Local News

  • Accutrex to expand Lancaster operations

    Accutrex Products is investing $2.5 million to expand its two Lancaster County facilities – a move that will bring up to 10 new jobs to the area. 

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. announced the decision in a media release issued Tuesday, Sept. 25. 

    Accutrex, which makes custom shims, gaskets, washers and sheet metal products, opened its first precision-parts manufacturing facility on Sunshine Road in the late 1990s.

  • Voter-registration drive is Saturday

    Are you registered to vote in November’s general election? Do you know where your polling place is?

    If you can’t answer yes to both questions, you may need to be at Lancaster Municipal Park (off Chesterfield Avenue) on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the “Fourth Quarter Rally.”

    That’s where a voter-registration drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concerned residents in the community have organized the event as a fun, informative and informal way to help ensure more people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

  • County SAT scores drop

    Following the state- and national-level trend, average SAT scores for college-bound Lancaster County high school seniors slipped slightly this year with only one high school showing a slight increase.

    The SAT is one of two widely accepted national college-entrance exams. Redesigned in 2005, the test consists of three sections: critical reading, math and science, which are scored on a range of 200 to 800 points for a perfect score of 2400.

  • Truck hauling scrap metal burns on Flat Creek Road

    A semi-truck was left as little more than smoldering rubble Monday, Sept. 24, after it caught fire and burned on Flat Creek Road.

    Steve Osteen of Lancaster, a driver for Tucker Trucking, was hauling a load of scrap metal east on Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903) near the Chesterfield County line around 2:25 p.m. Monday when he heard a loud popping noise as he rounded a curve.

    By the time he stopped the Peterbilt semi and its loaded dump trailer, the motor was already starting to burn, Osteen said.

  • Money stolen from Walmart employee

    A stolen money bag and an extended police chase ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man earlier this month. 

    Tyquan Santerio Wright, 20, 1210 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Sept. 10 on charges of strong arm robbery, shoplifting and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    The arrest came after officers responded Sept. 10 to a larceny call at Walmart, located at 805 S.C. 9 Bypass. 

  • Teacher charged with sexual battery

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Lancaster High School teacher and Indian Land High School coach with sexual battery of a student. Officers arrested Tony Allen Ford, 36, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

    The sheriff’s office began an investigation after receiving a report of suspicious activity from the parent of a former Indian Land High School student.

  • Five roads still closed due to flood

    Five roads remained closed Thursday, Sept. 20, after more than 6 inches of rain fell on the eastern part of Lancaster County on Monday, Sept. 17.

    However, residents on two of the most damaged roads got some welcome news and much-needed relief Wednesday.

    Doster Road, which runs between Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) and Deerwood Road and is maintained by S.C. Department of Transportation, reopened to through-traffic Wednesday afternoon.

  • LCEDC raise irks council member

    The acceptance of funds to cover a pay raise for the county’s economic development president did not sit well with one county official this week. 

    In an e-mail to his fellow council members, sent on Wednesday, Sept. 19, Lancaster County Councilman Larry Honeycutt expressed displeasure with a 10 percent pay hike for Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.

  • Look Who’s Cooking 2012

    On paper, the group that Evelyn Springs leads each fall during the annual Walk for Autism at Charlotte Motor Speedway is called Mailk’s Team, in honor of her grandson, who was diagnosed with the disorder at age 2.

    But at the upcoming “Lancaster Cooks 2012 – Look Who’s Cooking” fundraising banquet at the Fairway Room set for Sept. 25, Springs said it’s obvious who the real team is. She said it's the 200-plus people who attend the annual event.

  • Heath Springs council adopts new pay ordinance

    HEATH SPRINGS – No show. No pay.

    That’s the new expectation in Heath Springs as a new ordinance comes on the books regarding meeting attendance.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Town Council unanimously approved final reading of an ordinance that withholds a councilman or councilwoman’s pay if he or she misses a regular monthly meeting.

    All five council members attended Tuesday’s meeting.