• City police, sheriff’s office win dash-cams

    The Lancaster Police Department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office each received a dash-cam as a reward for participating in the DUI Challenge sponsored by the S.C. Law Enforcement Network.
    Other agencies in the 6th Judicial Circuit to receive equipment included the police departments in Fort Lawn, Chester and Ridgeway, which received radar systems.
    The total value of the incentive prizes awarded to 6th Circuit agencies was more than $18,000.

  • The Harley hearse

    Like a grand carriage that might take a dignitary to the grave, this one gleams – shiny black paint, somber curtains and wall-to-wall glass to give onlookers one last glimpse of the casket.
    But unlike most hearses, this one comes with the deep rumble of a Harley.
    Lifetime biker and ordained minister Marty Starnes of Lancaster has launched a business offering his fellow cyclists a classy final ride in his motorcycle-towed funeral coach.

  • Stewart Marshall, 97, receives Bronze Star for WWII service

    Indian Land resident Stewart Marshall received the Bronze Star and eight other military service awards Tuesday at a ceremony attended by a large crowd including Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who presented the awards.
    Marshall, 97, was a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II and survived many months of combat in North Africa and Italy.
    A crowd of about 100 people attended the event Tuesday afternoon at The Lodge in Sun City Carolina Lakes. Among the guests were Marshall’s daughter and son-in-law Jan and Mark Nadeau.

  • Dad: 'Choking Game' killed IL boy

    INDIAN LAND – The father of an 11-year-old middle school student who died last week has taken to social media in a precautionary campaign to warn other parents about something called the Choking Game.
    “We miss him,” said Garrett Pope, in a Facebook post about his oldest son, Garrett Pope Jr., who died Wednesday afternoon at his home in the Legacy Park subdivision.

  • Flocks of pink flamingos roosting in yards, raising cash for SCPA

    For the second year in a row, the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting a Pink Flamingo Flock Fundraiser throughout September.
    That was delightfully apparent to Lancaster News employees Friday morning as they maneuvered past 16 birds standing guard at the newspaper’s front entrance. As the remnants of Hurricane Hermine started drenching the poor creatures at mid-morning, the flamingos remained steadfast at their posts.

  • Hermine sloshes past

    Thankfully, tropical storm Hermine left mere puddles and standing water throughout Lancaster County after passing through Friday.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation issued a report early Saturday stating there were no road closures in the county.
    “We were very, very fortunate,” said Jeff Catoe, Lancaster County’s public works director. “We had trees down throughout the county.”
    Catoe said the majority of this week will be spent cleaning up debris.

  • Business celebrates devoted customer

    A reward for a loyal and enthusiastic Pizza Inn customer was delivered to Nicholas Knight’s home late last month.
    Manager Todd Mills sent two waitresses, Alyssa Catoe and Katy Ghent, to  Nicholas’ house with a big pizza delivery box. Pizza Inn does not have a delivery service, but the employees weren’t there to deliver pizza.
    Inside the box was a Pizza Inn employee T-shirt, chef’s hat and gift certificate. The wait staff encouraged management to reward Nicholas’ devotion and his dream of one day working at Pizza Inn.

  • Lancaster gets Dollar General literacy grant

    From release

    The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $4,000 grant to Lancaster’s Communities In Schools program.
    This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth-literacy grants that the foundation gave to about 1,000 organizations across the 43 states where Dollar General does business.
    The grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

  • Thieves again rummaging through unlocked cars

    For the second time in a little more than four months, the Lancaster Police Department is investigating a string of incidents in which thieves rummage through unlocked cars at night and steal money, valuables and firearms.
    In mid-April, six similar cases were reported in the University Drive area.
    This time, they are happening in an area that centers around Buckelew Park on Chester Street.

  • Kershaw eateries start charging hospitality tax

    KERSHAW – If your bill seems a bit higher these days at Kershaw eating and drinking establishments, that’s because it is.
    Kershaw’s 2 percent hospitality tax took effect Aug. 15. Patrons who buy prepared meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages served by restaurants within the town limits are now paying more.
    And so far, so good, said Mitch Lucas, Kershaw’s interim administrator.