• History, culture and connections the focus of leadership Lancaster

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    The 18 members of the 2011 Leadership Lancaster class stood shoulder-to-shoulder, pressed tightly together and hugging the wall in complete silence as two armed men each held a hostage at gunpoint. 

    In an instant, the front door slammed open and members of the Lancaster SWAT Team stormed the home through every door and several windows to attempt to save the hostages and apprehend the perpetrators. 

  • Sheriff’s office offers safety tips

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office

    Halloween can be exciting for children and adults. Halloween parties, trick-or-treating, fall festivals and haunted houses are all enjoyable.  However, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you to not let your guard down when it comes to safety.  

  • Fatal wreck reported Saturday

    Staff Reports

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal collision that took place Saturday morning.

    A 19-year-old Kershaw resident was killed in an accident at 10:12 a.m. on North Taxahaw Road near U.S. 601, which is in the Charlesboro community of Lancaster County.

    The teen, driving a 1998 Honda, swerved off of the road and struck a utility pole. He was wearing a seat belt.

    No further details were available at press time Saturday. 

  • City takes politics out of grant funding

    Jesef Williams
    Major adjustments are coming to the city of Lancaster’s hospitality tax grant process – again.
    City Council voted Tuesday to adopt three key changes to the system that awards area groups money to fund services and events designed to foster tourism.
    Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director, said a committee met earlier this month to discuss the process. Their three key suggestions were to:

  • School bands wrap up season

    Reece Murphy
    With their seasons winding down, two Lancaster County high school marching bands are heading to the state championship Saturday.
    While two others didn’t qualify for this year’s championship, their band directors say the season was still successful.
    Andrew Jackson
    High School

  • District exit exam results improve

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District saw an increase in the number of students who passed the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) test last school year.
    The HSAP is a state-mandated exit exam that focuses on English language arts and math.
    Passing the test is a requirement for graduation. Data from it is used to determine South Carolina school districts’ and schools’ Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Unexplained events abound in county

    Ellen Robinson
    For The Lancaster News
    Editor’s note: It’s almost Halloween – the time of the year when there is a greater focus on tales of the strange and unexplained. Kershaw resident Ellen Robinson has compiled several tales of the unusual paranormal phenomena emanating from the southern end of Lancaster County.
    Flat Creek:
    Gregory’s Graveyard
    Gregory’s Graveyard, a private 300-year-old family graveyard, is located in far eastern Lancaster County. Some of the graves date back to the late 1600s to early 1700s.

  • South Carolina gearing up for annual flu season

    DHEC Press Release
    October marks the beginning of Senior Vaccination Season. From now until March, people of all ages are susceptible to influenza. Data by Flu.gov shows that each year about 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized and an average of 23,600 people die of seasonal flu-related causes.
    As high as 90 percent of the deaths occur in people age 65 and older. Most of these deaths could be prevented with a simple vaccine.

  • GOP women to sponsor presidential info meeting

    Lancaster County Republican Women
    How does one become president of the United States?  
    Dr. Danny Faulkner presents the process and the importance of the voter’s role in the upcoming presidential elections at a meeting of Lancaster County Republican Women.
    Women age 18 and older are invited to attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the assembly room on the second floor of Springs Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Meeting St.

  • Police search for suspect in Willow Oak shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    Leads continue to trickle into the Lancaster Police Department about a shooting in the city last week, and investigators hope one will lead them to the shooter.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith said there are still no suspects in the case of a man shot in the chest last week.
    Police responded to the 300 block of Willow Oak Circle shortly after 6:15 p.m. Oct. 18 after multiple calls of gunshots fired and found a 37-year-old man who had been shot one time.