Today's News

  • Jail options detailed: Expand or replace?

    Fix up the old clunker yet again, or buy something new?
    Lancaster County’s next mammoth financial decision boils down to that. Its 39-year-old jail – run-down, obsolete and severely overcrowded – can’t go on much longer.
    This week the county got its first detailed look at two alternatives – a $27 million renovation and expansion on the existing Pageland Highway site, or a start-from-scratch $30.7 million building at another location.

  • District forgot new school needed speed-zone signs

    In the deadline crush to get the much-delayed Van Wyck Elementary School finished for the new school year, a crucial safety detail fell through the cracks.
    VWES, which abuts busy four-lane U.S. 521 and its 55-mph-plus traffic, was not going to have school speed zone signs to slow those cars on opening day this Monday.

  • County rated safe, livable, but its roads need big fix

    Word of mouth is always the best advertising.
    A county-funded survey released this week shows that  almost 70 percent of Lancaster County residents like living here so much that they’re recommending that others move here.

  • Confidence growing for Smith, Norrell

    Dismissing his opponent as “a mile wide and an inch deep,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith said Friday internal polling indicated he is running ahead and poised to upset GOP Gov. Henry McMaster in November.
    Smith, a Columbia lawyer, state representative and decorated Afghanistan War vet, made the bold claim to a group of two dozen local Democrats during a morning campaign stop at Jomar’s Family Restaurant in Lancaster, where he was joined by his lieutenant governor running mate and Lancaster native, Mandy Powers Norrell.

  • Pet adoption, rescue event gearing up for next weekend

    Lancaster’s animal lovers will not want to miss out on the animal appreciation and adoption event hosted by Lancaster’s Tractor Supply Co. store on S.C. 9 Bypass East Aug. 25.
    “It’s about shining a light on our adoption agencies and getting animals into a forever and loving home,” said Tractor Supply’s Jessica Stevens, who is organizing the event.
    The animal appreciation day will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and aims to help adoption and rescue agencies raise awareness for their programs and draw some much-needed donations.

  • Guitar Shorty coming to Chester

    From release

    Blues great Guitar Shorty will bring his “blistering guitar solos” and outlandish stage presence to Chester this week.
    The artist, born David William Kearney in Houston, has been performing blues worldwide for more than 60 years. He is credited with influencing Jimi Hendrix and Chicago Blues great Buddy Guy.
    Billboard magazine said, “His galvanizing guitar work defines modern, top-of-the-line blues-rock. His vocals remain as forceful as ever. Righteous shuffles...blistering, sinuous guitar solos.”

  • Fatal shooting on Hood Park Lane

    A Lancaster man died Wednesday after he was found shot multiple times on Hood Park Lane north of the city.
    The victim was identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 34-year-old Demarcus Laquan Hendrix.
    Deputies responded at 5:24 p.m. to the 600 block of Hood Park Lane, off Craig Farm Road, and found Hendrix lying in a yard with apparent gunshot wounds, according to a sheriff’s office statement. EMS transported him to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Backhoe rodeo champ

    After two decades of trying, Lancaster’s David Knight has ascended to heavy-equipment heaven, winning the state backhoe rodeo last week on a crowded downtown Greenville street.
    Knight, 46, is the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District’s sewer-construction foreman. He has worked at the district for 18 years, and before that he was a backhoe operator for the city of Lancaster.
    “I’ve placed in the regionals and state before, but this is this first time I’ve won,” said Knight, who now heads to the national championship.

  • Victory lap for county

    What a difference a decade can make.
    It was just 10 years ago, as the Great Recession took hold, that Forbes magazine listed Lancaster as the “most vulnerable” town in America.

  • Scams cost 2 Indian Land women over $62K

    Internet scams have drained the bank accounts of two Indian Land women, one blackmailed over a purported nude photo of her, the other sending $60,000 overseas to help a man she found on a dating site.
    The first victim reported July 24 that a man contacted her on Facebook and said he had a nude photo of her and would send it to all of her Facebook friends unless she sent him money. She told Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies she never sent the man any nude photos and that the photo he had was digitally altered.