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Today's News

  • Nonstop nöel-a-thon

    The holiday season shifts into high gear this weekend with several of the biggest Christmas events of the year.
    Indian Land and Heath Springs will debut their new festive traditions Saturday with the first Indian Land Christmas Parade and Heath Springs for the Holidays. Lancaster’s Christmas parade returns with more holiday fun Saturday night. And Van Wyck’s tranquil Lighting of the Way is Sunday evening.
    The Indian Land parade is the first in Saturday’s line-up.

  • Some 911 calls not getting to dispatch

    Some 911 calls were not getting through to the Lancaster County emergency dispatch center on Thursday, the apparent result of some unspecified problem with cell-phone use in several parts of the Carolinas.
    Stephen Blackwelder, Lancaster County’s director of public safety communications, said calling 911 from a landline seemed to be working, but calls from cell phones weren’t always getting through Thursday.

  • Norrell gets leadership post on House Judiciary

    Kayla Vaughn
    kvaughn@thelancasternews.com

    S.C. Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell has been named first vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee, making her the second highest-ranking Democrat on the key legislative panel.
    “I am so excited about this,” Norrell said Thursday. “It is such an honor. I’m especially happy to be able to show my daughter Emma and so many others that women can lead in government and be good wives and moms.”

  • Ellen Haggins again gathers gifts for kids at Christmas

    Around the festive season it’s often easy to get caught up in shopping for our friends and family, and forget about those for whom Christmas can be a hard time of year.
    But one Lancaster resident uses the holidays as an opportunity to look outside of herself and her loved ones, and bring joy to other people.
    Ellen Haggins, a lifelong Lancaster resident and mother of two, has collected Christmas presents for local children for the last four years to share the spirit of Christmas giving with her community.

  • Holiday train display moves to SCCL Lodge

    Joe Silien
    Railroad Club of Carolina Lakes

    The big news from the Railroad Club at Carolina Lakes this year is that the annual holiday display will be at The Lodge at Sun City, rather than The Lake House.
    This move, to the community’s newest amenity center, is intended to be the centerpiece of a host of holiday activities at the new location at 2955 Sun City Blvd.

  • Late delivery of Wednesday's print edition

    Wednesday’s online edition of The Lancaster News is here as usual, but the print edition will not be delivered until Thursday. In honor of President George H.W. Bush, the U.S. Postal Service suspended mail delivery during Wednesday’s national day of mourning.

  • County: $2.75M limit on garage project

    Lancaster County Council has drawn a fiscal line in the sand on how much money it will spend building a new fleet-maintenance garage on Pageland Highway.
    Last week, council narrowly approved a resolution to move forward with a plan to design and build the new county garage at a cost not to exceed $2.75 million.
    Council members Terry Graham, Larry Honeycutt, Charlene McGriff and Billy Mosteller voted in favor, with Brian Carnes, Jack Estridge and council Chair Steve Harper voting against.
    The sticking point was the new facility’s cost.

  • Top grades at academy get deputy a 5% raise, new wheels

    Sheriff’s Deputy Austin Fowler finished his Basic Law Enforcement Training with a bang Friday – top in his class and receiving the J.P. Strom Award, along with a pay raise and new patrol car.
    The award goes to the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy graduate with the highest academic average during the 12-week class. Strom, whom the award is named for, was chief of the State Law Enforcement Division from 1956 until his death in 1987.

  • 22-year-old shot, leaving few clues

    A man was brought into Springs Memorial Hospital’s emergency room Sunday night with a severe gunshot wound, sparking an investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said deputies were dispatched to the area of Old Lansford and Springdale roads around 6 p.m. in reference to a suspicious person. A few minutes later, the deputies were alerted by Lancaster police that the person had been found and was in the ER with a gunshot wound.

  • Disability coalition will host employment seminar Dec. 11

    From release

    The S.C. Disability Employment Coalition will host a free employment workshop for individuals with disabilities in Lancaster next Tuesday.
    The workshop “Disability Benefits & Employment: Make It Work for You!” is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at USC Lancaster. It will explore misconceptions about how work affects disability benefits.
    The workshop is part of the Hire Me SC campaign, a multiyear, statewide workforce-development drive to change the culture of disability employment.