Local News

  • Teacher charged with sexual battery

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Lancaster High School teacher and Indian Land High School coach with sexual battery of a student. Officers arrested Tony Allen Ford, 36, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

    The sheriff’s office began an investigation after receiving a report of suspicious activity from the parent of a former Indian Land High School student.

  • Five roads still closed due to flood

    Five roads remained closed Thursday, Sept. 20, after more than 6 inches of rain fell on the eastern part of Lancaster County on Monday, Sept. 17.

    However, residents on two of the most damaged roads got some welcome news and much-needed relief Wednesday.

    Doster Road, which runs between Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) and Deerwood Road and is maintained by S.C. Department of Transportation, reopened to through-traffic Wednesday afternoon.

  • LCEDC raise irks council member

    The acceptance of funds to cover a pay raise for the county’s economic development president did not sit well with one county official this week. 

    In an e-mail to his fellow council members, sent on Wednesday, Sept. 19, Lancaster County Councilman Larry Honeycutt expressed displeasure with a 10 percent pay hike for Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.

  • Look Who’s Cooking 2012

    On paper, the group that Evelyn Springs leads each fall during the annual Walk for Autism at Charlotte Motor Speedway is called Mailk’s Team, in honor of her grandson, who was diagnosed with the disorder at age 2.

    But at the upcoming “Lancaster Cooks 2012 – Look Who’s Cooking” fundraising banquet at the Fairway Room set for Sept. 25, Springs said it’s obvious who the real team is. She said it's the 200-plus people who attend the annual event.

  • Heath Springs council adopts new pay ordinance

    HEATH SPRINGS – No show. No pay.

    That’s the new expectation in Heath Springs as a new ordinance comes on the books regarding meeting attendance.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Town Council unanimously approved final reading of an ordinance that withholds a councilman or councilwoman’s pay if he or she misses a regular monthly meeting.

    All five council members attended Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Springs Memorial earns national recognition

    For two consecutive years, Springs Memorial Hospital has received a coveted national recognition.

    The Lancaster hospital was named one of the United States’ top performers of key quality measures by The Joint Commission – the leading accreditor of health-care organizations in America.

    SMH is one of 620 hospitals nationwide to earn the distinction in performance benchmarks, according to a media release issued Wednesday, Sept. 19.

  • State treasurer’s forum teaches financial fraud prevention

    S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis visited Sun City Carolina Lakes on Monday, Sept. 17, as part of his financial literacy tour aimed at teaching residents ways to protect themselves from identity theft and financial fraud.

    The Carolina Lakes stop of the Safe, Smart and Secure tour was the first of four statewide stops for the event sponsored by Loftis, MasterCard and the AARP.

  • Pineville police assist deputies in traffic stop

    What began as a routine traffic stop in Pineville, N.C., earlier this month ended with a Charlotte man jailed here on drug charges.

    Colin David Graham, 29, of Charlotte, was charged Sept. 9 with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunk, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    Graham was arrested shortly after a traffic stop by a Pineville police officer in the 1000 block of Harrisburg Road for failure to maintain his lane of travel. 

  • Man arrested for threatening woman with knife

    After a brief scuffle with officers, a Lancaster man was arrested on charges of threatening a woman with a steak knife.

    Michael Calvertis Chavis Sr., 50, of 110 S. Hughes St., was arrested Sept. 9 and charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Police responded to a home on South Hughes Street shortly before 11 p.m. about a report of a man threatening people with a knife, the report said. 

  • Six Lancaster County roads remain closed after Monday flooding

    Six roads remained closed Tuesday, Sept. 18, after more than six inches of rain  fell in the Eastern part of Lancaster County on Monday.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the following roads are closed to through traffic:

    – Carnes Wilson Road (Lancaster County maintained)

    – Deer Track Circle (Lancaster County maintained)

    – Gills Creek Drive (Lancaster County maintained)