Local News

  • Rock around the block

    Pleasant Dale Baptist Church’s annual block party draws a large crowd.

  • City to fund indigent defense

    The Miranda Rights clause, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you,” has come to roost in Lancaster, due to recent legislation passed by the S.C. General Assembly.
    The state is now requiring its towns and cities to foot the bill for defendants who can’t pay for their own defense in municipal courts.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter and Lancaster Municipal Court Administrator Cammie Heath broke the news to Lancaster City Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting.

  • County students see higher AP scores

    Following a statewide trend, Lancaster County schools saw higher scores among high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams during the 2014-15 school year.
    According to S.C. Department of Education data released Sept. 18, a total of 413 county students took a total of 544 AP exams during the 2014-15 school year, scoring high enough on 227 of those exams to earn college credit.

  • TLN, sister papers’ ad staffs rack up press association awards

    When it comes to newspaper advertising staffs, they don’t get much better than the folks who represent The Lancaster News and its sister papers – Carolina Gateway, Pageland Progressive Journal and the Chester News & Reporter.  
    Want proof? The newspapers’ advertising and graphics departments racked up an impressive 48 S.C. Press Association Palmy Awards this year for their outstanding work and creativity in promoting local businesses, organizations and community events in 2014.

  • Kershaw must upgrade wiring at memorial library building

    KERSHAW – If the town of Kershaw is going to continue allowing the old memorial library on North Matson Street to be used, then upgrades must be made to its electrical system.   
    “We have to do something about the wiring over there,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes. “You flip on a light switch today and one won’t come on and three might not come on tomorrow. We just have to bite the bullet and do it. If we are going to continue to use that building, we have to update it.”

  • Men face heroin possession charges

    A Lancaster County deputy arrested two men for heroin possession early Sept. 14 in Indian Land.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report, the deputy was traveling north on Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) at 4:17 a.m. Sept. 14 when he saw a gold Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Bobby Lee Miller, 41, of Charlotte, stopped in the middle of Red Ventures Drive.
    The deputy said he turned around to check on the situation and when he got closer to the pickup, he noticed it had no license plate.

  • Deputies charge trio for string of Indian Land car break-ins

    Three York County men have been charged in connection with a string of auto break-ins in the Bridgehamption subdivision early Thursday, Sept. 24.
    Tony Eugene Mayard, 21, of Fort Mill, and Nora-Logan Duncan, 19, and Tyler Mitchell Fesperman, 20, both of Rock Hill, are charged with six counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. Fesperman and Duncan are also charged with use of a vehicle without permission and Fesperman faces an additional charge of financial transaction card fraud.

  • Bypass road rage leads to two arrests

    Two Lancaster men were arrested after another man reported an apparent road rage incident Friday, Sept. 25.  
    About 4:30 a.m. Friday, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report from a 26-year-old man who said his vehicle had been shot while he was on S.C. 9.  
    According to a sheriff’s office release issued Friday afternoon, the victim was traveling west on S.C. 9 when a silver pickup truck with several men in it pulled onto the highway in a reckless manner, nearly hitting his vehicle.  

  • Chaos hits Lancaster stage

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster News

    A woman afraid to leave her home, three gossips and a stripper come together to create chaos in “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.”
    The show promises comedic drama, adult-themed humor and a night of fun, said the show’s director Eric Grace.
    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County show opens today, Sept. 25, and runs through Oct. 3 at the Barr Street Auditorium, 612 E. Meeting St.

  • Kershaw council hears park update

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council may install a new gate to allow students from Kershaw Elementary School to access Stevens Park from Ingram Street during daylight hours.
    At its Monday, Sept. 21, meeting, council directed Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes to explore the possibility of having a gate or gates installed.
    The consensus decision came after council heard an update on needs at the park from Kershaw Community Park Council board member Frances Moreland.