• United Way donations still rising

    The stagnant economy took its toll on charitable giving to United Way of Lancaster County again this year, though the organization still surpassed last year’s pledges by nearly $36,000.

    The report came during Monday night’s wrap-up event for the organization’s 2010-2011 Community Campaign held at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Campaign board chairman Dr. Gene Moore said with the county’s high unemployment rate and other economic factors, the organization knew every contribution would count regardless of size.

  • Gearing up for the 4th

    When it comes to patriotic celebrations, its hard to imagine anyone doing it much better than South Carolinians.

    From red, white and blue patriotic parades to do-it-yourself neighborhood fireworks shows, you won’t have to look far to find an Independence Day celebration in Lancaster County this July 4.


    First up with the municipal celebrations this Fourth of July is Charlesboro with its 33rd annual Independence Day parade starting at 10:30 a.m.

  • Edenmoor process raises questions

    Reece Murphy


    The Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission met Wednesday, June 29, to seek legal advice from counsel on the Edenmoor development in Indian Land.

    The meeting, which lasted about an hour in closed session, came a little over a month after the commission signed a purchase contract May 27 with Charlotte-based developer Eden Ventures and produced just about as much information –little or nothing.

  • Man sentenced for selling crack

    A Lancaster man was sentenced this week for possession of crack cocaine, two years after Lancaster police officers arrested him following a sting operation.

    Drico Curry, 31, was sentenced this week in federal court in Columbia on two counts of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. 

  • Teen hurt in motorcycle accident

    What appeared to be a friendly race between a car and a motorcycle has left a Lancaster teen hospitalized with serious injuries. 

    Howard Penegar Jr., 18, was riding a motorcycle on S.C. 9 Bypass shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday when he lost control of the vehicle and wound up on the side of the road, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Penegar was with some friends at Chick-fil-A shortly before the accident. He left the restaurant on a motorcycle, while his three friends left in a gray Honda, the report said. 


    Robert Howey
    It’s back-to-back and still solidly out front for the national champion University of South Carolina Gamecock baseball team.
    The 55-14 USC team, as the College World Series slogan implies – history happens here – did so as the sixth team to repeat as the college baseball national champion.

  • More taxes for schools

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County school board members approved an $82 million budget for fiscal year 2011-12 Tuesday night and they’re asking county residents to help pay for it.
    This year’s combined budget includes a $70,563,397 general fund budget for daily operations and an $11,490,840 debt services budget for debt payments and capital needs.
    The budget includes a shortfall of $831,936 balanced against equity, or savings from prior years’ budgets maintained to meet operating costs each year.

  • Reading, writing and ‘all that’

    Jesef Williams
    HEATH SPRINGS – You may wonder what’s been going on the last few weeks inside the former church that’s now the United Citizens Club of Heath Springs.
    Several cars are routinely parked outside the Hart Street building. Adults regularly enter and exit the center, while children of various ages head out to play in the yard a few times each day.
    However, seeing those actions doesn’t give you a good feel for everything that’s taken place inside.  

  • Kershaw budget includes tax increase

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – No residents voiced concerns and council members made it official in just a few minutes.
    Not long after they sat down in their seats, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed final reading of the town’s 2011-12 budget during a special meeting Tuesday night at Town Hall.
    Little discussion took place this time regarding the $1.17 million general fund budget for 2011-12, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.

  • Third person arrested in armed robbery of Stop-N-Shop

    Authorities have arrested a third person in the June 4 armed robbery at the Stop-N-Shop convenience store on McIlwain Road. Keon Jamal Howze, 19, of 106 Caskey Lane, was arrested today. Two others, Dequavion Joel Grier, 19, Tryvarius Lamar Grier, 17, both of 3344 Oakridge Road, were arrested Wednesday.
    All three have been charged with attempted armed robbery and attempted murder, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
    For full story, see the Friday edition of The Lancaster News or visit our website after 6 a.m. Friday.