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Today's News

  • Lancaster gets $481K in grants to replace water lines

    The city of Lancaster has received $481,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to replace and upgrade water lines in the East Arch Street area.
    The project, which involves replacing 4,600 feet of antiquated 2-inch water lines with 6-inch lines along portions of South Ferguson, South Hughes, McCardell and Moore streets, will cost $903,650.

  • Mayor Moore will not talk about FOIA law-breaking

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs Town Council met Tuesday night despite knowing it had failed to give the required 24-hour public notice of the meeting, a violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
    It was the fourth time since February that the council has held a meeting or part of a meeting in violation of the FOIA.

  • Fewer public hearings in county zoning cases?

    Lancaster County Council will hear a proposal Monday evening to amend the Unified Development Ordinance and stop holding public hearings on rezoning issues during council meetings.
    Currently, the ordinance requires two public hearings for rezonings – one at the monthly Lancaster County Planning Commission meeting and another at a county council meeting.
    Planning staff recommended eliminating one of the hearings to make the review process more efficient, county Planning Director Rox Burhans said Thursday.

  • Man gets federal prison term in weapons-possession case

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster County man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to a weapons-possession charge in federal court.
    Ezekiel Jahpari Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm after evidence was presented against him in court, according to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

  • Shoplifting suspect throws evidence at pursuing officer

    A Lancaster police officer was pelted with bags of frozen shrimp as she chased a suspected shoplifter across the Walmart parking lot June 30.
    The officer was not injured by the projectiles, according to the police incident report, but the suspect eluded capture by jumping the fence behind Taco Bell and disappearing in the woods.
    The report said the officer responded to Walmart on S.C. 9 Bypass West after a man was spotted stuffing bags of shrimp and a rack of ribs underneath his T-shirt and inside his blue jeans.

  • Melon mega-fest!

    PAGELAND – Thousands will fill the streets of Pageland next weekend for the town’s 68th-annual Watermelon Festival, which will have more vendors and activities this year and nearly 20 live performances scheduled.
    The celebration, which began in 1951 inside a local farmer’s market, has grown into an extravaganza of family-friendly fun, the biggest event of the year in the Chesterfield County town.

  • IL woman competes in international pageant

    Lancaster County’s own Cheryl McDermott will be representing the Palmetto State in the Premier World Pageants in Boise, Idaho, next week.
    The Indian Land resident and registered nurse was crowned Ms. South Carolina 2019 Premier World in September in her first pageant, and is now facing her first international competition.

  • Another FOIA violation in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – For the fourth time this year, the Heath Springs Town Council has violated the state’s open-meetings law, scheduling a work session for Tuesday evening without the required 24-hour public notice.
    At  9:28 a.m. Tuesday, The Lancaster News received an email from the town clerk regarding a council work session scheduled for 6:30 that evening.

  • State puts 15 local roads on paving list

    Lancaster County residents will soon see more of their taxes paid at the gas pump going to good use, making our roadways smoother and safer.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has identified a total of 13.22 miles along 15 different roads in Lancaster County that are targeted for resurfacing as part of the Proposed 2020 Pavement Improvement Program.

  • Costs coming in high on Marvin Rd. project

    INDIAN LAND – Although no Panhandle roads were identified for the state’s 2020 Pavement Improvement Program, some major upgrades are already under way to alleviate congestion in the northern part of the county.
    The Rock Hill, Fort Mill Area Transportation Study, known as RFATS, met last month to discuss some of the big projects in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes, who recently completed a term as chair of the group, said the widening of U.S. 160 is on track to be completed by summer next year.