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Local News

  • PVFD opens its new fire substation

    The Pleasant Valley Fire Department has good news for residents at the northern end of the Panhandle: Its new substation is now in service with a fire engine ready to roll.

    Located on Harrisburg Road just south of Barberville Road, the 1,250-square- foot substation is intended to help the department improve its response times to homes in the northernmost tip of Indian Land, especially those near the state line.

  • Slick Rick, Chubb Rock to headline Lancaster fest

    The artists behind some of the most popular songs in hip-hop history will be in Lancaster this summer. 

    Slick Rick and Chubb Rock have signed on as the main attractions for the inaugural Lancaster Summer Fest, which will be held June 9 at Lancaster Memorial Stadium. 

    Event promoter Derik Harris, a Heath Springs native, said he and his business partners reached out to the “old-school” rappers in January and struck a deal with them about three weeks ago. 

  • Your take on beer at next month’s Red Rose Festival

    How do you feel about alcohol being available at next month's Red Rose Festival?

    A few residents shared their thoughts with The Lancaster News a week after City Council passed a resolution to allow the selling and consumption of beer at the May 18-19 downtown event. 

    Wing King Cafe of Lancaster has been contracted as the vendor. They will only serve beer; wine and liquor won't be available. 

    Alcohol had not been sold during either of the first two years of the festival.  

  • City council talk road repair

     

    At its Tuesday, April 10, meeting, Lancaster City Council discussed recommendations for road repaving that were made during its recent planning session.

    Each member listed two roads he or she would like to see would like to see selected by the County Transportation (CTC) for improvements.

    Each year the city suggests roads to the CTC) for resurfacing. The CTC then choses which ones will receive their repairs, which are paid for through funds from the CTC and S.C. Department of Transportation.

  • Man arrested in various assaults

    Police learned a tense confrontation in a convenience store and a fight in a nearby house were related after they arrested a man on several assault charges recently. 

    Joseph Clarence Shealy Jr., 33, of 706 Rugby Road, was arrested April 6 and charged with criminal domestic violence and two counts of third-degree assault and battery, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. 

  • Great-grandmother stabbed to death

    The news almost knocked Doni Chappelear to her knees when she arrived for her shift as a Walmart “people greeter” Monday morning, April 16.

    It was about her friend, Verdie “Miss Verdie” Mackey, the 87-year-old woman who schooled her in politely greeting customers and checking receipts more than a decade ago at Lancaster’s Walmart at Lancer Center.

    This was the same friend who quit the greeting game about eight years ago due to health reasons, but always found time to stop by the store and say hello.

  • Two men die in separate crashes

    Two Lancaster men were killed hours apart in separate wrecks in what has become a deadly week for collisions. 

    George Custer, 75, of Shiloh Unity Road, died after he was struck along S.C. 5 on Tuesday morning, April 17, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast. The accident scene is just past the Resolute Forest Products plant in York County. 

    Gast said Custer got out  his car on the road and was hit by a logging truck. He died from injuries he received from the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • State Supreme Court to hear Elledge case

    The S.C. Supreme Court is scheduled today to hear the case of a disabled Lancaster woman whose in-home personal-care funding was slashed in late 2009 due to state budget cuts.

    Katie Elledge, 32, was diagnosed with psychomotor retardation and spastic quadriplegia as an infant and requires 24-hour skilled care.

  • Sure sign of spring

    FORT LAWN – Rebecca Whisonant of Chester has been bringing her son, 12-year-old Ryon, to Jordan’s Farm for at least the last 10 springs to pick strawberries.

    However, the two don’t come alone. These days, Ryon’s siblings – Nicholas, 10, Nathaniel, 8, Alex, 6, Annette, 5, Isaac, 3, Amelia, 2, and 16-month-old Dominic – join in for a sticky, sweet time. The gooey juice from a just-picked strawberry was running down the chin of every Whisonant under the age of 13. 

  • Kershaw gets tract for helicopter pad

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw finally has a location for an emergency helicopter landing pad.

    Town Council voted 6-0 at its Monday meeting on first reading to accept property a resident is donating to the town.

    Councilman Eddie Coates wasn’t at the meeting.