• Woman hit with beer bottle, robbed

    Officers are still searching for a man who hit a woman with a beer bottle and stole her money several weeks ago.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith said no arrests have been made in a May 28 incident where a 46-year-old woman was attacked as she walked home. 

    The assault and robbery happened at about 11:40 p.m. and both Lancaster police officers and Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. 

  • Chester names interim super

    CHESTER – John Taylor, a retired Lancaster County Schools superintendent, is the new Chester County interim superintendent. Taylor began his duties with the district effective Monday. He will receive a salary of $10,000 per month.

  • Was interim super vote mishandled?

    Travis Jenkins

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – A prepared statement read by Chester County School Board Chairwoman Maggie James on June 9 seems to indicate that a vote to hire John Taylor as interim superintendent may not have been handled properly.

    At the special called meeting, the board went behind closed doors to discuss the search for an interim superintendent. Upon returning to open session, a motion was made to authorize James to offer the position to Taylor, a former Lancaster County superintendent. 

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  • Police investigate suspected arson at Arch Street home

    Police are still looking for suspects in an apparent house arson that occurred a little more than a week ago.
    Officers with the Lancaster Police Department responded to an East Arch Street home about 4:40 a.m. June 4 after receiving a call about someone throwing a Molotov cocktail into the house, according to an incident report.
    A Molotov cocktail is a type of homemade bomb used to start fires.
    The resident told police that she and her boyfriend were sleeping in the bedroom when they were awakened by a loud crash.

  • Residents concerned about tax hikes

    A large crowd packed into the Lancaster County Council chambers Monday night, though only a handful of concerned residents spoke out about a series of potential tax hikes.
    The crowd gathered to hear comments during a public hearing about the county’s 2011-12 budget, which has raised eyebrows for its increases in property taxes. The proposed budget features an increase of 1.2 mills in the county’s general fund, a one-tenth of a mill increase in the University of South Carolina Lancaster fund and an increase of $5 in the county road fee.

  • A Blaze of ‘Old Glory’

    Boy Scout Troop 180 held its annual flag retirement ceremony Monday at the Elgin Scout Hut. The ceremony commemorates Flag Day - June 14 - and properly disposes of the worn and tattered American flags the troop collects at a drop box at the Lancaster post office. The troop adopted the practice in 2000 as a community service project.

  • Dog hoarder facing charges

    A Lancaster County man is due in court next month on charges related to hoarding dogs.
    Lawrence Sherrill, 66, of the 5100 block of Shiloh Unity Road, is set for a July 11 jury trial to defend himself against six citations for his dogs being off restraint and one for nuisance barking.
    By his own account, Sherrill now owns about 55 dogs, 45 of which he keeps inside his small mobile home on Shiloh Unity Road and a pen out back and another 10 or so in similar conditions at another property on Zeb Deese Road.
    At one time, he owned about 100 dogs.

  • KARE seeks to expand services

    KERSHAW – While economic conditions remain unfavorable and high unemployment persists, a local organization seeks to enhance the services it provides to residents in the southern part of Lancaster County.
    Kershaw Area Resource Exchange, or KARE, has been in existence nearly three decades, but had never been faced with the volume of requests it’s seen over the last few years.
    KARE, located on Hart Street in Kershaw, operates a clothing store, runs a food pantry and assists residents with utilities and other expenses during short-term emergencies.

  • Golden Age of Merit dinner Sunday

    After more than 20 years, Sally Deese’s annual Golden Age of Merit dinner for seniors has become near-legendary in Lancaster County.
    Since 1989, Deese, with the help of family and friends, has been on a mission from God to cook a Sunday dinner for as many senior citizens who care to join her for the annual event at her 40-acre Four Oaks Farm in the Buford community.
    The event traditionally draws hundreds from all over the county.