Local News

  • Candidates speak out at second forum

    Watch the video from the first candidate forum

    U.S. House District 5 challenger Joyce Knott came out swinging against incumbent Congressman Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the second Before You Vote – 2012 Candidate Forum, though their meeting, like the one between County Council District 5 candidates, remained largely straightforward and focused on the issues.

  • Kershaw residents now required to have roll-out trash containers

    KERSHAW – Roll-out trash containers are now a requirement for Kershaw residents.

    At its most recent meeting on Oct. 15, Kershaw Town Council passed final reading to amend an existing town ordinance that pertains to residential garbage-collection containers.

  • Two women charged after welfare check of children

    A check on the welfare of three young children led to the arrests of two Lancaster women Tuesday, Oct. 23.

    Jennifer Ashley Morris, 22, and Sherri Ballard Morris, 46, both of Pardue Street, were each charged with three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    No additional information about their address will be released to protect the identities of the children.

    Police discovered the women and children following a welfare check of the home at about 4:30 p.m.

  • Missing Richburg teen returns home safely

    RICHBURG – A 17-year -old reported as missing earlier this month has returned home safely.

    Thomas “Blake” Boan was reported missing on Oct. 14 by his work supervisor from a motel in Richburg. After several days of no word from him, Boan’s family and local law enforcement officials requested the community’s help to find him. 

    Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith expressed relief at Boan’s safe return, saying the teen had been out of state.

  • Buford beer run ends in arrest

    A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after deputies found his two young children home alone Tuesday, Oct. 23.

    Christopher Blackmon, 26, of 227 Dixie School Road, was arrested on charges of public drunk and two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    The arrest came after deputies responded to the Buford Crossroads area about an intoxicated man on a mo-ped. 

  • Brick plant now history

    VAN WYCK – Boral Brick staff engineer Ken Robinson stood watching the old Van Wyck brick plant’s demise. He had a job to do, but you could tell it was getting to him.

    At that point in mid-September, only a few recognizable parts of the plant remained: A brick chimney lost without its furnace, a brawny setting machine destined for another brick plant, and the old Ashe Brick Co. building sitting off to one side.

  • Council discusses best use of civil case settlement funds

    Road repairs, overtime costs and technology upgrades were just some of the suggestions from Lancaster County Council members on how to use a windfall from a recently settled civil suit.

    Council discussed the newfound funds at its Monday, Oct. 22, meeting after receiving a letter from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield about an award received through a civil case between the state of South Carolina and mortgage broker LendingTree LLC.

  • Deputies arrest five in separate cases

    A Monroe, N.C., man whose DNA was found at the scene of several burglaries and larcenies in Lancaster in May, is now jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

    Lucas Wayne Pate, 21, of Monroe, N.C., turned himself in to deputies Friday, Oct. 19 and was charged with second-degree burglary, three counts of larceny/breaking into a motor vehicle and two counts of damaging or tampering with a vehicle, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.   

  • State immigration unit arrests man during search

    Immigration authorities arrested a Lancaster man after the search of a Lynwood Drive home Tuesday, Oct. 23.

    Agents with the S.C. Department of Public Safety’s Immigration Enforcement Unit arrested Prudencio Sorcia Cervantes, 36, 1528 Lynwood Drive, on the charge of sale of fraudulent identification documents, said SCDPS spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli. 

    The Department of Public Safety oversees several criminal justice agencies including S.C. Highway Patrol. 

  • Three candidates vie for House 44 seat

    Running up the middle of the county and encompassing Kershaw, Heath Springs and most of Lancaster, S.C. House District 44 is among the largest political districts in Lancaster County.

    The battle for retiring seven-term Rep. Jimmy Neal’s (D) seat is also among the most hotly contested state-level races in this year’s general election.