• Man fights retired trooper after scuffle with wife at restaurant

    Christopher Sardelli


    What was supposed to be a lunch trip with his three small children turned into a scuffle with a stranger for one retired state trooper last week. 

    Lancaster police officers were called to Pizza Hut, at 1100 S.C. 9 Bypass, just after 3 p.m. Dec. 13 about a fight between two patrons, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Man hit, suffers facial fractures

    Christopher Sardelli


    The Lancaster Police Department issued a warrant last week for a man who allegedly fractured another man's skull during a brief assault earlier this month. 

    The victim, a 49-year-old Arch Street resident, spoke with a Lancaster police officer Dec. 9 about the assault as he was being treated in the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital, according to a police incident report. 

  • County Council OKs new voting machines

    Determined to reduce waiting times at county polling places during the next election cycle, Lancaster County Council approved the purchase of several voting machines at its recent meeting.

    Council voted 6-0 to approve a request from the county's Election Commission to buy 30 more iVotronic touch-screen voting machines. Councilman Cotton Cole was absent from the meeting. 

  • Program aimed at saving teens’ lives

    Reece Murphy
    The Lancaster County School District is gearing up for a new program next year aimed at reducing the number of teen drivers killed or seriously injured in automobile accidents.
    In an effort to encourage student participation, school board members voted unanimously Dec. 13 to peg completion of the program, called Alive at 25, to student parking permits.

  • Jobless rate in county declines

    Jesef Williams
    Lancaster County is following a statewide and national trend that officials see as a positive sign for the economy.
    The county posted a 12.6 unemployment rate for November, which is a significant improvement from the 14.1 percent in October. In comparison, the county’s November 2010 jobless rate was 15.9 percent, according to recent figures from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

  • Teenager pleads guilty to shooting

    A Lancaster teenager received a sentence of 10 years in prison after pleading guilty last week to the shooting of another teen last summer.
    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said Deshaune Tillman, 18, of 110 N. Ferguson St., pleaded guilty Dec. 16 on two charges related to the shooting of 18-year-old Shaquille Lashaun Robinson last June.

  • Heath Springs Town Park needs upgrades

    County officials say some of the playground equipment at the Heath Springs Town Park isn’t safe to use and want the issue addressed.  
    At its Tuesday meeting, Heath Springs Town Council discussed a letter it recently got from Lancaster County Parks and Recreation. In it, director Sherry Wilson asked the town if it could provide more than $11,000 to pay for improvements at the park and at the town ball fields.
    She said all of the equipment needs to follow National Recreation and Park Association guidelines.

  • Resolute shuts down production line 2 weeks

    Reece Murphy
    The Catawba plant of Resolute Forest Products, formerly AbitibiBowater, is shutting down one of three production lines for a two-week period beginning today.
    The company’s human resources manager, Barry Baker, said the shutdown will affect 95 employees and is a response to a traditionally slow time of year for the paper business.

  • Flags at half-staff in honor of officer killed in Aiken

    Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown on Dec. 27 in honor of Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scott Richardson, who died after being shot in the line of duty Dec. 21.

  • Greetings from U.S. 521

    By Nita Brown
    For the Lancaster News
    If you ever drive north on U.S. 521 toward Charlotte, or come to Lancaster from the Indian Land area, you know Jason Mackey. Well, you might not know him, but you know his front yard, just north of Shiloh-Unity Road.
    At Easter, Halloween and particularly at Christmas, the trees and front yard are always filled with the season’s decorations.