Local News

  • Council to discuss Air-Rail Industrial Park options

    The future of a proposed Air-Rail Industrial Park will be discussed at Lancaster County Council’s final regular meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 10.
    With interest in the proposed park from a manufacturing company, whose name has not been publicly disclosed, council members will consider a plan for restarting the park process.

  • Car chase leads to aggravated assault charge

    Thrown pistols, an injured officer and a car chase through the streets of the Lancaster city limits on Tuesday, Dec. 4, added up to a multitude of charges for a Lancaster man.

  • Sheheen calls out Haley

    One of Lancaster County's state representatives is taking Gov. Nikki Haley and other leaders to task on the handling of the massive tax data breach at the S.C. Department of Revenue.
    District 27 Sen. Vincent Sheheen, whose district includes southern Lancaster County, issued a statement Nov. 29 during a press conference at the Statehouse in Columbia.

  • Mulvaney on short list to replace DeMint?

    The name of U.S. House District 5 Congressman and Indian Land resident Mick Mulvaney is being floated nationally as a possible replacement for Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint who is leaving the Senate to head a prominent conservative think tank.
    The news comes during a week in which Mulvaney was appointed to the House Financial Services committee.

  • Sheriff's office gets DUI grant

     A state grant has been awarded to help make the roads safer in Lancaster County.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Dec. 7, that it was notified two days before by the S.C. Department of Public Safety about a grant to fund a DUI Enforcement Team in Lancaster County.
    The $219,131 grant will pay for salaries, retirement and other fringe benefits, equipment, vehicles, mileage and training for two deputies. The grant takes effect immediately and will run one year at a time, according to a media release from the sheriff’s office.

  • USCL names Emanuel interim dean

    Stan Emanuel will lead the University of South Carolina Lancaster on an interim basis when current dean Dr. John Catalano steps down at the end of the year.
    Emanuel, an adjunct business professor at USCL for 17 years, will assume those duties Dec. 31, as University of South Carolina officials continue their search for a permanent dean, a search expected to be completed next semester.
    USC Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Michael Amiridis made the announcement Friday.

  • Mackey's scrap metal makes holiday treasure

    At first glance, nothing seems to be out of place in Gonzie Mackey’s assembly workshop.
    Various hammers, pliers and screwdrivers line the walls, while assorted bicycle parts are strewn about the room.
    With a wrench in hand, Mackey tightens the bolts connecting a bicycle wheel to a metal frame and everything seems in order.
    But for Mackey, a Lancaster City Councilman and owner of Gonzie & Son Assembly Shop, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • 45 years

    Tears flowed on both sides of the courtroom Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, as a Lancaster man was sentenced to 45 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the murder of a man this summer and the attempted murder of a sheriff’s office investigator two months later. 

    With members of both his and murder victim Donald Morris’ families sitting mere feet away, Keith Tyrone Robinson Jr., 20, listened intently as Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith handed down a long list of concurrent sentences. 

  • County Council cools on air-rail industrial park project

    Talks about building an industrial park close to Lancaster County Airport have ended – at least for now. 

    Last month, Lancaster County Council voted unanimously to stop negotiations regarding 110 acres the county has had in holding. The land, owned by Dr. Malcolm Edwards, is near the airport on the south side of S.C. 9 near the Chester County line. 

    The vote was 6-0. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent that night. 

  • Yow loses S.C. House District 53 race protest

    The S.C. Election Commission heard the concerns of former state representative candidate Richie Yow on Nov. 27, but in the end decided by a 5-0 vote to uphold the victory of incumbent Ted Vick in the S.C. House 53 seat.

    Vick, a Democrat, won the Nov. 6 general election by 723 votes. Yow, a Republican, claimed there were enough discrepancies in voting procedures in Chesterfield County to more than offset that margin.