Local News

  • AJHS choral students to sing in National Honors Choir

    KERSHAW – As the county’s arts-focus high school, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Andrew Jackson High School student body is full of talent. 

    The sheer number of students recently chosen to perform nationally with an exclusive chorus shows just how deep that talent pool runs.

    Six of the school’s advanced chorus members – Lexi Fletcher, Marisa Fletcher, Brittany Williams, Amanda Mobley, Lauren Rowell and Allie Dabney – were recently invited to sing in the biennial 2013 National Honors Choir.

  • Butt out: County Council passes smoking ordinance by 4-2 margin

    Smokers beware – there’s a new ordinance in town. 

    Following months of heated debates, enforceability concerns and secondhand smoke statistics, Lancaster County Council approved final reading Monday night, Nov. 26, of a countywide smoking ordinance by a vote of 4-2. 

    Councilmen Jack Estridge and Cotton Cole opposed the ordinance, and Larry McCullough was absent from the meeting. 

  • Yow protests results in S.C. House 53 election

    Republican Richie Yow has filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the Nov. 6 election for the S.C. House District 53 seat. 

    Incumbent Democrat Ted Vick won re-election to the seat. Yow and Phil Powell, a petition candidate, ran against Vick.

    District 53 covers all of Chesterfield County and the Spring Hill precinct in eastern Lancaster County.

    Vick won the election by 723 votes, according to the S.C. Election Commission, but Yow claims more than 2,000 ballots were illegally or improperly cast.

  • A life of service

    Some people are remembered for a single accomplishment that defines their life, but Lancaster County educator Mary Best Mackey Robertson will be remembered for how she lived.

    Robertson will go down in Lancaster County memory as one of its most influential residents, a woman whose life and actions had such an impact on so many people, in so many different ways, it can only be summed up with the phrase: She lived to serve others.

    Robertson, 82, died Nov. 21, in Indianapolis after a long battle with cancer. Robertson had lived in Indiana since 2006.

  • Sleek Look – Deputies get a charge from chargers

    At first glance, it looks as if Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Caleb Graffam has borrowed the keys to one of James Bond’s high-tech speedsters.

    Sitting in the driver’s seat, Graffam is quick to point out the digital radar display on his car’s dashboard, the miniature camera system bolted to the inside headliner and the mobile data terminal anchored securely to his right. 

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  • Man arrested for robbery

    A brawl that left a man bloodied and beaten ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man on several charges last week. 

    Dequincey Rashad Montgomery, 26, 502 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Nov. 19, on charges of strong armed robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and entering premises after warning, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    Officers discovered the assault just after 10 p.m. after responding to a fight in progress at a home in the 1800 block of Pardue Street, at Palmetto Place Apartments.

  • HOPE volunteers help the hurting

    Each day, it takes HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster 15 volunteers to make the agency flow and keep the doors open.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE provides short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

    While they assist with utilities, mortgages, rent and food, they also provide a shoulder for hurting families to lean on.

    That means its 75 unified volunteers stay plenty busy behind the scenes, especially this time of year.

  • City’s 911 center to stand alone

    The city of Lancaster will not be consolidating its 911 center with Lancaster County.

    After a closed-door session at its Nov. 13 meeting, Lancaster City Council voted 6-1 to maintain its stand-alone 911 dispatch center, housed at the Municipal Justice Center on East Arch Street.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the lone dissenting vote.

  • Resident launch effort to change IL ZIP code

    A Panhandle resident with a Lancaster address is exploring an effort to have her neighborhood and others incorporated into Indian Land’s 29707 ZIP code.

    Jan Tacy lives in Walnut Creek, a neighborhood located off Jim Wilson Road near the state line.

    Tacy and the other 68 homeowners in Walnut Creek have Lancaster addresses ending in a 29720 ZIP code. Most homes, and all nearby neighborhoods, such as Carolina Reserve on the north side of Jim Wilson Road and Belair farther west, have an Indian Land ZIP code.