Today's News

  • There’s still time to register for school

    Students in Lancaster County School District still have time to register for the 2018-19 school year.

    4-year-old programs
    Four-year-old programs will operate at Brooklyn Springs, Buford, Clinton, Erwin, Heath Springs, Kershaw and North elementaries and Southside Early Childhood Center. Parents may contact one of the schools or project manager Shirnetha Stinson at Southside at (803) 283-3915 for more information regarding applications for the 4-year-old program.

    A.R. Rucker Middle

  • Foraging for food in your backyard

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Since spring, the smell of onions and the sight of white blossoms in the backyard has kept me intrigued as to what was growing wild out there that was actually edible.
    Knowing that some plants are poisonous but unsure which ones, I didn’t dare try any but sought advice from artist, gardener and foraging-family father Matthew Kip, who has been exploring wild edibles for 25 years and is more than enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge.

  • Finding her niche

    If you’re lucky, sometime during your education you latch onto a mentor, a person who opens your eyes to something you would have never seen, perhaps changing your path in life.
    That’s what happened to Ashley Parker, a senior at USC Lancaster, this summer when she got an internship in the office of Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    “I didn’t know there was such thing as a coroner,” Parker said. “I thought they just came and got the bodies. I didn’t know what they did and the responsibility they have.

  • Column: Scott: Changes will create new economic life for distressed

    The U.S. House this month passed the Jobs and Investor Confidence Act, which includes my Senate Bill 3040, the Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2018.
    The Credit Access and Inclusion Act will increase access to credit for nearly 29 million Americans who are creditworthy but “credit invisible.” It’s almost impossible to climb the economic ladder without a credit history, and this bill will eliminate that barrier for people who work hard and do the right thing.

  • Column: Gift for the friend who has everything – Fancy fowl!

    I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Kent Jewell for selling me two of the most beautiful and unusual chickens I’ve ever seen. Yep, chickens.
    I needed them as a birthday present for my friend Tommy Pope. Tommy turned 50 this week, and I wanted to surprise him with something special.
    Tommy means a lot to me and my family. He prosecuted the men who murdered my son, Deputy Brent McCants, in 1992. And he has always stayed in close touch with me and my other son, Billy Dale, who was injured in a car crash in 1988 and now lives in a nursing home.

  • Chester superintendent sues school board chair

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    For the second time in three years, the Chester County School District may have a contentious and potentially costly parting of the ways with a school superintendent.

  • County’s IL service center fully operating

    Panhandle residents who need to do business with the county now have a quicker and easier way to do so.
    Over the past few weeks, the long-awaited Indian Land Service Center has become fully operational, county officials said.
    That means those in the northern reaches of the county no longer need to drive to downtown Lancaster for certain services such as paying vehicle taxes.

  • Bizarre story of the day: Trust us, you’re going to want to read this one

    A Lancaster man, incapacitated by alcohol, with $2,500 in his pocket and a bottle of fake urine wrapped in hand-warmers, was arrested driving the wrong way on a highway off-ramp last week.
    Marcus Antrone Marsh, 40, was arrested about 10 p.m. July 20 just east of Lancaster at the intersection of S.C. 903 and U.S. 521 Bypass. He was charged with second-offense DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Battling blazes, lifting spirits

    Every firehouse needs someone who keeps the mood light, the jokester who helps everybody stay upbeat but gets serious fast when the alarm sounds.
    Richard Vawter has been that guy at the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department for seven years, and now he has been named Lancaster County’s Firefighter of the Year.
    Vawter said he thought Elgin Fire Chief Randy White – last year’s winner – was joking when he called to tell him he had won.

  • Region’s growth outpaces building capacity

    Economic growth across the Charlotte region is outpacing the local construction industry’s capacity to keep up, leaving some Lancaster County projects struggling with delays and cost increases.
    “Look at the Indian Land satellite center. It was a relatively small project, under $100,000. It was supposed to open February, but it opened in June,” said Steve Willis, Lancaster County administrator. “We had a hard time finding contractors. Anything under $1 million, you have to beg people to bid.”