• Armed robbery at Crenco store

    Christopher Sardelli
    Lancaster police officers swarmed a local convenience store Sunday night searching for a man who robbed the business only minutes earlier.
    The armed robbery happened about 11:10 p.m. at the Crenco Exxon convenience store, at 1449 S.C. 9 Bypass, according to a police department incident report. Police arrived about four minutes later and spoke with the store clerk.

  • Police to host toy giveaway

    Christopher Sardelli
    As Christmas quickly approaches, families in need will have a chance this week to find much-needed toys for their children.  
    The Lancaster Police Department, in conjunction with  local crime-awareness group Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS), will hold a free toy giveaway event on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. The giveaway, which is open to the public, will be held at the city of Lancaster’s 15th Street Complex, located at 916 15th St.

  • Santa visits Van Wyck early

    Christopher Sardelli
    VAN WYCK –The list may have been smaller this year, but Betty George’s desire to help her community was as big as ever Saturday afternoon.
    George, postmaster of the Van Wyck post office and organizer of the Van Wyck Angel Tree program, donned her Santa hat and headed off to several homes Saturday with bags of toys and boxes of food, hoping to make Christmas a little brighter for several families. This was her 11th straight year helping with the program.

  • Foundation awards $11,060 in grants

    Lancaster County
    Community Foundation
     The Lancaster County Community Foundation has awarded a total of $11,060.67 to four nonprofit groups in Lancaster County.
    The foundation awarded a $7,560.67 grant from the Lancaster County Citizens Law Enforcement Fund to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Council gets updates on city projects

    Jesef Williams
     The vision includes 500 college students living in the city of Lancaster – each one representing a $21,000 surge to the local economy.
    They will live in housing units on Brook Drive, within walking distance of the University of South Carolina Lancaster campus.
    The setting gives the area a “true campus feel,” while attracting young adults who may become permanent residents in the future.

  • Driver hits liquor store

    Employees at a local liquor store continue to repair damage days after a man drove his car through their storefront.
    As of Friday afternoon, a large hole could still be seen in the front of Katie's Liquor Store, near the Crenco Exxon station at 1449 S.C. 9 Bypass, almost a week after a Lancaster man crashed into the store.
    Lancaster police officers responded at about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10, where they noticed a black Mercury sitting partially inside the front part of the liquor store, according to a police department incident report.

  • Jackie’s Place needs help with holiday giving

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    The season of giving is upon us, and a local woman needs the community's help to keep up her tradition of giving during the holidays.

  • Teen injured in wreck

    Christopher Sardelli
    VAn Wyck – A teenage girl was injured when her pickup truck ran off a road and flipped onto its side Tuesday afternoon.
    Local rescue workers spent several minutes pulling the trapped teen from the truck after it came to rest in a wooded area in Van Wyck after 3 p.m.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said Chelsie Auton, 18, of Lancaster was driving a 1983 Toyota pickup truck north on Old Hickory Road when the accident happened.

  • DUI enforcement blitz focus of statewide holiday initiative

    COLUMBIA – In the week leading up to Christmas and continuing through New Year’s Day, state and local law enforcement agencies will step up efforts to reduce drunk driving in South Carolina.
     The enforcement blitz – the Christmas/New Year’s Sober or Slammer! DUI crackdown campaign – is spearheaded by the SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) and runs now through Jan. 2, 2012. The goal is to curb the number of crashes and fatalities caused by motorists driving while impaired during the holiday season.

  • Schools to offer online meal payment options

    Lancaster County school board approved a new way for parents to pay for their children's meals Tuesday night during its December meeting.
    Called "Meals Plus," the optional program will allow parents to buy their children's school meals online – and monitor what their children are eating.
    The district will start notifying parents of the service at the beginning of next semester in January with sign-up available soon after.