• Deputies charge man under house arrest with aggravated domestic violence

    A Lancaster man out on bond and wearing a GPS- monitoring device was arrested earlier this month on a domestic violence charge. 

    John Jarrod Hill, 29, 1741 Old Carter Road, was arrested May 6 and charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The charge was filed after a deputy responded to an assault call in the 1700 block of Old Carter Street on May 5. 

  • Justin Pate to compete in high school state rodeo championship this week

    Got a hankerin’ for all things cowboy? 

    Then take a short trip to Clemson this weekend, and see 16-year-old Lancaster resident Justin “P-Nut” Pate compete in the 37th Annual S. C. High School Rodeo Association’s State Championship.

    The championship runs Thursday through Saturday. 

    It offers high school competitors the chance to win prizes, scholarships, and a chance to compete in the National Championship, to be held in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

  • Two pedestrians hit by car on Ruth Street

    Authorities are searching for the driver of a car who hit two pedestrians on a Lancaster road and fled the scene last weekend.

    The hit and run happened Saturday, May 19, at about 11:30 p.m. when a car struck two pedestrians from behind and then drove away, according to a S.C. Highway Patrol press release. The collision happened on Ruth Street, just off Springdale Road and Great Falls Highway near Airport Road.

  • DHEC meeting on Pressley’s frustrates Indian Land residents

    Reece Murphy

    INDIAN LAND – Officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) met with Indian Land residents Tuesday, May 15, to discuss its actions against a local recycler.
    Pressley’s Recycling Center, 9531 Charlotte Highway, has been the focus of unwanted attention since residents’ complaints late last year led to a Dec. 16 DHEC compliance letter regarding regulatory violations.

  • County council to take first stab at budget

    Christopher Sardelli
    A year after county officials and residents debated the contents of its annual budget, Lancaster County Council will begin the process again Monday evening, May 21.
    That’s when council will hear first reading of the county budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2013.
    After three meetings of council’s Finance Committee, the draft budget is $1.65 million out of balance because of several cost increases and newly added community needs.

  • Police charge Clinton with attempted murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster woman remained jailed this weekend after attacking a man with a hammer earlier this week.
    Gena Naliah Clinton, 26, 3034 Miller St., was arrested Tuesday, May 15, and charged with attempted murder, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    Lancaster police officers first learned of the attack after responding to a domestic dispute call in the 3000 block of East Miller Street.

  • Heath Springs water line project at a standstill

    Jesef Williams
    HEATH SPRINGS – The latest phase of Heath Springs’ water line replacement project is at a standstill, and officials don’t know when construction will begin.
    Mayor Ann Taylor updated Town Council on the project during its Tuesday, May 15, meeting.
    Last year, Heath Springs once again received a federal Community Development Block Grant to replace water lines in the town.

  • Fort Lawn unveils 9/11 sculpture

    Denyse Clark
    Landmark News Services
    FORT LAWN – Fort Lawn resident Richard Hulse choked back tears at the unveiling of a unique memorial monument as he remembered fallen comrades who perished in the terrorist attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
    Hulse, a former volunteer with New York firefighters, told a crowd gathered in front of the Fort Lawn Community Center on May 5 why this memorial dedication was of special significance to him.

  • Faith team works on water project

    Mildred Kinghorn
    Faith Presbyterian Church
    Faith Presbyterian Church recently sent nine of its members to Charleston to work as a mission team for Water Missions International.
    The mission team members helped build 20 water-filtration systems for an emergency in Peru.
    Team members were Indian Land residents Edye and David Bender, Sissy Kinghorn, Sue and Rick Lambert, Rodney Mandracchia, Jeannette Wilson and Diane and Colin Winchester.

  • Billboard shares Hinson’s gentle smile

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Services
    GREAT FALLS – A new billboard was unveiled last week.
    But this isn’t your typical advertisement.
    Police hope the billboard will help find the killer of Alfreda Wertz Hinson.
    Hinson was found murdered in her home on Nov. 28, 2011. She died from a single gunshot wound to her head.
    Numerous law enforcement agencies, Crimestoppers of the Midlands, Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Revelations Outdoor Management held a press conference below the billboard on May 8.