Local News

  • Dispute over game prompts kidnapping charge

    Two Lancaster men are facing kidnapping charges in connection with the beating of another man over an electronic game.
    Matthius Bennett, 29, of 505 E. Gay St. and James Antwon White, 25, of 1684 Parkman Ave. were both arrested Dec. 9 on one count each of first-degree assault and battery and kidnapping.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said deputies were dispatched to the area of Loft Lane and 11th Street about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in reference to a disturbance that happened inside a car involving a firearm.

  • Driver dies when truck strikes cow

    A Kershaw man died Dec. 22 after the pickup truck he was driving hit a cow on Rocky River Road.
    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese identified the man as Joel Knight, 52, of 9552 Flat Creek Road.
    The accident occurred about 6:20 p.m. about 1.9 miles north of Heath Springs near Mungo Deer Processing.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said Knight was driving south on Rocky River Road when his 2006 Ford Ranger struck a cow standing in the road. His truck then ran off the right side of the road and hit a fence.

  • Homeless shelter in beginning stages

    Kendall Johnson has a vision of keeping local homeless men off the streets and in steady jobs, though he knows it’s going to take a lot more than desire to make it happen.
    As executive director of The Humble Abode of South Carolina, a newly formed nonprofit organization geared toward helping homeless men, Johnson is trying to gather support and funding to open a shelter in Lancaster County.
    “There’s a need everywhere, and Lancaster County needs it more than anyone,” he said.

  • No more dead spots in radio coverage

    For emergency responders using the county’s current radio system, a simple 911 call can quickly turn dangerous if they run into one of the county's many “dead zones” and can’t radio for help.
    County officials plan to fix that problem by spending $7.5 million on the new Palmetto 800 public safety radio system, which Lancaster County Council approved Dec. 14.  

  • Colossal economic project in works

    Travis Jenkins

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – In terms of economic development, Chester County and the surrounding area may have an ecstatic New Year.

    Project 1429, the county’s code-name for what would be the largest single business investment in S.C. history, appears to be coming in for a landing. The unnamed company behind the project plans to spend $1.6 billion and create 1,400 permanent jobs.

  • Five file for mayor this week

    Gregory A. Summers


    As of noon Dec. 22, five candidates have filed in the special election for Lancaster mayor.

    Anthony Elder, Altheresa Goode-Howard, Charles Vann Jr., Garrett Williams and Lancaster City Councilman John Howard have filed to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Shaw, which runs through 2018.

    Shaw died Nov. 29. The special election to fill the mayor’s seat is Feb. 23.

  • Flooding covers 10 roads in Lancaster County

    Christopher Sardelli


    Portions of at least 10 roads across Lancaster County were closed by flooding after more than 2 inches of rain fell Dec. 22, but the water reached no homes.

  • IL man shoots girlfriend in neck

    Reece Murphy



    An Indian Land man was arrested last weekend for shooting his girlfriend in the neck with a rifle.

    Russell Osbourne, 35, of 512 Silver Run Road, was arrested early Dec. 20 for use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

    A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement said Osbourne himself called 911 about 10:30 p.m. to report the shooting. When deputies arrived, they found Osbourne’s 28-year-old girlfriend bleeding from a gunshot to the neck.

  • Christmas Basket party helps 271 people

    The Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund party drew 271 special guests Dec. 12 at First Baptist Church.  
    “More than 200 children and their families and caregivers were treated to a hot breakfast, a gift or two and a stocking,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.

  • Lancaster, nearby counties send 21,100 shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child

    Nearly 21,100 children will soon experience the joy of Christmas, thanks to the combined efforts of the Lancaster community and residents from surrounding counties.
    Residents packed empty shoeboxes with small items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that sends gifts to children living in difficult situations around the world.