Local News

  • Gang ‘initiation’ at Buford Middle School leads to suspensions, expulsions


    Eight Buford Middle School students have been charged in connection with a gang, whose members intended to retaliate against bullies on behalf of their victims.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said the 13- and 14-year-old students, seven of them members of a group calling  themselves  “White Mafia 14,” were taken into custody Sept. 20 after school officials learned of a fight in a school bathroom.

  • No students injured in school bus accident on Flat Creek Road

    No one was seriously injured when a car rear-ended a Clinton Elementary school bus on Flat Creek Road Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 26.

    Lancaster County School District officials said the accident occurred around 5:45 p.m. as the bus stopped to drop off one of nine students on their way home after the Homework Center after- school program.

    District safety and transportation director Bryan Vaughn said Emergency Medical Services was called to the scene, but none of the students or the car’s driver were seriously injured.

  • Hall charged with trafficking cocaine

    A traffic stop led to trafficking-cocaine charges for a Lancaster man. 

    Lepoleon Hall, 35, 2347 Douglas Heights, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 20, on charges of  trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carrying of a handgun and driving under suspension, second offense, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

  • Exercise benefits are priceless for seniors

    At some point in most people’s lives, the idea of fitness and “getting in shape” sits in the forefront of the mind. In recent years, the health and fitness industry has seen an increase in the number of senior citizens wanting to exercise. 

  • Teacher accused of sex with student

    A Lancaster County teacher and coach was arrested last week after authorities and school district officials say he was involved in a sexual relationship with a former student.

    Tony Allen Ford, 36, 3241 Dunbar Lane, Indian Land, was arrested Friday, Sept. 21, and charged with sexual battery of a student, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

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

  • 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.