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Today's News

  • Body identified, cops seek man in recent case of domestic violence

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Heath Springs man concerning a domestic-violence offense involving a woman whose body was found Tuesday.

  • Council kills stormwater fee increase

    Lancaster County Council reversed itself this week on raising the Panhandle stormwater fee to $75 a year, a $15 increase that would have helped repair and upgrade culverts and pipes overwhelmed by stormwater runoff.
    Council member Charlene McGriff said she doesn’t have a problem with keeping the two-year-old stormwater fee where it is, but wants residents to understand what that decision means.

  • GRAD-ELATION!

    Lancaster County schools dished out diplomas by the hundreds Friday, rocketing 789 students into their futures – whether it be at a university, technical school or in the workforce.

  • Coroner identifies woman in homicide

    A woman whose body was found Tuesday afternoon outside a vacant home in the Rich Hill community has been identified.
    On Wednesday afternoon, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Jennifer Collins identified the woman as 36-year-old Kimberly Alger of Heath Springs.
    An autopsy on Alger is scheduled for Thursday, Collins said in a written release.
    Alger’s death is being treated as a homicide and Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Wednesday that the investigation into her death is continuing.

  • Red Flag Fire Alert now in effect

    COLUMBIA - The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued an immediate statewide Red Flag Fire Alert.
    The alert discourages all outdoor burning whenever weather conditions elevate the risk of wildfire.
    Weather forecasts for the next three days include very low relative humidity and elevated drought conditions across most of the state.
    When combined with dry fuels on the ground, those conditions create the potential for outdoor burning to escape areas of containment and rapidly spread.

  • From four lanes to three

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant has a two-word tip for motorists frustrated by the recent lane pattern changes along the North Main Street corridor — be nice.
    “Change can be a hard thing to swallow until everybody gets used to it, so there are going to be some growing pains,” Grant said. “The best is advice is to be a more courteous driver, especially at the intersections.”

  • 4-H summer camps offer hands-on fun

    Haley Vincent
    Lancaster 4H intern

    School is almost out, and summer is almost here. When planning your summer, check out all of the opportunities that Lancaster County 4-H has to offer.
    Once again, Lancaster County and Chester County 4-H are partnering to create fun-filled camps. In total, we have 14 camps for youth ages 5 to 17 to choose from, with a few highlighted below. For specific age limits for each camp, see the event webpage below.

  • Blast off!

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Calling all space explorers! The Lancaster County Library system is launching its space-themed Universe of Stories summer reading program.
    Readers from infants to adults can register and complete reading requirements to win prizes. Patrons can either register online or at the Lancaster, Del Webb or Kershaw branch circulation desks.

  • Column: Behaving badly in Mount Pleasant

    I don’t live in Mount Pleasant, but if I were a newspaper columnist writing regularly about the shenanigans of local officials, I’d want to live there. I would never run out of material.

  • Editor's Column: Math persuades Jeff Hammond, GOP rejoices without gloating

    OK, I admit it. I went to the GOP celebration of Jeff Hammond’s party-switching announcement last Thursday to see if there would be gloating.
    Maybe I would come back with a tsk-tsk column decrying ball-spiking, sideline-taunting political behavior. Perhaps a reminder as the French Open begins that Rafael Nadal is unfailingly gracious after decimating an opponent.
    But nothing unseemly happened. In the packed Historic Courthouse, the Republican faithful were all glee, no gloat. And that’s good.