• Robber suspect attempts escape

    A Rock Hill man arrested last weekend for a series of armed robberies at local pharmacies can add one more charge to his list of offenses – attempted escape. 

    Ronald Carl Sims, 28, led Rock Hill police officers on a brief foot chase Sunday afternoon after running from the emergency room of Piedmont Medical Center, said Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn.

  • A brand new No. 9

    HEATH SPRINGS – Don’t tell Patrick Helms that Thanksgiving is still 37 days away.

    Helms, fire chief at Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department, will argue that point. And after opening the doors at the new fire station on Sunday afternoon, there may be some validity to Helms’ claim that Thanksgiving came early for the residents of the county’s smallest municipality.

    “This belongs to the town. It’s not ours; it belongs to the people,” Helms said.

  • Council supports lawsuit against election commission

    As next year's national election inches ever closer, state and county officials have begun debating who should pay for South Carolina's Republican Presidential primary.

    That debate hit home recently as Lancaster County Council considered showing support for several counties who are preparing to file a lawsuit against the state's Election Commission. 

    The issue first took shape in Spartanburg County, where county officials have vowed not to hold presidential primaries until primary costs were fully covered by the state. 

  • Nunnery to become county’s 911 director

    Chris Nunnery is leaving the Lancaster Fire Department to take on a new role as the county's 911 director. 

    Nunnery was offered the position last week. His last day with the city of Lancaster is Oct. 31 and he begins his new job Nov. 16. 

    “I am honored to be even considered and offered the position,” Nunnery said Monday. “This is a huge, huge undertaking.”  

    He will lead the effort to consolidate the two in-county 911 centers into one building. 

  • Kershaw man charged with two arsons

    A suspected arsonist was placed behind bars last weekend after an investigation into fires at two abandoned Kershaw homes. 

    Chad Kent Todd, 20, 4800 Goldmine Highway, Kershaw, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of arson for willfully and maliciously setting fire to two vacant houses in the Kershaw area, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release. 

    The investigation into Todd's involvement with the fires developed as deputies were investigating another crime. 

  • Police continue to investigate Southside shooting

    Jesef Williams
    Authorities continue to probe a shooting that sent a man to the hospital Tuesday evening.
    Officers with the Lancaster Police Department were dispatched to the 300 block of Willow Oak Circle shortly after 6:15 p.m. after multiple calls of gunshots fired in the area.
    An officer arrived to find a 37-year-old man in a wooded area along Willow Oak Circle.

  • One dies in wreck

    One person was killed in a traffic accident on U.S. 521 North on Monday afternoon. Check back later for details.

  • Concrete plant ruling overturned

    Reece Murphy


    The Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals overturned a county decision to revoke an Indian Land concrete plant’s right to operate in a local light industrial park.

    The ruling, made during a BZA hearing Tuesday night on the nonconforming use status of Thomas Concrete of Carolina LLC, disappointed residents of nearby neighborhoods who have battled the plant, and others like it, for years.

  • Veteran’s Affairs office collecting coupons for military

    Jesef Williams 


    Attention shoppers. 

    If you have any expired coupons, they can still be used by military families overseas. 

    The Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office has been collecting coupons since early September that are benefiting families stationed at a U.S. Army base in Vicennial, Italy. The staff's effort is part of the national Overseas Coupon Program, in which groups can “adopt” military bases abroad. 

  • City council votes to discontinue its AM traveler’s information station

    Jesef Williams 


    A local radio station that has provided weather information and other updates is now a thing of the past. 

    City Council voted 6-1 at its meeting Tuesday to eliminate the traveler's information station that aired in Lancaster on AM radio. 

    The station, at 1620 AM, was launched in 2004 and provided updates on traffic and road conditions, as well as weather updates and various tidbits.