Local News

  • 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.  

  • Man leads police on car chase

    A Mount Croghan man was arrested on a multitude of charges moments after leading police on a car chase through the streets of downtown Lancaster on Friday, Nov. 2. 

    Lancaster police officers arrested Khalfani Butler, 34, on charges of driving under suspension third offense, wrong way on a one way road, reckless driving, failure to stop for police, operating uninsured and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Sunday alcohol sales projected to pass

    The hottest item on this year’s general election ballot for Lancaster County voters wasn’t a political race at all but one of two ballot measures that despite the legalese boiled down to one simple question – should local restaurants be allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday?

  • 2012 election results for Lancaster County, state

    Here’s a look at the unofficial Lancaster County vote totals for candidates on Tuesday’s ballot. Local totals include all precincts. Local votes in the races for the S.C. House and S.C. Senate are for Lancaster County only. State votes include all counties (42 of 46) reported by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

    U.S. president

    • Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Republican) – Local: 19,273  (58 percent); state: 1,026,351(55 percent)

  • Locals react to state data breach

    Mallory Blackmon believes it’s possible a criminal could sell her identity to somebody looking to illegally enter the United States.

    Such scenarios swirl through Blackmon’s mind as she continues to get more information about a statewide data breach announced last week.

  • Kidnapping suspect runs red light, now facing CDV charge

    A Lancaster man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman was arrested last week after running a red light and evading police. 

    Willie James Stevens II, 408 Heath Circle, was charged Oct. 23 with failure to stop for blue lights and siren, driving under the influence and driving under suspension.