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Today's News

  • Soggy New Year’s forecast

    Pack a poncho, umbrella and rain boots if you’re going out this New Year’s weekend, as another storm system makes its way up the East Coast soaking the Carolinas.
    Some forecasts are predicting up to 2 or 3 inches of rain for the Midlands with higher totals for the Upstate.
    Flood watches have been issued in the Upstate and in Western North Carolina. Lancaster County is not under any weather alerts as of press time Thursday, but county officials are keeping an eye on the forecast.

  • Friends seek to preserve historic cemetery

    Denise Johnston
    For The Lancaster News

    Red, white and blue  wreaths and flags marked the location of the Old Six Mile Cemetery for Veterans Day. Jerry Marcus, former American Legion Post 250 commander, spent an entire morning dressing the graves for the holiday.
    Marcus and some other volunteers have spent countless hours researching, cleaning and dressing the long-neglected resting place of some of the earliest citizens of the area.

  • Family loses home in Christmas fire

    While Santa was delivering presents Monday night, one Lancaster family lost their home in a fire that lasted into Christmas morning.
    The family of three escaped unharmed, but watched as firefighters battled the blaze for four hours from outside of the 14th Street home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the house was a total loss and the American Red Cross was called in to assist the family.
    Gooches, Elgin and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments responded, along with Lancaster Fire Department.

  • Florida teen faces sex charge involving minor

    A Florida man was arrested last week for criminal sexual conduct with a young girl in Lancaster.
    Elijah Manuel Vargas, 19, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The victim was a 12-year-old girl from Lancaster, whose parents quickly reported the incident to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said local authorities handed the investigation over to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

  • Car sale goes wrong

    Lancaster man has been arrested after the sale of a car turned into a vehicle theft and then a hit-and-run accident, injuring the car’s owner.
    Jonathan Haven Conner, 40, 804 Taylor Drive, Lancaster, is charged with hit and run involving great bodily injury, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.
    According to a Fort Mill Police Department report, the victim, Shawn Antonik, 19, set up a meeting Dec. 6 at Danny’s Pizza in Fort Mill, near Tom Hall Street and Dobys Bridge Road to sell his 2005 Acura to Conner, who said his name was Jacob.

  • Crossing changes ahead

    Hopefully, by summer, motorists in the south end of town won’t have to wait quite as long on the train.
    The L&C Railway is upgrading the South Main Street rail crossing to address safety concerns and improve the line of sight for motorists to allow its trains to travel at higher speeds.
    “That’s what the whole project is about,” said L&C Railroad consultant Steve Gedney.
    Gedney updated the Lancaster County Transportation Committee (CTC) at its Dec. 11 meeting on the status of the $865,000 project.

  • County recycling cutback starts Jan. 21

    For years, Lancaster County residents have been encouraged to separate recyclable materials – glass, plastics, metals, cardboard and newsprint – from their household garbage.
    But starting Jan. 21, some of that is going to change.
    Thanks to what’s being dubbed the “Great Recycling Crisis,” local residents no longer will be asked to separate glass and plastics from their trash. There will no longer be bins for plastics and glass at the county’s 12 convenience sites.

  • Rec sets spring sports registration

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation registration for spring sports is January 7-25.
    No registration will be held at any site Jan. 21 as the LCPRC office will be closed for MLK Holiday, but you may register online.
    - Spring Soccer –  Girls and boys ages 5-13 as of Sept. 1, 2019.  Cost is $65. 
    - 4 Year Old Soccer – Boys and girls ages 4 as of Sept. 1, 2019. Cost is $50.

  • Vols defeat Jackets in region quad match

    BOONETOWN – Andrew Jackson captured a wrestling win over county rival Buford High School to hightlight the Volunteers’ effort in a Region IV-AA quad match at North Central High School in Boonetown on Dec. 21.
    The Vols, ranked fourth in Class AA wrestling, posted a 46-30 win over the Jackets, who are rated fifth.
    The AJ winners in the 16-point win included Dalton Mackey (126) and Nick Burgess (138) on pins. Matthew Kirk, at 120, won on a major decision.

  • Comporium tourney tips off

    Play in the annual Comporium Christmas Classic, a two-day girls and boys basketball tournament hosted by Andrew Jackson high School, tips off today at 3 p.m.
    Marlboro County High School of Bennettsville opens play in the girls first-round game, facing Monroe High School (N.C.) in the tourney opener.
    Following the first of four games at AJ High today, the boys opening round game is at 4:30 when the Marlboro County, the defending tourney champion, battles Chester High School.