• Storm supplies arrive, shoppers swoop in


    It was a mad scramble at many local retailers Thursday, as new shipments of storm-related essentials arrived, were stacked at the front of the stores, and quickly got scooped up by determined shoppers.

  • Schools cancel Friday classes

    Lancaster County School District and USC Lancaster canceled classes Friday in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

    Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, said the closures include administrative offices and afterschool programs.

    He said the district, unlike many nearby school systems, did not close Thursday because strong winds were not expected to reach the county until this afternoon.

  • Local National Guard heading out


    About 100 men and women are being deployed from the S.C. National Guard Armory in Lancaster, headed straight for the state’s storm-torn lower counties. There are 2,600 soldiers total being deployed around the state.

  • Tips from local residents

    These tips are from posts on The Lancaster News Facebook page:


    Jamie Jennifer Greene: Use your used milk jugs to use as water jugs. Do not park your car near a tree. In a trailer pack your stuff and leave.


  • Helping the homeless ride out the storm

    While everyone else is stocking up on supplies for the coming storm, Kevin Lilly asks that we all remember the homeless and elderly in our communities.

    Lilly, founder of the Mobile Shower Ministry for the homeless, has been stocking his shower truck this week with more than 400 food packs, blankets and other supplies.The ministry serves Lancaster County, Rock Hill, Charlotte and other areas. Lilly also co-founded the Street Feet Ministry for the homeless.

  • We all know the drill – Water, bread, batteries

    by Kayla Vaughn and Emily Pollok/reporters
    Water, bread, milk, beans, batteries and other essentials needed to ride-out a heavy storm were flying off of shelves at local stores Tuesday afternoon as consumers prepped for Hurricane Florence.
    Nikki Brinkman had her Walmart buggy loaded down with candles, non-perishables, charcoal, paper products and gallons of sweet tea. She said she bought extras of everything to get ready for the storm.

  • Hurricane Florence cancellations and postponements

    • The Moriah Baptist Association has canceled its Senior Adult Fall Festival scheduled for Thursday. It will be rescheduled later. It has also canceled its singles breakfast this Saturday. It will be rescheduled later.
    • Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has canceled Friday’s Morning Business Connections. The next event will be Oct. 12 at CrossRidge Café in Indian Land.
    • The Archie Parnell for Congress Campaign Fish Fry scheduled for Thursday has been canceled and will be rescheduled later.

  • Florence downgraded to Category 2

    Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph right now, but it is still a dangerous storm, pushing high winds and heavy rainfall inland.
    The storm is now projected to pass through the heart of South Carolina on midday Sunday after weakening into a tropical depression.
    Florence John Quagliariello, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, said Florence will be packing tropical storm-force winds on Thursday and hurricane-force winds Friday.

  • Lights of Hope

    Nearly 200 people attended the Lights of Hope event at Eastside Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 8, to pray for those trapped in addiction and remember those who lost their lives to it.
    The Saturday event featured special music, a candlelight vigil and speakers touched by the opioid epidemic.
    Delois Carpenter and her husband, Rick, leaders of the local addiction outreach ministry Chainbreakers, led the guest speakers, followed by Sheriff Barry Faile, Donna Wright, Coroner Karla Deese and Wes Keziah.

  • Florence shifts toward South Carolina

    by Mark Manicone and Gregory A. Summers/The Lancaster News
    An 11 a.m. Wednesday update on Hurricane Florence from the National Weather Service shows that South Carolina will get hit harder than initially thought after two radical overnight shifts in direction.
    The massive storm is now expected to travel more westward after colliding with a high pressure that is developing over the northeast United States.