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Today's News

  • Trash fire in yard spreads to residence on 13th Street

    A home on 13th Street in Lancaster’s Brooklyn neighborhood was set alight Wednesday, leaving it uninhabitable, after a trash fire spread from the yard to the building.
    The one occupant in the home was able to escape the blaze, according to Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
    Gooches, McDonald Green and Elgin fire departments and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the blaze at 3:15 p.m., before calling in the Lancaster Fire Department for additional manpower.

  • Whits End wins Battle of the Bands

    Local band Whits End hit the jackpot Thursday night in Charlotte.
    The country-rock group beat out five competitors in Whiskey River’s four-week Battle of the Bands in Charlotte and will perform for three days at the Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach next month.

  • Truck mishap causes Comporium outage

    About 300 Comporium customers lost internet and cable TV service for nearly six hours Wednesday after a Mack truck hit some overhead lines.
    The outage was caused by an accident on U.S. 521 just north of S.C. 9 Bypass near Bojangles’.
    According to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, the incident occurred at 11:45 a.m. and involved a 2017 Mack Specialty Truck.

  • Battling the opioid epidemic

    The opioid crisis has crept into communities across the country, including Lancaster County.
    On Thursday, experts will open the floor for questions about the epidemic at B.A.T.T.L.E. (Bringing Awareness to the Local Epidemic), a forum hosted by Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese and Chainbreakers Outreach founder Delois Carpenter at Lancaster County Council Chambers.

  • Tax map shows huge swaths get property-tax exemptions

    More than 13 percent of parcels in the city of Lancaster receive some form of property-tax exemption.
    During a recent meeting of the Lancaster City Council’s Finance Committee, Mayor Alston DeVenny mentioned a map that he and City Administrator Steve Hutfles asked city staff to produce. The map outlines all of the city’s parcels and identifies which ones receive tax exemptions.
    Many of the exempt properties are large parcels – public schools, the hospital, USC Lancaster and entire blocks of government buildings downtown.

  • County will sell strip of land to Sims Foundation

    County leaders will move ahead to sell a small strip of land along North White Street beside the Emergency Operations Center to the J. Marion Sims Foundation to use as a parking lot for its soon-to-be new home.
    County council unanimously passed the second of three required readings on Monday night to sell the property to the foundation for $7,500.

  • Teachers get loud at State House

    COLUMBIA – A sea of red swarmed the State House on Wednesday as more than 10,000 teachers made their voices heard in protest of low teacher pay, too many standardized tests and large class sizes.
    The protest was organized by thousands of teachers wearing red in support of education reform after lawmakers promised to repair the state’s public school system with an education bill introduced by House Speaker Jay Lucas. The bill addresses teacher pay, school funding and many other highly anticipated changes.

  • A volatile workaholic with a ‘golden touch’

    Leroy Springs was born Nov. 12, 1861, at Springfield Plantation just north of Fort Mill. His parents were attorney/planter Andrew Baxter Springs and Blandina Baxter, who were third cousins.
    He was the second-youngest of eight children and the grandson of cotton planter John Springs.
    In the mid-1850s, the Springs family fortune was valued at about $500,000 (about $9 million today), but it was wiped out by the Civil War, forcing Andrew Springs to start over from scratch.

  • The secret search for Leroy Springs

    At 5 p.m. on April 10, 1931, Lancaster paused to bury Leroy Springs, founder of the textile empire that would propel Lancaster’s economy for a century.
    Five thousand people ringed Lancaster Cotton Mill’s front lawn, where Springs was laid to rest.

  • May 11-12, 2019: Garage & Yard Sale Directory