• 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.

  • Two men charged in June armed robbery

    Jesef Williams
    Authorities have arrested two men they say are responsible for the armed robbery last month at the Stop-N-Shop convenience store on McIlwain Road. Meanwhile, a third suspect is still being sought.
    Dequavion Joel Grier, 19, and Tryvarius Lamar Grier, 17, both of 3344 Oakridge Road, have each been charged with attempted armed robbery and attempted murder, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

  • Man arrested after propositioning teen girl

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster man was arrested Monday after propositioning and assaulting a teenager as she walked home last weekend, according to a Lancaster Police Department report.
    Tavaris Bernard Brown, 20, 708 Sowell St., was arrested June 27 and charged with assault and battery, third degree. Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith said Brown was arrested at his home after a teenage girl reported Brown confronted and grabbed her late Sunday night.

  • No new county taxes – yet

    Christopher Sardelli
    Faced with a tide of angry residents, and with a significant chunk of revenue on the line, Lancaster County Council echoed the infamous words of President George H.W. Bush by saying “no new taxes.”
    That is, until council meets again July 11.
    Even after months of discussion, public input and a series of budget workshops, County Council spent hours Monday night debating what to do with the county’s 2011-12 budget.

  • Woman recounts fatal ATV wreck

    Jesef Williams
    Rachel Bruce hasn’t been the same since last week’s four-wheeler accident that took the life of a Lancaster County man.
    Bruce was playing a video game about 11:30 p.m. June 22 inside her Taxahaw Road home when she heard a loud noise.
    Her first thought was that somebody was trying to break in. But that proved to be far from the truth.
    Bruce heard frantic screaming outside and later saw three people laying on the ground – a man and two children.