Local News

  • 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.

  • Council OKs drug paraphernalia law

    A new county ordinance has given local authorities help in the war on drugs. 

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office recently released information about a new county drug paraphernalia ordinance, approved by Lancaster County Council, which is intended to crack down on drug use. 

    Created by Sheriff Barry Faile, along with county staff, the ordinance amends the county’s code to include clearer definitions on illegal items used for ingesting, smoking, administering or preparing illegal drugs. 

  • Heath Springs re-elects Taylor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs’ long-standing  leader will serve another term.

    Ann Taylor, who’s led the town for more than 20 years, won re-election Tuesday, July 10, in a two-person race against Town Councilman Eddie Moore.

    Taylor received 135 votes and Moore had 85.

    “I am delighted that the people came out and voted for me,” Taylor said. “I’m pleased I’ll have the opportunity to serve again. I enjoy serving the people.”

  • Two men charged in botched break-in

    Authorities tracked down and arrested two men Wednesday, July 11, who were interrupted during a burglary at a Lancaster home and ran from the scene earlier this week. 

    Jason Derrick Williams, 27, 3396 Thompson Road, and Buddy Allen Hall, 35, 2131 Jessica Chad Lane, were arrested and each charged with first-degree burglary and armed robbery following a burglary reported Monday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.  

  • Youth Empowerment Festival is Saturday

    Children 17 and younger are invited to an event that’s turning into an annual tradition in Lancaster.

    For the fifth straight year, Lancaster native Javon Crockett has organized a back-to-school festival for area youth. The event – now dubbed National Youth Empowerment Festival – is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Southside Park, off Conner Street in Lancaster.