• 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.  

  • LHS Junior Civitans elected international officers

    Two Lancaster High School Junior Civitans were elected to serve as international officers for the 2016-17 academic year during this summer’s Junior Civitan International Convention in Atlanta.
    Tanner Knight was elected Junior Civitan international vice president and Cody Catoe was elected as an international director.
    “Being elected international vice president is a great honor,” Knight said. Knight serves as co-vice president of the LHS Junior Civitans and governor of the South Carolina Junior Civitan District.

  • Norrell plans 2nd ‘walk and talk’ downtown

    A second “walk and talk” event is planned for this Sunday, with hopes that participants from across the community will simply get to know one another better, said event organizer Teddy Norrell.
    The event is designed to give individuals a chance to talk with each other, no matter their race, career or background, as they walk the streets of downtown Lancaster.
    The “walk and talk” will begin in the First Baptist Church parking lot, 300 S. Market St., at 7 p.m. Sunday, and groups will walk around downtown Lancaster for an hour.

  • Rep. Sanford stops by Nutramax

    Congressman Mark Sanford stopped by Lancaster on his way to Columbia Wednesday for a brief tour of Nutramax, where he spoke about his impressions of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
    Sanford, who was on his way to an S.C. Chamber of Commerce event, said he wanted to take a moment to visit Dr. Bob Henderson, co-owner and founder of the veterinary supplement manufacturer.
    “There’s a lot of history, and it’s incredible to see what a vibrant and important part of this county they’ve become,” Sanford said.

  • Friends, Carolinas brews help couple launch Main St. dream

    Lancaster’s Main Street got a new place to hang out this week as The Craft Stand opened for business in a renovated century-old building in the heart of downtown.
    Owners Don and Brandy Geraghty had their official opening at noon Thursday, with 24 Carolinas craft beers on tap, retail craft beer in bottles and a few original Craft Stand items such as pint glasses, koozies and T-shirts in signature black.
    The business is located at 134 South Main in the old Emanuel’s Jewelers building, just across Gay Street from the old Bank of Lancaster.

  • Charlotte shooting victim has local ties

    A man who was fatally shot in a Charlotte Walmart parking lot Saturday night has connections to Lancaster County and will be buried in Kershaw as two men face murder charges in his death.
    According to reports by several news outlets, Rechard Delane Mickle, 35, was pronounced dead late Saturday after being dropped off with gunshot wounds at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Mount Holly.

  • Lancaster man dies in Chester County wreck

    A Lancaster man died after a car he was riding in hit another car head-on Sunday evening on U.S. 21 in eastern Chester County.
    Jermaine Chandler, 34, sustained critical injuries in the collision, according to Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker. He was transported by helicopter to Palmetto Health Richland medical center in Columbia, where he later died.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 7:10 p.m. on U.S. 21 about 6 miles east of Richburg.

  • Woman, boyfriend found dead in likely murder-suicide

    Kimberly Harrington
    Landmark News Service

    The body of a Pageland woman who was reported missing last week was found Friday in a shallow grave outside of town.
    The body of her boyfriend, the prime suspect, was found on Saturday in what officials are calling a murder-suicide.
    Pageland Police, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the county coroner held a press conference on Monday at the Pageland Police Department to discuss the case.

  • F3 Nation offers Lancaster men daybreak workouts, brotherhood

    F3 Nation, a workout group for men founded in Charlotte and spreading across the country, has made its way to Lancaster, combining fitness, camaraderie and spiritual brotherhood.
    At daybreak last Saturday, 18 men gathered at Lancaster High School for a preliminary workout and meeting. The group’s official opening is 6:30 a.m. this Saturday at LHS.