Local News

  • Drug task force arrests two, seizes drugs, guns, cash

    Two people were arrested for drug trafficking inside a room at the Super 8 Motel on S.C. 9 Bypass on Thursday night.

    Demarcus Javontia Marsh, 22, no address given, and Latwanyept Lashay Stover, 34, 3728 Horne Twitty Road, were both charged with trafficking crack cocaine (10 to 28 grams) and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. A third person in the room was not charged.

  • Man charged in string of Kershaw burglaries

    A Kershaw man is facing multiple charges after a string of home burglaries in the town.

    Michael Lindsey Faile, 52, of 9220 Kershaw-Camden Highway, was arrested Thursday. He is charged with first-degree burglary, receiving stolen goods (third or subsequent property offense) and petty larceny (third or subsequent property offense).

  • LPD accepting applications for Citizen’s Police Academy

    Anyone who wants to get a behind-the-scenes look at local law enforcement is about to get that chance.

    The Lancaster Police Department is accepting applications for its 2016 Spring Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA).

    Police Chief Harlean Carter said CPA gives citizens a more comprehensive insight into the department’s daily operations. 

  • Afternoon smoke coming from Chesterfield County

    The thick, sweet-smelling smoke that is visible in the eastern portion of the county Thursday afternoon has been attributed to two controlled burns by the S.C. Forestry Commission in neighboring Chesterfield County.
    Several residents reported smoke in Buford and Flat Creek communities about lunchtime, but law enforcement and firefighters couldn’t find the source.
    Russell Hubright, S.C. Forestry Commission forest management chief, said several planned burns are going on in Chesterfield County today.

  • DNR arrests defilers at Forty Acre Rock

    Two dozen people have been arrested in raids at Forty Acre Rock staged by state conservation officers combatting illegal fires, camping and driving cars in the protected environmental preserve. 

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says the extraordinary enforcement efforts, involving several cold, sleepless nights for teams of officers, are necessary to protect endangered plants at one of Lancaster County’s most fragile natural treasures.

  • Silt-runoff violations

    State and federal officials are investigating possible environmental violations at two large residential construction projects in Indian Land, incidents of uncontrolled sediment runoff into Six Mile Creek that could threaten the endangered Carolina heelsplitter.

  • One wager, three girls, 70 boxes of cookies

    When Kevin Stillwell made a friendly football bet with the Johnson sisters on Super Bowl Sunday, he figured is was a sure thing.

    If the Carolina Panthers won, Stillwell would have the pleasure of drawing mustaches on Emmie Grace, Torie and Ashbie at Second Baptist Church the next week.

    However, should the Broncos come out on top, Stillwell agreed to buy 20 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies from 8-year-old Emmie Grace, who is in Troop 69. 

  • Man hit by car in Walmart parking lot

    A Chesterfield County driver was arrested Monday night after running over someone in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot.

    Devan Dorelle Melton, 26, of Chesterfield, was charged with reckless driving. While Melton was also wanted in Chesterfield County for driving under suspension, that charge could not be leveled here because the incident happened on private property.

  • Heath Springs upgrades community needs list

    HEATH SPRINGS – Now that Phase V of water line improvements is complete and the town water tank is upgraded, except for a couple of cosmetic issues, Heath Springs Town Council is moving forward on a new roadmap.

    Last Tuesday, council unanimously reprioritized the town’s needs during a public hearing attended by a representative of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG).

  • S.C. strategy for Hillary focused on black voters

    Hillary Clinton was garnering amens alongside applause in African-American churches across South Carolina leading up to this weekend’s Democratic primary, building on the legacy of husband and former President Bill Clinton.

    The former secretary of state held a commanding lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in advance of Saturday’s vote, capitalizing on a well-crafted reputation among black voters, who make up a majority of the state’s Democratic Party.