• 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.

  • Man bites woman; officers stun him with a stun gun

    Deputies shot a man with a stun gun minutes after he allegedly bit a woman earlier this month.
    Heath Springs resident George Duncan III, 29, was arrested June 1 on several charges after Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance at his home, according to sheriff’s office incident report.
    While there deputies spoke with a woman who said Duncan had been causing a disturbance in the home between 2 and 2:40 a.m.

  • No leads in woman hit by car

    Authorities have no leads in the case of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle earlier this month.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith said investigators still haven’t turned up any new information about who hit a 33-year-old Lancaster woman with his or her vehicle June 1.
    The woman spoke to Lancaster police officers at Springs Memorial Hospital about 30 minutes after she was hit, according to a police department incident report. She told officers the hit-and-run happened as she was walking along Clark Place in the city between 9:30 and 10 a.m.  

  • Courtney to step down from arts council

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will soon be looking for a new executive director. 

    Sam Courtney, who’s held the position for six years, told The Lancaster News on Monday that he is resigning, effective June 30. 

    The Arts Council, located in the old Springs House on Gay Street, promotes the arts in Lancaster County by providing educational opportunities for students and various programming for the general public, among other services. 

  • Mulvaney shares view on budget

    Beverly Lane Lorenz

    For The Lancaster

    INDIAN LAND  – As part of his “Spending, Debt, and Deficits” tour of the state, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. 5, held a town hall meeting at the pavilion in Sun City Carolina Lakes on Wednesday morning, June 8.  

  • Man shot 4 times at club

    Authorities and crime scene investigators combed the Midway area Thursday night for whoever shot a man outside a local club. 

    A 19-year-old Heath Springs man was shot at about 9 p.m. outside of Big Momma’s club, located at 1016 Old Landsford Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    Sheriff’s deputies found the victim lying almost directly in front of the club’s front door.