• Billy Graham preached at LHS stadium in 1950

    It’s estimated that over six decades, Billy Graham shared the Gospel with 215 million people during crusades in 185 countries.
    And Graham, whose funeral is today in Charlotte, delivered one of his early sermons in Lancaster.
    At age 31, the evangelist spoke to more than 3,000 on March 18, 1950, at the old Lancaster High School football field on Wylie Street.
    Elizabeth Mahaffee Phillips, now 86, was there.

  • Lancaster man gets 15 years in drug killing

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced in Rock Hill General Sessions Court to 15 years in prison for killing a man in 2016 over an of ounce of marijuana.
    Ernest Markevius Thompson, 23, of the 2100 block of Pheasant Drive, was sentenced to 15 years without parole after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday in the May 2016 shooting of 20-year-old Isaiah Shinn, according to 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson.

  • Cemetery hit again

    For the third time in 19 months, vandals have caused extensive damage at Lancaster’s historic Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery, breaking six of the tombstones this week and knocking over nine more.
    The vandalism is believed to have occurred between late Sunday night and Wednesday night, according to John Craig, chairman of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation.

  • Human remains off South 200

    Human remains were found Thursday at 1838 High Point Circle after the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office got a tip that someone had been killed there.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators recovered the remains at mid-afternoon on the property, off S.C. 200 just south of Airport Road, but the victim has yet to be identified.
    Sheriff Barry Faile indicated a suspect was being held, but he provided no further details.

  • Column: Car buyers, don’t be surprised by 2 taxes, assorted fees

    A convertible Camaro would be especially nice for the springtime. Unfortunately, with new rides come taxes, and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay personal property taxes to the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax on the purchase to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • Fire damages AJ Middle School

    Fire crews scrambled to Andrew Jackson Middle School about 9:30 Thursday night, responding to a fire that started in a janitor's closet. Black smoke was rolling through the building when firefighters arrived.

    The fire was extinguished, but there was extensive smoke damage in the building. School has been canceled for Friday.

  • Authorities called to High Point Circle

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office personnel and SLED agents have blocked off High Point Circle off S.C. 200 and Airport Road to investigate a possible crime scene.
    “We received information this morning that a crime may have been committed at this location, so we obtained warrants and are looking into it,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield.
    Check back later for details.

  • Celebrating animal rescuers at ‘Lucky Dog’ watch party

    It was a celebration of second chances Saturday for rescued poodle-terrier Scout and his new owner, as more than 70 animal lovers gathered at the Springs House to watch Lancaster’s episode of the CBS series “Lucky Dog.”
    Scout and his owner, Susanne Kempf, were the watch party’s honorees, but there was also a surprise guest. Brandon McMillan, host of the Emmy-winning program, made an unannounced trip to Lancaster and disguised himself in a dog-mascot suit.

  • Fentanyl death nets dealer long prison stay

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for selling heroin laced with fentanyl to a man who later died of an overdose.
    Jonathan Thomas Lewis Terry, 25, was sentenced in Lancaster County General Sessions Court on Friday after pleading guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.
    “Handing over heroin laced with fentanyl is the same as shooting a bullet,” Circuit Judge Dan Hall said before sentencing Terry.

  • Man dies after Lancaster shooting

    A Lancaster man died from a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon.

    The man, identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 54-year-old Eric Tucker, died around 5:30 p.m. at Springs Memorial Hospital after being treated for a single gunshot wound.