Today's News

  • Jail cells overflow, no relief in sight

    The Lancaster County Detention Center is bursting at the seams, setting a record this week with more than 200 inmates jamming the 121-bed facility on Thursday.
    Sheriff Barry Faile attributes the rise in the prisoner population to a big increase in the number of arrests this year – up 9 percent in the first two quarters. Violent crime has risen 82 percent.
    “It’s sad that we’ve got that many inmates out there, but it’s good we have them there instead of on the streets,” Faile said this week.

  • TLN publisher wins national award

    The National Newspaper Association has chosen Susan Rowell, The Lancaster News’ publisher, for one of the highest tributes in community journalism.
    The annual Emma C. McKinney Award is given to a working or retired newspaperwoman who has provided distinguished service and leadership within the industry and in her community.

  • Lancaster gets $481K in grants to replace water lines

    The city of Lancaster has received $481,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to replace and upgrade water lines in the East Arch Street area.
    The project, which involves replacing 4,600 feet of antiquated 2-inch water lines with 6-inch lines along portions of South Ferguson, South Hughes, McCardell and Moore streets, will cost $903,650.

  • Mayor Moore will not talk about FOIA law-breaking

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs Town Council met Tuesday night despite knowing it had failed to give the required 24-hour public notice of the meeting, a violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
    It was the fourth time since February that the council has held a meeting or part of a meeting in violation of the FOIA.

  • Fewer public hearings in county zoning cases?

    Lancaster County Council will hear a proposal Monday evening to amend the Unified Development Ordinance and stop holding public hearings on rezoning issues during council meetings.
    Currently, the ordinance requires two public hearings for rezonings – one at the monthly Lancaster County Planning Commission meeting and another at a county council meeting.
    Planning staff recommended eliminating one of the hearings to make the review process more efficient, county Planning Director Rox Burhans said Thursday.

  • Man gets federal prison term in weapons-possession case

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster County man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to a weapons-possession charge in federal court.
    Ezekiel Jahpari Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm after evidence was presented against him in court, according to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

  • Shoplifting suspect throws evidence at pursuing officer

    A Lancaster police officer was pelted with bags of frozen shrimp as she chased a suspected shoplifter across the Walmart parking lot June 30.
    The officer was not injured by the projectiles, according to the police incident report, but the suspect eluded capture by jumping the fence behind Taco Bell and disappearing in the woods.
    The report said the officer responded to Walmart on S.C. 9 Bypass West after a man was spotted stuffing bags of shrimp and a rack of ribs underneath his T-shirt and inside his blue jeans.

  • Melon mega-fest!

    PAGELAND – Thousands will fill the streets of Pageland next weekend for the town’s 68th-annual Watermelon Festival, which will have more vendors and activities this year and nearly 20 live performances scheduled.
    The celebration, which began in 1951 inside a local farmer’s market, has grown into an extravaganza of family-friendly fun, the biggest event of the year in the Chesterfield County town.

  • IL woman competes in international pageant

    Lancaster County’s own Cheryl McDermott will be representing the Palmetto State in the Premier World Pageants in Boise, Idaho, next week.
    The Indian Land resident and registered nurse was crowned Ms. South Carolina 2019 Premier World in September in her first pageant, and is now facing her first international competition.

  • Another FOIA violation in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – For the fourth time this year, the Heath Springs Town Council has violated the state’s open-meetings law, scheduling a work session for Tuesday evening without the required 24-hour public notice.
    At  9:28 a.m. Tuesday, The Lancaster News received an email from the town clerk regarding a council work session scheduled for 6:30 that evening.