• Indian Land woman charged with shoplifting $1.5 million in items from Hobby Lobby chain

    ROCK HILL – An Indian Land woman suspected of shoplifting more than $1.5 million in merchandise from Hobby Lobby stores in North Carolina in the past two years was arrested by Rock Hill police this week.

    The Wednesday, June 12, arrest of Maria Steele, 58, 18301 Greyfield Glen, followed a shoplifting incident at the Hobby Lobby on Meeting Boulevard in Rock Hill earlier that day.

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for northern portion of county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the northern portion of Lancaster County until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire county until 1 a.m. Friday, June 14.

  • County tied up over budget

    It took almost an hour of discussion and three separate votes, but Lancaster County Council eventually approved second reading of its proposed 2013-14 county budget Monday night, June 10. 

    The series of votes – in which the motion for the county’s budget first failed, then was reconsidered, and finally approved with special conditions – came after a lengthy debate about planning fees, funding for nonprofit agencies and county employee pay raises. 

  • Kershaw looking for new administrator

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is once again looking for an administrator.

    Last week, Bryan Pettit informed Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes that he is stepping down from the position to take another job.

    Pettit didn’t want to go on the record with the name of his new employer.

    For right now, though, he will tell the public that it’s a manufacturing company in Lancaster County.

    Pettit’s last day with the town is June 30. He starts his new job July 1.

  • School board approves teacher’s termination

    The Lancaster County school board has upheld a recommendation to fire Andrew Jackson High School science teacher Doug Elder for what is deemed as a pattern of inappropriate behavior.

    The disciplinary action, taken Thursday, June 6, against Elder followed deliberations in a rare open termination hearing, a quasi-judicial disciplinary proceeding similar to a trial.

    Most often heard in closed session, Elder’s hearing was held in open session at his request with him acting in his own defense.

  • Raos champion officer killed by bootleggers

    HEATH SPRINGS – Sometimes, history just falls through the cracks.

    Sure, it’s remembered by some through faded newspaper clippings pressed inside of a book, or perhaps through delicate, fragile court records bundled in string or listed in ledgers that haven’t seen very much daylight in the last 100 years.

    But it’s still a story that must be told, that must be remembered, especially when it involves a police officer killed in the line of duty.

    That’s exactly what Sal Rao is trying to do. 

  • Heath Springs to raise water, sewer rates

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs residents will likely pay a few more dollars each month for their water.

    The $2 minimum increase in the water rate is part of the town’s proposed budget for 2013-14. There is also a proposed $2 minimum increase for the sewer rate.

    Heath Springs Town Council approved first reading of the budget during a May 28 meeting at Town Hall.

    That was a make-up for the May 21 meeting, which didn’t happen because a quorum wasn’t present.

  • Enoree woman arrested on animal cruelty charges

    An Enoree woman wanted for a slew of animal cruelty charges in Chester County was arrested by local deputies during a traffic stop last month. 

    Kayla Mashell Estes, 23, was arrested for seven counts of ill-treatment of animals/torture and one count of possession of a schedule IV narcotic, according to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database and several Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports. 

  • Tornado watch issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for 33 South Carolina counties including Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield and surrounding areas until 10 p.m. today, June 10. A tornado watch means that conditions may become favorable for a tornado to develop.   


  • Learning to be better teachers

    School may have ended for Lancaster County students May 31, but now it’s the teachers’ turn.
    Teachers from across Lancaster County began attending classes June 3 as part of this year’s Professional Growth Institute, a professional development program offered by Lancaster County School District each summer.
    The workshops, some of which run through August, help teachers learn new teaching skills and strategies for the upcoming school year.