• Great-grandmother stabbed to death

    The news almost knocked Doni Chappelear to her knees when she arrived for her shift as a Walmart “people greeter” Monday morning, April 16.

    It was about her friend, Verdie “Miss Verdie” Mackey, the 87-year-old woman who schooled her in politely greeting customers and checking receipts more than a decade ago at Lancaster’s Walmart at Lancer Center.

    This was the same friend who quit the greeting game about eight years ago due to health reasons, but always found time to stop by the store and say hello.

  • Two men die in separate crashes

    Two Lancaster men were killed hours apart in separate wrecks in what has become a deadly week for collisions. 

    George Custer, 75, of Shiloh Unity Road, died after he was struck along S.C. 5 on Tuesday morning, April 17, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast. The accident scene is just past the Resolute Forest Products plant in York County. 

    Gast said Custer got out  his car on the road and was hit by a logging truck. He died from injuries he received from the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • State Supreme Court to hear Elledge case

    The S.C. Supreme Court is scheduled today to hear the case of a disabled Lancaster woman whose in-home personal-care funding was slashed in late 2009 due to state budget cuts.

    Katie Elledge, 32, was diagnosed with psychomotor retardation and spastic quadriplegia as an infant and requires 24-hour skilled care.

  • Sure sign of spring

    FORT LAWN – Rebecca Whisonant of Chester has been bringing her son, 12-year-old Ryon, to Jordan’s Farm for at least the last 10 springs to pick strawberries.

    However, the two don’t come alone. These days, Ryon’s siblings – Nicholas, 10, Nathaniel, 8, Alex, 6, Annette, 5, Isaac, 3, Amelia, 2, and 16-month-old Dominic – join in for a sticky, sweet time. The gooey juice from a just-picked strawberry was running down the chin of every Whisonant under the age of 13. 

  • Kershaw gets tract for helicopter pad

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw finally has a location for an emergency helicopter landing pad.

    Town Council voted 6-0 at its Monday meeting on first reading to accept property a resident is donating to the town.

    Councilman Eddie Coates wasn’t at the meeting.

  • Great-grandmother found stabbed to death in home

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster man has been arrested for the murder of his 87-year-old great-grandmother.
    William Richard Greene, 28, 2093 Evans Drive, was arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office late Sunday night, April 15, and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
    The charges came hours after a family member checking on Verdie Mackey, 87, found her dead inside her home, the release said.

  • The unseen calling

    Gregory A. Summers
    The heart of the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Center on Pageland Highway isn’t behind the desk in Sheriff Barry Faile’s office.
    In county law enforcement, Faile’s desk is where the buck stops.
    Its heart and compassion is found in a room with four work stations, 20 computer displays and multiple telephone lines.

  • Search for new Kershaw administrator continues

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw’s soon-to-be open administrator’s position has drawn interest from all parts of the country.
    Tony Starnes, whose last day as administrator is April 30, said Friday morning that the town has received “15 or so” resumes from people looking to succeed him.
    About three or four of those people are in-county, while others are from states including Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio and Wyoming.

  • Bystanders pull attacker from car

    Christopher Sardelli
    A woman was visibly distraught as she spoke to police about an attack that happened inside her car near an apartment complex last weekend.
    Lancaster police officers learned of the attack after being called to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital just after 1 a.m. April 8, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Just how big is Florida’s python problem?

    Gregory A. Summers
    Ninety percent of the raccoons, rabbits, opossums and bobcats that once freely roamed the Florida Everglades are gone.
    No, they haven’t fallen prey to housing developments, a loss of habitat and the overpopulation of human beings. The Everglades are still there and are still the largest tract of wilderness (1.5 million acres) east of the Rocky Mountains.