• Police making recruits useful earlier

    The Lancaster Police Department has modified its training procedures to help the city get more valuable work out of new recruits before they attend the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
    Under the changes approved by city council, the police department will now use its own certified instructors to train and test recruits in-house the same way as it trains and tests volunteer reserve officers.
    After that initial training phase, the recruits will eventually attend the criminal justice academy.

  • Kershaw Golf Course’s putting greens get protection during winter

    KERSHAW – The refurbished Kershaw Golf Course has added $9,000 worth of breathable covers for 11 putting greens to protect sensitive grass from damage during frigid winter weather.
    It’s a move to safeguard the town’s recent investment of $40,000 in improvements at the municipal course, said Kershaw Town Councilman Jody Connell, chairman of the town’s golf course advisory committee.
    “When the temperature gets below 25 degrees, you need to protect the grass,” Connell said.  

  • Proposed IL rec center’s $14.7M cost stuns council

    The Lancaster County Council has gotten its first look at a proposed new Indian Land recreation center occupying 10 acres donated by Avondale’s developers, but the jaw-dropping $14.7 million price tag sent the plan back to the drawing board.
    For comparison, the 100-acre mega sports complex that the county hopes to build at a central location just north of Lancaster using hospitality-tax revenues is expected to cost $17 million.

  • Long prison terms in Soren’s slaying

    Soren Chilson would have celebrated her ninth birthday Tuesday had she not died the morning of March 5, 2013, from repeated beatings by Bryan Gleason and a blind eye turned by her mother, Vickie Gleason.

    Bryan Gleason, 31, was sentenced to 38 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.
    Vickie Gleason, 31, received an 18-year sentence on three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

  • Duke donates $22K to 4 local nonprofits

    Duke Energy last year gave $22,100 to four Lancaster County nonprofit agencies, part of its $2.8 million in donations across the state.
    “The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work,” said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy VP of Community Relations.
    Duke Energy awarded the local grants to the Women’s Enrichment Center, Lancaster County Council of the Arts, Katawba Valley Land Trust, and Lancaster County Partners for Youth.

  • Lancaster woman marched in Washington

    Lauren Kornegay of Lancaster demonstrated with hundreds of thousands at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., last weekend.
    Kornegay, 28, attended with three friends from her hometown in Maryland. She stressed that the march for her was about respect – about showing up and being “for” something more than marching “against” incoming President Donald Trump.

  • Feds say no $6M grant for reviving Clinton area

    The federal government has rejected Lancaster’s request for a $6 million Promise Neighborhood grant to help revive the Clinton Elementary School attendance zone.
    But the Lancaster County School District and its coalition partners, who raised $6 million locally and applied for the matching federal grant in September, already have started the reapplication process and are optimistic.

  • Naming our patriots

    After three years of research, the Friends of the Buford Massacre Battleground have documented the names of 215 soldiers who fought in Lancaster County's most significant American Revolution battle, under the command of Col. Abraham Buford.
    The group is preparing to have a bronze plaque made to place on the brick wall at the Rocky River Road battle site in the Buford community, which is named for the colonel. The plaque will be dedicated May 17, just before the 237th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre, also known as the Battle of the Waxhaws, on May 27.

  • Richburg man sentenced in big animal cruelty case

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    A Richburg man charged in September with mistreating 116 Dobermans at his home pleaded no contest this week to abusing 15 of the animals and was sentenced to 90 days’ probation.
    Jordan James Johnson, 48, was originally charged with 116 counts of ill treatment of animals, 81 counts of violating the rabies control law and one bench warrant.

  • Lt. Hall back on the job after bizarre eye injury

    Lt. Phillip Hall, out of work for three months with a bizarre injury that cost him his left eye, returned to work at the Lancaster Police Department on Monday.
    “Walking in the police department Monday morning felt like coming home from a long trip overseas,” said Hall, a 21-year law enforcement veteran. “I got a great welcome from all my co-workers and city residents.”
    Hall, 42, oversees police special operations which includes cases involving narcotics, gang activities and criminal investigations.