• DeVenny to lead J. Marion Sims Foundation

    From J. Marion Sims Foundation
    The board of J. Marion Sims Foundation named Susan W. DeVenny the foundation’s new president, effective Dec. 16, according to a press release issued Tuesday, Oct. 13.
    DeVenny will succeed James Morton, who is retiring at the end of the year after serving as the foundation’s president since 2000.
    DeVenny was the board’s unanimous choice in a wide-ranging national search that reached more than 200 candidates in 19 states.

  • Armed man robs convenience store

    An armed robber held up Lloyd’s Phillips 66 at Five Points, 3014 Camp Creek Road, just after 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
    According to police radio traffic, the robber was armed with a black semi-automatic pistol. He demanded money and left the store with approximately $150 in small bills. No one was hurt in the incident.

  • Crenco robbery suspect charged in JR Grocery holdup

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Kenny Blackmon Jr., of Lancaster, for the Monday, Sept. 28, armed robbery of JR Grocery on Brooklyn Avenue.
    Blackmon, 21, of 646 Craigwood Lane, was one of two suspects arrested by the Lancaster Police Department this week for the armed robbery of the Crenco Food Store on S.C. 9 Bypass West about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept. 29.  
    Blackmon is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime for the JR Grocery robbery pending a first appearance.

  • High School football games moved to tonight

    Local school officials have moved all four county football games to today, Oct. 1, due to inclement weather in the weekend forecast associated Hurricane Joaquin.
    Kickoff for Lancaster High School’s game with Chester High School is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.
    Buford High School’s home game with Cheraw High School is 7:30 p.m. tonight at Yellow Jackets stadium, which is across from the high school on Tabernacle Road.

  • City to fund indigent defense

    The Miranda Rights clause, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you,” has come to roost in Lancaster, due to recent legislation passed by the S.C. General Assembly.
    The state is now requiring its towns and cities to foot the bill for defendants who can’t pay for their own defense in municipal courts.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter and Lancaster Municipal Court Administrator Cammie Heath broke the news to Lancaster City Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting.

  • County students see higher AP scores

    Following a statewide trend, Lancaster County schools saw higher scores among high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams during the 2014-15 school year.
    According to S.C. Department of Education data released Sept. 18, a total of 413 county students took a total of 544 AP exams during the 2014-15 school year, scoring high enough on 227 of those exams to earn college credit.

  • TLN, sister papers’ ad staffs rack up press association awards

    When it comes to newspaper advertising staffs, they don’t get much better than the folks who represent The Lancaster News and its sister papers – Carolina Gateway, Pageland Progressive Journal and the Chester News & Reporter.  
    Want proof? The newspapers’ advertising and graphics departments racked up an impressive 48 S.C. Press Association Palmy Awards this year for their outstanding work and creativity in promoting local businesses, organizations and community events in 2014.

  • Kershaw must upgrade wiring at memorial library building

    KERSHAW – If the town of Kershaw is going to continue allowing the old memorial library on North Matson Street to be used, then upgrades must be made to its electrical system.   
    “We have to do something about the wiring over there,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes. “You flip on a light switch today and one won’t come on and three might not come on tomorrow. We just have to bite the bullet and do it. If we are going to continue to use that building, we have to update it.”

  • Men face heroin possession charges

    A Lancaster County deputy arrested two men for heroin possession early Sept. 14 in Indian Land.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report, the deputy was traveling north on Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) at 4:17 a.m. Sept. 14 when he saw a gold Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Bobby Lee Miller, 41, of Charlotte, stopped in the middle of Red Ventures Drive.
    The deputy said he turned around to check on the situation and when he got closer to the pickup, he noticed it had no license plate.

  • Deputies charge trio for string of Indian Land car break-ins

    Three York County men have been charged in connection with a string of auto break-ins in the Bridgehamption subdivision early Thursday, Sept. 24.
    Tony Eugene Mayard, 21, of Fort Mill, and Nora-Logan Duncan, 19, and Tyler Mitchell Fesperman, 20, both of Rock Hill, are charged with six counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. Fesperman and Duncan are also charged with use of a vehicle without permission and Fesperman faces an additional charge of financial transaction card fraud.