Local News

  • Volunteer firefighter charged with embezzlement

     Christopher Sardelli
    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.  

  • Panhandle carries measure on Sunday alcohol sales

    Final election numbers on Lancaster County’s ballot measure regarding Sunday alcohol sales at local restaurants show Indian Land voters played a major role in the measure's approval.

    According to final vote tallies, Lancaster County residents overall approved the measure by a 16-percent margin with 18,526 votes for the proposal and 13,412 against. 

  • Emergency center does double duty

    Most Election Days, the three phones in the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office ring non-stop.

    Those phones did ring on Tuesday, Nov. 6, but the volume of calls election workers were fielding in the county administration building wasn’t as bad as usual.

    But that didn’t mean nobody was answering them. Those phones were still ringing, just not in that office.

    The calls were rerouted to a temporary call center set up in the Lancaster County Emergency Management Office on White Street.

  • Council chairwoman loses re-election bid

    Steve Harper was fast asleep early Wednesday morning when he awoke to a good-news phone call – he had won the Lancaster County Council District 5 seat.

    It was about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 7, when a supporter let Harper, a Republican, know he had clinched the council seat by 288 votes, defeating Democratic incumbent Kathy Sistare. 

    “It was a relief,” Harper said Wednesday afternoon. 

  • ‘A sign of the times’

    Mandy Powers Norrell sees her victory Tuesday, Nov. 6, as part of a trend of more women immersing themselves in politics. 

    With her win over Joseph Coy and Ryan Payne, Norrell will become the first woman ever to hold the S.C. House District 44 seat. 

    The seat, which covers the lower portion of Lancaster County, will soon be vacated by retiring state Rep. Jimmy Neal of Kershaw. 

  • Harris unseats Blackmon-Brace on City Council

    One of Lancaster City Council’s most outspoken members has been unseated.

    Jackie Harris, seeking elected office for the first time, defeated Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace in Tuesday’s District 3 race.

    Harris won 312 of the 562 votes cast, or 55 percent. Blackmon-Brace collected 250 votes.

    Among the five voting precincts, the results were as follows:

    – Lancaster East: Harris – 115 votes, Blackmon-Brace – 41 votes

  • Springs Memorial Hospital names Dabney as new CEO

    Janice C. Dabney has been named chief executive officer for Springs Memorial Hospital. Dabney, who has been an employee of the hospital since 1966 and served as assistant chief executive officer since 1983, brings experience and passion to her new role, hospital officials say.

    She has served as interim CEO at several health-care facilities, including serving several stints as interim CEO of Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Garris keeps City Council 4 seat

    Tamara Green Garris is looking forward to serving another four years as the District 4 representative on Lancaster City Council.

    Garris defeated challenger Jean Cureton in Tuesday’s election, garnering 70 percent of the 395 votes cast.

    In the Lancaster East precinct, Garris collected 108 votes compared to 27 for Cureton. In Lancaster West, Garris had 66 votes and Cureton had 34.

    Among the absentee votes, Garris had 104 and Cureton had 56.

  • Man pulls knife at Walmart

    A Walmart employee received a shock Monday, Nov. 5, when a man pulled out a knife after he was confronted for shoplifting. 

    Police were called to Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass, at 3:37 p.m. about a report of a shoplifting incident earlier that day involving a weapon, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    An employee told officers that at about 11 a.m., a shift manager called him for help with a older man suspected of stealing steaks from the meat department. 

  • Two men hurt in Miller Street shooting

    A police investigation continues into two Lancaster men who were injured during a shooting at a home late Saturday night, Nov. 3. 

    Officers found the two men after they responded at 9:54 p.m. to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of Miller Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

    When they arrived, officers saw several people carrying an apparent gunshot victim to a vehicle parked in a nearby driveway. The 18-year-old man had injuries to his back, the release said.