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Today's News

  • Forty Acre Rock adds key parcel that shelters Carolina heelsplitter

    Adding another 159 acres to the nearly 3,000 that make up Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve might not sound like a big deal.
    But the new land purchase by state officials is important because of where it is and what it protects.
    Known as the Ardrey Tract, the property contains a half- mile of frontage along Flat Creek. The stretch is home to one of the 154 remaining colonies of the endangered and federally protected Carolina Heelsplitter mussel.  

  • Gathering to honor vets buried at Clinton Memorial Cemetery

    The 57 military servicemen and women laid to rest at Clinton Memorial Cemetery were honored Friday during a brief, no-frills remembrance in the cold rain.
    “Every time I think about the sacrifice men and women have made in this country, I’m honored…. Because of their service, we have our freedoms today,” said YouthBuild director Reggie Lowery, before his nonprofit’s students placed American flags on the graves of soldiers buried there.

  • Local election results certified

    At a 3½-hour meeting Friday, the Lancaster County Election Commission certified Tuesday’s elections, adding 150 votes to the final countywide results, but changing no outcomes.
    Of the 200-plus votes that were challenged, 61 could not be counted. The county received clean audits back from the state.
    Votes can be challenged for a variety of reasons, such as not bringing a photo ID, having active registration in another county, or not having matching signatures on the absentee-ballot application and the actual absentee ballot.

  • Van Wyck: County’s most spacious town

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    VAN WYCK – The town of Van Wyck has geographically grown into the largest municipality in Lancaster County since its incorporation in August 2017.
    Van Wyck Councilman Richard Vaughan said the town now includes 219 property parcels.
    “The original incorporated target area was 1.4 square miles and less than 900 acres,” he said. “We have now reached approximately 10 square miles and 6,000 acres.”

  • Festival ‘better every year’

    The Indian Land Fall Festival entertained thousands of visitors at its 13th-annual event last weekend.
    Featuring dozens of performers, hundreds of vendors and many festival rides and activities, the event was the largest to date. There were three main areas at the Indian Land schools complex, using the student parking lot, training field and stadium.

  • ‘Our hearts are broken’

    A Lancaster County firefighter was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 Wednesday night.
    Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died after being transported to Springs Memorial Hospital, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. He was the assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, where he had worked since moving to Lancaster County 20 years ago.

  • Election night ballot glitch explained

    Election officials blamed a database linked to two optical scanners for delays and confusion in the vote-counting process for paper absentee ballots Tuesday night.
    Vote totals appeared to be complete just before 10 p.m., but then officials realized that the scanners had not properly recorded all of the paper-ballot votes. A recount of the 1,312 paper ballots, which ended about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, recorded all the votes, adjusting the totals in some races but changing no outcomes.

  • Child’s death sparks investigation

    A 1-year-old child died Tuesday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital, sparking an investigation into the child’s death by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.

    About 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, EMS and the sheriff’s office were called to a 14th Street home, where a father was carrying his unconscious son out of the home.

    Deputies tried to help the child until paramedics arrived. Once there, EMS quickly transported the child to the hospital, where he died about an hour later.

  • Duke Energy seeks 10% S.C. rate hikes

    Duke Energy on Thursday asked state regulators for a 10 percent overall increase in its S.C. electric rates – 12 percent for residential customers.
    The rate requests, filed with the S.C. Public Service Commission, would increase the utility’s revenues by about $168 million, according to a Duke Energy press release.
    Residential customers would get the biggest hike. Commercial and industrial accounts would see an average increase of 8.3 percent.

  • Mr. Ford, it’s time for your close-up!

    At age 59, John Ford is finally realizing his dream of making it on the big screen.
    “I never really had the idea of being a professional actor,” said Ford, a Lancaster resident and father of two. “The last month and a half has been an absolute whirlwind.”
    Ford’s acting career has taken off within the last year after being cast in an episode of the Saturday morning CBS TV series “The Inspectors.”