• Lancaster man was charged in deaths

    Christopher Sardelli
    BELMONT, N.C. – Two people were killed, including a former Belmont, N.C. mayor, when their car was struck by a Lancaster man in Gaston County Wednesday night.
    Lester Saunders Norman Jr., 41, was arrested after leading police on a car chase shortly after 10 p.m. that left two people killed and three people injured.

  • Ambulance knocks down man and pickup truck on a wild ride home

    A Van Wyck area man was not hurt in a dramatic wreck about 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, but at least an ambulance was on scene immediately –  it just happened to be the one that struck his truck.  
    George Player of the 3900 block of Charlotte Highway said he was just getting home from a quick run to nearby North Corner Groceries when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw the ambulance bearing down on his Chevrolet S-10.

  • Man charged in murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    CHARLOTTE – A team of local, state and out-of-state authorities tracked down and arrested a Charlotte man Thursday for the murder of a Lancaster woman earlier this month.
    Roger L. Baskins, 39, of Charlotte, was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers Thursday morning in connection with the murder of 47-year-old Cynthia Barnes, who was found dead inside her East Dunlap Street home Feb. 9, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.

  • School mourns teacher’s death

    Reece Murphy
    Heath Springs Elementary School is mourning the loss of longtime fourth-grade teacher Pam White, who died Tuesday morning at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster.
    School officials said the 22-year veteran teacher died about 4 a.m. Tuesday after calling an ambulance to take her to the hospital Sunday.
    White was 56 years old.
    HSES Principal Sheri Watson said White had suffered from an unspecified “physical ailment” over the past few years, but that she’d always been resilient.

  • Walnut Creek status check

    Christopher Sardelli
    What was once a stalled and deteriorating Indian Land development is seeing continued signs of rebirth, as county officials recently approved funding to help another portion of the Walnut Creek neighborhood.
    At Lancaster County Council’s Feb. 13 meeting, County Administrator Steve Willis presented a proposal from the county’s Recreation Department to buy maintenance equipment for the recreation facility at Walnut Creek, the development formerly known as Edenmoor.

  • When will the new homes be built?

    Reece Murphy
    INDIAN LAND – Edenmoor Land Acquisition (ELA) announced Feb. 9 that Bonterra Homes of Matthews, N.C., was beginning construction on three new homes in Walnut Creek with plans for up to 25 more by other builders in coming months.
    But as of Tuesday, no actual home construction had begun.
    The indications of possible future homes were Bonterra Homes signs posted on two empty lots in the 8600 block of Arrington Road announcing their availability.

  • Fire chief: This is what he wanted to do

    Christopher Sardelli
    To the group of men huddled near the entrance of Camp Creek Volunteer Fire Department, their fallen comrade was simply known as “Little Bill.”
    The firefighters took turns sharing memories Monday afternoon about their friend and colleague William Blackmon III, who died early Saturday morning after falling from a moving pickup truck.
    He was 23 years old.

  • Mulvaney to speak at events

    Staff reports
    U.S. District 5 Congressman Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land will be speaking at several area events in the next few weeks, including a press conference, a series of town halls and a tea party rally.
    Press conference
    Mulvaney will hold a press conference at Resolute Forest Products (formerly Abitibi Bowater) to introduce the Keeping Promises to Taxpayers Act of 2012 at 3 p.m. today.  
    This bill, which will be introduced in the House on Feb. 26, would repeal 12 tax increases signed into law by President Barack Obama.  

  • A.R. Rucker girls ‘a special group’

    Rucker Middle School girls basketball coach Ashley Price calls her Lady Rams’ team “a special group.”
    How special?
    Well, for the last two seasons, the Lady Rams are a most impressive 27-0 on the hardwood.
    That’s a stunning 27-oh! The 2011 team went 13-0 and the 2012 squad was 14-0.
    Price is right. That’s special.
    Then throw in the fact that the Lady Rams’ volleyball team, which Price guided, went unbeaten last fall and that’s extra special.

  • Professor hit by truck

    A University of South Carolina Lancaster professor was severely injured after she was hit by a pickup truck late Thursday night.
    USCL foreign languages professor Nathalie Davaut, 44, of Gastonia, N.C., was walking across Hubbard Drive near the university when she was struck at about 9 p.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The incident was also confirmed by John Rutledge, director of law enforcement and security for USCL.