• McIlwain Road store owner shot during robbery attempt

    A convenience store owner was shot several times during an attempted armed robbery late Saturday.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who shot the owner of the Stop-N-Shop, 2147 McIlwain Road, just after 11 p.m. Saturday. 

  • Fighting back

    Christopher Sardelli
    A group of residents peer through their window shades, afraid to go outside, as they watch scores of young people take over their neighborhood.
    They watch with trepidation as the swarm of strangers brazenly deals drugs in the homeowners’ back yards. And despite the “No Trespassing” signs posted on their property, residents watch helplessly as furniture is moved or stolen from their porches in broad daylight.

  • Water rate increase possible for Kershaw

    It’s looking more likely that residents in the town of Kershaw will soon face higher water and sewer rates. 

    Town Council voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday to include the rate increase in the first draft of the town’s 2011-12 budget. If passed, this would be the town’s first water and sewer rate increase in eight years. 

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes presented preliminary numbers Tuesday night that showed the town’s water and sewer fund overbudgeted by $62,307.  

  • ‘Rock’ of school district office retiring

    Reece Murphy


    Lancaster County School District is losing one of its most beloved employees to retirement.

    Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant JoAnne Mosier will wrap up 34 years of service with the district later this month. 

    She has served in her current position for the last 13 years working under three superintendents, John Taylor, Dr. Pat Burns and Dr. Gene Moore.

  • Engineers studying Brook Drive

    A familiar contractor is studying the road that will be the location for college housing in the near future. 

    At its most recent meeting May 24, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously to allow W.K. Dickson of Charlotte to provide engineering services for the city’s Brook Drive improvement project. 

    The city contracts with W.K. Dickson for most of its infrastructural work. It’s paying the firm $49,200 for these particular services.  

  • Proposed redistricting maps unveiled

    Lancaster County residents may soon have one more representative fighting for their rights in Columbia.

    Using data collected from the 2010 U.S. Census, the S.C. House of Representatives recently released its proposed redistricting maps for all 124 state districts. And based on increases in population numbers, Lancaster County could soon see four state House representatives. 

  • County Council looks at its demolition ordinance

    Tired of seeing partially demolished structures marring local landscapes, Lancaster County Council recently discussed a possible solution.

    At council’s May 23 meeting, several members sounded off about problems with the unsightly remains of structures across the county needing to be demolished. As a way to fix the problem, council discussed first reading of an ordinance requiring performance bonding for the demolition of properties with 20,000 square feet or more. 

  • Battling the heat wave

    Reece Murphy
    Holy smokes it’s hot!
    While summer may not officially start until June 21, with weather like we’ve had for the last few days, it sure feels like it decided to come early.
    National Weather Service (NWS) officials pegged the high in and around Lancaster County Wednesday at 95 degrees – 11 degrees higher than normal for this time of year.

  • Public meeting Monday

    Reece Murphy
    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) will hold a public hearing Monday to present its 2011-2012 budget.
    The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the LCWSD offices in Lancaster, located at 1403 Kershaw Camden Highway.
    Assistant District Manager Steve White said this year’s projected revenue and operations budget comes in at $18,940,000, nearly $445,000 more than last year’s $18,495,05 budget.
    The proposed budget includes an annual 2 percent rate increase.

  • Store clerk robbed at gunpoint

    Christopher Sardelli
    A clerk at a Lancaster convenience store was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday night.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to North Corner Grocery, located at 3647 Charlotte Highway, minutes after a man held up the clerk and took an undisclosed amount of money, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
    Deputies spoke with the clerk, who said he was outside locking up the store’s ice box at 9 p.m. when a man came from around the left side of the store.