Local News

  • Great Falls sells police cars

    The Town of Great Falls collected $3,000 at a public auction on Feb. 20.
    Great Falls Mayor Don Camp said the town held an auction at the police department to sell three police department vehicles, a truck and a tractor.
    Camp said a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police car sold for $1,500 and a 1980 Ford tractor with a mower brought in $1,500.
    A second 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police car has been sold for $1,500 and a 1999 Ford Expedition used by the police department was sold for $2,500, Camp said Monday.

  • Chester deputies seize video gaming machines

    RICHBURG – Authorities seized two illegal video poker machines from Great Falls Mart (formerly The Home Place) on March 6.

    Chester County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mary Anne Tolbert said the machines were similar to the “old timely” Kino machines.

    The report said deputies spoke to a 58-year-old Fort Lawn woman who told them that she put $40 in a video poker machine and won $880.

  • Additional stop light going up on U.S. 521

    The S.C. Department of Transportation is expected to begin work in coming weeks on the intersection of Charlotte Highway and 521 Corporate Center Drive.

    The project, slated to begin sometime in the next two to three weeks, includes the addition of traffic lights and a left-turn lane.

    SCDOT District 4 Associate Traffic Engineer Danny Carns said the project is intended to ease the flow of traffic into 521 Corporate Center stemming from a 1,000-job expansion at the park’s largest tenant, Red Ventures.

  • Red Ventures asks county to change name of road

    Indian Land marketing company Red Ventures has petitioned the Lancaster County Planning Commission to rename the road on which it is located.

    Meanwhile, an official with the community group Indian Land Voices said she’d like to see the county use the opportunity to encourage Red Ventures to begin using “Indian Land” to identify the location of its headquarters instead of “Fort Mill.”

  • Police chief requests, get new stop sign for Wilson Drive

    An extra stop sign will be installed to help regulate traffic near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

    At its Tuesday, March 12, meeting, City Council voted unanimously to honor a request from Lancaster Police Chief

    Harlean Howard, who wanted a sign placed at the intersection of Wilson Drive and Hardin Street.

    Wilson Drive, which is off Hubbard Drive, meets Hardin Street at two points. The extra sign will be placed at the more southern of the two points.

  • Gregory co-sponsors school bill

    State Sen. Greg Gregory of Lancaster County is a co-sponsor of a new school choice bill that mirrors a similar bill approved by House Republicans last year, that later died in the Senate.

    S.279 is the latest in a series of such bills over the past decade. Supporters say such bills would offer parents more say in their children’s educations, though critics maintain the bills would take money away from public education.

    “It’s a bill that’s been around for a number of sessions, but we’ve never had much success in advancing it,”

  • Kershaw election set for Tuesday

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents will head to the polls Tuesday, March 12, to decide the look of Town Council for the next few years.

    Three seats are up for election this year – District 3, District 4 and an At-Large seat.

    Jody Connell, Charles Stroud and William “Bill” Walters II are vying for District 3. Harvey Truesdale is running unopposed in District 4 while Eddie Coates faces no opposition as he seeks a second term for his At-Large seat.

  • Lancaster County man in critical condition

    A Lancaster man was seriously injured and charged with DUI in a single car accident Friday afternoon.

    The accident occurred around 4:17 p.m. when Kevin H. Cole, 39, ran off the road on a long curve near the Kershaw County line about 5.2 miles south of Cedar Creek Crossroads.  

    Cole’s 1986 cream-colored Cadillac DeVille traveled over the edge of five-foot embankment, plowed through approximately 150 feet of muddy ground, before coming to a rest on its passenger side when it struck and knocked over a tree.

  • Fewer youth behind bars

    There’s apparently been a major decline in the number of young people behind bars.

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nationwide children’s advocacy group, released data late last month that highlights incarceration rates among people younger than 21. The study took the numbers from a single day in 1997 for the nation and compared those to a single day in 2010.

    The same was done for each state and the District of Columbia. The rate per 100,000 youth was used to compute the figures.

  • A good stretch of the legs

    When thoughts drift to the rolling hills of Ireland, most people conjure up images of fields of four-leaf clovers, magical leprechauns and dazzling rainbows.

    For newlyweds Doug and Christy Barnes, who celebrated New Year’s Day in the region of Moyard on the western coast of Ireland, one out of three isn’t bad.