Local News

  • Man found shot to death off John Everall Road

    A man found dead in his a pickup truck parked off John Everall Road northeast of Lancaster Tuesday was shot to death, and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe he was murdered.

    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese identified the victim as 22-year-old Brandon Wheeler Reese of the 2100 block of Upson Drive in the Elgin community.

    Knight said Reese was shot in the head, and his death did not appear to be a suicide.

  • Thelathia Barnes Bailey dies

    Thelathia “Thee” Barnes Bailey, director of the University of South Carolina Lancaster TRiO Program, died Sunday, Jan. 10.
    With what he called “a heavy heart and much sadness,” campus dean Dr. Walt Collins III made the announcement to the USCL family and community leaders via email early Jan. 11.
    “Mrs. Bailey passed away yesterday after a relatively short struggle with a difficult and debilitating illness,” Collins wrote.

  • Yard sale/plate sale correction

    The Jan. 9 yard and plate sale is at the former Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department building, 4535 Kershaw Camden Highway, which is beside Small’s Food Center. The sale is not at Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department and is not affiliated with Station 9 or its membership.  

  • City council TV coverage possible in ’16

    While it’s not a priority, Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles wants to explore the possibility of recording city council meetings for rebroadcast on LearnTV.
    Hutfles discussed the matter at the Dec. 8 city council meeting as one of nine performance goals he believes are achievable by the end of the current budget year in June 2016.

  • Kershaw considers plan for industrial site

    KERSHAW – The idea of buying and developing the old Springs Mills property as a small industrial park is no longer feasible for the town of Kershaw.
    But that doesn’t mean its leaders aren’t exploring other options to attract jobs to the southern part of Lancaster County.
    Last month, town council heard a presentation from Columbia-based Carlisle and Associates on the need to develop a site-certification plan for a tract the town is interested in developing as an industrial site.

  • Lennar makes early payment

    National homebuilder Lennar Corp. presented Lancaster County officials with a check for $1.2 million Dec. 14 intended to enhance local public safety and education.
    Presented by Lennar Division President Jon Hardy and Director of Land Development Tom Johnson, the check is an early fulfillment of the company’s development agreement with the county for construction of the Tree Tops neighborhood.

  • Shaw’s personal city hall

    Though its paint has faded and its halls are empty, the Ellen Dean Hotel continues to crackle with memories from its meandering 74-year history.
    Standing in the once-elegant hotel lobby at the corner of White and Meeting streets, Joe Shaw Jr. took a few minutes this month to scan the room. It’s only a few weeks since the death of his father, Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw Sr., and he’s taken on the overwhelming task of sorting through the remnants of his dad’s hotel.

  • N.C. man dies in Christmas Day crash

    A North Carolina man was killed and several others were injured Christmas Day in a two-car collision near the Union County, N.C., line.
    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris identified the victim as 21-year-old Shea Jovan Mackey of Marvin Road, Waxhaw.
    Morris said Mackey, a front seat passenger in one of the cars, died at the scene.
    Both drivers, as well as all the passengers in one of the cars were transported to either CMC Carolinas or Springs Memorial Hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries or conditions is not known.

  • Prowler leaps from 2nd-floor window

    A Lancaster man told sheriff’s deputies he surprised a burglar at his mother’s house and chased him out a second-floor window.
    Lancaster County deputies were called to 2229 Robert H. Kirk Road about 6:10 p.m. Dec. 12 to investigate a report of multiple shots fired and a possible burglary in progress.
    On scene, deputies found the 49-year-old homeowner outside upset about someone being inside her home, the report said, and a man exiting the front door with a shotgun and a handgun.

  • 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.