Today's News

  • Unraveling county revenue shortfall

    Lancaster County’s inexplicable dropoff in property-tax collections, first noticed in January, is still a mystery, but a few things have become clearer over the past month.
    An $833,000 chunk of the shortfall has been identified as an error in the bill that a state agency sent to Duke Energy, the county’s largest taxpayer. Comporium Communications was under-billed by $88,000. Those taxes should be paid within days.

  • Our own Special Olympics

    Lancaster County's first Special Olympics was expected to draw about 1,200 people to Lancaster's Springdale Park on April 20.

    That number included 401 Special Olympians, 150 teachers and assistants, 400 volunteers, plus family members of the student athletes, said Mary Beth Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School. She helped coordinate the event for special-needs students ages 4 to 21 from across the county.

  • ILMS sidewalk project hits roadblock

    The plan to build sidewalks near Indian Land Middle School on River Road is on hold for now after county officials learned this week that the estimated cost of construction has soared from $161,000 to $248,000.
    Lancaster County Council was told last month that S.C. Department of Transportation cost estimates for the project were too low. DOT gave new higher estimates to the county April 19.   

  • County to join I-77 Alliance

    RICHBURG – Almost four years after giving Lancaster the economic brushoff for membership, the I-77 Alliance has warmed up to include the county in the regional partnership that lures businesses to the area.
    The county will join the alliance, which includes Chester, Fairfield, Richland and York counties, on July 1.
    “As far as I’m concerned, this ranks at the very top of the good-news scale,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper. “This is really a great day in Lancaster….

  • County chamber bound for China

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is betting that a 15,000-mile excursion will bring local business people – and the community as a whole – closer together.
    The organization is inviting chamber members – and anyone else who wants in – on a sight-seeing tour of China.
    Prince said this is not a business-scouting trip. Rather, it’s a way to immerse local business people and residents together in a grand cultural and community-building experience unlike anything the chamber has ever done before.

  • BATTLE opioid epidemic public forum May 9

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese and Chainbreakers founder Delois Carpenter will host BATTLE (Bringing Awareness To The Local Epidemic), a public forum designed to spotlight the opioid epidemic in the county, at 6 p.m. May 9 in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
    The panel includes public officials and leaders, recovering addicts, health-care providers, counseling services and more.

  • IL winners in My Favorite Teacher art contest

    Kiara Arias Martinez won first place in the Lancaster County School District's annual My Favorite Teacher art contest for kindergarten through second grades. She is a first-grader at Harrisburg Elementary School and her favorite teacher is
    Gwen Parker.

    Conor Long won third place in the My Favorite Teacher art contest. He is a second-grader at Indian Land Elementary School, where his favorite teacher is Michelle Anderson.

  • IL winners in My Favorite Teacher essay contest

    She inspires me to do my best

    by ALEXIS McClean
    Grade 8, Indian Land Middle School
    Second place, grades 6-8  

  • IL honorable mentions in My Favorite Teacher essay contest

    She can be strict but also sweet as honey

    by Kathleen Lin DIVIS
    Grade 5, Indian Land Elementary School
    Honorable mention, grades 3-5

  • HES presents ‘Law & Order: Fairytale Unit’

    photos courtesy of Nicki Letterman/Harrisburg Elementary School
    Harrisburg Elementary School’s Fifth-Grade Theatre Club presented “Law & Order: Fairytale Unit,” on Friday night, April 27, in the school gym.

    Fairytale characters served as criminals, law enforcement, detectives and legal officials in the play.

    HES leadership teacher Angie Evatt directed the play. 

    More than 30 students auditioned for Theatre Club early in October and had been practicing ever since.