Local News

  • United Way tax assistance program needs volunteers

    United Way of Lancaster County is seeking dedicated volunteers to staff a local income tax preparation program for low-income county residents. 

    The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), an IRS program operated generally under the auspices of local United Way offices, aims to provide free tax preparation for individuals and families earning less than $50,000.

  • Police search for clues in fatal hit-and-run death of Coleman

    GREAT FALLS –  Nine children are left without a father after someone struck and killed the person they called “Daddy” sometime between 3 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

    The accident happened less than a quarter of a mile from where London Coleman, 43, lived with his family on Richburg Road (S.C. 99) in Chester County.

    Chester County Chief Deputy Coroner Tommy Williams said a passing motorist found Coleman’s body around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

  • Sun City collects supplies for IL schools: Local active adult community helps students be prepared to learn

    Residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes stepped up to the plate once again this year to support the Indian Land schools. The community’s Volunteers and Helping Hands Club ran a hugely successful back-to-school drive for Indian Land schoolchildren.

    During an early accounting the weekend of the drive’s deadline, drive co-chair Clare McConaughay excitedly announced, “We have collected 100 book bags, so we have met that goal!”

    But, of course, that was only part of the story.

  • AMAC urges seniors to get flu shots early

    Association of Mature American Citizens

  • Fort Lawn town councilman arrested

    FORT LAWN – Fort Lawn Town Councilman James Scott Russell was arrested at his home Monday, Sept. 3, charged with breach of peace.

    According to a Chester County Sheriff’s Office incident report, an officer with the Fort Lawn Police Department requested that a county deputy respond to a domestic incident in the town that night because it involved a local elected official.

  • Beacon Road man robbed in front yard

    A Rich Hill community man said he was the victim of an armed robbery Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, in the front yard of his home in the 2600 block of Beacon Road.

    The 27-year-old victim told Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies he was packing his SUV for work about 5:30 a.m. when a man wearing dark clothes, gloves and a camouflage ski mask approached him from behind, pointed a gun at him and ordered him to freeze.

  • Deputies find pot plants inside home

    INDIAN LAND – A recent search for a man wanted on a bench warrant in another county led authorities to the discovery of marijuana plants inside a Panhandle home.

    Aaron Huffstetler, 21; Kayla Nichole Demarco, 23; Cassandra Denise Moffitt, 21; and John Walden, 37, were each charged Aug. 28 with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The suspects reportedly live at 9225 Wallace Park Lane, Indian Land.

    Deputies came to the home that morning looking for Walden.

  • Gold mine plans spark concerns

    Intense disagreement over rezoning plans by Haile Gold Mine almost got one resident removed from the podium at Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 27 meeting. 

    Danny Terry, who lives in the county’s Flat Creek community and has opposed the gold mine at several council meetings, returned to speak out against the mine’s operations in Kershaw.

    Terry said he’s worried about the environmental and health impacts of the gold mine on surrounding residents. 

  • 50K people didn’t see president Thursday

    My smile turned into a big frown in a matter of minutes. Excitement was quickly replaced with disappointment.

    I was stoked beyond measure to receive highly coveted credentials to see President Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, Sept. 6, at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

    I had actually taken the day off from work in March in anticipation of me being there – among more than 70,000 people expected to fill the stadium on the final night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

  • County set to curb public smoking

    Does the future of Lancaster County include smoke-free restaurants and bars, as smokers catch puffs of cigarettes outside?

    With Lancaster County Council approving first reading of an ordinance prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places at its  Aug. 27, meeting, that future is closer to becoming a reality. 

    Council approved first reading by a vote of 5-2. Councilmen Jack Estridge and Cotton Cole cast the dissenting votes.