Local News

  • Officers charge Ellis with burglary

    A local man is learning that stealing six beers, a bottle of cheap wine and six flash drives from a home has a steep price in the state of South Carolina.
    The Lancaster Police Department has charged Timothy Andrew Ellis, 25, 1757 Old Carter St., with first-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools after Ellis broke into a West Meeting Street home just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
    It wasn’t what officers found when Ellis came face to face with them that resulted in the most weighty charge; it was when he supposedly did it, the report said.

  • No Santa Train this year

    Rudolph has ridden the rails in Lancaster County for the last time.
    Teresa Meeks, director of support services for the city of Lancaster, told the municipality’s council at its Tuesday, Aug. 25, meeting the Santa Train will no longer be pulling out of the L&C Railway Depot on South Main Street each yuletide season.
    “We just wanted you to know so you wouldn’t be surprised,” Meeks said.
    Meeks said there had been some worries over the annual holiday train ride for at least two years due to the change in ownership at the L&C.

  • City council funds study

    Funding to continue a critical operational study of the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant was approved by city officials earlier this month.
    During Lancaster City Council’s Aug. 11 meeting, council members approved funding $12,500 to continue a contract with W.K. Dickson, a community infrastructure consulting firm.
    Council’s vote to continue the study at least through September came minutes after a report from City Administrator Helen Sowell and Brian Tripp, an engineer with W.K. Dickson.

  • Sheriff’s office investigates home invasions

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two unrelated early morning home invasions near Lancaster in less than a week, one of which resulted in a man suffering serious injuries from a beating.
    The Aug. 15 and Aug. 20 incidents occurred during a week in which LCSO detectives were also busy investigating armed robberies at three area businesses.
    The Aug. 15 incident occurred at a home in the 2000 block of Pacer Drive south of Lancaster.

  • Man dies in logging truck accident

    A Rock Hill man died Friday, Aug. 28, following a head-on accident with a logging truck on the Rock Hill Highway (S.C. 5) bridge over the Catawba River.
    York County Coroner Sabrina Gast confirmed Friday that Brian Stokes, 30, died shortly after the accident.
    The accident closed the highway for two hours as emergency crews cleared wreckage and contended with a hazardous materials situation created by leaking fuel.

  • Sheriff warns of jury phone scam

    Christopher Sardelli


    Investigators are warning residents this week about a scam designed to scare people into handing over money to a stranger on the phone.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received its first report about the scam on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from a woman who said she received a call from an unknown man about 1 p.m. that day, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    The woman said her caller ID showed the number as (866) 852-0766, originating from Manning.

  • Finally Friday is final day for Hasty

    Gregory A. Summers


    The dry erase boards inside the doorway of the City of Lancaster’s Events and Promotions/Risk Management office on Arch Street across from city hall are almost full.

    Handwritten are notes on the upcoming Boo Fun Fest, the scarecrow contest, Finally Friday and Christmas in the City, as well as the downtown Christmas and MLK parades, which are written from one end to the other.

  • Stop and go

    Gregory A. Summers


    Both the Lancaster Police

    Department and Lancaster County School District are going through daily rounds of heartburn and headaches right now when it comes to the bumper-to-bumper traffic most afternoons near North Elementary School.

    It’s easy to determine the origin of the weekday traffic snarls.

    A large volume of car riders at the Roddey Drive school and the barricaded rear parking lot at the now-closed shopping center are the major contributors.

  • 4th annual Habitat for Humanity BBB event has new venue

    Nita Brown

    Habitat for Humanity

    of Lancaster County

    The fourth annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Building (BBB) fundraiser, set for Saturday, Aug. 29, will bring a few changes.

    The afternoon/evening festival for the local Habitat for Humanity, combines two local favorites – bluegrass music and good South Carolina barbecue.

  • MADD names county sheriff ‘hero’

    Coalition for Healthy Youth

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile was recently named a South Carolina MADD Hero by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Faile’s recognition was attributed to Lancaster County’s commitment to reducing DUI and underage drinking, said Steven Burritt, MADD state director.

    For four days, 100 Lancaster County deputies participated in a training related to alcohol enforcement and underage party dispersal strategies.