• Carter found guilty of murder

    The family of 3-year-old Jaylen Jackson sat quietly as the jury filed back into the courtroom Thursday afternoon.
    After a tense morning, filled with descriptions of the day the toddler was shot and killed after being caught in the crossfire of a gunfight last year, her family waited anxiously for a verdict in the first of two trials involving her murder.

  • Turning the tables

    Yes, it has 50 stars in a field of blue, seven red stripes and six white stripes.
    But one of the two American flags now hanging inside Leigh Anne’s Restaurant is anything but typical.
    It flew at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on Sept. 11, 2010.
    Special flags go to special people on special occasions, said U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Jason Sims. A Lancaster native, Sims is attached to the 1222nd Sappers Combat Engineers based in Fort Mill.
    “Our job is to find it (explosives) before it finds us,” Sims said.

  • Power to the people?

    Among the 60 people or so who attended Tuesday night’s public hearing on Duke Energy’s request for a rate increase, everyone agreed that nobody wants to see their electric bill go up.
    And that’s where the consensus ended.
    Sponsored by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) at University of South Carolina Lancaster, the hearing was the second of four public hearings in Duke Energy’s Palmetto State coverage area.

  • Big day is finally here

     The time has finally arrived.
    After years of visions and plans, and months of construction, the Heath Springs Area Veterans Monument is ready to be dedicated.
    The dedication ceremony will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the monument site, the corner where the old water tower once stood, facing North Main Street in Heath Springs.
    The event is open to the public.
    “Everything has fallen into place,” said David Williams, president of the local association that spearheaded the effort.

  • UW of Lancaster seeks nonprofit partnerships

    United Way
    of Lancaster County
    The United Way of Lancaster County seeks funding partnerships with nonprofit organizations and agencies that operate programs with positive, measurable results on the following key community building issues:
    Education - assisting children, youth and adults reach their potential through education
    Income - helping families become financially stable and independent
    Health and safety - developing a healthy and safe community

  • Founders to return $10M to its members

    Jesef Williams
    Members of Founders Federal Credit Union will have a little extra money in their accounts for the holiday season.
    Founders is once again sharing its extra earnings with those who borrow from and save with the Lancaster-based financial institution. And this time around, Founders is returning $10 million – the largest dividend distribution in the credit union’s history.
    The official announcement came today.

  • Changes coming to county offices

    Christopher Sardelli
    The shuffle continues for several offices at the county’s administration building.
    At its recent meeting, Lancaster County Council voted unanimously to approve changes to an office relocation plan inside the building, which is located along Main Street in downtown Lancaster.

  • Ornament unveiling

    Jesef Williams
    A few years ago, Mona Grey and her husband, Keith, had a minor accident at their house during the holiday season.
    Their Christmas tree fell over, which broke all of the ornaments except the ones that depict historical Lancaster County buildings.
    Grey said that moment let her know for sure those ornaments were something special and that she’d always be a fan.

  • Free shopping day for those in need

    Jesef Williams
    Saturday will be all about free clothing along with a few words of encouragement.
    That’s the day for the Closet Ministry’s second annual Free Shopping Day. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster.
    The regional clothing bank ministry will provide toys, coats, other clothing and household items for local families in need.
    Everything available Saturday will be free, said organizer Catherine Horton.

  • AJ High student injured in crash

    Reece Murphy
    An Andrew Jackson High School student was seriously injured in an automobile accident on her way to school Monday morning.
    Several sources have identified the student as 16-year-old Kristen Tinsley, an 11th-grader at the school. She is the daughter of Alan and Wendy Sattler of Sentry Road, Lancaster.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the accident occurred about 7:45 a.m. on New Hope Road about 3.45 miles south of Heath Springs.