Local News

  • Candlelight vigil highlights local murder victims

    Nearly four dozen candles cast their flickering glow over solemn faces in the darkness outside Lancaster City Hall Dec. 17, a sobering testimony to the toll violence has taken on the lives of county residents in recent years.
    Holding the candles were friends and family of the dead, concerned strangers and public officials gathered for the annual Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) candlelight vigil.

  • Surprise! Evan Harris meets Panthers quarterback Cam Newtom

    Back in April, 8-year-old Evan Harris was having a tough go at life. The energetic, active boy went home sick from school one day and spent most of the next two months in an induced coma.
    Evan was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that caused a potentially lethal elevated ammonia level in his bloodstream.
    But how things have improved since then.
    Not only is Evan recovering, but his long stay at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte earned him a trip to the Carolina Panthers game last weekend, with a big surprise at the end.

  • DUI enforcement blitz aims to reduce holiday fatalities

    From release
    COLUMBIA – State and local law enforcement agencies are once again joining forces for the annual Christmas/New Years Sober or Slammer! enforcement blitz.
    The goal of the enforcement and education push is to reduce preventable highway fatalities and injuries caused by people who drink and drive.

  • Firefighters collecting for MDA this week

    From release

    Members of the Lancaster Fire Department will be collecting donations this week for the Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
    Over more than six decades, firefighters across the country have raised a total of $558 million to fight muscular dystrophy and other life-threatening muscle diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

  • Lancaster man charged with selling heroin

    A Lancaster man was arrested Dec. 10 at his home and charged with selling heroin to undercover officers.
    Jason Lewis Thompson, 34, of 140 South Jackson Road, was arrested by agents of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, according to a sheriff’s statement.
    In an early morning raid, drug agents and SWAT team members arrested Thompson and seized marijuana, an Oxycodone pill, $430 and drug paraphernalia. The search warrant for the raid was obtained after an undercover investigation.

  • Behind the scenes: Recognizing county’s document keepers

    What started out as a gesture by Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond to honor his mentor and predecessor, Vernon McManus, has led to a new window into Lancaster’s past.  
    There is now a history of those who are charged with keeping the county’s official documents.

  • Making Christmas bright for others

    Though stacks of food boxes have been packed for those in need, HOPE in Lancaster is still more than $2,000 short of its $10,000 goal.
    HOPE executive director Bekah Clawson said Dec. 11 collections through the annual Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket fund have totaled $7,731. The money is used to provide Christmas food baskets to some of the county’s neediest families, with the annual fundraiser organized by HOPE.

  • IRS scam continues to target residents

    An IRS phone scam threatening targets with arrest for outstanding taxes is making the rounds in Lancaster County again.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports and phone calls to The Lancaster News, at least six area residents have received phone calls in recent weeks from people pretending to be IRS agents.
    Though the narrative sometimes varies, the IRS scams revolve around con artists who tell their targets they owe the IRS money and will be arrested by local law enforcement agencies if they don’t pay.

  • Long won’t seek 5th S.C. House term

    Deborah Long has decided her fourth term as House District 45 representative will be her last.
    Long, a Republican who made history in 2008 as the first woman elected to the District 45 seat, announced Dec. 11 she will not run for reelection next year. She plans to serve the remaining year on her two-year term.

  • Man charged in video-poker operation

    A Lancaster man was arrested Dec. 9 for running a gambling operation at a makeshift sports bar in a converted storage shed in south Lancaster.
    John Thomas Whitaker, 37, is charged with possession of gambling devices and keeping a gaming house.
    A sheriff’s office release said drug task force agents arrested Whitaker during a raid at a storage unit he kept at 1525 Holly Hill Street off Lynwood Drive, which he’d “upfitted like a sports bar.”