Today's News

  • Opposition torpedoes Van Wyck business plans

    After a heated public hearing Monday, developer Karen Andrade abandoned plans to create a small business hub in the heart of Van Wyck – a project fiercely opposed by some members of the community. Three local residents voiced their objections to the Van Wyck Planning Commission at the meeting, and were received with applause by many town members gathered to hear the outcome of the contentious rezoning proposal.

  • Suspicious fire at Springdale house

    An unoccupied home in the 1600 block of Springdale Road was damaged Tuesday evening by a suspicious fire.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said volunteer firefighters from three stations – Gooches Crossroads, Elgin and McDonald Green – responded to the scene at 7:25 p.m. after someone reported smoke coming from the front of the house.

  • Lancaster knife-maker competes on TV series

    Lancaster bladesmith Curtis Shock recently made his national debut on the History Channel’s reality series “Forged in Fire.”
    The TV series pits four bladesmiths in a three-round elimination competition to forge bladed weapons, and the winner takes home $10,000.
    A fan of the show, Shock noticed a “Forged in Fire” stand at the Atlanta Blade Show he attends every year.

  • Hacker sent fake city-official e-mails

    Wednesday morning, a hacker used several Lancaster City Council members’ e-mail accounts to send out fake and potentially harmful e-mails.
    Jarvis Driggers, the city’s information technology director, said he received notification around 7 a.m. of activity outside the United States regarding the e-mail addresses.

  • Kershaw man charged in 3 burglaries

    A man was arrested May 2 in burglaries at three different Kershaw buildings – a town-owned facility, a nonprofit and a realty office.
    Andy Mark Beckham, 53, of Kershaw is charged with three counts second-degree burglary after evidence found connected him to each of the scenes.
    The first break-in was at Heartland Realty on East Hilton Street. Deputies responded to the scene the morning of April 22 to find the place ransacked and missing a laptop, two tablets, a money order and change, according to a sheriff’s office release.

  • County adds vaping to smoking ban

    The county’s smoking ordinance will be updated to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where traditional smoking was already banned.    
    “We didn’t have this [vaping] when we put together the smoking ordinance,” said Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt.
    County council unanimously passed the first of three required readings April 29 that adds vaping to the smoking ban.   
    “I’m glad…. You hear so much about it,” said council member Charlene McGriff.

  • S.C. lawmakers end session with ‘incomplete’ on education reform

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. General Assembly officially ended its 2019 legislative session at 5 p.m. Thursday with the ceremonial banging of a gavel.
    Lawmakers, however, will return May 20 to take care of some unfinished business, the chief being passing the $9 billion budget.
    They must also figure out what to do about the state’s financially drained and $9 billion-in-debt power company Santee Cooper.    

  • Rep. Newton earns 6th college degree

    Rep. Brandon Newton, 24, recently received his master’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University, marking the sixth college degree he’s earned over the last seven years without incurring much college debt.
    By the time he was elected to represent the 45th District in the S.C. House in 2016 – the legislature’s youngest member – he’d already racked up three associate degrees from USC Lancaster in art, business and science, and two bachelor’s degrees from USC in liberal arts and organizational leadership.

  • Benefit concert to help AJ student

    Rain or shine, Horseplay Farms is raising money Saturday to help a 15-year-old girl achieve her dreams, with a little help from some local bands and country rapper/rocker Charlie Farley.

    Natalie Griffin lost one of her legs in a lawnmower accident when she was 5. The Andrew Jackson High School student has worn a prosthetic leg for the last 10 years, but hopes to purchase a much lighter running blade prosthetic.

  • Paws on Parade brings art to our public spaces

    Fiberglass dog sculptures will be popping up across Lancaster County through early June.
    Paws on Parade, a public art exhibit sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, features 10 dog sculptures designed and painted by local artists.
    Arts council Executive Director Debbie Jaillette said the project was mostly funded through a Lancaster County accommodations tax grant to promote tourism.