Local News

  • Homeless shelter in beginning stages

    Kendall Johnson has a vision of keeping local homeless men off the streets and in steady jobs, though he knows it’s going to take a lot more than desire to make it happen.
    As executive director of The Humble Abode of South Carolina, a newly formed nonprofit organization geared toward helping homeless men, Johnson is trying to gather support and funding to open a shelter in Lancaster County.
    “There’s a need everywhere, and Lancaster County needs it more than anyone,” he said.

  • No more dead spots in radio coverage

    For emergency responders using the county’s current radio system, a simple 911 call can quickly turn dangerous if they run into one of the county's many “dead zones” and can’t radio for help.
    County officials plan to fix that problem by spending $7.5 million on the new Palmetto 800 public safety radio system, which Lancaster County Council approved Dec. 14.  

  • Colossal economic project in works

    Travis Jenkins

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – In terms of economic development, Chester County and the surrounding area may have an ecstatic New Year.

    Project 1429, the county’s code-name for what would be the largest single business investment in S.C. history, appears to be coming in for a landing. The unnamed company behind the project plans to spend $1.6 billion and create 1,400 permanent jobs.

  • Five file for mayor this week

    Gregory A. Summers


    As of noon Dec. 22, five candidates have filed in the special election for Lancaster mayor.

    Anthony Elder, Altheresa Goode-Howard, Charles Vann Jr., Garrett Williams and Lancaster City Councilman John Howard have filed to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Shaw, which runs through 2018.

    Shaw died Nov. 29. The special election to fill the mayor’s seat is Feb. 23.

  • Flooding covers 10 roads in Lancaster County

    Christopher Sardelli


    Portions of at least 10 roads across Lancaster County were closed by flooding after more than 2 inches of rain fell Dec. 22, but the water reached no homes.

  • IL man shoots girlfriend in neck

    Reece Murphy



    An Indian Land man was arrested last weekend for shooting his girlfriend in the neck with a rifle.

    Russell Osbourne, 35, of 512 Silver Run Road, was arrested early Dec. 20 for use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

    A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement said Osbourne himself called 911 about 10:30 p.m. to report the shooting. When deputies arrived, they found Osbourne’s 28-year-old girlfriend bleeding from a gunshot to the neck.

  • Christmas Basket party helps 271 people

    The Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund party drew 271 special guests Dec. 12 at First Baptist Church.  
    “More than 200 children and their families and caregivers were treated to a hot breakfast, a gift or two and a stocking,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.

  • Lancaster, nearby counties send 21,100 shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child

    Nearly 21,100 children will soon experience the joy of Christmas, thanks to the combined efforts of the Lancaster community and residents from surrounding counties.
    Residents packed empty shoeboxes with small items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that sends gifts to children living in difficult situations around the world.

  • Woman charged in 8 car break-ins

    Late at night in the parking lot at Lancaster’s Walmart, police were filling out a report on a car break-in when a woman walked up and told them her vehicle also had been broken into. The officers filed a second report.
    Now that woman, Ashley Gordon, 28, of 2009 Miller Ridge Lane, has been charged in the initial break-in and seven other vehicle break-ins on the same night at Dalton Ridge Apartments.
    The Walmart incident happened about 11 p.m. Dec. 9, after a shopper reported a car had been broken into.

  • Heath Springs to spend more on leaf pickup, but cost still in budget

    HEATH SPRINGS – An unexpected $6,780 bill recently submitted for leaf and limb pick-up in Heath Springs can be paid in full without exceeding the town’s landscaping budget.
    Darren Sowell, owner of Sowell’s Lawn Care, submitted the bill earlier this month, and Heath Springs Town Council voted to pay the invoice at its Dec. 15 meeting.
    Sowell has a $54,298 annual contract for the town’s landscaping services.