Local News

  • Another face in the crowd

    By David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    Editor’s note: The former homeless man featured in this article wishes to remain anonymous, but wanted to share his story in an effort to help others. He also wanted to share his experience of what it’s like to be homeless.

    For a decade, he had no home. He is now in his fifth decade of life, and has not shared his story publically. He fears you will look at him differently, and judge him for the events of his youth. I will call him James Smith.

  • Box city in the rain

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    More than 90 Lancaster county youth slept in cardboard boxes at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds Friday night, Sept. 25.
    Though rains swept through the area, the “Spend A Night in A Box” event continued. The event, sponsored by the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless, sought to help raise awareness about the experience of being homeless.

  • Kershaw man pleads guilty to federal cocaine charge

    A Kershaw man arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and the FBI on cocaine charges in June is facing decades behind bars after pleading guilty in federal court Wednesday, Sept. 30.
    Mitchell Naruda Kelly, 36, formerly of 218 Railroad Ave., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Columbia to a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, a release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ office said.

  • County schedules strategic planning session

    From the outside, it may appear a little early to begin the 2016-17 budget process a scant quarter into the current fiscal year.
    However, that’s not the case in local county government.
    Lancaster County Council has scheduled a strategic planning session for today, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3. The Friday session is 4 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s session is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • Avondale development has share of differing opinions

    County fire officials, worried about the maximum occupancy inside Lancaster County Council chambers Monday night, Sept. 28, passed out a series of yellow numbered tickets as droves of people crammed into the room, most who were there to offer either support or opposition to the proposed Avondale development in Indian Land.

  • LPD arrests two for Crenco robbery

    The Lancaster Police Department, with the help of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested a Lancaster man and woman for robbing the Crenco Food Store on S.C. 9 Bypass West on Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, and is looking for a second male accomplice.
    Kenny Blackmon Jr., 21, of 646 Craigwood Lane, and Shakendria Sheoka Wright, 22, of 1576 Maplewood Ave., were arrested Thursday, Oct. 1.

  • Weekend brings more rainy days

    When it comes to the where and when Hurricane Joaquin could possibly come ashore in the United States, there are lots of ifs in figuring the storm’s path.
    Just after 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Joaquin to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
    Computer models have it making landfall somewhere between North Carolina and the Delmarva Peninsula, which is portions of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

  • Poll shows residents support Legislature’s decision on flag

    According to the latest Winthrop University poll, two thirds of South Carolinians polled believe the state’s General Assembly made the right decision to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse in Columbia in July.
    Results of the survey were released Wednesday, Sept. 30.

  • High School football games moved to tonight

    Local school officials have moved all four county football games to today, Oct. 1, due to inclement weather in the weekend forecast associated Hurricane Joaquin.
    Kickoff for Lancaster High School’s game with Chester High School is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.
    Buford High School’s home game with Cheraw High School is 7:30 p.m. tonight at Yellow Jackets stadium, which is across from the high school on Tabernacle Road.

  • Giti Tire plant supplier outreach event today

    From release
    RICHBURG – The S.C. Department of Commerce, along with Chester County Economic Development, is hosting a supplier outreach event for the Chester County Giti Tire plant project from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today, Sept. 30, at Gateway Conference Center, 3200 Commerce Drive in Richburg.
    In June 2014, Giti Tire announced it was building a $560 million manufacturing facility, which is expected to create about 1,700 new jobs in Chester County.