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Local News

  • Historic cemetery desecrated

    Vandals damaged 13 gravestones in the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Arch Street last week, wrenching them from bases and smashing some of the historic markers beyond repair.
    The devastation had local historian Lindsay Pettus almost in tears Monday morning as he walked through the cemetery surveying the damage. Some of the markers date back to 1836.
    Pettus, president of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, said the vandals struck the cemetery sometime between Aug. 15 and noon Saturday.

  • District picks site for new IL high school

    By Hannah Strong
    hstrong@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County School District has agreed to pay $5.2 million for 142 acres along U.S. 521 and will build the new Indian Land high school there, according to Superintendent Gene Moore.
    The site is on the east side of 521 between Niven Road and Witherspoon Trail, across the highway from Steele Hill AME Zion Church and just north of Millstone Creek subdivision. It is nearly 5 miles south of Indian Land High School.

  • Suspect pleads guilty in 2013 Kershaw slaying

    A murder suspect has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 killing of a Kershaw man during an argument at the victim’s home.
    Ronald Eugene Reed Jr., 42, formerly of 3591 Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Lancaster County General Session Court, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.
    Reed is one of two suspects in the Aug. 21, 2013, shooting death of 30-year-old Bryan Matthew Hatchel at his home on Harold Faulkenberry Road.

  • Losing Duracell costly to city, county, schools

    Melanie Outlaw can’t recall ever riding by the Duracell plant on S.C. 9 Bypass West and not seeing cars in the parking lot.
    But with the battery manufacturer’s recent announcement that it was shutting down production by 2019 and cutting  430 jobs, she realizes that day is coming.
    “I have to admit I thought they’d be here forever,” said Outlaw, who is executive director of United Way of Lancaster County. “Duracell is a good, viable company that’s always been an active partner in the community.

  • New clues in Kershaw equipment theft

    Staff report
    A heavy truck stolen in Kershaw Feb. 8 has turned up in Richland County, and surveillance footage from where it was found has given the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office new clues about the theft of the truck and some equipment stolen with it.
    The truck, a 1989 Ford F-450 service truck, was stolen from a home in the 300 block of Lynnfield Street in Kershaw, along with a 7-ton trailer, an excavator and a number of tools. Home video surveillance footage showed the truck being driven away, but provided few useful clues.

  • Duke alerts customers about new phone scam

    Duke Energy is warning the public about a new, aggressive scam targeting the company's S.C. customers, using sophisticated telephone technology to make the crime harder to detect.
    Duke says customers are receiving an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative. The scammer warns that Duke will disconnect the customer’s electric service if the customer fails to make a payment very quickly.

  • Kershaw wants SCDOT to replace caution light with stoplight

    KERSHAW – The S.C. Department of Transportation may have rejected a 2014 request from town officials to replace the caution light at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets with a traffic signal, but that doesn’t mean the town is giving up on the matter. 

    Kershaw leaders talked with SCDOT officials Tuesday in hopes of getting a new traffic study there. 

  • Construction zone ahead

    Lancaster County School District board met Thursday morning to discuss the layout of the three facilities that will begin construction in March.

    Jimmy Wilhide of Moseley Architects presented three site and floor plans to the board for multipurpose buildings at Lancaster High School, Buford High School and between Andrew Jackson Middle and High schools.

  • Town hall meeting to address underage drinking

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth is sponsoring a town hall meeting for parents and their teens to come together with community leaders and experts to discuss underage drinking. 

    The event, Communities Talk: Town Hall to Prevent Underage Drinking, will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the special events room at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Building. 

  • Sunday alcohol sales petition cleared for ballot

    Besides voting for the county’s next president in November, Lancaster County voters will also help decide whether the county will allow Sunday beer and wine sales in stores.

    A petition to allow Sunday beer and wine sales in county stores was officially cleared this week to appear as a referendum on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

    The Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office received the petition July 6 with 7,014 signatures.