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Today's News

  • Change up chili with smoky, zesty chipotles

    Hail to the chipotle chile pepper! Chipotles are smoked jalapenos and are commonly found in grocery stores, either as a powder in the spice aisle or in cans with aromatic adobo sauce in the ethnic foods aisle.

    Home cook Sandi Sheppard adds flavor and flair to her pork chili recipe with these tantalizing chile peppers, along with fresh jalapenos and canned chipotle-spiked white corn. Fresh cilantro sprinkled on top cools it down.

  • 'Food deserts' a growing concern for S.C. residents

    WEST COLUMBIA — Hundreds of thousands of people across South Carolina live in communities where access to supermarkets or large grocery stores is beyond reach. In agricultural terms, such areas are called “food deserts” — communities where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain.

    “For a growing population, healthy foods are much harder to come by in the modern world,” Clemson University professor Dave Lamie said. “For many, they sadly are beyond reach.”

  • 2012 Red Ribbon Week national contest announced

    From release

  • Lancaster Pregnancy Care Center honors volunteers

    The Lancaster Pregnancy Care Center held an appreciation dinner for its volunteers on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    More than 70 invitations were sent out to community residents who operate as liaisons between the community, their home church and the pregnancy center, said Julie Walters, who was named Executive Director of the center three months ago.

  • Pageland crime spree ends with two arrests

    PAGELAND – Two Lancaster residents caused a lot of disruption in Pageland over the weekend of Sept. 29 and have now been charged for it.

    Chastity Marie Leach, 26, 2076 Old Camden Monroe Highway and Johnny Ray Pyatt, 35, 2345 Doc Holliday Circle, were arrested for 19 various counts, including shoplifting, property damage and motor vehicle theft over the span of three days (Sept. 29 to Oct. 1).

  • Farmers market event continues to grow

    The Lancaster County Farmers Market held its annual Public Services Honors Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event was designed both to educate young people on local agriculture and locally grown produce while paying tribute to service agencies in the county.

    This was the second year of the festival. Event organizer Robert Steele, chairman of the Lancaster County Farmers Commission, said he was pleased with this year’s response.

  • Council denies rezoning request

    Lancaster County Council members shot down a rezoning request by an Indian Land nonprofit that would have allowed it to build a no-kill animal shelter.

    The action came during a meeting in which council members also approved a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes deal for a company looking to settle elsewhere in Lancaster County.

  • Voters to decide three Lancaster City Council races

    Three of the seven seats on Lancaster City Council are up for election this year. 

    Incumbent Linda Blackmon-Brace and Jackie Harris are vying for District 3. Jean Cureton and incumbent Tamara Green Garris are looking to best the other candidate for the District 4 seat, while Sara Eddins is unopposed as she seeks re-election to District 6. 

    City Council members, who serve four-year terms, don't run along party lines. 

    District 3 

  • Much-needed morale boost

    There is a very private side of HOPE in Lancaster that few get to see.

    It usually happens just after 11:30 a.m. each weekday when the front doors get locked and volunteers have a chance to collect their thoughts, said HOPE in Lancaster Executive Director Elaine Adkins.

    When those doors are closed and no one is around, Adkins said the tears inevitably flow.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE in Lancaster is known for providing short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

  • Authorities use DNA to file burglary charges

    Traces of DNA collected at the scenes of several burglaries and larcenies just north of Lancaster in May resulted in arrest warrants issued this week for a Monroe, N.C., man. 

    Authorities are searching for Lucas Wayne Pate, 21, on several charges, including three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of larceny/breaking into a motor vehicle and two counts of damaging or tampering with a vehicle, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.