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Today's News

  • County creating animal-shelter advisory board

    With a new $3 million animal shelter under construction, county leaders will create a panel of volunteers who will make recommendations to help iron out any issues involving animal care in the county.
    The goal of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter Advisory Board will be to provide county council members and county workers with the information needed “to further the goals of improving care and outcomes for sheltered animals.”
    Related issues include animal-care ordinances, shelter improvements and developing stronger ties with animal-rescue groups.

  • Brush fire gets out of control, burns 8 acres

    Firefighters fought an 8-acre brush fire for more than three hours Monday afternoon in scorching temperatures.
    The blaze broke out about 2 p.m. off J.B. Denton Road in Lancaster.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said it started when a burning brush pile got out of control.
    McDonald Green and Belltown volunteer firefighters, along with members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, were on-scene battling the flames for nearly three and a half hours in the scorching heat. The heat index was approaching 100 degrees at the time, Rogers said.

  • Lancaster man dies in crash

    A Lancaster man died early Sunday morning when his pickup truck veered into the path of a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. 601 west of Pageland.
    Jordan Kyle Hinson, 26, was driving east on U.S. 601 at about 7 a.m. when he crossed the centerline, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    The other driver, Christopher Thomas Young, 40, of Greenville, swerved to try to avoid a collision, but Hinson struck the truck head-on, according to Miller.
    Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Hinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • GOP cancels S.C. primary for president

    The S.C. Republican Party’s executive committee voted Saturday to forgo the state GOP’s 2020 presidential primary, one day before former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford declared his candidacy.

  • Norrell wins House conservation award

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell was thrilled this week to receive an award that is very important to her.
    The Lancaster Democrat, who represents S.C. House District 44, received the House Conservation Leadership Award, along with Rep. Nathan Ballentine of Irmo, from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.
    The awards will be presented at the 11th annual Green Tie Luncheon Sept. 18 in Columbia.

  • Mission trip to Kenya

    A Lancaster County teacher stepped outside her comfort zone in July by traveling to Kenya, bringing home unforgettable memories and a new lease on life.
    Jill Laney, a 20-year schoolteacher at Erwin Elementary School, went on a mission trip to Kenya July 29. She said it had always been her dream to make the trip, and she connected with the locals in ways she never imagined.

  • Creepy movies, horrors galore at Craft Stand Friday the 13th

    The Craft Stand patrons will get the chance this week to celebrate Friday the 13th, a holiday for horror fans made popular by the 1980s movies.

  • Culvert rusts out, IL road crumbles

    INDIAN LAND – Old Bailes Road, which connects U.S. 160 to Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land and cuts through the massive Bailes Ridge Corporate Park, is literally falling apart due to erosion.
    The root of the problem is an undersized and rusted culvert that runs under the road, said Lancaster County Engineer Scott Edgar.
    “The culvert inlet conditions are significantly compromised,” Edgar said, noting that the upstream end of the 8-foot-diameter corrugated metal pipe is rusted and its sides are bent inwards.

  • Southside teacher is attacked in classroom

    A parent is under investigation after a preschool teacher at Southside Early Childhood Development Center told police she was attacked in her classroom Thursday.
    According to Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District, the parent was dropping off her child in the classroom, which is allowed under school policy, when she confronted the child’s teacher.

  • Rescuing 17 dogs from Dorian’s path

    As Hurricane Dorian churned up the coast Wednesday morning, two Lancaster County employees set out for Myrtle Beach, on a mission to save as many animals as they could.
    Lancaster shelter assistant manager Carissa Valenti and veterinary technician Brittani Howington were on the road for about 12 hours. They picked up 17 dogs from the Grand Strand Humane Society, which was in danger of flooding in the oncoming storm.