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  • Youth Empowerment Festival is Saturday

    Children 17 and younger are invited to an event that’s turning into an annual tradition in Lancaster.

    For the fifth straight year, Lancaster native Javon Crockett has organized a back-to-school festival for area youth. The event – now dubbed National Youth Empowerment Festival – is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Southside Park, off Conner Street in Lancaster.

  • Lancaster men arrested for Kershaw County burglaries

    Kershaw County deputies have arrested two Lancaster County men for a series of burglaries in rural Kershaw, arrests that may have prevented at least one much more serious crime.

    David Patrick Schweikert Jr., 21, and Jeffery Joseph Gray, 22, both of 3232 Old Georgetown Road West, Kershaw, were arrested Sunday, July 8.

    The men are accused of stealing power and hand tools during a string of break-ins last week at homes and outbuildings in Kershaw County.

  • The legality of amending meeting agendas

    Is it OK for a governing body to change its agenda less than a day before a scheduled meeting?

    According to a recent court decision, the answer is no – and Lancaster City Council was briefed on the case and how it could affect their proceedings.

    Mandy Powers Norrell, attorney for the city of Lancaster, spoke during the Tuesday, July 10, meeting about a ruling issued last month by the S.C. Court of Appeals.

    The hearing centered on Saluda County Council, which had been accused of illegally amending the agendas for its meetings.

  • Police charge Hilliard with kidnapping, weapons violations

    Police arrested a Lancaster man on several charges last week only minutes after a woman reported she was held against her will in a parking lot. 

    William Matt Hilliard, 27, 897 Farmbrook Road, was arrested July 4 and charged with two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol. Officers plan to seek warrants for criminal domestic violence and kidnapping, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Just Horses

    FORT LAWN – If the magazines are correct, the footwear of choice for most 13-year-old girls this time of year would be Rainbows or open sandals.

    Not Savannah Seegars. She is more at home in boots and spurs.

    But that’s par for the course, said her mom, Wendy Seegars.

    For Savannah, keeping her bedroom floor free of clutter isn’t as much of a priority as keeping the floor clean in the white and blue horse trailer parked in the yard.

  • Five arrested for murder, home invasion

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Five people have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the home invasion and murder of Lancaster resident Donald Morris last month.
    During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard and Capt. Scott Grant released the names of five people charged in connection with the invasion of Morris’ home June 13 and Morris’ murder on June 18.
    What follows are those arrested and their charges:

  • ‘Tee’ McWhirter made lasting contributions in community

     Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    If you’ve traveled north of Lancaster on U.S. 521, there’s a great chance you’ve seen his name. And the same can be said about a drive by the Lancaster County Airport off S.C. 9 near the Chester County line.
    Foy Spencer “Tee” McWhirter was instrumental in the widening of Charlotte Highway in his role as chairman of the S.C. Highway Commission. Because of that, the road is named in his honor.

  • Fire destroys rich hill hay barn

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    County firefighters fought a hay barn fire in blistering heat on Rocky River Road in the Rich Hill community Saturday afternoon. Their massive, all-out effort kept the blaze from spreading to several nearby full turkey barns.
    The fire, which was reported about 2:50 p.m. Saturday, was contained about 4:15 p.m.
    However, it was by no means out then, according to a firefighter on the scene.
    “It’s about 30 percent out,” the firefighter said on the emergency radio at the time.

  • Police drop alcohol charges against underage servers

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    After consulting with several state law enforcement agencies, Lancaster police officers reconsidered and dropped a series of alcohol charges this week that had been filed against employees at a local bar.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said most of the charges filed against five employees of Good Time Charlies, 1366 W. Meeting St., were dropped Monday, July 9.  
    Grant said the charge of transfer of alcohol to a minor was dropped for bar manager Angela Renee Owens and bartender Jenna Horne.

  • Man reports Independence Day assault, robbery in front of county library

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Police are looking for three men in connection with the assault and robbery of a Lancaster man last week.
    The search began shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, when an 18-year-old man ran up to a Lancaster police officer who was assisting a motorist near the intersection of Chesterfield Avenue and South Market Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.