Local News

  • Breast cancer: This means war

    Vanessa Brewer-Tyson
    Landmark News Services

    PAGELAND – In 1999, when I first found out that I had breast cancer, my initial thoughts were to count how many years my mom lived after the doctor had informed her she had the disease.
    I counted about five years.
    After going through months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, my mom lost her tough and lengthy battle with breast cancer in 1972. I was a senior in high school.

  • Griffin could tell a good story

    In 1990, when PBS aired Ken Burns’ groundbreaking documentary, “The Civil War,” I was a little curious.
    During that first episode, when the late Shelby Dade Foote Jr., showed up for his first cameo appearance, my curiosity became intrigued, for good reason.
    At the time, Foote was a relatively unknown as writer and historian west of the Mississippi and north of the Mason Dixon Line.
    However, I was the lucky one and knew exactly who he was.

  • County hires interim economic development company

    An interim economic development firm and a new structural committee are two of the latest developments in the county’s economic development saga.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis confirmed Lancaster County Council recently approved a motion to engage a firm, and not a person, to handle economic development matters on an interim basis until a permanent in-house director is hired. The vote was made after council returned from executive session at its Sept. 28 meeting.

  • Deputies charge 16-year-old with murder

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 16-year-old Lancaster boy for the shooting death of a 42-year-old man outside Lancaster Saturday, Oct. 3.
    New information since the murder shows the sheriff’s office had been looking for the suspect for more than a monthin connection with another crime in the area.
    Derrick Leron Stalk, of 2125 Walden Road, Lancaster, is charged as an adult with murder for killing Jeffrey Dale Barrett, 42, of 2167 Thomasville St.

  • County escapes brunt of ‘1,000-year’ storm

    Twenty-nine members of the Third Herd in Lancaster were packing gear and road equipment on Monday, Oct. 5, to head south for flood-swollen areas of the Palmetto State.
    S.C. National Guard Lt. Paul Bennett said the 178th Combat Engineers were called to state active duty about lunchtime Sunday, Oct. 4. By Monday, two convoy lines of road equipment, including bulldozers, backhoes and heavy trucks, flanked both sides of the S.C. National Guard armory on Nichols Road and its parking lots full of cars.

  • Crenco robbery suspect charged in JR Grocery holdup

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Kenny Blackmon Jr., of Lancaster, for the Monday, Sept. 28, armed robbery of JR Grocery on Brooklyn Avenue.
    Blackmon, 21, of 646 Craigwood Lane, was one of two suspects arrested by the Lancaster Police Department this week for the armed robbery of the Crenco Food Store on S.C. 9 Bypass West about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept. 29.  
    Blackmon is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime for the JR Grocery robbery pending a first appearance.

  • Kershaw to open administrator search

    KERSHAW – There is a classified ad in today’s edition of The Lancaster News that residents living in the Kershaw town limits may want to read.
    After meeting in executive session Thursday, Oct. 1, six of the seven members of Kershaw Town Council agreed to advertise the search for a new town administrator.
    Mayor Wayne Rhodes was out of town and did not attend the meeting.
    The town is officially accepting resumes for the administrator’s job through Oct. 12.

  • Uncovering the truth

    For Dr. Laura Pettler, it’s never too late to solve a cold case.
    Whether she’s reconstructing bullet trajectories using a series of specially designed lasers or walking through old crime scenes searching for long-lost evidence, Pettler has become known for one thing in particular, her dedication to solving cases.

  • Choosing to lead

    What kind of world will our children inherit?
    With a microphone in hand, Chad Smith posed that powerful question to a large crowd of local school, business and government leaders on Friday, Oct. 2, during the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of Education breakfast. The event was held at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

  • York Tech to end academic classes in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Academic classes at the Kershaw-Heath Springs branch of York Technical College have run their course.
    Melanie Jones, York Tech’s vice president for college advancement said Friday, Oct. 2, the school will cease academic operations Dec. 31 at the satellite campus, which is housed at Lancaster County Government Complex on Fork Hill Road.