Local News

  • City officer, motorist injured in collision

    Two motorists, one a Lancaster Police Department officer, are recovering from injuries after their vehicles collided in a city intersection Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11.

    Emergency responders swarmed the scene at the intersection of North Wylie and West Barr streets just after 3 p.m., where a gold Chrysler Town & Country minivan and black Lancaster Police Department patrol car crashed into each other only minutes earlier.

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    Keith Wilson is the only high school teacher in the county who shows his students the finer points for breaking into someone’s house.

    Wilson readily admits that forcible entry is a bad thing in most law enforcement circles.

    But James Rowell, Adam Medlin and Preston Davis have no intention of using those skills for a life of crime or an unwanted midnight encounter with Davis’ dad, Lancaster Police Dept. Lt. Duane Davis.

  • City to expand recycling program

    The city of Lancaster’s push to save paper and plastics from the landfills has caught on throughout the county.

    Marty Cauthen, the city’s solid waste director, spoke at City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9, about six schools asking if the city can provide them with recycling containers and pick-up service.

    The schools are Andrew Jackson Middle, Andrew Jackson High, Clinton Elementary, Heath Springs Elementary, Indian Land High and McDonald Green Elementary.

  • Pageland crime spree ends with two arrests

    PAGELAND – Two Lancaster residents caused a lot of disruption in Pageland over the weekend of Sept. 29 and have now been charged for it.

    Chastity Marie Leach, 26, 2076 Old Camden Monroe Highway and Johnny Ray Pyatt, 35, 2345 Doc Holliday Circle, were arrested for 19 various counts, including shoplifting, property damage and motor vehicle theft over the span of three days (Sept. 29 to Oct. 1).

  • Farmers market event continues to grow

    The Lancaster County Farmers Market held its annual Public Services Honors Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event was designed both to educate young people on local agriculture and locally grown produce while paying tribute to service agencies in the county.

    This was the second year of the festival. Event organizer Robert Steele, chairman of the Lancaster County Farmers Commission, said he was pleased with this year’s response.

  • Council denies rezoning request

    Lancaster County Council members shot down a rezoning request by an Indian Land nonprofit that would have allowed it to build a no-kill animal shelter.

    The action came during a meeting in which council members also approved a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes deal for a company looking to settle elsewhere in Lancaster County.

  • Voters to decide three Lancaster City Council races

    Three of the seven seats on Lancaster City Council are up for election this year. 

    Incumbent Linda Blackmon-Brace and Jackie Harris are vying for District 3. Jean Cureton and incumbent Tamara Green Garris are looking to best the other candidate for the District 4 seat, while Sara Eddins is unopposed as she seeks re-election to District 6. 

    City Council members, who serve four-year terms, don't run along party lines. 

    District 3 

  • Much-needed morale boost

    There is a very private side of HOPE in Lancaster that few get to see.

    It usually happens just after 11:30 a.m. each weekday when the front doors get locked and volunteers have a chance to collect their thoughts, said HOPE in Lancaster Executive Director Elaine Adkins.

    When those doors are closed and no one is around, Adkins said the tears inevitably flow.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE in Lancaster is known for providing short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

  • Authorities use DNA to file burglary charges

    Traces of DNA collected at the scenes of several burglaries and larcenies just north of Lancaster in May resulted in arrest warrants issued this week for a Monroe, N.C., man. 

    Authorities are searching for Lucas Wayne Pate, 21, on several charges, including three counts of 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. 

  • Sunday alcohol sales on ballot

    In addition to voters’ right to choose their political representatives during an election, most states, including South Carolina, offer an even more direct form of democracy known as a ballot measure.

    Such measures, whether binding or non-binding, offer voters a chance to voice their opinions directly on a range of issues from constitutional amendments to questions about special local taxes.