Today's News

  • Book exchange shares love of the written word

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    The Carolinas Literacy Network’s (CLN) goal is to provide the Lancaster community with different resources to promote literacy in all of its forms.
    One way it does that is with the Second Glance, Second Chance book exchange, a bookstore that lets readers come and select books to read and keep for free.
    The program started in November 2009, and has more than 9,000 books to choose from.
    From mystery to history, and biography to romance, there is something for everyone.

  • Erwin Elementary retirees get together for fun, fellowship

    Retired teachers and staff members from Erwin Elementary School met on Sunday, June 23, at the Wagon Wheel to reconnect, share memories, renew old friendships, catch up on each other’s lives, laugh and brag on grandchildren.
    Based on the response, It was decided to make this event an annual reunion.
    Many of these teachers helped open Erwin Elementary in 1975.
    The group represents more than 800 years combined years of teaching and guiding children in Lancaster County.

  • That's one fast 'fore' wheeler

    INDIAN LAND – Put away your Corvettes, boys, your fancy new Camaros, your Shelby Mustangs, your Porsche 911s, and don’t even bring your daddy’s old Dodge Viper to the track. None of ‘em stand a chance against one Plum Quick Indian Land golf cart.

    Golf cart? Yes, you read that right – golf cart. 

  • School lunch prices to increase

    Parents can expect to pay more for their children’s school lunches next year after the Lancaster County school board approved an increase in prices.

    The approval came during the board’s meeting June 26, a meeting in which board members also approved first reading of policy revisions regarding student medication and first aid.

    In a vote prompted by U.S. Department of Agriculture policy changes, the school board unanimously approved a 5-cent increase in elementary school lunches and a 10-cent increase for middle and high school lunches.

  • Karagounis is interim planning director

    The county’s planning department has found a new director, albeit temporarily.

    Penelope Karagounis, one of two planning employees left at the department, will serve as interim director. The move came only days after former county planning director Chris Karres was fired by county officials. 

    Karres’ last day on the job was June 22. 

  • Finally Fridays adding alcohol

    Starting with the July show, alcoholic beverages will be available at the city of Lancaster’s Finally Friday downtown concert series.

    City Council voted 5-1 at its June 26 meeting to allow beer sales at the events, which are held on the last Friday of each month during the summer.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace voted against the motion. Councilman John Howard was not present at the meeting.

  • Eight people rescued from Catawba River

    A day of tubing turned into a late-night water rescue June 23 as eight people were plucked from the fast-moving currents of the Catawba River. 

    The search for the group began shortly after 10 p.m. June 23, after a call came into 911 from a man who said he was stuck in the Catawba River, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The man told a dispatcher he was inner tubing from Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land and could not make it out the water. 

  • Dixie Baseball asks City Council for $300K

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball has asked the city of Lancaster for a major financial favor. 

    At City Council’s June 26 meeting, David Hance, board chairman for the Lancaster Dixie Baseball program, presented a request for $300,000 from the city’s hospitality tax fund.  

    If granted, the money would go toward upgrades at the two ball fields at Wylie Park. 

  • Friends of Jackie Craine launch cell phone drive

    Friends of domestic- abuse victim Jackie Craine, will remember her life through a cell phone drive from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6. 

    The drive is being held in honor of Craine’s 35th birthday.

    A 1996 graduate of Lancaster High School, Craine, 34, was shot and killed on Jan. 5, 2012, in the parking lot of Avery Lake Apartments in Fort Mill. 

  • Reward offered in theft of AC units

    Authorities are asking for help finding whoever stole several air conditioners and related parts from a Kershaw business during the last few months.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Kershaw-based ECN Industries, located at 425 Little Dude Ave., to track down and arrest those responsible for several thefts at the business, according to a sheriff’s office press release. 

    The business is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest.