Dr. Theodora Smith spent two big chunks of her life in Lancaster.
    From 1959 to ’72, she taught school as her husband led one of the city’s largest African-American congregations. Later, after his death, she came back to her adopted hometown, co-wrote the county’s definitive black history book and led an active life as a scholar and civic leader.
    Theodora Shippy Smith died Thursday. She was 98.