Local News

  • Election for three school board seats set for November

    Editor’s note: A front-page headline in the Wednesday, July 18, issue indicated there would be no school board elections this fall. It should have said there will be no special school board elections this fall, as there will be three school board seats on the ballot in November.


  • Farm worker robbed, beaten

    Authorities are looking for a man who robbed and beat a farm worker Tuesday, July 17.

    Deputies responded shortly after 3 p.m. to Circle L Ranch, 2741 S. Potter Road, where they spoke with a man who said he was using a string trimmer in a pasture when he was attacked, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    With the help of a translator, the 31-year-old Lancaster man told deputies he was working when an unknown man approached him and demanded money.

  • Man found beaten in ditch on White Oak Lane in Van Wyck

    Investigators are still looking into the case of a man found beaten in a ditch earlier this month. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said investigators have identified a possible suspect in the assault, but are still sorting out the details of what happened to a Van Wyck man July 4. 

    The victim was found at about 1:45 a.m. as a woman was returning to her home in the 1100 block of White Oak Lane in Van Wyck, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Heath Springs fire chief eyes federal money

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Fire Department is looking to secure federal money to hire a paid firefighter.

    Patrick Helms, the department’s chief, spoke at Town Council’s Tuesday, July 17, meeting about SAFER grants – an acronym for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.

    The grants help fire departments across the nation increase the number of trained, “front-line” firefighters available in their communities.

  • Former GF police chief sentenced for sex crimes

    WINNSBORO – A former Great Falls police chief was sentenced to prison on July 11 after a jury trial in General Sessions Court in Fairfield County.

    Brad Douglas, captain of investigations at the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, said Michael D. Williams, 58, of Kershaw, was convicted of two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11, first degree; and five counts of lewd act upon a child under 16.

    Douglas said Williams was sentenced to 25 years on each criminal sexual conduct charge with the sentences to run concurrent. 

  • Suspicious fire at Chesterfield Avenue hom

    A vacant Lancaster house was damaged last week in what fire officials and law enforcement are calling the fourth suspicious blaze at the home since May. 

    Lancaster police officers and members of the Lancaster Fire Department responded at about 1 a.m. July 10 to a house fire at 901 Chesterfield Ave., according to a police department incident report. 

  • No school board elections this fall

    Lancaster County Council’s redistricting changes may not immediately affect the makeup of the Lancaster County school board as expected.

    Lancaster County Council’s once-a-decade redistricting plan was completed and approved by the U.S. Department of Justice in February.

  • Friends remember former high school educator and coach W.C. "Bill" (Pap) Lewis

    Much time can be spent talking about W.C. “Bill” (Pap) Lewis III’s long list of accomplishments as a high school educator and coach.

    Lewis led Lancaster’s Barr Street High School to a state championship in basketball in 1966 and Upper State championships in football in 1966 and 1969. Prior to that he coached teams in Columbia and Florence to state championships in the 1950s.

  • Woman dies in Indian Land fire

    INDIAN LAND – A 61-year-old woman died Saturday, July 14, in a fire at her Indian Land home.

    After more than two days of trying to confirm her identity, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford said he was able to positively identify the woman from her dental records Tuesday as Sandra Jeanette McDonald Mullis.

    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, neighbors called 911 about 7:24 a.m. to report a fire at Mullis’ home at 254 River Chase Lane. River Chase Lane is off River Road past Indian Land High School. 

  • Judge sentences former HOPE bookkeeper

    A Lancaster woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from HOPE in Lancaster was sentenced to prison in general sessions court Monday, July 16.

    Judge Paul Burch sentenced 31-year-old Christy Leeann Ellis, 3280 Camp Creek Road, to five years in prison, suspended to 22 months and five years probation for 67 counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, for using accounting software to generate fake checks, which were cashed at local convenience stores.

    Ellis was charged with a total of 73 counts.