• Police department receives federal grant to buy surveillance equipment

    Jesef Williams
    Though you may not know it, surveillance in Lancaster is about to be heightened.
    The Lancaster Police Department has received a $12,897 federal Justice Assistance Grant, which Police Chief Harlean Howard said will pay for security cameras.

  • Community honors officers

    Jesef Williams
    A section of Catawba Street behind the courthouse was blocked off to traffic. The area was filled with law enforcement, as officers huddled in circles to discuss their findings.
    That setting describes a typical emergency-response scene for local law enforcement. Patrol lights, sirens and crime-scene tape are all part of the experience.
    But an emergency was not the reason local officers convened on Catawba Street on Friday afternoon, May 11. The purpose was to simply celebrate and fellowship.

  • Lancaster under severe thunderstorm watch today

    Staff reports
    The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Lancaster County from 2:30 to 9 p.m. today.
    According to the National Weather Service, hail up to 2 inches in diameter, wind gusts up to 70 mph and dangerous lightning is possible.
    Remember, a severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

  • Flags at half-staff today

    Flags will be flown at half-staff today, May 15, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. This week, May 13-19 is National Police Week.

  • B-3 zoning back on council agenda

    Christopher Sardelli
    The issue of commercial zoning in the Panhandle will once again be a topic of discussion during Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday, May 14.

  • Sheriff: Double murder probable shootout

    Christopher Sardelli
    A drug robbery and subsequent shootout may be to blame for the deaths of two men last week, as new details continue to emerge about a double murder at a Lancaster home.
    Stephen Lamont Westbrook, 39, of Rock Hill and Mardrickus Javon Belk, 25, 896 Mark Lane, Lancaster, died after they were shot late Wednesday night, May 9, at a home in the 2300 block of Old Blackmon Lane, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office  press release.

  • Recycling Ruckus

    Reece Murphy
    With zoning that dates from when Indian Land was largely rural, it’s practically inevitable there would be clashes between long-established businesses and residents of the growing community.
    Last week, we examined the residents’ side of the latest of those clashes, which pits Indian Land residents Beverly Lynch, Jane Tanner and others against Pressley’s Recycling Center Inc.

  • Unlucky ‘breaks’ don’t slow down Buford’s Jay Chambers

    – Editor’s note: In the next three issues, The Lancaster News will profile students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2012.

    Sherry Archie
    For The Lancaster News
    About 7 a.m. Feb. 15, 2003, Justin “Jay” Chambers’ life changed forever.
    Chambers, who was 9 years old at the time, and his older sister, Chakina Clyburn, and their grandmother were involved in a horrific automobile accident on Rocky River Road. His grandmother, 66-year-old Bernice Clyburn, was killed instantly.

  • More than $60,000 stolen from HOPE

    Christopher Sardelli
    The amount of money and equipment stolen from a local charity is now estimated at more than $60,000.
    Members of HOPE in Lancaster, a 501(c)(3) non-profit group that provides help with food and utility bills for local residents, announced the new estimate in a press release Friday, May 11. The amount includes computer equipment and assets stolen from HOPE.

  • Confederate Memorial Day ceremony is Tuesday

    Jesef Williams
     The memory of those who took part in the war between the states will be remembered at an upcoming special event.
    The local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp is holding its annual Confederate Memorial Day ceremony Tuesday, May 15, in front of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse in downtown Lancaster.