• Manhunt for no-show murder defendant

    For the second time in a week, murder defendant Montrez Clark has failed to show up in court, and Solicitor Randy Newman has had enough of that.
    Newman on Monday called out local law enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and SLED's Fugitive Team to track down the Lancaster fugitive for trial in the 2009 killing of a Great Falls man.
    “We believe he is armed and dangerous,” Newman said. “If you come in contact with him, don’t approach him. Call 911 immediately.”

  • Praying over ‘hot spots’ on deadly Southside streets

    Thirteen men and women walked the streets of Lancaster’s wounded Southside neighborhood Saturday morning, embracing residents on porches and in yards, praying over “hot spots” where violent crimes have occurred.
    Jaquana Blackmon and her children, Stoney and Kacey, were riding through their neighborhood when they noticed the crowd praying. Blackmon pulled over and they got out.
    “We are not just going to miss this prayer,” Blackmon told her kids, “because Lord knows we need it.”

  • IL driver arrested for ramming SUV

    An Indian Land man was arrested for intentionally ramming his pickup into the SUV of a woman he thought helped take a motorcycle he’d repaired, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.

    Francis Ferland, 63, of 887 Fort Mill Highway, is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

  • Fancy Pokket breaks logjam

    After four frustrating years of delays and facing an ultimatum from county officials, Fancy Pokket has cleared its final hurdle and can fire up its ovens. 

    The state inspection of the bread-making plant's boilers was completed Wednesday, five days short of the county-imposed Halloween deadline.

  • Hey... did you hear that?

    Joe Timmons likes to explore a particular slice of Lancaster County’s history. His quest takes him down long-forgotten paths and deep into forbidding forests, often miles from the nearest living soul.

    Sometimes in the middle of the night.

    Timmons has managed to document 185 cemeteries in the county, including 23 that no one knew were there. He studies who’s buried where and chronicles the folklore of these places.

  • New route to jobs: Free training in 4 trades

    Under a pioneering new program, any adult in Lancaster County can get free training in four vocational trades through the school district, and three more specialties will be offered soon.

    The first class of 22 adults, ranging in age from 17 to 66, are already in the program, and signups for the next classes are under way. 

  • Coach draws fire from IL parent group

    The parents of an Indian Land High School football player have complained to the school district about ILHS head football coach Michael Mayer, saying a group of about 80 parents want him out of his job.

    They cited his losing record and his treatment of the team, “degrading our players daily with name calling” and “berating our players with foul language.”

  • PVFD celebrates 60th anniversary

    The last big celebration Pleasant Valley Fire Department held was on April 2, 2011, the grand opening of the department’s new modern 14,800-square-foot, $2.1 million Fire Station 14 on Possum Hollow Road.
    The department has come a long way since it first opened its single-bay door at a makeshift station on S.C. 160, and that was the reason the department celebrated again Oct. 15 during a community open house in honor of its 60th anniversary.

  • Duke Energy donates $100,000 to hurricane-relief efforts in S.C.

    Duke Energy has donated $100,000 to help charities providing S.C. disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It gave $225,000 more in North Carolina and Florida.
    “While the men and women of Duke Energy have worked nonstop to restore power to customers in Florida and the Carolinas, we know our communities need more,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s president and CEO.

  • Priest awarded Order of Palmetto

    A local priest has received South Carolina’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Palmetto.
    Father Jeffrey Kirby, administrator of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Indian Land, received the award Oct. 11 in a ceremony in the central lobby of the S.C. State House in Columbia.
    Kirby joined the Indian Land church after the dedication of its new church building in August, taking over from Father John Guiliani, who oversaw the church’s construction. Kirby also serves as administrator of St. Joseph’s Parish in Chester.