• Jobless rate falls again

    Years after Lancaster County suffered record-high unemployment rates due to the national recession, recent statistics from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) paint a more positive picture as the local unemployment rate continues to decline.
    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate dropped in July, falling from 7.2 percent in June to 6.8 percent, according to SCDEW data.  

  • Warming up the crowd

    See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series patrons attending concerts, plays and events in Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina Lancaster are going to see something new on a trial basis.
    Starting with the Lakeside concert on Friday, Sept. 11, beer, wine, soda and water will be available for sale in the auditorium foyer. Tables and chairs will also be added to allow patrons to socialize before events.
    Lancaster City Council unanimously approved the addition at its Aug. 25 meeting.

  • GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee visits Sun City

    by Beverly Lane Lorenz/For The Lancaster News
    Indian Land – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, made a campaign stop Thursday, Sept. 3, in Indian Land.
    “I am no stranger to South Carolina,” he said, addressing a large crowd of residents at the Sun City Carolina Lakes outdoor pavilion in his second visit to the county this summer.  

  • Beaufort authorities charge assistant track coach

    A Lancaster-area assistant track coach was arrested last month after turning himself in to Beaufort County authorities for a charge of having a sexual relationship with a minor.  
    Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bob Bromage confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 2, that Tyger Bilondus Ingram, 30, 1524 Charlotte Highway, was arrested Aug. 7 by his agency on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years of age.

  • LCEDC terminates Tunnell

    The saga surrounding the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. took another turn this week when former President Keith Tunnell announced his termination by its board of directors.
    Up until this week, all that was known publicly about Tunnell’s fate, following Lancaster County Council’s decision to rescind its funding and support of the LCEDC on Aug. 10, was the LCEDC board of directors’ decision to ‘honor his contract,’ which was drawn up in February.

  • Couple with child arrested for heroin trafficking

    A Lancaster couple is facing multiple charges, including heroin trafficking and child neglect, after a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force search of their SUV turned up heroin and other drugs.
    Jason Leonard Daniel, 36, and Misty Dawn Friend, 32, of 135 Charlie Stacks Road, were arrested Friday, Aug. 28, after a confidential source told a sheriff’s office investigator Daniel was at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster with heroin and, possibly, a gun.

  • SLED releases report of Morgan shooting

    A Lancaster man shot and killed by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies at a North Corner antique store in May bought a handgun a little more than an hour before the incident with the intention of killing his estranged wife, her boyfriend and himself.
    This revelation was among the many new facts detailed in the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s investigative case files released Thursday, Sept. 3.
    The file also included a copy of the letter from 6th Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman clearing the deputies involved in the shooting.

  • City makes offer in administrator's job

    After meeting behind closed doors for about seven hours Saturday, Aug. 29, members of Lancaster City Council came into open session and agreed to make a conditional offer for the administrator’s position to Steven James “Flip” Hutfles.  
    According to a press release issued by the municipality Monday, Aug. 31, Hutfles is the city administrator of Fredonia, Kan.
    The vote was unanimous.

  • Man dies in logging truck accident

    A Rock Hill man died Friday, Aug. 28, following a head-on accident with a logging truck on the Rock Hill Highway (S.C. 5) bridge over the Catawba River.
    York County Coroner Sabrina Gast confirmed Friday that Brian Stokes, 30, died shortly after the accident.
    The accident closed the highway for two hours as emergency crews cleared wreckage and contended with a hazardous materials situation created by leaking fuel.

  • Sheriff warns of jury phone scam

    Christopher Sardelli


    Investigators are warning residents this week about a scam designed to scare people into handing over money to a stranger on the phone.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received its first report about the scam on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from a woman who said she received a call from an unknown man about 1 p.m. that day, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    The woman said her caller ID showed the number as (866) 852-0766, originating from Manning.