Local News

  • SAT scores rise for county students

    A statewide report shows Lancaster County students fared better on the 2015 SAT, with mean scores for local high school seniors rising by several points compared to last year.
    According to S.C. Department of Education data released last month, Lancaster County School District seniors saw a 15-point increase in their 2015 SAT mean scores.
    Lydia Quinn, executive director of planning and accountability for the Lancaster County School District, said the mean 1363 score was for the 415 of the 2015 district seniors who took the SAT.

  • No fair this year, AL brings circus to town

    There won’t be a fair here this month, as in Octobers past, so American Legion Post 31 is bringing a small “Big Top” to town this week.
    The Zerbini Family Circus will open its tent flaps for shows at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and 2 p.m., Oct. 17.
    Based in Florida, the Zerbini Family Circus enjoys an eight-generation legacy of providing high-flying family fun.
    While the tradition started in 1817 in Paris, Julian Zerbini brought his family to the United States in 1968 and the act performed in circuses across the nation.

  • Police look into Saturday shooting

    City police are investigating the attempted murder of a 21-year-old man who was shot early Saturday, Oct. 10, in the 100 block of North Ferguson Street.
    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said Tuesday, Oct. 13, the victim is in fair condition and is expected to completely recover.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers responded to North Ferguson Street just after 1:45 a.m. Saturday after gunshots were reported in the area.

  • Shehane recovering from liver transplant

    After five years of illness and 349 days on a liver transplant list, 17-year-old Allison “Alli” Shehane has received a new liver.
    And so far, so good, said family friend, Penny Preslar.
    The surgery was performed Sept. 14-15 at Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, where Shehane had been on the transplant list since 2012.
    Preslar said Shehane’s family got the call about 8 a.m. Sept. 14 and the surgery started at 10:30 p.m. that night.

  • Two men arrested for robberies

    Lancaster County deputies arrested two Lancaster men for convenience store robberies in the Camp Creek and Buford communities Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, a sheriff’s office release said.
    Justin Eugene Cauthen, 23, and Austin Reece Hopkins, 17, both of 3424 Thompson Road, are held on two armed robbery counts apiece for robberies at Lloyd’s Phillips 66 on Camp Creek Road at Five Points and Buford Express on Pageland Highway.

  • Armed man robs convenience store

    An armed robber held up Lloyd’s Phillips 66 at Five Points, 3014 Camp Creek Road, just after 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
    According to police radio traffic, the robber was armed with a black semi-automatic pistol. He demanded money and left the store with approximately $150 in small bills. No one was hurt in the incident.

  • Children’s Home fundraiser continues to grow

    Forget golf clubs and a shotgun start.
    It’s time to get out the shotgun and shooting glasses for what’s grown into one of the area’s favorite fundraisers.
    Lancaster Children’s Home fifth annual Fall Flurry is Friday, Oct. 16, at Rocky Creek Sporting Clays in Richburg.
    So far, more than 150 shooters have signed up for the day of good food, fellowship and fun.
    That number is a far cry from the 20 who participated in the first Fall Flurry in 2011.

  • IL voters return registration cards unopened

    As it stands right now, some voters in the Panhandle could show up at the wrong precinct during the 2016 election cycle.
    That’s because they are returning their new voter registration cards to the county voter registration without opening them. Voters need to open them to detach the card and to see where they are supposed to cast ballots.
    The count of returned mail grows by the day, said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson.
    Since Tuesday, Oct. 6, Hudson said more than 1,000 of the cards have been returned.

  • Man stabs brother in neck

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Cassett man for attempted murder after he stabbed his brother while they were traveling on Shop Road south of Kershaw.
    According to the incident report, deputies responded about 5:09 p.m. Sept. 26 to a 911 call from a passerby at the intersection of Shop and Winterwood roads reporting a driver in a ditch who’d been stabbed in the neck by his passenger.

  • Reaching the end zone

    Leaning over a large color map spread across a table, Billy Harper pointed to several parcels he recognized near the area of S.C. 200 and Camp Creek Road during a community meeting Oct. 1.
    As a concerned property owner who lives in the Elgin community, Harper had a long list of questions about how the county’s year-long effort to rewrite its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) will affect him, his neighbors, local businesses and the county as a whole.