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Today's News

  • Graham, Norman talk guns, immigration

    Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Ralph Norman held town-hall sessions in Lancaster County this week, taking questions on gun control, immigration and China. 

    Graham drew hundreds of Republican supporters, as well as some Democrats, at Sun City Carolina Lakes Tuesday and was greeted by chants of “Lindsey! Lindsey!” as he made his way to the microphone.

  • CVS worker makes robber laugh and he walks away

    A quick-thinking CVS employee defused an armed robbery with humor Thursday, causing the thief to laugh, leave his weapon on the counter and walk out of the store empty-handed. 

    Gary Thomas Broome, 63, of Lancaster, was arrested walking near the CVS Pharmacy at 1869 Great Falls Highway. Deputies charged him with armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime. 

  • Deese finds resting place for Korean War vet whose remains went unclaimed

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese cried as a folded U.S. flag was placed in her hands last week – the third she had received in her lifetime.

    This flag was different, though, because she did not know the man whose service to the nation it represented.

    Army veteran Devon Kobold, born in South Bend, Ind., was 85 when he died at Springs Memorial Hospital in March 2017. His cremated remains sat on a shelf at the coroner’s office, along with more than a dozen others left unclaimed.

  • Kershaw seniors program doubles its participation

    KERSHAW – A year after fretting over low participation and facing possible cutbacks, the Lancaster County Council on Aging has doubled the size of its Kershaw seniors program and might move those activities to the Marion Boan Community Center at Stevens Park.

    Last July, only 10.4 seniors on average were visiting the Kershaw senior center each session, and the future of the program looked uncertain. 

  • 903 Diner celebrates 50 years

    It takes a lot of things to keep a mom and pop restaurant going for half a century – hard work, great food, courteous service, multi-generational involvement and a little luck.

    Sambo’s 903 Diner and Drive-In has had all those things.  Owner Cecil Faile will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lancaster County landmark this Thursday.

    Faile runs the restaurant with the same customer focus that his father had for decades. Robert “Sambo” Faile bought the place in 1969 and ran it until he passed away four years ago.

  • Judge Studebaker creates Paws on Parade sculpture

    The last of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ Paws on Parade figures has been installed at the County Administration Building, just across the street from where its creator, Probate Judge Dee Studebaker, works.

    The painted pup, named Judge by arts council members, guards the back entrance of the administration building, which faces White Street.

    LCCA Executive Director Debbie Jaillette said the spot is perfect for Judge.

  • Planning commission denies solar farm rezoning request

    In a 5-1 vote, the Lancaster County Planning Commission has denied a motion to approve the rezoning request required for a solar farm to set up shop near Van Wyck.

    Waxhaw Solar applied to rezone a 47-acre parcel off Old Hickory Road from rural neighborhood to agricultural residential – the only zoning district in Lancaster County that permits solar farms.

  • HS makes progress on replacing clerk

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs isn’t far enough long in the search for a new town clerk to hire one.

    Town council discussed the open position behind closed doors for about an hour Tuesday night, but made no decision.

  • Ministry of outdoor fun!

    A Lancaster-based Christian ministry is giving kids the chance to step outside their comfort zones while teaching them how to bait a hook and reel in a massive catch.

    All for One Ministries in Lancaster has partnered with Backland Outdoors out of Fort Lawn to take 20 kids out on the water catching catfish and 10 into the woods this winter to hunt deer. The outdoors program is called Kidz Outdoor Adventure.

    On Saturday, Aug. 10, the group took 10 kids fishing on Lake Wateree, at no cost to their parents.

  • New chili cookoff kicks off Best Week of Fall

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    Calling all chili lovers! The first Carolinas Chili Championship will be held Sept. 28-29 as part of the Best Week of Fall.  

    This event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS), so winners are eligible to compete in the World Championship Chili Cookoff.