Local News

  • Perseverance essential in Billy Dale’s life of challenges

    RIDGEWAY – He may not remember driving his Ford Mustang at a high rate of speed through the Poovey Farm neighborhood.
    He may not remember the crash, or being intermingled among the crumbled mass of metal.
    He may not remember the “will not survive” his loved ones were told. He may not remember the medical staff and machines that kept him alive.
    After all, that was 27 years ago. Billy Dale McCants was 17. As it often is with teens, he must have thought he was invincible. I thought so, too, when I was young.

  • From potholes to paved

    Local drivers will soon see a few less bumps in the road as several major road projects are underway, a year after taxpayers voted to approve a one-cent capital project sales tax to help fix Lancaster County’s crumbling infrastructure.
    The three projects, which are estimated to cost a total of $5,718,914.18, include repaving portions of Henry Harris Road, University Drive, Bailey Road, Craig Farm Road, Pink Plyler Road, Taxahaw Road and Locustwood Avenue/Mahaffey Line Drive.

  • Lancaster man gets 15 years for arson

    A Lancaster man accused of starting the October 2014 fire that destroyed Old Mill Grocery in Lancaster was convicted and sentenced in absentia last week after he failed to show up for the start of his trial.
    Coy Lamar “Marty” Knight Jr., 52, of 1115 First St., was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 7, to 15 years in prison for third-degree arson, suspended to 10 years, followed by five years probation.  

  • Lucas, Yow receive business advocate awards

    Scorecard and Year-In Review with 47 members of the S.C. House of Representatives earning business advocate awards.
    Two House members who represent part of Lancaster County – Richie Yow (R-53) and Jay Lucas (R-65) – are among those who scored 90 percent or higher.   
    “The business community went into 2015 laser-focused on two priorities: workforce development and infrastructure,” said Ted Pitts, state chamber president and CEO.

  • Sheriff’s office advertising lost property

    If you’ve lost something over the past year and a half or so, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know they may have what you thought was long gone.
    Bicycles, guns, money, tools, pocketbooks – even a prosthetic leg – are among the items the sheriff’s office has in its evidence locker for safekeeping that need to either go back to their owners or be disposed of.

  • Woman reports flimflam

    Authorities are looking for a couple that reportedly swindled a woman out of $732 at a local grocery store earlier this month and then disappeared.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the flimflam happened the afternoon of Oct. 7.
    Police were called to Food Lion at Lancaster Square Shopping Center about 2:15 p.m. that day.
    A 77-year-old woman there told them she had been scammed.

  • Residency requirement stalls at council meeting

    Does it matter if a county department head doesn’t live in Lancaster County?
    It’s an issue that has popped up on Lancaster County Council’s radar for years, though one councilwoman felt it was time to address the issue once and for all.
    During council’s Monday, Oct. 12 meeting, Councilwoman Charlene McGriff asked council to consider instituting a residency requirement for all newly hired county department heads.
    McGriff said she believed managers should “live where you represent.”

  • Going Dutch

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lanacster News

    The smell of sausage, eggs and cheese filled Andrew Jackson Park on Sept. 26 as a group of friends gathered for a different style of cooking.
    The Southeast Camper Dutch Oven Group (DOG), a chapter of the International Dutch Oven Society, gathered in the park for a day of cooking and enjoying the company of others. More than 20 pots filled the tables and tents at the park.
    “We’re just a group of friends that get together,” said Indian Land resident Randy Griffin.

  • Ardrey named to conservation district hall of fame

    When William “Bill” Ardrey comes across a scrap of paper or an empty can in a grove of pine trees, he puts it in his pocket.
    Given his personal viewpoint, that’s a given. He believes in taking care of what God gives us.
    “I’m a forester and it’s how I make my living,” he said. “I want to make this place better than I found it.”

  • Lancaster man arrested in child’s death

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Lancaster man for the death of a 5-year-old special needs child in early September.
    Sheriff’s investigators arrested Robert Jordan, 47, of 788 Montecrest St., for homicide by child abuse in the death of his adopted son, La’Marion Witherspoon Jordan.
    According to the obituary in The Lancaster News, the child died Sept. 4.