• Red Cross holding disaster response boot camp Oct. 15

    From release

  • Man picks up dropped keys, steals car

    Authorities are seeking help to identify a man in his early 30s who allegedly stole a car from the parking lot at Lancaster’s Walmart last week.
    According to an advisory from the Lancaster Police Department, the car, a black 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited with gray interior, was stolen from the parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass West between 3 and 11:30 p.m. Sept. 22. The car has an S.C. license plate with the last three digits 283.
    Video surveillance taken inside Walmart shows the suspect picking up a set of keys accidentally dropped by the victim.

  • Arson suspected in Southside fire

    Authorities believe a fire that destroyed a vacant home in the Southside community early Wednesday was intentionally set.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter called the fire suspicious and said the department’s special operations division and the SLED Arson Unit are investigating the blaze at 507 Ballard St. The home is off Hampton Road near Deliverance Word of Faith Church.
    Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan said firefighters responded to the blaze at 4:48 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Trump leads presidential race in latest Winthrop Poll

    From release

  • Newborn taken into protective custody

    An infant born Wednesday at Springs Memorial Hospital has been placed in emergency protective custody because his mother’s blood had earlier tested positive for multiple drugs.
    The S.C. Department of Social Services took custody of the boy, and he is showing signs of drug withdrawal, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. The child is under the care of hospital staff.

  • 74 weddings & 208 funerals

    Gladys Cox, the organist at Unity ARP Church, seems to have perfect timing, in music and in life.
    Before she was 6 years old, her grandfather taught her to “beat the time” to the family's favorite hymns in the “Bible Songs” book.
    The only occasion her timing seemed a little off was in 1972 when she was surprised by a third pregnancy. Her two sons, David and Phil, were 11 and 10.
    When a lady in the church asked her if she had planned the pregnancy, she said, “No, but the Lord did.”

  • Huge cocaine raid at IL business

    More than $1 million in illegal drugs were seized at an Indian Land business Wednesday, likely the largest cocaine bust in Lancaster County history.
    Lancaster and York County drug task force agents raided Alex’s Auto Care, a body shop at 1081 Fort Mill Highway, and confiscated nearly 30 pounds of cocaine, 2.5 pounds of marijuana and $3,651 cash.
    Shop owner Alex Vicente Soto Godinez, 36, of Pineville, N.C., is charged with trafficking more than 400 grams of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

  • 116 Dobermans seized, man arrested

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    A Richburg man has been charged with more than 198 counts ranging from ill treatment of animals to violations of rabies-control law.
    Jordan James Johnson, 47, of Richburg, was arrested Friday by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and charged with 116 counts of ill treatment of animals, 81 counts of violating the rabies control law and one bench warrant.
    According to the Chester County Detention Center records, his total bond has been set at $436,225.

  • Big voter-registration efforts under way

    The voter-registration deadline for the Nov. 8 general election is Oct. 8, and with absentee voting slated to start Oct. 3, several organizations have joined forces to boost voter registration in Lancaster County.
    Rally In The Park: Your Vote Matters is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lancaster’s Preston Blackmon Park, (formerly Southside Park), 500 Conner St.
    The rally is jointly sponsored by the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP, the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Theta Sorority and Iota Theta, and the Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

  • Lancaster civic leader Don Scott, Boy Scout ambassador, dies at 90

    Hazel Taylor found out June 14 just how civic-minded Don Scott was.
    Despite his frail health, Scott, who died Saturday at his home two days after turning 90 years old, showed up to cast a special city council election ballot for her at the voting precinct inside the Church of the Good Shepherd, a church he helped found.
    Scott’s actions moved Taylor to tears that afternoon, and still do. Every vote counts, she said in a voice choking back tears, but when someone goes to that much trouble, it’s never forgotten.