Local News

  • Business leaders oppose city ordinance

    Might the city of Lancaster soon put businesspeople at risk for identity theft?

    Hugh Mobley, owner of Mobley Drugs, lists that as one of his concerns regarding a proposed ordinance that would change the way license fees are calculated for businesses within the city limits.

    On Feb. 26, City Council unanimously passed first reading of a measure to require businesses to submit portions of their income tax returns. Those state and federal forms would be used to determine how much businesses should pay for their respective city license fees.

  • Walter Craig, Jim Moreland made an impact that lasts

    Lancaster County’s historical and educational communities are mourning the loss of two influential residents, Walter Craig Sr. and James Moreland Sr., both from Kershaw. Those who knew the men say their impact on Lancaster County was significant and will live on for years to come.

    Walter Craig Sr.

    Walter Craig, 68, died March 2, at Hospice House in Rock Hill after a battle with leukemia.

  • ‘Her little blue eyes danced and danced’

    For Sarah Chilson-Cole, knowing is one thing.

    Just like the rest of her family, this mother of four has come to the sad realization that her niece, 5-year-old Soren Chilson, is tragically gone. She has to come to grips with that. 

  • Peddlers, pawnbrokers and poker machines

    At first glance, peddlers, pawnbrokers and poker machines don’t have much in common, though a recent county decision affects each in a unique way.

    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously on several ordinances during its Feb. 25 meeting to delete any licensing fee requirements for pawnbrokers, video poker machines and peddlers and hawkers from the county’s code.

  • Local United Way names Outlaw as new director

    Though her title is different, Melanie Outlaw says her role will remain the same.

    Outlaw, who’s worked for the United Way of Lancaster County since 2009, has been named the agency’s executive director. Her first official day in that position was March 1.

    Before last week, Outlaw’s title had been resource development coordinator. But because the local United Way office had no executive director, Outlaw assumed those duties as well.

  • Man sentenced for store burglaries

    A Lancaster man arrested last fall for a string of burglaries only three months after his release from prison was sentenced again last month.

    Dennis Michael Robertson, 45, 2720 Lynwood Drive, was sentenced Feb. 21 to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of violent second-degree burglary, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith.

  • Federal officials accept S.C. educator evaluation plan

    The U.S. Department of Education has approved the S.C. Department of Education’s proposed guidelines to evaluate educators.

    The performance-based educator-evaluation overhaul is a requirement of the flexibility waiver granted last year by the U.S. Department of Education exempting the  DOE from key provisions of No Child Left Behind.

  • Police report: Woman cuts boyfriend with knife

    A Lancaster man told police that an argument with his girlfriend resulted in her cutting him with a knife last month.

    An officer met with the man at the Municipal Justice Center shortly after 6 p.m. Feb. 11. The man, who lives on West Barr Street, said he was asleep in the bed that morning when he was awakened by his live-in girlfriend, who had her hands around his throat, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The man said he jumped up and pushed her off him. They then got into a verbal argument, the report said.

  • Men sentenced in drug cases

    A two-day drug trial ended with a lengthy prison sentence for a Lancaster man late last month.

    Derrick Antonio McIlwain, 27, was sentenced Feb. 21 to eight years in prison according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    McIlwain was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith.

    McIlwain was arrested following a traffic stop by a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office drug agent.

  • Man attacks nurse at hospital

    A Lancaster man remains jailed after he was arrested for punching a nurse at Springs Memorial Hospital last month.

    Dwight Thomas Elder Jr., 36, 2119 W. Meeting St., was arrested Feb. 18 on charges of aggravated assault and battery and possession of a knife during a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    Officers responded at 2:11 p.m. Feb. 18 to an assault at the hospital, 800 W. Meeting St., and were met at the emergency room entrance by a nurse holding a kitchen knife in a clear bag.