• Behind the scenes: Recognizing county’s document keepers

    What started out as a gesture by Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond to honor his mentor and predecessor, Vernon McManus, has led to a new window into Lancaster’s past.  
    There is now a history of those who are charged with keeping the county’s official documents.

  • Making Christmas bright for others

    Though stacks of food boxes have been packed for those in need, HOPE in Lancaster is still more than $2,000 short of its $10,000 goal.
    HOPE executive director Bekah Clawson said Dec. 11 collections through the annual Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket fund have totaled $7,731. The money is used to provide Christmas food baskets to some of the county’s neediest families, with the annual fundraiser organized by HOPE.

  • IRS scam continues to target residents

    An IRS phone scam threatening targets with arrest for outstanding taxes is making the rounds in Lancaster County again.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports and phone calls to The Lancaster News, at least six area residents have received phone calls in recent weeks from people pretending to be IRS agents.
    Though the narrative sometimes varies, the IRS scams revolve around con artists who tell their targets they owe the IRS money and will be arrested by local law enforcement agencies if they don’t pay.

  • ILHS baseball player airlifted after struck by ball

    An Indian Land High School varsity baseball player was struck in the head by a ball and lost consciousness during practice at the school Wednesday evening.

    The male student, whose name was not released by school officials, was running the bases during a practice session at about 5 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit, said Lancaster County School District safety director Bryan Vaughn.

  • 3rd killing in 3 weeks; man charged

    Lancaster County deputies arrested a Lancaster man for the shooting death of another man Saturday night, the third such killing in less than three weeks.
    Michael Brent Gay, 32, of 1239 Branch St. is charged pending a first appearance with murder in connection with the death of Joshua Flint McManus, 40.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said deputies, with support from Lancaster Police Department detectives, responded to a report of a shooting at Gay’s house about 11:45 p.m. Dec. 5.

  • Shaw: 'A life well-lived'

    As Carolyn Taylor walked inside First Baptist Church for city of Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw’s celebration of life service on Dec. 6, she couldn’t help but look back to summer of 1945 in a story that only she can tell. She said her family grew up just across the street from Shaw’s.
     “I was a young teenager and I can recall Joe walking downtown to work for Mr. Hicks at the drug store,” she said. “His love for Main Street started many, many years ago.”
    And that love never ended.

  • Christmas Basket total climbs to $3,645

    The total for the 2015 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund has grown to $3,645 in the last week, but there is still a long way to go.
    The goal this Christmas season is $10,000, which means $6,355 is still needed to provide Christmas food boxes to some of the county’s neediest families.
    “The donations have increased and we’re extremely grateful. However, we are still quite short of our goal,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, which oversees the annual fundraiser.

  • TLN plans tribute to Joe Shaw

    Please send us your thoughts about Mayor Joe Shaw, your memories of him as a person and as a politician. We will publish a special memorial to him this week. Email editor@thelancasternews.com, drop off a letter at our office, 701 N. White St., or mail it to Editor, The Lancaster News, P.O. Box 640, Lancaster, SC 29721. Comments can also be left at www.thelancasternews.com.

  • Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw dies

    Joe Shaw, mayor of Lancaster for 33 years and winner of South Carolina's highest civilian honor, died Sunday.
    Shaw, 83, died after a brief illness at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C.
    No one had a greater passion for Lancaster and its people than Shaw. From his days as a student in the hallways at Lancaster High School to city hall, where he served as Lancaster's mayor for 33 years, Shaw was a community advocate in every sense.

  • Lancaster County’s 2nd killing in 4 days

    A Lancaster County man was shot to death in his car late Saturday night on Douglas Road, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office reported.
    Deputies were dispatched to the area at 11:20 p.m. after someone reported hearing gunshots. As deputies responded, a second caller indicated that someone had been shot and had struck a residence with his vehicle.