Local News

  • 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.

  • Sheriff’s office warns residents about jury phone scam

    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 at 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.  

  • Willis interim economic director

    County Administrator Steve Willis can soon add “interim economic development director” to his resume following a vote by county officials Monday night.

    During Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 24 meeting, Willis was authorized to assume the responsibility of leading the county’s new in-house economic development department for “up to 30 days.”

  • GOP presidential hopefull Scott Walker visits Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – Before noon Monday, Aug. 24, cars lined Del Webb Boulevard as a crowd of several hundred people eagerly awaited Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was on his way to the Sun City Carolina Lakes pavilion, where he would soon speak.

    Security was tight as people came to hear the Republican candidate discuss the issues of the day and explain why he was running for U.S. president.

  • Kershaw Town Council discusses court costs

    KERSHAW – Members of Kershaw Town Council are going to take a closer look at the municipality’s court system to see if there is a way to make it more cost-efficient.

    The matter was discussed in detail at the Tuesday, Aug. 18, council meeting.

    It came up after councilman Wade Hunter noticed a drop in the amount of revenue the town gets from its share of traffic fines.

    “Last court, we had four tickets,” Hunter said. “The next court, we don’t have any.”

  • Sycamore Partners to buy Belk for $3 billion

    Since the construction of Lancaster Square Shopping Center on North Main Street in the mid-1970s, its one constant, unwavering tenant has been Belk.

    Other retailers may come and go, but the Charlotte-based department store remains and will remain for now.

    Its executives say Belk employees and customers will still have a local Belk to work at and shop at after the family-owned chain was sold Monday, Aug. 24, to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $3 billion.

  • Deputies, SLED bust gambling operations

    An anonymous tip earlier this month led to charges against a Lancaster business owner and a Kershaw man for operating illegal gambling machines.
    Mark Daniel Johnson, 46, of Leadoff Road, and Shannon Dean Munn, 38, 6577 Munn St., Kershaw, turned themselves in to the Lancaster County Detention Center Monday, Aug. 17 in response to warrants from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.