Today's News

  • Clerk of court switches parties

    Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond announced Thursday that he is joining the Republican Party.
    Hammond, a 60-year-old father of two, has been county clerk of court since January 2001.
    He served on Lancaster City Council from 1986-90 and is a past president and vice president of the S.C. Association of Clerks of Court and Registers of Deeds.
    “Today, I am announcing that I will seek re-election in 2020 as a member of the Republican Party,” Hammond said to an applauding, standing-room crowd in the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

  • Main Library to close for a month

    Lancaster County’s Main Library will close for the month of July as it relocates to the Barnett Building, where it will set up camp until a massive renovation and expansion are completed at the White Street location.
    The library will reopen at its temporary site the first week of August, with services pared down a bit, said Rita Vogel, director of the Lancaster County Library.
    “We will be in a much smaller building,” Vogel said. “We’ll still offer the electronic services – the internet, faxing, copying and printing.”

  • Shovels turn for county’s $3.1 million animal shelter

    County officials and animal advocates broke ground on a $3.1 million animal shelter Monday, capping their 20-month effort to replace the cramped, outdated facility on Lynwood Drive.
    Located on Pageland Highway, just past Lancaster Convalescent Center, the 8,600-square-foot shelter will take about a year to build.
    “We’re going to be the one that people talk about. That’s going to be good for Lancaster County,” said shelter Director Alan Williams, noting that facility discussions often come up at state meetings he attends.

  • 86-year-old man killed in church mowing accident

    Mowing the grass at his church Friday afternoon, an 86-year-old Lancaster man died when the mower tumbled down a steep slope, trapping him beneath it and catching fire.
    According to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office, the victim was James McIntyre.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said it seemed as if the lawn mower had turned over on top of McIntyre on Delancey Street, spilling gas and sparking the fire.

  • He made a difference in so many ways

    At his church, the NAACP, nonprofits and government boards of every purpose, Lester Belk threw his hand up whenever his community needed a volunteer.
    Belk, known for making a difference with a few carefully chosen words, died Friday at his home. He was 67.
    “His loss has hit me like a torpedo. I don’t know any other way to describe it. Lester was such a wise man,” said Dr. Paul McKenzie, director of research and development for the Lancaster County School District.

  • Heath Springs approves truck-parking restrictions

    HEATH SPRINGS – Truck drivers can no longer leave their rigs in downtown Heath Springs unless they’re delivering goods or picking them up. 
    Town leaders passed an ordinance last week that prohibits oversized vehicles from parking in the downtown business district.
    “It’s because of the truck at the train depot…. You can see it from Main Street,” said town council member Iva Drakeford.

  • Elegant old carriage graces Buford roadside

    You can’t miss it as you drive east from Lancaster along Pageland Highway – an old, red, two-seat buggy for sale along the roadside.
    Owners Don and Doris Walters bought the horse-drawn carriage about two years ago at an auction in Troutman, N.C. Led by one of their large, draft horses – Cookie, Trixie or Maggie – they take the buggy out for an occasional spin.

  • Man killed by train in apparent suicide

    A Lancaster County man was hit and killed by a moving train early Sunday morning at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75).
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the train conductor called 911 shortly after the incident, which did not involve any vehicles.
    Based on witness statements, Rogers said the death was an apparent suicide.
    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said she had no plans to release the victim’s name, out of respect for his family.

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  • Buford Battleground event this Saturday

    Emily Carnes Franklin now has a special place of honor in the halls of Congress.
    On May 16, Rep. Ralph Norman read a resolution into the Congressional Record to honor Franklin for her “lifelong passion and dedication” to preserve the “sacred soil” of the Buford Battleground.
    Known as the unofficial ambassador and caretaker of the Buford Massacre site on Rocky River Road, “Miss Emily” died in June 2017.