• KARE wins Fabric of the Community Award

    The Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE) was honored as the 2016 Lancaster County recipient of the Springs Close Foundation Fabric of the Community Award on Aug. 24.
    The awards luncheon was held in the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. The foundation honors one nonprofit agency and one individual in Chester, Lancaster and York counties for exemplary service to the community. The winners receive a $10,000 check and a special Fabric of the Community sculpture made by local artist Bob Doster.

  • Senate candidate brings out the long-guns in Lancaster

    U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Bill Bledsoe visited Lancaster Saturday and held a “long-gun rally” on Main Street in front of the county courthouse.
    The stop was one of several such rallies the Spartanburg veterinarian is holding at courthouses across the state as the U.S. Senate candidate of the Libertarian and Constitution parties.
    Saturday’s noon rally drew only a handful of people, most of whom attended with their rifles strapped over their shoulders.

  • Captain’s Galley closes after 22 years

    After operating for 22 years, Captain’s Galley restaurant on S.C. 9 Bypass West closed its doors at the end of Monday night’s shift, said manager Danny Zios.
    Leah Mathis, office manager at the company’s headquarters in Statesville, N.C., said it was a corporate decision to close the Lancaster location. She said the owners were unavailable to speak about the closing.
    The company has eight other restaurants around the Carolinas.
    The Lancaster location had 30 employees, who were told Monday night about the closing.

  • Schools target $16M federal grant

    Local officials have their sights set on a federal Promise Neighborhood grant of up to $16 million that would radically improve the lives of children in the beleaguered Clinton Elementary School attendance zone.
    The Lancaster County School District is partnering with Lancaster County First Steps, the S.C. Department of Social Services, the University of South Carolina Lancaster and others to go after the funding, which must be applied for by Sept. 6.

  • 5 house fires in 4 days

    A fatal blaze in the Antioch community Friday evening turned out to be the first of five house fires over four days that displaced at least 17 residents.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder said it was “a fluke” to have so many fires in such a short time span. None were related to each other, and all are believed to have had “legitimate” causes, he said.
    “It was just our week to have it handed to us,” Blackwelder said. “It’s cyclical. We’ll go for weeks without anything.

  • A matrimonial moment in a family pawn shop

    “Love is the reason we are here,” said the presiding notary public, bringing business to a halt inside Lancaster Pawn & Jewelry at 1 p.m. Friday.
    The South 200 store was a mini-chapel, with a wedding arch, flowers, a tiered cake and monogrammed champagne glasses.
    Johnny Knight, 52, stood at the altar as his bride, Mary Paddock, 51, watched from the back of a makeshift aisle, holding a bouquet of fresh roses.
    The groom’s mom, Patsy Bailey, handed him a crystal dove. “It’s a symbol of peace and tranquility,” she said.

  • Lightning bolt ignites fatal fire in Antioch

    A lightning strike appears to have caused a house fire that killed an Antioch woman Friday afternoon, a blaze that forced firefighters to contend with exploding oxygen tanks inside the home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters with the Antioch, Buford, Rich Hill and Camp Creek fire departments were dispatched to 635 Adams Lane about 5:27. They found the home engulfed in flames.
    Firefighters extinguished the fire within minutes and searched the home. They found the body of Debra Scott, 54, in a bedroom on the side of the house.

  • Fire service 'a brotherhood'

    Gregory A. Summers
    Justin McLellan has a hand-written sticky note on his computer screen at Fire Station 1.
    “ALL IN,” it says, a motto Lancaster’s new fire chief borrowed from Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney.
    The 35-year-old McLellan bleeds orange and purple. His office has a few Tigers souvenirs, alongside photos of wife Kylie and daughters Riley, 10, Haley, 8, and Addaley, 2.

  • Philanthropist, ex-official donates $50K to buy cameras for Lancaster deputies

    A big chunk of the money the sheriff’s office will use to outfit its deputies with body cameras is coming from Jerry Blackmon, a former N.C. legislator, county official, businessman and philanthropist who has taken a great interest in Lancaster County.
    Blackmon, 87, lives in Mecklenburg County, where he served six years as a county commissioner and was elected three times to the state Senate. He is donating $50,000 to the sheriff’s office to help buy body cameras for deputies.

  • City, county get $310K for ‘body cams’

    Lancaster County law enforcement agencies, facing a state mandate to begin using body cameras, will soon receive $310,000 in grants and donations that should cover the startup costs of the projects.
    The S.C. Department of Public Safety has committed $186,267 to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and $74,000 to the Lancaster Police Department to fund the purchase of body cameras and related equipment. The one-time DPS grants are part of $5.8 million the General Assembly appropriated for fiscal 2016-17.