• Man injured in moped crash

    Christopher Sardelli
    A moped driver was flown to a Charlotte hospital Friday afternoon, Dec. 28, after crashing on the side of a Lancaster road.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard said officers responded to a one-vehicle accident at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.
    She said the male driver was traveling along Hunter Street, near Central Avenue, when he wrecked his moped.
    “As far as we can tell he lost control of his scooter and had an injury,” Howard said.

  • Habitat for Humanity dedicates 12th home

    Nita Brown
    For The Lancaster News
    Jasmine Stover celebrated Christmas in her very own home this year.
    It was a red-letter day, not only for her, but for all of Lancaster County.
    Thanks to the generosity and hard work of a host of people here, as well as “sweat equity” from Stover, her family and friends, she officially became the 12th Habitat homeowner partner in Lancaster County on Dec. 18, with a dedication for her home on North Penny Street, Lancaster, and a blessing for her and her family.

  • IL Santa enjoys bringing Christmas magic

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    INDIAN LAND – As Christmas Eve dawned chilly and cloudy, the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department was alive with activity as volunteers  loaded firetrucks, U-Haul trucks and other vehicles with gifts and food to be delivered in the Panhandle area during the 21st annual Panhandle Christmas Drive.
    Both Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments participate in the event, which begins when names are placed on an angel tree by Indian Land schools.  

  • FEMA awards county $1 million

    The county’s fire service is set to receive a boost in manpower from a recently awarded federal grant that will help fund 10 paid firefighters.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder confirmed the grant Thursday, Dec. 27.

    “The fire service just received a $1 million grant for paid firefighters during the daytime hours,” Blackwelder said.

  • House to reconvene on Sunday

    House leader Rep. John Boehner has called U.S. House District 5 Congressman Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land and other congressmen to head back to Washington, D.C., as the deadline for the so-called “fiscal cliff” looms.

    Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday morning he doubts there will be enough time for the Senate and House to reach a deal in the upcoming days.

    During a phone conversation Thursday afternoon, Mulvaney said Boehner asked House Republicans to cut the holiday break short and return to work.

  • Two more fires, another fire fatality in county

    KERSHAW – A house fire claimed the life of a Kershaw man Thursday morning, Dec. 27, the second deadly fire in Lancaster County in less than a week. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said firefighters were dispatched to 304 E. Marion Street at 10:04 a.m. Thursday after a passerby saw smoke coming from the home and called 911.

    Once inside the house, and despite the fact that the fire had been contained relatively quickly, firefighters discovered the body of 34-year-old Adam Whitley in the living room.

  • Police investigate armed robbery at Pelican Prints

    Police continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at a Lancaster business last week.

    An officer came to Pelican Prints, 1106 W. Meeting St., just before 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21, to speak with a man inside the business.

    The man said that he and a woman were inside when two armed men entered the building, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The man said the assailants ordered he and the woman, at gunpoint, to lie on the floor and hand over all of their money.

  • Fort Lawn fire station to get much-needed repairs

    FORT LAWN – The Fort Lawn Fire Department has a decrepit ceiling at its fire station that is threatening three fire apparatus housed inside but county officials have initiated the process to make the long-needed improvements, said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

  • FOIA change may be in the works

    A bill recently pre-filed in the S.C. House of Representatives would amend the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to make government much more transparent and responsive.

     This is the second attempt by Rep. Bill Taylor (R-Aiken) to reform the FOIA. 

    Last spring his similar bill won approval in the House by a 101-1 vote, but stalled in the State Senate in the final days of the legislative session.

  • Investigators on scene of deadly fire in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators are on the scene of a deadly fire in Kershaw today, the second in Lancaster County since Friday.

    According to Lancaster County officials, firefighters from the Kershaw, Heath Springs, Black Creek and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments were dispatched to a home on Marion Street around 10:30 a.m. Where they later discovered a body inside the home.

    The identity of the deceased has yet to be identified.