Local News

  • Crenco robbery suspect charged in JR Grocery holdup

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Kenny Blackmon Jr., of Lancaster, for the Monday, Sept. 28, armed robbery of JR Grocery on Brooklyn Avenue.
    Blackmon, 21, of 646 Craigwood Lane, was one of two suspects arrested by the Lancaster Police Department this week for the armed robbery of the Crenco Food Store on S.C. 9 Bypass West about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept. 29.  
    Blackmon is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime for the JR Grocery robbery pending a first appearance.

  • Kershaw to open administrator search

    KERSHAW – There is a classified ad in today’s edition of The Lancaster News that residents living in the Kershaw town limits may want to read.
    After meeting in executive session Thursday, Oct. 1, six of the seven members of Kershaw Town Council agreed to advertise the search for a new town administrator.
    Mayor Wayne Rhodes was out of town and did not attend the meeting.
    The town is officially accepting resumes for the administrator’s job through Oct. 12.

  • Uncovering the truth

    For Dr. Laura Pettler, it’s never too late to solve a cold case.
    Whether she’s reconstructing bullet trajectories using a series of specially designed lasers or walking through old crime scenes searching for long-lost evidence, Pettler has become known for one thing in particular, her dedication to solving cases.

  • Choosing to lead

    What kind of world will our children inherit?
    With a microphone in hand, Chad Smith posed that powerful question to a large crowd of local school, business and government leaders on Friday, Oct. 2, during the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of Education breakfast. The event was held at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

  • York Tech to end academic classes in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Academic classes at the Kershaw-Heath Springs branch of York Technical College have run their course.
    Melanie Jones, York Tech’s vice president for college advancement said Friday, Oct. 2, the school will cease academic operations Dec. 31 at the satellite campus, which is housed at Lancaster County Government Complex on Fork Hill Road.

  • Another face in the crowd

    By David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    Editor’s note: The former homeless man featured in this article wishes to remain anonymous, but wanted to share his story in an effort to help others. He also wanted to share his experience of what it’s like to be homeless.

    For a decade, he had no home. He is now in his fifth decade of life, and has not shared his story publically. He fears you will look at him differently, and judge him for the events of his youth. I will call him James Smith.

  • Box city in the rain

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    More than 90 Lancaster county youth slept in cardboard boxes at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds Friday night, Sept. 25.
    Though rains swept through the area, the “Spend A Night in A Box” event continued. The event, sponsored by the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless, sought to help raise awareness about the experience of being homeless.

  • Kershaw man pleads guilty to federal cocaine charge

    A Kershaw man arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and the FBI on cocaine charges in June is facing decades behind bars after pleading guilty in federal court Wednesday, Sept. 30.
    Mitchell Naruda Kelly, 36, formerly of 218 Railroad Ave., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Columbia to a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, a release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ office said.

  • County schedules strategic planning session

    From the outside, it may appear a little early to begin the 2016-17 budget process a scant quarter into the current fiscal year.
    However, that’s not the case in local county government.
    Lancaster County Council has scheduled a strategic planning session for today, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3. The Friday session is 4 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s session is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • Avondale development has share of differing opinions

    County fire officials, worried about the maximum occupancy inside Lancaster County Council chambers Monday night, Sept. 28, passed out a series of yellow numbered tickets as droves of people crammed into the room, most who were there to offer either support or opposition to the proposed Avondale development in Indian Land.