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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.    

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • TLN wins 8 awards in LCNI competition

    The Lancaster News won eight awards, including four first places, in the annual competition among the 54 newspapers owned nationwide by Landmark Community Newspapers.
    Five of the awards were for visual journalism, with judges noting the newspaper’s sophisticated use of modern design techniques and integration of photo packages with stories.
    Design team leader Athena Redmond brought home two first-place awards, for front-page design and general design. She also won second place for general design at our sister paper the Pageland Progressive Journal.

  • Give Local tops $200K for 1st time

    Give Local Lancaster was an even bigger success than usual this year, topping $200,000 in fundraising for the first time and far outstripping last year’s total of $159,305.
    “I really have limited words to express how amazed I am,” said Give Local Lancaster coordinator Holly Furr. “It’s amazing the support that is given to these nonprofit organizations.”
    The total as of Friday afternoon was $204,870, pending some final checks to be added in.