• Deputies investigate double murder

    Reece Murphy
    A shooting at a night club resulted in the deaths of two Lancaster men Friday night, one of whom was a suspect in a 2010 murder recently released on bond.
    The shooting came just hours after an unrelated incident in Heath Springs in which a woman reportedly shot her boyfriend.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the “The Café” night club on Old Landsford Road in Lancaster at 10:57 p.m. Old Landsford Road.

  • Kershaw NAACP focuses on promoting goodwill

    KERSHAW – On Saturday, residents, community leaders and representatives of local businesses participated in the annual Kershaw Freedom Fund Banquet held at the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center.

    The banquet, sponsored by the Kershaw branch of the NAACP, was a time to promote goodwill, organizers say.

  • Local Habitat for Humanity warns of possible scam

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is urging people to be aware of possible scam artists posing as Habitat fundraisers.

    There have been reports of people selling T-shirts and magazine subscriptions saying the money goes to Habitat for Humanity.

    Habitat has not authorized national or  local fundraisers of this kind, said Nita Brown, director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.

  • Woman robbed in Pageland Highway driveway

    A stop at her mailbox ended in the armed robbery of a Lancaster woman early Monday morning.

    The 39-year-old victim called 911 at 2:25 a.m. to report she had just been robbed at gunpoint outside her home in the 3400 block of Pageland Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The woman told deputies at the scene she got home about 2:20 a.m. after a trip to Walmart to buy items for her children’s school lunches.

  • Weekend checkpoints net charges

    Driving under the influence and possession of marijuana were just some of the 43 charges filed against motorists at several license checkpoints staged in Lancaster County last weekend.

    The checkpoints, a joint operation between the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol, were held Friday night throughout the county.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said the operation was a success, with citations given for several alcohol and drug-related offenses, as well as serveral traffic violations. 

  • Herbert back in county

    A week after a missing Pennsylvania man’s body was identified by Lancaster County authorities, a suspect connected to the case was transferred to a local jail to answer a separate charge.

    Rico Mandrell Herbert, 31, was moved this week from the Mecklenburg County Jail in Charlotte to the Lancaster County Detention Center to face a probation violation charge from the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. 

  • Looking back – Sept. 11, 1954

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.

  • Love for others motivated life of the Rev. Dr. John Platt


    Some people are motivated by their love of others, and no one loved people more than the Rev. Dr. John Platt, a former Lancaster resident and missions director of the Moriah Baptist Association who made his mark on Lancaster and the world, friends and associates said.

    Platt, born in 1938, died Saturday in Columbia after about a four-year battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Gaskins Platt.

  • A century of service

    Right now, there are three learning petals missing from the big daisy on Courtney Duncan’s bright blue Girl Scout vest, but she’s getting there.

    Only 6, Courtney joined the Girl Scouts just after her fifth birthday.

    “I like selling cookies,” Courtney said while attending the local 100th anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts on Sunday at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse and Museum. “I sold 139 boxes.”

  • Mobile home destroyed in Monday morning fire

    No one was injured in a fire that claimed a family’s mobile home Monday morning.

    The fire, which severely damaged a doublewide mobile home in the 300 block of Gills Creek Drive, first caught the attention of a nearby resident Monday. 

    “It was about 8:40 a.m. when it was called in,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder. “A neighbor saw the house across the street from them with fire coming out of it.”