Local News

  • County Council sets sights on jobs, economic development

    As unemployment continues to weigh heavily on the minds of county residents, job creation will once again be a top priority for Lancaster County Council in 2013.

    Councilmen Larry Honeycutt and Larry McCullough, along with County Administrator Steve Willis, all recently discussed the projects and plans council will tackle during the new year, with economic development chief among them.

    Honeycutt said he feels 2013 will be the year Lancaster County begins to rebound from years of high unemployment and slow development.

  • County’s three mayors discuss plans, goals for the new year

    From Lancaster to Heath Springs and Kershaw, construction and infrastructural development highlighted a lot of the governmental activity in 2012.

    With a new year here, the mayors of those three municipalities now discuss what they see on the horizon for the next 12 months.

    City of Lancaster

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw said he looks forward to the completion of the city-funded road improvements on Brook Drive, which is near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • Lone gunman holds up Applebee's

    Police officers swarmed the area around Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant early Monday morning, minutes after a man robbed an employee at gunpoint.

    In a press release sent hours after the incident, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the armed robbery happened about 1:40 a.m. Monday inside the restaurant, located at 1268 S.C. 9 Bypass West.

    The manager told police he was alone and closing up the restaurant when he was approached by a lone, masked gunman.

  • FEMA awards county $1 million

    The county’s fire service is set to receive a boost in manpower from a recently awarded federal grant that will help fund 10 paid firefighters.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder confirmed the grant Thursday, Dec. 27.

    “The fire service just received a $1 million grant for paid firefighters during the daytime hours,” Blackwelder said.

  • House to reconvene on Sunday

    House leader Rep. John Boehner has called U.S. House District 5 Congressman Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land and other congressmen to head back to Washington, D.C., as the deadline for the so-called “fiscal cliff” looms.

    Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday morning he doubts there will be enough time for the Senate and House to reach a deal in the upcoming days.

    During a phone conversation Thursday afternoon, Mulvaney said Boehner asked House Republicans to cut the holiday break short and return to work.

  • Two more fires, another fire fatality in county

    KERSHAW – A house fire claimed the life of a Kershaw man Thursday morning, Dec. 27, the second deadly fire in Lancaster County in less than a week. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said firefighters were dispatched to 304 E. Marion Street at 10:04 a.m. Thursday after a passerby saw smoke coming from the home and called 911.

    Once inside the house, and despite the fact that the fire had been contained relatively quickly, firefighters discovered the body of 34-year-old Adam Whitley in the living room.

  • Police investigate armed robbery at Pelican Prints

    Police continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at a Lancaster business last week.

    An officer came to Pelican Prints, 1106 W. Meeting St., just before 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21, to speak with a man inside the business.

    The man said that he and a woman were inside when two armed men entered the building, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The man said the assailants ordered he and the woman, at gunpoint, to lie on the floor and hand over all of their money.

  • Fort Lawn fire station to get much-needed repairs

    FORT LAWN – The Fort Lawn Fire Department has a decrepit ceiling at its fire station that is threatening three fire apparatus housed inside but county officials have initiated the process to make the long-needed improvements, said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

  • FOIA change may be in the works

    A bill recently pre-filed in the S.C. House of Representatives would amend the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to make government much more transparent and responsive.

     This is the second attempt by Rep. Bill Taylor (R-Aiken) to reform the FOIA. 

    Last spring his similar bill won approval in the House by a 101-1 vote, but stalled in the State Senate in the final days of the legislative session.

  • Investigators on scene of deadly fire in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators are on the scene of a deadly fire in Kershaw today, the second in Lancaster County since Friday.

    According to Lancaster County officials, firefighters from the Kershaw, Heath Springs, Black Creek and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments were dispatched to a home on Marion Street around 10:30 a.m. Where they later discovered a body inside the home.

    The identity of the deceased has yet to be identified.