• A bizarre, terrifying sequence of events ends well

    Shatoya Walker was headed to the grocery on Christmas Eve when a phone call from a stranger started the most terrifying 45 minutes of her life.
    Walker, 33, said the man called her by name and asked if she was married to Mark Roston. No, she said, that’s my father.
    “Is everything OK?” Walker asked, instantly alarmed.
    Your father was driving this morning, said the man on the phone. He hit a pedestrian – my 9-year-old cousin Hector. He’s in the hospital.

  • Women’s warming center opens as frigid air settles in

    A women and children’s warming center opened Tuesday at 1232 Trestle Ln. in Lancaster, just in time for this week’s big freeze, but no guests showed up the first two nights.
    “It takes a couple of days to catch on,” said Deborah Boulware, director of Lancaster County United Way, which is spearheading the initiative.
    The center will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily through mid-March, Boulware said. Meals are served and security guards, provided through the Salvation Army, stay through the night.

  • Sheriff: Program to help the elderly among 2018 goals

    Sheriff Barry Faile is charged with protecting all the citizens of Lancaster County, but when it comes to new goals for 2018, he’s targeting senior citizens.
    The sheriff’s office already has a program in place to trace elderly residents with cognitive disorders prone to wandering, but Faile said one of his major goals this year is to make sure senior citizens have more information and assistance to keep them safe.

  • Virginia utility to pay $14B for SCANA Corp.

    Utility giant Dominion Energy of Virginia announced Wednesday it will buy SCANA Corp. for $14.6 billion, as fallout continues from the abandoned V.C. Summer Nuclear Station expansion in Fairfield County.
    One of the terms of the deal is providing $1.3 billion in refunds to 600,000-plus S.C. Electric & Gas power customers who experienced nine rate increases to partially bankroll the defunct project. SCANA is the parent company of SCE&G.

  • Brrrrrrrrrr!

    Blistering cold and high winds gripped Lancaster County Thursday, extending a weeklong spell of frigid weather, and there’s no sign of a letup until Monday.
    “It’s been at least several years since it’s been this cold,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis. “Last year we just skated along.”
    Friday will be the 12th consecutive day of below-average temperatures here. The county has struggled to break freezing most days, with highs in low to mid-30s.

  • Lancaster woman charged in toddler's beating death

    A 25-year-old Lancaster woman has been charged in the Dec. 18 beating death of her boyfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
    Kayla Marie Cook was charged with homicide by child abuse in the killing of Lilly Schroeder, whom first responders picked up at their home, 418 Heath Circle in Lancaster.
    Cook was arrested in Kings Mountain, N.C., by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 29.
    The arrest warrant says numerous bruises were “observed on several parts of the victim’s body.”

  • IL church offers scouting options for kids

    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    The Boy Scouts of America announced plans last year to accept girls, marking a historic shift for the century-old organization and setting off a debate about where girls better learn how to be leaders.
    Amidst the tension caused by the Boy Scouts’ changes, one local church offers alternatives to scouting programs for youth that immediately filled with members. 

  • New year means new laws for S.C. drivers

    The new income tax credit to offset the gas tax increase isn’t the only change to impact South Carolinians this year.
    Three more provisions tied to the new legislation also went into effect Monday, Jan. 1.
    It now costs more to register cars and trucks with the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
    Car and truck owners in the state will pay $16 more in registration fees every two years.

  • House fire on 11th St.

    A fire that broke out in an 11th Street home Monday afternoon is still under investigation.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said they believe the fire started outside of the house in the area near the back door.
    “It’s not a total loss, but it is not habitable,” Rogers said.
    The two residents of the home were able to make it out safely after a neighbor alerted them to the blaze. American Red Cross has assisted the family.


    Mark Manicone
    The Piedmont area and much of the state will be impacted bone-chilling cold this week.
    Temperatures will struggle to break the freezing mark, especially in the mountain areas, with lows in the mid-to- upper teens and wind chill values in the single digits, according to the National Weather Service.
    Lancaster County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay today for students because of the bitter cold. Staff reported to work at normal times this morning.