• Lancaster teen serving prison sentence

    A Lancaster teen who was wanted by deputies in two counties is now serving a nearly two-year sentence in state prison. 

    The Lancaster News learned Friday that Donnie Lee Laney, 19, 943 15th St., remains at Kirkland Correctional Institution. The Columbia facility is one of several institutions that are part of the S.C. Department of Corrections.

    Laney was arrested in Chesterfield County after authorities there said he made several false calls to 911 on June 3. 

  • Customer arrested for throwing drink at store clerk

    Police arrested a woman only hours after she threw a drink at a convenience store clerk last week. 

    Elizabeth Marie Baxter, 40, 4880 Feed Lot Road, Catawba, N.C., was picked up by Lancaster police officers after the clerk reported the assault July 1. 

    Officers responded to Midway Grocery, located at 426 W. Meeting St., at 5:50 p.m. and spoke with the clerk who said she had just been assaulted by a customer, according to a police department incident report. 

  • FLC sets closing deadline for Edenmoor purchase

    The Lancaster County Forfeit Land Commission has set dates for closing on the purchase of Indian Land's Edenmoor residential development.

    The announcement came Wednesday during a motion following a closed-door briefing for FLC members by representatives of Eden Ventures, the development company working to buy the troubled residential development.

  • Graffiti mars bypass businesses

    Employees at two local businesses were shocked when they arrived to open their doors last week. 

    It was a little after 7 a.m. June 30 when the first call came in to the Lancaster Police Department. A employee with Walgreens drug store, located at 1101 S.C. 9 Bypass, called police after noticing that someone spray painted the outside of the store. 

    Officers met with the woman who said the paint was not there when the last employee left the previous night at 11:30 p.m.

  • Two attacked during assault at sleepover

    An Indian Land woman was arrested over the July 4th weekend after she allegedly went to a home where her daughter was sleeping over with a friend and assaulted both her daughter and the friend's father.

    Gladys Moss, 40, of Pleasant Valley Drive, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor third-degree assault and battery. 

  • Gold Mine construction plans on hold

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilman Wade Hunter speaks optimistically about the anticipated economic impact of Haile Gold Mine Inc., although recent news may lead other people to feel differently.
    Romarco Minerals Inc., the parent company of Haile Gold Mine Inc., received news last week that its plans to operate a mine just outside the Kershaw town limits will be put on hold for at least a year.

  • Man, 18, dies after accident on S.C. 5

    Christopher Sardelli
    It’s only been a few days since Rock Hill teen Kenneth Steele Jr. died after a car crash along S.C. 5, but his former math teacher, Portia Stokes, said his memory will live on.
    Stokes, who taught statistics to Steele last semester at Rock Hill’s South Pointe High School, will always remember Steele’s cheerful attitude.

  • Deputies discover 70 pot plants in backyard

    Christopher Sardelli
    A search for stolen construction equipment led deputies to a large stash of marijuana behind a Lancaster home Tuesday evening.
    Acting on a tip from a concerned resident, Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Campbell Lake Road area about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
    The resident called deputies to tell them someone had stolen a piece of equipment from Lancaster County Public Works, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Brooklyn Avenue Fellowship Saturday

    Jesef Williams
    Terry Anthony has lived in Lancaster’s Brooklyn community nearly 20 years. The 15th Street resident says prostitution and drugs are commonplace, though he believes it doesn’t have to be that way.
    He’s hoping an upcoming event will be the start of a new era for the community.
    Anthony is one of the organizers of the Brooklyn Avenue Community Fellowship, which will take place for the first time this Saturday.

  • City amends abandoned, derelict vehicle ordinance

    Jesef Williams
    After recent sessions with much discussion about taxes, raises and other budget items, Lancaster City Council met June 28 for a relatively short and uneventful meeting.
    Council took action on two items – a measure to amend an existing city ordinance regarding abandoned vehicles and a resolution dealing with unwanted city-owned equipment.