Local News

  • Gas prices rise for holiday weekend

    After dropping for two months, gasoline prices rose again just before the holiday weekend. Despite that, Labor Day pump prices are still the lowest since 2005.
    S.C. travelers will enjoy some of the lowest gas prices in the nation, with the state average at $1.96, according to AAA Carolinas. North Carolina’s average is $2.10.

  • Local man's body dumped in rural Ga.

    Authorities have identified a body dumped last weekend on a rural dirt road in Oconee County, Ga., as 32-year-old Rendell Jomon Cunningham of Lancaster.
    According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Cunningham had been shot four times and the Oconee sheriff’s office had been trying to figure out his identity since his body was found Aug. 27.
    Oconee County is south of Athens. Cunningham’s body was found on Fambrough Cemetery Road in the Rose Hill Community near the Greene County line.

  • Motorcyclist dies in crash near Brooklyn Avenue

    Gregory A. Summers
    The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning motorcycle crash in the old mill village that killed a Lancaster man.  
    The body of Jonathan William Johnson, 33, of 6177 Shiloh Unity Road, was found about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at the edge of some woods near a Todd Street home by utility workers repairing a clipped power pole, according to Jennifer Collins of the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

  • Founders Federal Credit Union buying Rock Hill Schools office building

    Founders Federal Credit Union is buying  the Rock Hill Schools district office building to expand its back-office operations into Rock Hill.
    Founders will purchase the property at 660 Anderson Road and an outparcel for $2.7 million. The new location will house some existing employees from the credit union’s corporate headquarters in Lancaster, which is filled to capacity and needs to expand, according to the company.

  • 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

    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.