Local News

  • Sheriff’s office gets Homeland Security grant

    County residents will soon be informed more quickly when certain emergencies happen.

    On Friday, Feb. 22, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has received a $23,500 grant from the state’s Office of Homeland Security.

    The money will pay for a new emergency notification system that allows local emergency officials to send reverse 911 calls to residents, according to a sheriff’s office media release.

  • County Council to discuss peddlers, poker machines

    Peddlers, pawnbrokers and poker machines will all be up for discussion as Lancaster County Council considers a trio of different ordinances at its meeting Monday, Feb. 25.

    As part of its agenda, council will vote on final reading of an ordinance to revise the county’s code, allowing council to set license fees for people classified as peddlers and hawkers. If approved, council would then have the power to establish a fee as part of its fiscal year 2013-14 budget.

  • Grant seeks to address teen dating violence issues

    Valentine’s Day may be a day dedicated to love, but Lancaster County School District dedicated the entire month of February to a much more serious subject – teen dating violence.

    Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month is a project of the school district’s federal STEP Grant, a month-long effort made official with local proclamations by Lancaster City Council, Lancaster County Council and statewide by Gov. Nikki Haley.

  • Sludge permit up for consideration

    The word “sludge” may evoke many images, from broken pipes to soupy sewer drains, though the image of a field covered in the stuff may not immediately come to mind.

    But that’s exactly the aim of a permit up for reissuing, which would allow the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department to continue applying treated wastewater sludge to farm properties in Lancaster, York, Chester and Fairfield counties.

  • USCL cooks up another cook-off success

    There was plenty of belt-loosenin’, good eatin’ going on at University of South Carolina Lancaster on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

    Try this on for size: barbecue riblets, hog jowls, shrimp and grits, collard greens, shredded cabbage and homemade macaroni and cheese. If that’s not enough to fill you up, then add Cajun salmon, corn bread, peach cobbler, cheesecake, fudge brownies and cinnamon roll stickies to the list.

    If any of those rib-stickin’ dishes make your mouth water, you should have been there.

  • Gregory co-sponsors gun bill

    COLUMBIA – Sen. Greg Gregory (R-16) is among the trio of state legislators taking aim at a measure that requires South Carolina to comply with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database to ensure proper background checks on the mentally ill before they can buy guns.

    Gregory, along with sens. John Courson (R-20) and Chip Campsen (R-43), filed S.413 on Wednesday, Feb. 20.   

    The bill would require judges to submit to SLED the names of people adjudicated to be mentally ill and unsafe to own a gun.

  • Heath Springs to adopt new computer system

    HEATH SPRINGS  – It appears the town of Heath Springs is adopting a simpler and more efficient method of keeping its court records.

    Johnny Steele, the town’s judge, spoke at Town Council’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19, to further explain his request for a computer program called LawTrack. It’s provided by the company Nicholson Business Systems of Florence.

  • Man charged with burglary, attempted murder

    A Lancaster man was jailed last week on charges of attempted murder and burglary, only days after he was released on bond for a separate crime.

    Brandon Shane Polston, 27, 1984 Firewood Road, was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and malicious injury to property less than $2,000, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The arrest came after deputies responded Feb. 13 to a burglary in the 3100 block of Pink Plyler Road.

  • 2013 Comporium phone book highlights city’s Red Rose Festival

    You will now be reminded of Lancaster’s signature event all year round.

    This week, Comporium Communications unveiled its 2013 phone book, which highlights the Red Rose Festival. The cover features a red rose with “Red Rose Festival” written just below it.

    This particular directory serves Lancaster County.

    The Red Rose Festival, now in its fourth year, is set for May 17 and 18 in downtown Lancaster.

  • No vacation break for Mulvaney

    Members of Congress left Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15 for a 10-day vacation break, but U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) hasn’t been sitting at home this week.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mulvaney spoke to about 200 constituents in a town hall-style meeting at York Technical College in Rock Hill, answering questions ranging from proposed gun control bills to the “fiscal cliff.”  

    Then on Wednesday, the second-term congressman from Indian Land spoke to a group of students at Buford Middle School.