• Fire shuts down AJ Middle

    Andrew Jackson Middle School may be closed for weeks as workers clean up extensive smoke damage from a Thursday night fire whose cost might total $1 million.
    The school’s students stayed home Friday and will be out again Monday, said school Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. Starting Tuesday, they will attend other nearby schools until AJMS is ready to reopen.
    Each grade will report to a different school in the area Tuesday. Sixth graders will go to Heath Springs Elementary, seventh graders to Kershaw Elementary and eighth graders to AJ High School.

  • Sunday auction to raise money for playground at Stevens Park

    KERSHAW – Those searching for bargains and trying to support good causes can do both this weekend.
    A benefit auction for the Stevens Park playground is 7 p.m. Sunday at Kershaw Auction House on North Hampton Street (the old Center Theatre).
    Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for the Kershaw Community Park Council, said its members are looking forward to hosting the fundraiser.
    “All proceeds go to help fund the new playground,” Timmons said.

  • New kids’ librarian feels right at home

    “How does a dinosaur eat all of his food?” asks Amanda Antonacci as she begins reading to 2- and 3-year-olds. “Does he burp? Does he belch or make noises quite rude?”
    Antonacci is the new Lancaster County children’s librarian, and she loves her job.
    “I love to read them stories…. They are fun to laugh with, so if I can find a funny story that they just think is hilarious, it’s even better,” she said. “It’s just fun to play.”

  • Billy Graham preached at LHS stadium in 1950

    It’s estimated that over six decades, Billy Graham shared the Gospel with 215 million people during crusades in 185 countries.
    And Graham, whose funeral is today in Charlotte, delivered one of his early sermons in Lancaster.
    At age 31, the evangelist spoke to more than 3,000 on March 18, 1950, at the old Lancaster High School football field on Wylie Street.
    Elizabeth Mahaffee Phillips, now 86, was there.

  • Lancaster man gets 15 years in drug killing

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced in Rock Hill General Sessions Court to 15 years in prison for killing a man in 2016 over an of ounce of marijuana.
    Ernest Markevius Thompson, 23, of the 2100 block of Pheasant Drive, was sentenced to 15 years without parole after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday in the May 2016 shooting of 20-year-old Isaiah Shinn, according to 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson.

  • Cemetery hit again

    For the third time in 19 months, vandals have caused extensive damage at Lancaster’s historic Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery, breaking six of the tombstones this week and knocking over nine more.
    The vandalism is believed to have occurred between late Sunday night and Wednesday night, according to John Craig, chairman of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation.

  • Human remains off South 200

    Human remains were found Thursday at 1838 High Point Circle after the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office got a tip that someone had been killed there.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators recovered the remains at mid-afternoon on the property, off S.C. 200 just south of Airport Road, but the victim has yet to be identified.
    Sheriff Barry Faile indicated a suspect was being held, but he provided no further details.

  • Column: Car buyers, don’t be surprised by 2 taxes, assorted fees

    A convertible Camaro would be especially nice for the springtime. Unfortunately, with new rides come taxes, and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay personal property taxes to the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax on the purchase to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • Fire damages AJ Middle School

    Fire crews scrambled to Andrew Jackson Middle School about 9:30 Thursday night, responding to a fire that started in a janitor's closet. Black smoke was rolling through the building when firefighters arrived.

    The fire was extinguished, but there was extensive smoke damage in the building. School has been canceled for Friday.

  • Authorities called to High Point Circle

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office personnel and SLED agents have blocked off High Point Circle off S.C. 200 and Airport Road to investigate a possible crime scene.
    “We received information this morning that a crime may have been committed at this location, so we obtained warrants and are looking into it,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield.
    Check back later for details.