• Nationwide emergency alert system test today

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.
    The nationwide test will be at 2 p.m. today and could last up to three and a half minutes.
    The public will hear a message, “This is a test,” on radio, television and cable.

  • Gym owner charged with kidnapping, assault

    Reece Murphy
    A Lancaster gym owner has been charged for allegedly locking a customer in his office and assaulting him over an outstanding bill.
    Anytime Fitness owner William Edward Haughey, 56, of 504 N. Woodland Drive, was charged Oct. 31, with kidnapping and third-degree assault and battery.
    A traffic stop two days later also led to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

  • Beloved AJ coach dies

    Reece Murphy
    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School is reeling from the loss of a beloved coach and teacher who died Monday evening.
    Chad Faulkenberry was a longtime coach of the school’s junior varsity Volunteers football team and assistant coach for the varsity team.
    Family and friends said Faulkenberry collapsed at his home in Kershaw about 11 p.m. Monday. The cause of death was unknown as of deadline Tuesday afternoon.

  • AJ student injured in crash

    An Andrew Jackson High School student was seriously injured in an automobile accident on her way to school Monday morning.
    Several sources have identified the student as 16-year-old Kristen Tinsley, an 11th-grader at the school. She is the daughter of Alan and Wendy Sattler of Sentry Road, Lancaster.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the accident occurred around 7:45 on New Hope Road approximately 3.45 miles south of Heath Springs.
    Elder said the teen drove her 1996 Chevrolet off the right side of the road and struck a telephone pole.

  • Murder trial to begin Monday

    A trial for a man charged in the death of a 3-year-old girl last year begins Monday morning. 

    Anthony Rodriekus Carter, 29, of 2139 Lynwood Drive, Lancaster, heads to court this week, charged in connection with the killing of 3-year-old Jaylen Jackson in May 2010. He faces a murder charge, as well as related firearms charges, said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield. 

    The trial begins at 9:30 a.m. in the county courthouse. Judge Earnest Kinard of Camden will preside over the case. 

  • Duke rate hike hearing Tuesday

    Duke Energy is requesting a rate increase and the public will get a chance to express their thoughts on the matter during a public hearing Tuesday night.

    With requested rate increases averaging between 11 percent for commercial customers and 17 percent for residential customers, the company is asking for an overall 15 percent increase in its monthly rates.

    If approved, the rates would go into effect in February 2012.

  • Closing the book

    Christopher Sardelli


    Looking back on two years’ worth of investigations into suspected gang activity, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said there’s no feeling quite like closing an open case. 

  • Hard work pays off

    A team of educational experts representing the international accrediting body AdvancED will recommended accreditation for the Lancaster County School District.

    Accreditation is a certification process that ensures an educational body maintains standards that qualify its graduates for admissions to institutions of higher learning.

  • Nunnery: Looking back/forward

    Chris Nunnery has found himself in an awkward position several times in the past week. 

    For years, he’s been accustomed to responding to emergencies when he hears them paged out on the radio scanner. But now, he’s only able to listen, as the dispatcher’s voice takes him back down memory lane. 

    Nunnery, who was chief at the Lancaster Fire Department for the past nine years, announced his retirement last month as he prepares to take on a new position as the county’s 911 director. 

  • Earned Honor

    Jesef Williams
    Pat Cassetta clearly recalls images from his time as a machine gunner during World War II.
    The former U.S. Marine was first deployed to the island of Saipan and later sent to battle at islands along Japan, as the United States fought back after that nation attacked Pearl Harbor.
    Cassetta served four years in the Marines before being discharged in 1947.
    Those years in battle came with gruesome sights he’ll never forget. Death and dismemberment were commonplace.