• Duke Energy Foundation gives firefighters $100K

    From release

  • Planting a red maple to honor 1st responders

    More than 50 city and county officials and employees stood in a chilly circle Friday morning while the Lancaster Garden Club planted a red maple tree in honor of first responders.
    The ladies of the garden club chose to celebrate Arbor Day by planting the tree at the Public Safety Communications Center on Pageland Highway. Over 200,000 calls each year for law enforcement, EMS and firefighters are handled here.

  • Christmas Basket has raised $1,705 toward $10K goal

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received more than a dozen donations so far totaling $1,705, with a goal of $10,000 this year.
    “By this time we were hoping to have received more donations,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster. “We are just hoping that the community will step up, because these people are in need.”
    The money raised is used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Drug, gun plea nets a decade in prison

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and weapons charges.
    Lepoleon Hall, 37, was one of three defendants sentenced this week in Lancaster County’s General Sessions Court, according to Sixth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman’s office.
    Hall, formerly of the 2300 block of Douglas Heights, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

  • James Brooks resigns from school board

    James M. Brooks resigned from the Lancaster County school board Friday afternoon, effective immediately, a week after he was charged with methamphetamine trafficking.
    “It is with regret that I tender my resignation," Brooks said in a letter to school board Chairman Bobby Parker. "Due to the negative publicity of the allegations against me, it is in the best interest of the students of Lancaster County and my fellow board members for me to step down.

  • Crenco customers donate $3,470 to St. Jude’s

    Customers of the Lancaster-based Crenco stores donated $3,470 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a six-week Halloween fundraising drive in the company’s five stores. 

    Customers donated the money when paying for their purchases at the Crenco stores. In return for each gift, store employees wrote the customer’s name on a pumpkin-shaped card to hang in the store’s window. 

  • Sheriff’s office updates its accreditations

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office this week received reaccreditations from state and international credentialing agencies. 

    Sheriff Barry Faile officially received the certificates from the S.C. Law Enforcement Accreditation Council and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at Monday night’s county council meeting.

    State certification is awarded after the agency satisfies 300 standards including an on-site assessment followed by yearly evaluations.

  • Sun City drive helps feed 97 families

    Beverly Lane Lorenz

    For The Lancaster News

    Sun City Carolina Lakes expanded the scope of its annual Thanksgiving food drive this year to include families from more county schools and the Lancaster Children’s Home. 

  • Handy helpers target Clinton area

    More than 100 volunteers will converge on neighborhoods in the Clinton Elementary School attendance zone Saturday to begin revitalization efforts as part of the Lancaster Pride Promise Neighborhood project.

  • Fire destroys local woman’s Gatlinburg vacation spot

    The horrific Gatlinburg wildfire hit home Tuesday night for Lancaster resident Judy McAteer Hammond, who lost the timeshare condo where she has vacationed for the past 20 years.

    “I cried myself to sleep,” Hammond said. “The devastation is unbelievable up there.”

    The condo is in the Tree Tops Resort, located on the outskirts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee. Hammond and her late husband, Mike Payne, bought the timeshare in 1996.