• Wreaths Across America comes back to Kershaw

    Jesef Williams
     KERSHAW – The annual Wreaths Across America event is coming up, and local organizers still need your help to make this year’s ceremony a success.
    The goal is to remember, honor and teach – as the plan is to once again lay a wreath on each of the nearly 600 veterans’ grave sites at Kershaw City Cemetery.

  • Fire damages new Dollar General

    Shoppers looking for dollar deals will have to put those plans on hold as one local store repairs damage from a fire that sparked last weekend. 

    Lancaster’s new Dollar General store, at 501 E. Arch St., opened its doors a little over a month ago, but those doors were shut again after a back room fire burned in the early Sunday morning. By Monday, strands of yellow crime scene tape hung in the parking lot, preventing customers from parking or going inside. 

  • Christmas musical features local artists

    By Doris Hood
    Special to The Lancaster News
    After Thanksgiving, the focus turns to the Christmas season, with Christmas Day just a month away. The Pan-Hellenic Council plans to get the season off to a good start, with The Spirit of Christmas, a musical performance at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion AME Church, 317 E. Barr St.
    The Spirit of Christmas features Lancaster artists Gayle Gordon, Lafayette Thrower and the Rev. Eddie Moore.
    Gordon is a well-known soprano and has performed at numerous events in Lancaster and beyond.

  • Injured deputy returns home

    A sheriff’s deputy shot last week during a botched robbery is home, just in time for Thanksgiving. 

    It hasn’t even been a week since Investigator Brandon Rollins was shot once in the stomach, but Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the deputy was released from the hospital earlier this week.   

    Rollins, an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was shot as he and several other off-duty deputies confronted an armed robber at the Shrimp Boat restaurant shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. 

  • ‘Never saw Layton in a bad mood'

    The Lancaster County School District has been hit with the loss of yet another student, this time a 7-year-old student at Erwin Elementary School in Lancaster.

    The latest loss brings the sad total to five students and two coaches county-wide who have died since school started in August.

    Layton Gladden, a second-grade special-needs student, died Sunday at his home of complications from a lifelong condition. He was the son of Kevin and Chandra Gladden of Lancaster.

  • Early Thanksgiving

    INDIAN LAND – Richard Williamson of Indian Land held out an old copy of the Charlotte News, tapped it and said, “Here, that’ll tell you everything you need to know.”

    The newspaper, dated Feb. 8, 1965, is yellow and ragged at the edges, with ink smudged in places along the crinkled folds, despite years of careful storage. 

  • Oliver takes command of Highway Patrol

    A Lancaster native assumed command of the S.C. Highway Patrol on an interim basis this week.

    Lt. Col. Michael Oliver was named SCHP’s interim commander Monday by S.C. Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith. The decision comes after previous commander Col. Kenny Lancaster announced he plans to retire Dec. 27. 

  • Local stores kick off Black Friday early

    Are you a Black Friday shopper who thrives on the idea of being among the first to seize deals the minute the doors open?

    Well get your most comfortable shopping shoes set aside and get ready to go.

    In a trend designed to lure recession-shocked shoppers looking to stretch their holiday pennies, Black Friday is starting earlier than ever this year.

    For Walmart, that means Black Friday is now Black Thursday with a 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day sale kickoff. The store normally kicks off its Black Friday sales at 5 a.m. Friday.

  • Woman arrested for mailing contraband to jail

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Kershaw woman will spend time behind bars after trying to pass drugs and other items to someone jailed at a state correctional facility.
    Shareca Latoya Jones, 28, 624 E. Church St., was arrested Nov. 8 by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and charged with multiple drug charges after a failed attempt to deliver contraband to an inmate jailed with the S.C. Department of Corrections in Ridgeville, according to a sheriff's office press release.  

  • Teen arrested in shooting of deputy

    Christopher Sardelli


    A 19-year-old Lancaster man was arrested Friday morning, only hours after he was involved in the shooting of a sheriff’s deputy at a local restaurant.

    Rodrick Darnell Caskey, 1781 Baker St., may face charges of attempted murder and armed robbery in the case.