• Arrests made in recent arson

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, June 12, the arrests of a man and woman suspected of burning a house last month.

    Josh A. Price, 28, 1454 Winthrop Ave., Lancaster, and Bobbie Lee Keiningham, 26, 148 Catoe Road, Kershaw, have each been charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

    Investigators say they broke into a Heath Springs home May 25 and intentionally set it on fire.

  • Downed utility line cuts power to more than 2,500 homes

    Gregory A. Summers
    The 400 block of Arch Street between McCardell and Hughes streets is blocked off after a power line fell about 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
    The energized line started a small fire, but extinguished itself before firefighters could arrive. The downed power line is near the front driveway of Municipal Park and the Wayne Fields All Children’s Playground.
    At 3 p.m. Duke Energy reported more than 2,500 homes in the county – some as far east as the Antioch Community – were without power.

  • Smoking ban, budget top issues for council

    Christopher Sardelli
    The annual budget process and a proposed countywide smoking ban will keep Lancaster County Council busy at its meeting Monday night, June 11.
    Council will hold a public hearing, followed by a vote on second reading, of the county’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    The fiscal year begins July 1 and ending June 30, 2013.
    Council is currently considering several additions to a budget which is at least $1.65 million out of kilter.

  • Primary Day information

    u Antioch – Antioch Baptist Church, 3052 Taxahaw Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    u Belair II – Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land (District 7)
    • Camp Creek – Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    • Dwight – Buford High School, 4290 Tabernacle Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    • Hyde Park – Hyde Park Baptist Church Recreation Building, 1898 Flat Creek Road, Lancaster (District 3)

  • Contractor exposed to sodium hydroxide at Catawba plant

    Jesef Williams
    CATAWBA – A third-party contractor for Resolute Forest Products was exposed Thursday, June 7, to the same chemical that left four plant workers hospitalized last month.
    Debbie Johnston, a spokeswoman for Resolute Forest Products, said an outside contractor came in direct contact with sodium hydroxide as he was transferring the chemical from a tanker truck to a holding tank.

  • Lancaster man pleads not guilty in deaths of former Belmont, N.C., mayor, girlfriend

    Christopher Sardelli
    BELMONT, N.C.- A Lancaster man will have his day in court early next year, after he pleaded not guilty this week for the February deaths of a former Belmont, N.C. mayor aand his girlfriend.
    Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell said Lester Saunders Norman Jr., 41, pleaded not guilty to several charges Monday, June 4 for the deaths of former Belmont Mayor Kevin Loftin, 56, and Donna Jean Deitz, 60.

  • County to host three July 4 parades

    From staff reports
    There are three Independence Day parades in Lancaster County to choose from this year.
    Charlesboro parade
    The 33rd annual Charlesboro July 4 parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin with line up at New Haven Baptist Church and will march down Taxahaw Road to Blackmon Cemetery. The vehicles must be road safe and display an American flag. Floats are welcome. For details, call (803) 285-8781 or (843) 658-3555.
    Rich Hill parade

  • Phipps, Dabney to take on new roles in school district

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District officials have named replacements for retiring Executive Director of Instructional Services Carolyn Jordan and Andrew Jackson High School Principal Mary Barry.
    According to district officials, Buford High School Principal Jonathan Phipps will replace Jordan at the district office.
    AJHS assistant principal Alex Dabney will take over his former boss’ position at the helm of AJHS.

  • Man reports robbery, attack after phone date

    Christopher Sardelli
    Investigators are still looking into a Charlotte man’s claim that he was assaulted and robbed following an encounter with a woman he met on a phone chat line.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said details are sketchy in the assault reported May 22, though he said the victim has not told the whole story.

  • Police investigate drive-by shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    A drive-by shooting at a Lancaster home had officers canvassing several local neighborhoods last weekend.
    Officers were called to a home in the 200 block of McCardell Street at about 11 p.m., June 1, after a family called 911 to report shots fired at their home, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    At the scene, officers spoke with three family members who heard the shots fired nearby.