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Today's News

  • Woman reports assault by mob, dropped child

    Investigators continue to interview witnesses in an alleged assault by a mob outside a Lancaster gas station earlier this month.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies are still determining exactly what happened to a Lancaster woman Dec. 15 outside the AM/PM gas station, at 1553 Lynwood Drive.

    Deputies responded to a fight in progress outside the gas station just after 5 p.m. And spoke with a 35-year-old victim at the scene, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Crime-prevention tools and 911 upgrades the 2013 ticket for local law enforcement

    With violent crimes dominating headlines in 2012, including a long list of murders, shootings and assaults, local law enforcement leaders have several plans for cutting the crime rate in 2013.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the top priorities for his office in the new year will continue to be reducing and preventing all forms of crime, especially violent crimes. The county logged 15 deaths in 2012 due to violent crime, several of which were murders. Assaults, weapon-related injuries and robberies were also prevalent.

  • Education leaders focus on finances, safety, standards and construction in upcoming year

    Outstanding report cards for Lancaster County schools and recognition as the best two-year campus in the state for University of South Carolina Lancaster were among the many accomplishments that marked 2012 as a great year for local education. 

    With 2012 gone, though, Lancaster County education officials are already looking forward to 2013 with a certainty that this year will be even better. Here’s what they’re saying:

    Lancaster County School District

  • County Council sets sights on jobs, economic development

    As unemployment continues to weigh heavily on the minds of county residents, job creation will once again be a top priority for Lancaster County Council in 2013.

    Councilmen Larry Honeycutt and Larry McCullough, along with County Administrator Steve Willis, all recently discussed the projects and plans council will tackle during the new year, with economic development chief among them.

    Honeycutt said he feels 2013 will be the year Lancaster County begins to rebound from years of high unemployment and slow development.

  • County’s three mayors discuss plans, goals for the new year

    From Lancaster to Heath Springs and Kershaw, construction and infrastructural development highlighted a lot of the governmental activity in 2012.

    With a new year here, the mayors of those three municipalities now discuss what they see on the horizon for the next 12 months.

    City of Lancaster

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw said he looks forward to the completion of the city-funded road improvements on Brook Drive, which is near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • Bruins tame Tigers for third in tourney

    The Lancaster Bruins posted a 3-1 finish and captured third place in the first Breast Cancer Awareness basketball tournament at Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro.

    The LHS boys, 9-6, held on to top Conway 65-63 to take third on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the FCHS gym.

  • News salutes 2012's best

     

       

    Three talented county performers are The Lancaster News’ 2012 Athletes of the Year.

  • Lone gunman holds up Applebee's

    Police officers swarmed the area around Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant early Monday morning, minutes after a man robbed an employee at gunpoint.

    In a press release sent hours after the incident, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the armed robbery happened about 1:40 a.m. Monday inside the restaurant, located at 1268 S.C. 9 Bypass West.

    The manager told police he was alone and closing up the restaurant when he was approached by a lone, masked gunman.

  • Ring in new year safely

    It’s hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. It’s been a busy year, much of it focused on local, state and national elections and the still-struggling economy. But the election is finally over and while the county’s unemployment rate is still in the double digits this year – 10.8 percent in October, that is an improvement on the 12.6 posted at the same time last year.

  • Haley’s health-care math: 1+1=0

    In the next few months, Gov. Nikki Haley and the Republican politicians in Columbia are going to be making some very big decisions about providing health care for 513,000 South Carolinians, and there is more than $3 billion at stake. These are some very large numbers and let’s hope they make the decisions based on math and not ideological purity. Right now, it looks as if math is losing.