Local News

  • Artwork by Story, McFadden on display at Springs House

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is pleased to announce that in the galleries of the Springs House are the works of two talented local artists: Dr. Frances Story and Leon McFadden. The Springs House is located at 201 W. Gay St.  

    For the month of August, the walls of the galleries will feature the watercolors of Story and the pedestals will hold the wire creations of McFadden, a true folk artist.

    About the artists

  • Clinton Elementary students may switch schools

    Clinton Elementary School will allow students to transfer to other public schools as a result of recently released data tied to federal No Child Left Behind standards. 

    Based on final data collected as part of the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the S.C. Department of Education has identified Clinton Elementary as a school required to offer public school choice for the 2012-13 school year, with transportation provided by the district.  

  • Man reports assault by mob

    A Lancaster man suffered a facial fracture following an assault at a wedding party, and police are still searching for the suspects. 

    Officers began investigating the incident after a 24-year-old man came to the lobby of the police department at about 3:30 a.m. Aug. 5, to report an assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • North Elementary student suspended for bringing knife to summer school class

    A North Elementary School summer program student was suspended last week after bringing a pocket knife to school.

    Though no one was threatened or injured in the incident, Lancaster County School District Transportation and Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said the incident is a good reminder as the new school year begins of the seriousness of the offense.

    Vaughn said the incident came to light when another student told a teacher that the 11-year-old rising fifth-grader had a knife.

  • DHEC gathers public input on Pressley’s permit

    Officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) met with Indian Land residents at Indian Land Middle School on Aug. 7 to discuss a pending permit for Pressley’s Recycling Center and solicit public input.

    Pressley’s Recycling Center owner Ronald R. Olsen has requested a permit to operate a previously unpermitted concrete crusher in the wake of a December compliance letter from DHEC ordering him to address multiple regulatory violations at the site.

    The center is located at 9531 Charlotte Highway.

  • Van Wyck post office faces cuts

    VAN WYCK – The Van Wyck post office survived a potential closing last year, but now faces a reduction in hours, according to the latest cost-saving plan from the U.S. Postal Service. 

    The Post Office Structure (POSt) Plan calls for reducing hours in 17,700 of 32,000 postal retail locations. For Van Wyck’s office, this would mean opening for four rather than eight hours on weekdays. 

    Last year’s proposed closure of 3,700 rural post offices was met with an outpouring of complaints from the affected communities. 

  • Rain, rain and more rain

    Heat and drought have been mentioned in the news this week nearly as much as the 2012 Olympics.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Tuesday that July was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. The average temperature last month was 77.6 degrees, which tops the record of 77.4 degrees set in July 1936. Records date back to 1895.

  • Murder suspect slashes deputy

    A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigator – recently named S.C. Deputy of the Year – is recovering after he was slashed in the neck by an inmate Wednesday morning, Aug. 8.

    Sheriff Barry Faile confirmed Investigator Fred Thompson was attacked during an inmate interview early Wednesday. He has been treated for his injuries and is recuperating at his home.

  • Richburg man arrested in shooting death of Terry

    The strange case of a Lancaster man found shot to death along a Chester County street took another turn this week when a Richburg man was arrested for his murder. 

    Antwan Terrill White, 21, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 8, and charged with murder in connection with the death of 39-year-old Lancaster resident Michael Jermaine Terry on July 29, according to a press release from Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith. 

  • Blackmon-Brace to seek re-election to City Council

    Add Linda Blackmon-Brace to the list of candidates who have filed to run for either Lancaster City Council or Lancaster County school board.

    Blackmon-Brace, who serves City Council District 3, filed Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county’s voter registration director.

    Blackmon-Brace joins Tamara Green Garris (District 4) and Sara Eddins (District 6) as the three City Council incumbents to file.

    Jean Cureton has also filed for District 4.