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Today's News

  • City widens area for take-home police cars

    Lancaster City Council has approved the city police department’s request to increase the geographic area where officers are allowed to take their police vehicles home with them at the end of their shifts.
    Under the new policy, officers living within a 30-mile radius of the police department will be able to take their assigned vehicles home with them. The previous policy applied only within the borders of Lancaster County.
    The vote was 5-1 at Tuesday night’s council meeting, with Linda Blackmon dissenting.

  • Craft Stand bringing specialty coffee shop back to downtown

    Downtown Lancaster is getting its first specialty-coffee shop in half a decade, as The Craft Stand broadens its usual offerings to include perkier brews starting Monday morning.
    The Main Street craft-beer retailer and gathering spot will be serving coffee drinks from 7 until 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
    “It will be basic in the beginning,” owner Brandy Geraghty said. “We will have drip and an espresso machine to make lattes and cappuccinos and I don’t know what else because I haven’t learned yet.”

  • ‘The right choice’

    Hope, as the saying goes, springs eternal.
    After 15 years in the political wilderness, state Democrats are feeling positive about their chances of re-taking the governor’s mansion in 2018.
    At least that was the vibe Friday afternoon, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. James Smith of Columbia came to town to officially announce that Lancaster’s Mandy Powers Norrell would be his running mate as lieutenant governor.

  • Lady Warriors fall to Irmo

    IRMO- Indian Land High School girls soccer coach Mark Bonda knew challenging 10-time state champion Bishop England for the state championship would be a task.
    ILHS, battling the Lower State champion Lady Bishops at less than full strength, would be that much tougher.
    The Lady Warriors gave it their all, but played the state title match without two of their top players.
    Senior striker Breanna Bishop was lost for the match in the first half with an ACL injury.
    Lady Warriors' senior midfielder Emily Gerdes was hampered as she battled the flu during the week.

  • Murder victim’s identity released

    The hunt was still on late Friday for the shooter in Thursday’s Kershaw killing, and authorities were releasing almost no information about the case.
    The man who died was identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 30-year-old Vincent Barry Lambert Jr. of Lexington. His family said Friday that he had recently moved to Kershaw.
    “He was always a happy person,” Lambert’s cousin Josh Twitty said. “He was always smiling, and he always saw good in everything. He was a good ol’ country boy.”

  • BHS fumes over softball/prom ruling

    Buford softball players had to choose between going to their prom and playing in the Upper State Playoffs championship game Friday evening, because the S.C. High School League would not delay their rained-out Thursday game until Saturday.
    Parents, players, coaches and administrators were fuming Friday.

  • Commentary: FOI advocate: Gmail feature thwarts open public records

    The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) has contacted Google about Gmail’s new “self-destructing” email feature, which could allow government employees to delete public records subject to federal and state open government and freedom of information laws.

    In an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, NFOIC board President Mal Leary cited that most states have clear record-retention laws aimed at making sure public records, electronic and otherwise, such as official correspondence between public officials, are secured and maintained.

  • Column: A requiem for ‘The Other Story’

    It is customary in the news business to write the obituary after someone dies. 

    But in this case, why wait? It is time to write the obituary for “The Other Story” now. 

    What is The Other Story? 

    It is the story next to the story you intended to read. Often The Other Story has a catchy headline or an eye-grabbing photograph with it. 

    The Other Story informs you about something you did not know, or gives you a different perspective on something you did.

  • NASC hosting 2 spring art festivals

    From release

  • Kitchen fire damages home on Eastview Court

    Firefighters responded to a house fire at 220 Eastview Court about 10 a.m. Thursday and were able to get it under control before it caused significant damage.

    Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan said the fire started in the kitchen.
    “The homeowner was cooking something that flared up and got out of control,” he said, noting that a woman and her daughter got out unharmed.