Local News

  • Council discusses residency requirement again

    A month after a proposed residency requirement for county department heads stalled, county leaders resurrected the idea during Lancaster County Council’s Nov. 9 meeting.
    Councilman Larry Honeycutt, one of the council members who brought the idea back for consideration, said it should be a major condition of employment that county managers and directors live within the county’s borders.
    “Employees who have an impact on how our tax revenue is spent should be residents of Lancaster County,” Honeycutt contended.

  • Unplanned repairs impact Kershaw budget

    KERSHAW – There are some things you just can’t budget and plan for, no matter how much you’d like to.
    One of them is damage from lightning strikes.
    Kershaw Town Administrator Joe Boyes told town council this week the 2015-16 budget for the Kershaw Recreation Center is out of balance, thanks to Mother Nature.
    The matter came up during the administrator’s monthly financial report at the Nov. 16 town council meeting.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas Basket under way

    The staff of HOPE (Helping Other People in Lancaster) no longer waits until Thanksgiving to start the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Memorial Christmas Basket.
    The agency is already taking monetary donations for the annual holiday effort, which buys Christmas meal food boxes for about 300 of the county’s neediest families.

  • Hutfles takes over as city administrator

    The first item on the agenda for new Lancaster city administrator Steven James “Flip” Hutfles is teaching people how to properly pronounce his name.
    “You say it pretty much like it looks. It’s Hutfles (HUT-fless). That’s the reason I always answer the phone, ‘Hello, this is Flip. How can I help you today?’ It’s also why I made sure they included Flip on this,” he said, laughing while he picked up his nameplate.

  • Buford volleyball fans proud of Lady Jackets

    LEXINGTON – Buford High School volleyball fans saw the Lady Jackets fall short in their state title quest, but they were still enthusiastic in their praise of the team's banner season.
    In Saturday's contest in Lexington, the team fell to Charleston's Bishop England High School, which has won a national record 26 state titles in the 46-year-old Palmetto State volleyball championship tournament, including the last 16 in a row.

  • 2 men shot in Miller St. gunbattle

    Two men were injured in Lancaster Sunday morning during a shootout on Miller Street in which more than 50 rounds were fired.
    The next day, the Lancaster Police Department arrested a man for burglarizing the house where the shooting occurred. And the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to determine if a shooting in its jurisdiction Sunday morning is connected to the Miller Street shooting.
    Lancaster police were called to a small tan and white-trimmed house at 406 Miller St. about 6 a.m. Sunday, where they found a man inside with a gunshot wound.

  • City council honors Sowell for 34 years of service

    Helen Sowell will finally get to spend some time with her grandchildren.
    Sowell is stepping down as the City of Lancaster interim administrator.
    Although her official retirement date was May 31, Sowell agreed to stay on until the city found a replacement.
    New City Administrator Steven “Flip” Hutfles starts Monday, Nov. 16.
    City leaders recognized Sowell for her 34 years of service to the municipality at the Tuesday, Nov. 10, Lancaster City Council meeting.

  • Two arrested in string of burglaries

    Two men are in jail and deputies are looking for a third in connection with a string of burglaries, automobile break-ins and larcenies across rural Lancaster County between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3.
    Arrested Tuesday were Joshua Lee Whitaker, 18, of Lancaster, and Johnny Ray Pyatt, 38, of Waxhaw, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release said.
    As of press time Saturday, authorities were still looking for 25-year-old Bobby Charles Wallace of Waxhaw in connection with the crimes.

  • Halloween incident with deputy results in arrest, dead dog

    A series of incidents between a Keshaw man and Lancaster County deputies Halloween evening ended with a deputy shooting the man’s dog during his arrest and both the man and the deputy being sprayed with pepper spray.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the drawn out incident began about 6:09 p.m. when deputies responded to a report of a fight in the street between several women in the area of Palmetto and East 3rd streets.

  • Outside the normal food box

    Suzanne Mitchell never has worried about a place to sleep at night, or how to prepare a nutritional, filling meal without running water or electricity.
    But this week, she got an honest look at what those without a warm bed and a coffee pot do to get by.
    Mitchell participated in the homeless food simulator at HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week.