• IL woman takes trash pickup to new level

    Sheilah Plonk of Indian Land has a thing about littering.

    Going to the store, going to work, at work, running errands, on road trips, if Plonk sees a bad case of trash strewn along the side of the road, chances are she's going to stop and pick it up.

    "I got it bad," Plonk said, smiling at the recognition of what has become as much an obsession as a pastime. 

  • IL boy off to nationals

    From release

    Indian Land’s Christopher Venditti, 12, has qualified as one of the top 42 motocross riders in the nation for his age class. 

    The dirt-bike racer has qualified for the fifth time for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 30th annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, set for Aug. 1-6 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. 

    Christopher competed with more than 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of 1,386 qualifying spots.

  • Three break-ins reported at Discovery School classroom

    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard calls a series of break-ins at a local school “egregious” and said officers are still on the hunt for the culprit. 

    Howard said police investigators have worked for the last several weeks to figure out who has returned three times to burglarize a portable outdoor classroom at Discovery School, located at 302 W. Dunlap St. The same mobile unit was broken into July 12, 13 and 18, though no suspects have been found. 

  • County’s jobless rate goes up

    The county's jobless rate rose by nearly a point from May to June, according to numbers released a little over a week ago by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    Lancaster County's unemployment rate for June was 15.3 percent, which ranks 11th in the state. The rate is an increase of 0.8 in May, when the percentage was 14.5.  

    The official labor force for the county for June was 30,619, compared to 30,358 for May, according to the Department of Employment.

  • Two arrests made in connection to burglaries

    The Lancaster Police Department has arrested two people in connection to recent burglaries at South Hughes Street and South French Street.

    John Davis, 25, has been charged with two counts of first degree burglary and Lakia Watts, 23, has been charged with accessory to burglary.

    Stolen property was found at 603 Cunningham Road, the address where Watts resides. More charges are likely.

    Check back later for more details.

  • Crash kills woman

    A 75-year-old woman died Friday following a morning automobile accident near the intersection of U.S. 521 and Shelly Mullis Road.

    Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the woman, identified Saturday by the Mecklenburg Medical Examiner’s Office as Hallie Marshall, address unknown, was airlifted along with an unidentified male passenger to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where she later died of her injuries.

    The man’s condition was unknown.

  • Man pleads guilty in shooting case

    Christopher Sardelli


    A Lancaster man charged with attempted murder pleaded guilty to assault and battery before he could reach trial last week. 

    Lamonta Roberts, 18, was arrested last year and charged with attempted murder for involvement in an Aug. 14, 2010, shooting at the Old Skool Sports Bar and Grill. Last week, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree assault and battery, and was sentenced July 18 to eight years in prison by Judge Brooks Goldsmith. 

  • Six district schools make AYP

    Reece Murphy
    Six of Lancaster County School District’s 19 schools met their 2011 Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals according to the S.C. Department of Education’s report cards released today.
    AYP is the annual measure of schools’ progress toward meeting the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s 2014 goal of having all students be well prepared to move on to the next grade.
    “Well prepared” means students score “proficient” or “advanced” on standardized tests.

  • Ready for Football?

    Jesef Williams
    Local Carolina Panthers fans and other NFL followers can now breath a collective sigh of relief. There will be professional football this year.
    The 2011 season was in jeopardy as team owners “locked out” the players after the two sides couldn’t agree on financial terms for what’s known as a collective bargaining agreement.

  • County gets list of all its properties

    Reece Murphy
    Assistant Lancaster County Administrator Jeff Naftal presented council members with a completed list of properties owned by the county at Monday night’s council meeting.
    Naftal compiled the comprehensive list at council’s request during the June 27 meeting.
    Included on the list are 91 properties with a total estimated value of about $113.9 million including a total building value of $51,968,700, total land value of $14,047,400 and a total content value of $47,931,308.