• Locals on edge after slaying

     Kelly Simpson says she’s always vigilant, especially when walking alone. However, news of the recent abduction and murder of a Kershaw woman has made her a lot more conscious of her surroundings. 

    Simpson, a senior at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, was shocked to hear that something as horrific as Monday’s murder could happen so close to home. 

  • Fatal IL accident was Christmas Eve

    Investigators believe a wreck discovered Tuesday that killed three family members south of Indian Land happened three days earlier on Christmas Eve.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris identified the victims Wednesday morning as Darrell Christopher Fisher, 48, of Catawba, his sister, Jerilyn Fisher, 47, of Rock Hill and her son, William Breon Fisher, 16, of Catawba.

  • State may seek waiver for No Child Left Behind waiver request

    The S.C. Department of Education is considering asking the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from some requirements of No Child Left Behind.

    As part of the process, SCDOE has scheduled a community stakeholder meeting and public comment session on the matter at the Lancaster County School District offices from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 5.

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) signed into law by former President George Bush in January 2002.

  • Two local men join Bachmann’s campaign

    Columbia – This week, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced the team of grassroots leaders who will propel her campaign to victory in South Carolina.

    The team includes two Lancaster County men: Executive Committeeman Donnie Jones, who will serve as the Bachmann campaign’s county chairman, and 

    Indian Land Republican Club Chairman Steven Coley, who will serve as the campaign’s county grassroots coordinator.

  • Speeding leads to drug arrest

    A Lancaster man was arrested after police found a number of drugs on him during a traffic stop. 

    Officers found the man while patrolling East Arch Street about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Officers saw a white car with tinted windows speeding in a 35-mph zone, according to a police department incident report. They pulled the car over in a parking lot along S.C. 9 Bypass. 

  • Teen takes woman’s car, wrecks it

    Jesef Williams


    Authorities say no charges have been filed in a December incident in which a teen reportedly took a car without permission and wrecked it on Jackson Street. 

    Lancaster police and sheriff’s deputies went to a home in the 100 block of South Jackson Street on Dec. 10 in response to call about a stolen vehicle and a wreck.

  • Miller could face death penalty

    The man charged with the murder of Beverly Hope Melton could be sentenced to death. 

    As authorities probe Monday’s abduction and killing, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews wants to see the death penalty sought against the accused assailant, Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 23. 

    On Thursday, Matthews said he has talked with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office about charges against Miller, along with the evidence being gathered through the investigation. 

  • Cocoa for a cure

    Reece Murphy
    INDIAN LAND – Sam Little came up with a great idea to make raise money – set up a hot chocolate stand.
    Wait a minute. Good idea, but hardly original – kids have been setting up stands of one kind or another for ages, right?
    True enough.
    But 10-year-old Sam had a great location in mind. He set up outside the door of his father’s insurance office in Indian Land, which shares a vestibule with a busy doctor’s office.

  • Man charged in fatal stabbing

    Reece Murphy
    A Lancaster man is in jail for stabbing his roommate to death early Christmas morning, according to officials.
    Yery Hernan Castro Ortega, 30, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his roommate, Jose Santiago, 26.
    A Lancaster Sheriff’s Office release said deputies went to the men’s home at 2052 Athena Road about 3:20 Christmas morning after receiving a call about a fight.
    When deputies arrived, they found Santiago dead inside.

  • Chester council to hear L&C request

    Denyse Clark
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – The Chester County Planning Commission met last week and unanimously approved a rezoning request for the L&C Railway.
    The request was submitted to change property at 4544 Lancaster Highway, Richburg, for chemical manufacturing.
    Chester County Economic Director Karlisa Parker made the request at a Dec. 20 meeting on behalf of L&C Railway. Parker told the planning commission she represented L&C landholdings and asked for the property to be rezoned to ID-3.