Local News

  • 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. 

  • School district bus driver saves the day

    INDIAN LAND – A Lancaster County couple is crediting their daughter’s school bus driver with saving her life in an accident Oct. 15.

    Teresa and Jason Moore are convinced their 10-year-old daughter Aimee would have been seriously injured had it not been for the vigilance and quick action of Indian Land Elementary School bus driver Lisa Broughton.

  • Phantom of the local opera?

    Perhaps those round, translucent globes of light are nothing more than a reflection caused by dust.

    After all, there is an ongoing spirited debate among ghost hunters about the validity of orbs as paranormal evidence.

    Local photographer Mikki Stacks isn’t so sure. She doesn’t have any of the answers. The only thing she knows is that she’s never seen anything comparable to several photos taken this past summer.

  • IL, PV fire district residents to get new tax bills

    Panhandle residents and business owners in the Indian Land and Pleasant Valley volunteer fire departments service areas will soon receive new tax bills to rectify overcharges in their fire protection district fees.

    The new bills are in response to a tabulation mistake in which residents were charged $90 for their annual fire protection district fee instead of the correct $75 fee. 

    County officials were initially unsure how to proceed with correcting the mistake since there were no clear statutory fixes. 

  • County jobless rate declines

    The jobless rate in Lancaster County declined for another consecutive month, according to figures recently released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    In September, Lancaster County posted an employment rate of 11 percent, a drop from the 12.6 percent from August. In July, the rate was 13 percent.

    These numbers are all a decline from the county’s September 2011 rate, which was 13.8 percent, according to a Department of Employment and Workforce media release.

  • Camden man faces burglary charge

    A Kershaw County man was arrested here last week after he reportedly broke into a Lancaster home and then fired gunshots.

    Justin Charles Izzard, 23, of Camden, has been charged with first-degree burglary.

    Officers with the Lancaster Police Department came to a home in the 200 block of South Market Street at 8:45 p.m. Oct. 23, in response to gunshots fired there.

    After speaking with three men nearby, officers heard several gunshots coming from farther south on South Market Street, according to a police department incident report.

  • Police probe Pardue Street shooting

    A resident of Palmetto Place Apartments said it’s hard to sleep at night with the shooting that occurs in her neighborhood.

    The housing complex, formerly known as Pardue Street Apartments, was disturbed last week by an apparent shooting that authorities continue to investigate.

    At 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, officers with the Lancaster Police Department came to the complex in response to a call about a shooting.

  • Man reports mob assault in Indian Land

    The investigation is ongoing in the case of a possible mob assault on an Indian Land teen earlier this month.

    A sheriff’s deputy learned of the assault after responding to a home in the 1500 block of Juniper Hills Lane in Indian Land just after 7:45 p.m. Oct. 21, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The 17-year-old male victim told the deputy he was walking home from a friend’s house on South Legacy Park Boulevard when he was approached by a group of people he knew, including two men and a woman.