• City fire department to build burn house

    The Lancaster Fire Department plans to build a burn house at the 15th Street Training Center to keep its members ready for emergencies.

    It will also save taxpayer money in the process.

    The estimated cost of the project is about $56,600. By comparison, construction of prefabricated fire towers can run up to $200,000 or more. 

    However, it’s only costing the city of Lancaster $30,000 –  $10,000 from the fire department’s prior budget and $20,000 from the city’s current fiscal budget.

  • Lancaster woman loses $2,000 in scam

    A Lancaster woman lost more than $2,000 last month in what a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy called one of the most elaborate scams he’d ever seen.

    According to the incident report, the 47-year-old victim told the investigating deputy she was contacted ostensibly by a North Carolina church friend in June 12 on Instagram Instant Messenger. 

  • Mingo named county’s chief magistrate

    Curtisha Mingo got a promotion over the weekend. Appointed as a magistrate in January, she is now the county’s chief magistrate. 

    The change was made by an order from S.C. Chief Justice Donald Beatty, who signed an order June 28 naming new chief magistrates in 31 of the Palmetto State's 46 counties. 

    The changes went into effect July 1 and stunned county and state officials. 

    Historically, chief magistrates are appointed by the Senate, not the chief justice. 

  • Springs Close Foundation awards $580K in grants

    From release
    The Springs Close Foundation announced grants totaling $580,310 to 22 agencies and organizations helping local citizens who need basic services and emergency aid such as food, medical assistance, shelter and early childhood education.

  • Old Kershaw water tank leaking a bit

    KERSHAW – There’s a slight leak in the water tank on Floyd Street.
    And it’s going be fixed. It’s just a question of when.
    The repair delay has nothing to do with costs. The leak won’t be fixed until the new water tower built near the city cemetery is put into service.
    “We can’t repair it until the other tank is online because it would reduce water pressure on the western side of town,” said Mitch Lucas, Kershaw town administrator.

  • Habitat for Humanity plans to open Lancaster re-sale store

    If you need a new living room suit or kitchen sink and don’t want to pay full retail price, you are in luck! Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is planning to open a re-sale store in the near future.
    According to Habitat Executive Director Nita Brown, an old building has been donated for the project, and once the building-permit process is completed, remodeling will begin. The re-sale store will be a smaller-scale version of the branded Habitat Re-Store and will be open on restricted days and hours until enough volunteers are found to operate it.

  • Pancakes & Politics

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    RICHBURG – The pancakes were hot, and so were the political opinions.
    Todd Piro, a field reporter for the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends,” came to the bustling Country Omelet on Wednesday to sample owner Scott Hill’s pancakes and some local political views.

  • Drive-by double murder

    Three men were shot, two fatally, in a drive-by shooting Thursday night at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street in Lancaster.
    A fourth man is now jailed in connection with the case.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said 36-year-old Courtney Javon McCain turned himself in early Friday morning.
    He is charged with one count of accessory after the fact of murder and is awaiting a bond hearing.
    Police had been searching for McCain as a person of interest since late Thursday.

  • 2 dead in Palmetto Place shooting


    Two men died Thursday night following a shooting at Palmetto Place Apartments in Lancaster, and police are looking for an injured third man as a person of interest in the case.

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Knight Deese identified the victims as 21-year-old Rakeem Patterson and 22-year-old Markevis Foster, both of Lancaster.

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said officers are looking for Courtney Javon McCain, 36, of Lancaster, for questioning in the case.

  • Fort Lawn Councilman Joe Reddick dies at 81

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Longtime Fort Lawn town councilman and community leader Thomas B. “Joe” Reddick died last Friday at age 81. Colleagues and friends remembered him as a man of integrity who cared deeply about his community.
    Fort Lawn Mayor John Rumford served with Reddick when they were both on the board of directors of the Fort Lawn Community Center and again later when both served on Fort Lawn Town Council. Rumford lived up the street from Reddick.