Local News

  • Seminar brings awareness, strategies to churches

    Standing on stage at Lancaster’s Second Baptist Church, Kershaw First Baptist deacon Brandon Rollins is laying out some blunt realities for the crowd of 300 gathered to hear him speak.
    He’s already told them to be suspicious of strangers visiting their churches, wary of new volunteers, aware of members’ private lives and willing to pry to keep church personnel accountable for their online activities.
    His closer was even more jarring.
    “We have to get away from that ‘living by faith’ thing,” Rollins said.

  • Three churches burglarized

    Three area churches were burglarized between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21, including two on Main Street in Heath Springs and another at a church outbuilding on Zion Road north of Lancaster.
    Nothing was stolen in the three incidents.
    The first of the three burglaries occurred at Total Restoration Ministries at 114 S. Main Street in Heath Springs between 4:10 and 6:45 p.m. Nov. 18.

  • Faulkenberry’s wish: No one in county hungry at Christmas

    Walking unfamiliar streets and jumping into the unknown in November 1959 were nothing new to Stafford Graham American Legion Post 31’s Ward Faulkenberry.
    After all, those experiences were what made the 36-year-old veteran a member of the organization.
    In World War II, Faulkenberry was a 21-year-old U.S. Army sergeant who was among the more than 20,000 paratroopers who landed behind enemy lines June 5, 1944, for the D-Day invasion. It was his 22nd jump.

  • Lancaster gets $1.5 million sewer grant

    The city of Lancaster has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to pay for about 75 percent of the much-needed sewer system upgrades in the West Arch Street area.
    While it has not yet been determined where the remaining $465,000 to pay for the other 25 percent of the upgrades will come from, accepting the grant is a no-brainer, said Lancaster City Finance Director James Absher.
    “We still aren’t going to turn down $1.5 million,” he said. “We’ll get it from somewhere.”

  • Authorities ID victim, suspect in car shooting

    Lancaster County authorities have identified the victim and the suspect in a fatal shooting on Memorial Park Road in Lancaster Nov. 25.
    Danielle Lamar Peay, 28, is charged pending a first appearance with murder, attempted murder and related firearms charges, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement said.
    Peay is accused of killing 26-year-old Delvelceo Kirk of the 500 block of Ginger Cake Road, the driver of a car in which Peay was a passenger.

  • Annual B&B Craft Show celebrates 35 years

    Barbara Bowers said she’s the first “B” in the B&B Craft Show and friend Novice Baker is the second one, or so Bowers thinks.
    “Well, it all depends on who you’re talking to,” Baker said, laughing. “After all, Baker does come before Bowers in the alphabet. Now, don’t you try to stir anything up.”
    Regardless of who is who on the “B” front, an idea hatched in 1980 by a painter and a seamstress, who remain best friends, is still going strong.

  • Black powder Friday

    For Bryan Baker, it’s simple and straightforward.
    There are approximately 410 pellets in the No. 8, 12-gauge shotgun shell.
    And for a $3 chance, all he had to do was put one of those pellets in center of a target some 25 yards away.
    But then again, close does count in a turkey shoot, and Baker can live with that, too. If he won, his choice of several items including a pack of ribeye steaks, pork chops, pork loin, chicken strips, ribs, sausage, and yes, a turkey, would be heading home with him.

  • Clemson study to look at ‘mega’ sports complex

    Does the future of recreation in Lancaster County include a much-discussed major sports complex?
    Hal Hiott hopes so.
    As Lancaster County Parks and Recreation director, Hiott is spreading the word about a study set for next month to examine the benefits of building such a complex in the county. Spearheaded by members of Clemson University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, the study process will include in-depth conversations with residents about their recreational needs and wants.

  • Kershaw to dedicate veterans memorial

    KERSHAW – Thanksgiving is about being grateful, and Kershaw is getting ready to thank the town’s military servicemen and women this week.
    The Kershaw Veterans Memorial on the lawn in front of town hall, 113 S. Hampton St., will be dedicated during a ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 28.
    Kershaw Town Councilman Wade Hunter, who headed up a grassroots committee to raise money for the granite monument, said this is an honor long overdue.

  • Man charged in shooting death

    Gunfire rang out from within a car riding down Memorial Park Road just after 1 p.m. Nov. 25.
    Moments later, the driver lay dead from a gunshot to the head, and two passengers were running down a nearby dirt road, one shooting at the other, witnesses said.
    After a 40-minute search of the area, Lancaster County deputies captured Danielle Lamar Peay, 28, at his home at 1248 Old Greenbriar Drive, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement said.