Today's News

  • Walnut Creek Trail segment reopened

    After being closed a week for repairs, a segment of the Walnut Creek Trail in Indian Land has been reopened for public use, according to Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Director Hal Hiott.
    For safety reasons, Hiott closed part of the trail last month after a dangerous hole formed under a boardwalk on the trail in the Walnut Creek subdivision, located at the southern end of Indian Land.
    “We are back in business and trail (is) open,” Hiott said by email.

  • Reid Pointe voters to decide on special tax for road fixes

    INDIAN LAND – Voters in the Reid Pointe subdivision off S.C. 160 will have one more question on their Nov. 6 election ballots than everyone else, but it’s a question they’re ready to get answered.
    County council unanimously approved a resolution Monday that allows Reid Pointe residents to decide if they should create a special tax district and borrow up to $700,000 to pay for street repairs to get the subdivision’s roads brought up to standard and accepted into the county system.

  • Ex-cop charged with beating his wife to death in late 2016

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – A former York and Columbia police officer and Chester County sheriff’s dispatcher has been charged with murder in the 2016 death of his wife.
    James Harold “Jamie” Baldwin Jr., 58, was arrested late Tuesday after the Chester Grand Jury indicted him in the beating death of Judy Orr Baldwin.

  • New school opens with old name

    The new school just built in Lancaster County School District has an old name.
    Van Wyck Elementary, set to open to students Aug. 20 despite major delays, will be the third school named after the once-bustling railroad community well known for its brick manufacturing.
    Settled in the 1750s, Van Wyck was named by the wife of a Seaboard Railroad official in 1887. Before that, the area was called by three different names – Cocheeco, Little Waxhaw and Heaths.  

  • Kickoff event: Scholarships will reward service to our communities

    Get ready for some sun, fun, barbeque and volleyball this Sunday, as the new Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation hosts its first Teachers Volleyball Brawl fundraiser at Andrew Jackson High School.
    Foundation President Debora Gardner is asking the community to get behind the innovative scholarship fund, which will reward community service, rather than focusing on academics or athletics.

  • Garris challenges Mayor DeVenny

    The Lancaster mayor’s race this fall will be a rematch for the top two candidates in last month’s special election, as filing closed Tuesday with Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris opposing new Mayor Alston DeVenny.
    “I decided to give it another try because I’ve served on city council for 10 years, I’ve been a strong advocate to the communities in the city, the citizens, the businesses, and I want to continue seeing Lancaster move forward,” said Garris, who filed late Monday.

  • 2 file for school board District 7

    Two candidates signed up for the District 7 school board seat before the filing deadline Tuesday, so we won’t have a write-in election to replace departing incumbent Don McCorkle.
    Ken Buck, 56, and Chris Campbell, 52, will compete in November for McCorkle’s seat, after the three-term incumbent announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election.
    “I want to be able to give back to the community what some of those 30 years of experience gave me,” said Buck, a retired teacher and principal. “It’s where my heart is.

  • Rowdy teachers raise the roooof!

    More than 1,300 teachers packed Lancaster High School’s gym Tuesday to celebrate the previous year’s hard work, recognize four outstanding teachers and kick off the new year with the district’s largest teacher pep rally.
    Lauren Watts from Harrisburg Elementary, Leslie Parker from Kershaw Elementary, Kimberly Sowell from South Middle and Lisa Knox from Indian Land High were picked from 200 nominees to receive this year’s Celebrate Great Teaching Awards.
    Knox, the high school and district-wide award recipient, was humbled by the experience.

  • Impact fees could help pay for IL’s growth spurt

    Call it the high price of bringing development to the Panhandle.
    County leaders will move forward on rolling out impact fees on new construction in the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire districts to relieve the strain on the county coffers and help pay for the ever-increasing capital needs in those areas.

  • No mechanism for deporting Borbonio after earlier arrests

    Abel Olivo Borbonio, an undocumented immigrant charged with reckless homicide in the Aug. 4 death of a Lancaster man, was not deported after several earlier arrests because the federal program that flagged him for removal last week did not exist yet.
    Borbonio, 42, was picked up from the Lancaster County Detention Center by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on Aug. 7, after he was charged with driving without a license and paid a $2,500 bond.