Local News

  • Flood barricades still up on five roads

    Most county roads closed by this week’s flooding are now open to through traffic, but two roads will remain closed until the water recedes and three will remain barricaded for some time.
    At 3 p.m. Nov. 20, barricades were still up at Fish Hatchery Road just south of Heath Springs, Deertrack Circle off Pageland Highway and Hough Road near the Potter Road intersection, according to the Lancaster County Public Works Department. Stewart Place Road and Balkum Road are indefinitely closed.

  • Third burglary spree suspect arrested

    A third suspect has been arrested in a string of burglaries, larcenies and automobile break-ins across Lancaster County between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported.
    On Nov. 16, deputies arrested Bobby Charles Wallace, 25 of Waxhaw, N.C., on warrants for nine counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two counts of petty larceny, and one count of larceny of a bicycle.

  • Fort Lawn man charged in Walmart shoplifting

    A Fort Lawn man was arrested Nov. 16 after an anonymous tip identified him as a suspect seen on surveillance video shoplifting with a woman and child at the Indian Land Walmart.
    James Michael Tindell, 45, of 549 Hawthorne Road, Fort Lawn, is charged with shoplifting and petty larceny pending a first appearance.

  • Pre-dawn deluge drenches county

    It didn’t take Frances Jackson long to realize something was up the morning of Nov. 19.
    Four doors down from her Clinton Avenue home, where Camp Creek and Hannah’s Creek flow together, the pavement was covered by rushing water from an overnight deluge, most of which fell between midnight and dawn.

  • Council discusses residency requirement again

    A month after a proposed residency requirement for county department heads stalled, county leaders resurrected the idea during Lancaster County Council’s Nov. 9 meeting.
    Councilman Larry Honeycutt, one of the council members who brought the idea back for consideration, said it should be a major condition of employment that county managers and directors live within the county’s borders.
    “Employees who have an impact on how our tax revenue is spent should be residents of Lancaster County,” Honeycutt contended.

  • Unplanned repairs impact Kershaw budget

    KERSHAW – There are some things you just can’t budget and plan for, no matter how much you’d like to.
    One of them is damage from lightning strikes.
    Kershaw Town Administrator Joe Boyes told town council this week the 2015-16 budget for the Kershaw Recreation Center is out of balance, thanks to Mother Nature.
    The matter came up during the administrator’s monthly financial report at the Nov. 16 town council meeting.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas Basket under way

    The staff of HOPE (Helping Other People in Lancaster) no longer waits until Thanksgiving to start the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Memorial Christmas Basket.
    The agency is already taking monetary donations for the annual holiday effort, which buys Christmas meal food boxes for about 300 of the county’s neediest families.

  • Hutfles takes over as city administrator

    The first item on the agenda for new Lancaster city administrator Steven James “Flip” Hutfles is teaching people how to properly pronounce his name.
    “You say it pretty much like it looks. It’s Hutfles (HUT-fless). That’s the reason I always answer the phone, ‘Hello, this is Flip. How can I help you today?’ It’s also why I made sure they included Flip on this,” he said, laughing while he picked up his nameplate.

  • Buford volleyball fans proud of Lady Jackets

    LEXINGTON – Buford High School volleyball fans saw the Lady Jackets fall short in their state title quest, but they were still enthusiastic in their praise of the team's banner season.
    In Saturday's contest in Lexington, the team fell to Charleston's Bishop England High School, which has won a national record 26 state titles in the 46-year-old Palmetto State volleyball championship tournament, including the last 16 in a row.

  • 2 men shot in Miller St. gunbattle

    Two men were injured in Lancaster Sunday morning during a shootout on Miller Street in which more than 50 rounds were fired.
    The next day, the Lancaster Police Department arrested a man for burglarizing the house where the shooting occurred. And the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to determine if a shooting in its jurisdiction Sunday morning is connected to the Miller Street shooting.
    Lancaster police were called to a small tan and white-trimmed house at 406 Miller St. about 6 a.m. Sunday, where they found a man inside with a gunshot wound.