Local News

  • Council approves gold mine ordinances

    After five months of obstacles, debates and halted progress, a series of ordinances related to Haile Gold Mine and mining in general received final approval by Lancaster County Council late Monday night, Nov. 12. 

    It’s been a long journey for council members, mine officials and Kershaw residents, as several ordinances involving rezonings, development agreements and zoning definitions have been in flux since the measures were presented to council in June. 

  • Gunshots fired at car, nightclub

    Patrons at a local nightclub called police early Saturday morning, Nov. 10, after someone fired several bullets into the building and a nearby car. 

    Officers responded at about 2:40 a.m. to Good Time Charlie’s, 1366 W. Meeting St., about a report of shots fired, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    A 911 dispatcher told responding officers that a car in the parking lot had been shot and a vehicle suspected to be involved fled the scene heading west on West Meeting Street. 

  • Locals can still help out with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

    Folks in Lancaster County and South Carolina have long been known for lending a hand in times of need.

    Though it’s been more than three weeks since Hurricane Sandy slammed the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States the week of Oct. 28, millions of people are still suffering.

    That’s why it should come as no surprise that Lancaster County residents are reaching out to help – or that they could still use your help.

  • See Lancaster SC unveils 2012 Christmas ornament

    The sounds of Susan Vinson Sherlock’s dulcimer complemented the occasion well.

    Sherlock played songs that captured the feel of the 1800s – the period used to draw inspiration for this year’s See Lancaster SC Christmas ornament.

    Visitors stopped by the Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to see the unveiling of the 2012 ornament. Fittingly, it portrays one of the eight stained-glass windows from the West Gay Street church, which was built in the 1800s.

  • Kershaw men charged with heroin possession

    KERSHAW – Two Kershaw men were arrested on heroin charges after one of them led authorities on a chase late last month.

    Jeffery Alexander Knight, 26, 8524 Old Jefferson Highway; and Robert Rhett Hunter, 25, 2187 Conservancy Road, were each charged Oct. 31 with possession of heroin.

    Deputies went to Small’s Food Center on North Matson Street that night in response to a call about a suspicious man entering and exiting the store and hanging around the parking lot, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • County voters out early to cast ballots

    When it came to voting on Election Day, Marlena Norwood didn’t have a hidden agenda.

    Poll manager Casey Usher had flipped on the lights inside the fellowship hall at Spring Hill Baptist Church about 15 minutes before Norwood arrived at 6:05 a.m. and slipped inside to take the first seat. 

    The Spring Hill precinct has a little more than 1,700 registered voters. Discounting those who decided to vote absentee before Tuesday, Norwood was the first voter at that precinct.

  • Post office won’t deliver on IL road

    INDIAN LAND – The U.S. Postal Service motto says, neither “snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” will stop mail couriers from delivering the mail, but as it turns out there is one thing that will – Green Pond Road.

    Located off Henry Harris Road, Green Pond Road is a mile-long, single lane road cutting through a beautiful rural slice of the Panhandle. 

    The road, and the smaller roads it feeds, is home to more than 31 families, none of whom have received mail in their home mailboxes since early October.

  • Firefighter charged with embezzling public funds

    A volunteer firefighter was arrested last month on an embezzlement charge, according to newly released information from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. 

    Joshua Phillip Cauthen, 21, 994 Suttle Road, was arrested Oct. 12 on the charge of embezzlement of public funds less than $10,000, according to a sheriff’s office press release.  

    Cauthen, a member of  Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, was jailed and released the same day on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.  

  • Grant: Details sketchy in shooting

    Details remain sketchy in a Monday night, Nov. 12, shooting that left one man seriously injured. 

    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant released limited information about the shooting Tuesday morning, which happened at about 10:12 p.m. in the 200 block of Thomas Lane. 

    While Grant said he could not release many details about the case, he did reveal that one man was shot and his injuries were serious. The victim was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment, Grant said. 

  • Council approves speed limit change along Green Pond Road

    Despite complaints of right-of-way infringements and mysterious mailboxes along Indian Land’s Green Pond Road, Lancaster County Council kept its focus solely on speed limits during its Monday, Nov. 12, meeting. 

    Council voted 5-1 to approve lowering the speed limit along the road to 15 mph, with Councilman Cotton Cole dissenting. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent from the meeting.