• Bidding farewell to another vintage Main St. building

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    Firefighters trudged up smoke-filled stairways and dodged debris for hours Wednesday morning in the original Robinson-Cloud Department Store building on Main Street.
    They stomped around office supplies, light fixtures, chunks of drywall and other things left behind when the building was vacated.

  • Man pleads guilty in 2015 burglary spree

    A Waxhaw, N.C., man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for his role in a string of break-ins across rural Lancaster County in late 2015.
    Johnny Ray Pyatt pleaded guilty Monday to nine counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of petty larceny and one count of larceny/breaking into motor vehicles.
    Pyatt and his two co-defendants, Joshua Lee Whitaker of Lancaster and Bobby Charles Wallace of Waxhaw, were accused of breaking into vehicles and outbuildings at homes in the areas of Heath Spring, Kershaw, Buford and along Flat Creek Road.

  • City unveils snazzier, more useful website

    The city of Lancaster launched an updated website last week to better suit the needs of its users.
    “Light years ahead of what we had,” said Teresa Meeks, the city’s director of support services. She said www.lancastercitysc.com allows for easy navigation compared to the city’s previous website.  
    “We had been in dire straights of a new website for some time. Ours was quite old and outdated,” she said. “It’s a whole lot more user-friendly than what we had.”

  • Kim Bucher gets probation for neglecting disabled wife

    Four months after the death of his incapacitated wife, Kim Bucher of Lancaster has pleaded guilty to neglecting her health, but he avoided jail time and will serve five years’ probation on the charge.
    Bucher, 74, was charged last May with neglect of a vulnerable adult – his wife, Mary Bucher, who had suffered several strokes. She was unresponsive at Springs Memorial Hospital for four months, then transported to Ohio to be near relatives. She died Nov. 2 at age 63.

  • McClancy protesters calmer, but lose again

    Indian Land residents, wearing their trademark red shirts and carrying protest signs, filled the county council’s chambers to its capacity of 110 Monday night, urging officials to reject McClancy Seasoning’s rezoning request.
    The meeting was much calmer than the one two weeks ago, when a crowd stormed out after losing the vote, but the outcome was the same. Council passed the second of three required readings on the rezoning ordinance, this time by a closer margin of 4-3.

  • Winter wonder

    A fast-moving storm blanketed Lancaster County with several inches of heavy, gorgeous snow Sunday morning, but it caused few problems and melted away in the afternoon.

    Duke Energy reported 1,149 customers lost power briefly, and many churches canceled morning worship as a precaution.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the county got off easy, calling it “a beautiful snow that we could actually enjoy.”

  • Gregory bill would extend gun waiting period to 5 days

    A bipartisan group of state senators including Greg Gregory of Lancaster filed two bills this week that would extend the gun-purchase waiting period from three to five days.
    The two bills – sponsored by Republican Gregory, Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, and Greg Hembree, R-North Myrtle Beach – come after concerns expressed about the way convicted shooter Dylann Roof obtained the pistol he used in 2015 to kill nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

  • Democrat Parnell opens campaign in Lancaster

    Archie Parnell may just be the breath of fresh air that’s needed for voters dissatisfied with the direction that the Republican-dominated Congress is headed, said local Democrat Alston DeVenny.
    “He’s great,” said DeVenny, who attended the county Democratic Party’s meeting Thursday to hear Parnell in person.
    “You know, he might not be the most eloquent candidate running, but he’s definitely the smartest one in the bunch,” DeVenny said.

  • Jiran salutes his Air Force bomb dog Tork

    Ryan Mosier
    Duke Energy

    Rick Jiran was 18 and fresh out of high school when he joined the Air Force in search of an adventure. What he didn’t count on was that adventure would be alongside man’s best friend.
    Jiran, now Duke Energy vice president for community relations in South Carolina, was a military working-dog handler. And while stationed in Germany in 1981, Jiran and his German shepherd, Tork, helped protect the 52 Americans who had been held hostage in Iran.

  • 2 more Democrats file for House seat

    Two more Democrats have filed for the 5th District congressional race, so a May 2 primary will be necessary on the Democratic side.

    Alexis Frank of Rock Hill and Les Murphy of Fort Mill have filed to run in the special election to replace Mick Mulvaney, joining Archie Parnell of Sumter, who filed last week.
    Frank, 26, is a college student, mother of two and a U.S. military veteran. Her husband is an active-duty Marine.