• 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.

  • Rock Hill man dies after S.C. 5 crash

    Christopher Sardelli
    An 18-year-old Rock Hill man died early Wednesday morning only hours after his car collided with a logging truck along S.C. 5.
    Kenneth Steele Jr. died from injuries he received during the crash on the two-lane road Tuesday afternoon, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
    See Friday's edition of The Lancaster News for more information about the crash.

  • State issues burning ban for Lancaster County

    The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued a burning ban for 14 Palmetto State counties, including Lancaster.
    State forester Gene Kodama issued the ban Tuesday, which prohibits all outdoor burning in unincorporated areas.
    The counties included in the burning ban are Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg.

  • Council evaluates property listings

    Christopher Sardelli
    As the county’s new courthouse becomes the latest addition to the county’s long list of properties, Lancaster County Council recently asked what else is on that list.
    Several months ago, council asked county staff to create a thorough county property listing, with details on each building and parcel of land the county owns. Deputy County Administrator Jeff Naftal presented a first draft of that listing at council’s June 27 meeting.

  • Mobley named to USC board

    Reece Murphy
    The S.C. Legislature has elected Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley to the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
    Mobley, owner of Mobley Drugs in Lancaster and a 1978 graduate of USC’s School of Pharmacy, will fill the 6th Judicial Circuit seat vacated by S.C. Sen. Greg Gregory, R-16, following his election in April.

  • Scholarship named after former professor

    Jesef Williams
    Those who know Wade Chittam well are making sure that his contributions to the University of South Carolina Lancaster will never be forgotten.
    The retired science professor now has a scholarship named in his honor.
    The Wade Chittam Science Scholarship, which was endowed last month, will be awarded each semester to an established USCL student majoring in one of the sciences.
    The student has to have a grade-point average of at least 3.0.

  • Woman reports items stolen while family slept

    Christopher Sardelli
    Police are still investigating a report from a woman who said someone broke into her home while she was sleeping last month.
    Lancaster police officers responded to the 2500 block of Pardue Street on June 26 only minutes after a 29-year-old Lancaster woman reported someone stole items from her home while she and her children slept, according to a police department incident report.
    Officers arrived at the home a little after 3 a.m. and spoke with the woman, who said she went to sleep about 11 p.m.

  • Two arrested in search for car

    Christopher Sardelli
    Two Lancaster men were arrested in a strange case relating to a stolen car that was never actually stolen.
    On June 23, a Ruth Street resident called Lancaster police officers to report someone had stolen her car the night before.
    The woman told officers she parked her brown and gold 1993 Mercury Grand Marquis on the road near her home about 9 p.m. June 22, but noticed it was gone the next morning.