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Today's News

  • Epworth gets double scoop of grant money

    Megan Parrott
    Carolina News & Reporter
    Epworth Ice Cream, a Columbia company launched in July, announced in mid-October that it received $100,000 in grant money from the Google Impact Challenge.
    The company initially announced on Oct. 2 that it had won a $50,000 Google Impact Challenge grant. The additional $50,000 was received after winning a People’s Choice voting event.

  • ‘Eb Scrooge’: New twist on a Christmas standard

    Charles Dickens’ well-known tale “A Christmas Carol” is a staple of the holiday season, but this year, the Lancaster County Community Playhouse is putting a new spin on the classic.
    “Eb Scrooge: A Southern Fried Carol” by playwright Ian Mairs, shifts from Victorian London to our very own Lancaster for this unique retelling of the traditional story.

  • Van Wyck ‘piggybacks’ county’s comprehensive plan

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    VAN WYCK — As Van Wyck Town Council members steer the town’s development and direction, they look to Lancaster County as a leading example.
    At its November meeting, council approved the first reading to adopt the county’s comprehensive plan.
    Van Wyck Mayor Sean Corcoran said the main motivation behind adopting the county plan simply has to do with the work involved in crafting the plan.

  • Gilbert gets his groove on to thank major employers

    Recruiting industry to one of the state’s fastest-growing counties is serious business, requiring lots of no-nonsense, straight-laced, data-filled communication.
    Well, maybe not all the time.
    The Lancaster County Economic Development Department has produced a light-hearted, zany, lip-sync video to the Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” It highlights several local industries as a way to say thank you.
    The video, taped in September and posted Nov. 19, is gaining viewership on Facebook.

  • Breach affects patient records at CMC, some other hospitals

    Hackers may have accessed more than 2 million Atrium Health customers’ billing information and Social Security numbers in a breach reported by the company Tuesday.
    Charlotte-based Atrium, formerly Carolinas Healthcare System, operates major medical facilities that serve many Lancaster County residents, including Carolinas Medical Center and regional hospitals in Pineville and Waxhaw.

  • Progress on $3,500 Bretagne rooftop fees

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County is nearing an agreement with developers for a $3,500-per-home rooftop fee on 108 homes to be built in the final section of The Regions of Bretagne neighborhood.
    County council has passed two of three required readings on the deal, with the final one coming in December.
    “It’s had a terrible time… bankruptcies, all kind of things happening to them. Right now, we have an opportunity with this approval for good things to happen at Bretagne,” said county council member Larry Honeycutt.

  • Huge tree falls across 521

    Traffic backed up Monday afternoon on U.S. 521 heading into Lancaster after a huge tree fell across both southbound lanes just south of the S.C. 5 ramp.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers happened to be driving toward Indian Land on the northbound side of 521 around 1:30 p.m. Monday and saw the massive tree collapse onto the pavement.
    “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the top of the tree start to move,” he said. “It fell rapidly until it finally hit the ground as I was approaching the hill.”

  • Yule season kickoff draws crowd of 500

    Homeplace Bed and Breakfast held its 19th production of the Bethlehem Marketplace on Nov. 16 and 17, drawing a crowd of nearly 500 people.
    The narrator takes visitors on a journey through a remake of the marketplace at Bethlehem, where they witness Jesus’ birth, arrest, death, resurrection and return to Earth.

  • Column: SCDOT honored by trade group that it pays millions

    Christy Hall, chief of the S.C. Department of Transportation, was in a bragging mood at last month’s DOT Commission meeting, announcing that the agency had won three “President’s Transportation Awards” from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
    “I’m proud to announce that once again – once again – the South Carolina DOT has demonstrated that we are one of the best DOTs in the nation, and we are a leader in excellence and innovation,” Hall told commissioners.

  • Column: Pageland needs our help to win $500K contest on reality TV

    Residents of Lancaster County, it’s time to show your Palmetto Pride and help your small-town neighbor to the east by joining the #PickPageland revolution!
    #PickPageland is a social-media campaign designed to help Pageland win a reality TV contest that awards one town in America a $500,000 downtown revitalization.
    Pageland has made the Top 20 out of more than 12,000 towns that applied to the “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” television show. No other town from South Carolina was selected.