• Sheriff releases more details in investigation of child’s death

    A Lancaster County man arrested Tuesday, Oct. 13, for allegedly killing his 5-year-old adopted disabled son told investigators the boy fell and hit his head on the floor, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release said.
    Robert Jordon, 47, 788 Montecrest St., has been charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of his adopted son, La’Marion Jordan.
    Sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield told The Lancaster News Thursday, Oct. 15, Jordan drove La’Marion to Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster about 6:30 a.m. Sept. 4.

  • Perseverance essential in Billy Dale’s life of challenges

    RIDGEWAY – He may not remember driving his Ford Mustang at a high rate of speed through the Poovey Farm neighborhood.
    He may not remember the crash, or being intermingled among the crumbled mass of metal.
    He may not remember the “will not survive” his loved ones were told. He may not remember the medical staff and machines that kept him alive.
    After all, that was 27 years ago. Billy Dale McCants was 17. As it often is with teens, he must have thought he was invincible. I thought so, too, when I was young.

  • From potholes to paved

    Local drivers will soon see a few less bumps in the road as several major road projects are underway, a year after taxpayers voted to approve a one-cent capital project sales tax to help fix Lancaster County’s crumbling infrastructure.
    The three projects, which are estimated to cost a total of $5,718,914.18, include repaving portions of Henry Harris Road, University Drive, Bailey Road, Craig Farm Road, Pink Plyler Road, Taxahaw Road and Locustwood Avenue/Mahaffey Line Drive.

  • Lancaster man gets 15 years for arson

    A Lancaster man accused of starting the October 2014 fire that destroyed Old Mill Grocery in Lancaster was convicted and sentenced in absentia last week after he failed to show up for the start of his trial.
    Coy Lamar “Marty” Knight Jr., 52, of 1115 First St., was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 7, to 15 years in prison for third-degree arson, suspended to 10 years, followed by five years probation.  

  • Lucas, Yow receive business advocate awards

    Scorecard and Year-In Review with 47 members of the S.C. House of Representatives earning business advocate awards.
    Two House members who represent part of Lancaster County – Richie Yow (R-53) and Jay Lucas (R-65) – are among those who scored 90 percent or higher.   
    “The business community went into 2015 laser-focused on two priorities: workforce development and infrastructure,” said Ted Pitts, state chamber president and CEO.

  • DeVenny to lead J. Marion Sims Foundation

    From J. Marion Sims Foundation
    The board of J. Marion Sims Foundation named Susan W. DeVenny the foundation’s new president, effective Dec. 16, according to a press release issued Tuesday, Oct. 13.
    DeVenny will succeed James Morton, who is retiring at the end of the year after serving as the foundation’s president since 2000.
    DeVenny was the board’s unanimous choice in a wide-ranging national search that reached more than 200 candidates in 19 states.

  • Armed man robs convenience store

    An armed robber held up Lloyd’s Phillips 66 at Five Points, 3014 Camp Creek Road, just after 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
    According to police radio traffic, the robber was armed with a black semi-automatic pistol. He demanded money and left the store with approximately $150 in small bills. No one was hurt in the incident.

  • Crenco robbery suspect charged in JR Grocery holdup

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Kenny Blackmon Jr., of Lancaster, for the Monday, Sept. 28, armed robbery of JR Grocery on Brooklyn Avenue.
    Blackmon, 21, of 646 Craigwood Lane, was one of two suspects arrested by the Lancaster Police Department this week for the armed robbery of the Crenco Food Store on S.C. 9 Bypass West about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept. 29.  
    Blackmon is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime for the JR Grocery robbery pending a first appearance.

  • High School football games moved to tonight

    Local school officials have moved all four county football games to today, Oct. 1, due to inclement weather in the weekend forecast associated Hurricane Joaquin.
    Kickoff for Lancaster High School’s game with Chester High School is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.
    Buford High School’s home game with Cheraw High School is 7:30 p.m. tonight at Yellow Jackets stadium, which is across from the high school on Tabernacle Road.

  • City to fund indigent defense

    The Miranda Rights clause, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you,” has come to roost in Lancaster, due to recent legislation passed by the S.C. General Assembly.
    The state is now requiring its towns and cities to foot the bill for defendants who can’t pay for their own defense in municipal courts.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter and Lancaster Municipal Court Administrator Cammie Heath broke the news to Lancaster City Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting.