• 17-year-old identified in LHS threat

    Police have identified one of the two students arrested at Lancaster High School after a classmate last Friday reported hearing them threaten to attack the school.
    That student told administrators about overhearing the two talking about “shooting up the school,” according to a Lancaster Police Department statement.
    Launte Ahmadre Holmes, 17, and 15-year-old student were each charged with one count of disturbing schools. Holmes was arrested Monday, booked and later released on bond.

  • McMaster: Full speed ahead

    Gov. Henry McMaster spoke to about 125 Lancaster business and civic leaders Thursday about sustaining the state’s economic growth, cutting income taxes and reducing government regulations.
    McMaster, who is running for his first full term as governor this November, spoke during a joint meeting of Lancaster’s two Rotary clubs at USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room.
    He said much of South Carolina’s success in drawing manufacturing jobs is a result of collaboration and partnerships between the state’s schools and industry.

  • Enlightening month in India

    Haley Williams, a dance teacher at McDonald Green Elementary, has a new creative and contemplative passion – yoga – and she has begun teaching evening lessons after a month’s training in India.
    Williams, 20, holds yoga classes at 5 and 6 p.m. every Tuesday at I2A Fitness, 724 S. Main St., Lancaster.
    She started doing yoga nearly three years ago after injuring both hamstrings during a dance program. She says yoga helped her to lengthen muscles, relax tightness and release a lot of stress.

  • Serving up soul

    There were long lines for lunch Tuesday as USC Lancaster hosted its eighth-annual Soul Food Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship.
    Bailey, founder of the event and TRIO director at USC Lancaster, passed away in 2016.

    The winners at this year’s event included:
    ◆ Founders Federal Credit Union – Best Main Dish, for grilled chicken wrapped in bacon. Comporium’s fried catfish and tartar sauce was second.

  • Truck hits hydrant, shuts down courthouse

    The Lancaster County Courthouse was shut down for most of Tuesday afternoon after a large commercial truck hit a fire hydrant on Catawba Street and cut off the building’s water supply.
    According to Police Chief Scott Grant, the truck turned too sharply from West Meeting Street onto Catawba Street, came over the curb and knocked down the hydrant.

  • Lancaster, it’s time for your close-up!

    Lancaster and one of its corporate anchors will bask in some heartwarming national TV exposure Saturday morning, as the “Lucky Dog” episode taped here last fall is broadcast on CBS.
    Nutramax Laboratories, sponsor of the Emmy-winning program, will hold an invitation-only watch party at the Springs House during the 10 a.m. airing. Guests will include company executives, local officials and animal-rescue groups.

  • County crime stats improve overall in ’17

    Crime was down overall in Lancaster County between 2016 and 2017, with several categories falling to a 10-year low, according to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
    According to crime statistics released Monday, Type 1 crimes, which include both violent crimes and property crimes, fell 6 percent overall in 2017.
    The total number of violent crimes – murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults – fell 5 percent. Property crimes, which include, larcenies, auto break-ins and motor vehicle thefts, decreased 7 percent.

  • Howard out of ICU, still improving, family says

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard has moved out of the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte as his condition continues to improve.
    He is in the hospital’s progressive-care unit, which is a downgrade from ICU and features more intensive physical and respiratory therapy. 
    “Dad has continued to gain strength in the last week and is working to sit in the chair and do strengthening exercises with physical therapy,” said Shelley Robinson, Howard’s daughter.

  • 2 LHS students accused in violent threats

    Two Lancaster High School students have been suspended and reported to police after being accused of talking about violent threats against the school, officials said Tuesday.
    “We had some students make comments where school would be the target of a violent act,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District’s safety director. “Law enforcement got involved right away.”

  • 2 charged in threats on Chesterfield schools

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    Two incidents of potential gun violence at Chesterfield Schools have followed the Feb. 14 fatal shootings at a Florida high school.
    In each case, threats were made but no guns were brought to Chesterfield schools, officials said.
    On Thursday, an administrator overheard a student threatening to bring a gun to Chesterfield-Rudy Middle School, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.