Local News

  • The legality of amending meeting agendas

    Is it OK for a governing body to change its agenda less than a day before a scheduled meeting?

    According to a recent court decision, the answer is no – and Lancaster City Council was briefed on the case and how it could affect their proceedings.

    Mandy Powers Norrell, attorney for the city of Lancaster, spoke during the Tuesday, July 10, meeting about a ruling issued last month by the S.C. Court of Appeals.

    The hearing centered on Saluda County Council, which had been accused of illegally amending the agendas for its meetings.

  • Police charge Hilliard with kidnapping, weapons violations

    Police arrested a Lancaster man on several charges last week only minutes after a woman reported she was held against her will in a parking lot. 

    William Matt Hilliard, 27, 897 Farmbrook Road, was arrested July 4 and charged with two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol. Officers plan to seek warrants for criminal domestic violence and kidnapping, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Just Horses

    FORT LAWN – If the magazines are correct, the footwear of choice for most 13-year-old girls this time of year would be Rainbows or open sandals.

    Not Savannah Seegars. She is more at home in boots and spurs.

    But that’s par for the course, said her mom, Wendy Seegars.

    For Savannah, keeping her bedroom floor free of clutter isn’t as much of a priority as keeping the floor clean in the white and blue horse trailer parked in the yard.

  • Police seek man in shooting

    The search is on for a Lancaster man wanted in connection with the shooting of another man Monday evening, July 9. 

    Lancaster police officers have issued arrest warrants for Delrico L. McDow, 23, 780 Montcrest St., for the charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

  • Fire destroys Rich Hill hay barn

    County firefighters fought a hay barn fire in blistering heat on Rocky River Road in the Rich Hill community Saturday afternoon. Their massive, all-out effort kept the blaze from spreading to several nearby full turkey barns.

    The fire, which was reported about 2:50 p.m. Saturday, was contained about 4:15 p.m.

    However, it was by no means out then, according to a firefighter on the scene. 

    “It’s about 30 percent out,” the firefighter said on the emergency radio at the time.

  • Cook, Coy place hopes on petition drives

    The two men who were removed from the S.C. House District 44 primary ballot say they’ve made substantial progress in their quest to still appear as candidates in November’s general election.

    Bob Cook and Joseph Coy are each running a petition campaign to be placed on the election ballot as an independent candidate. District 44 is completely enclosed in Lancaster County.

    Cook, a Kershaw resident, had been seeking the Democratic nomination against Mandy Powers Norrell.

  • Scams target utility customers

    Duke Energy and Lynches River Electric Cooperative are warning their respective customers to be on the lookout for two new identity theft scams.

    Duke Energy District Manager Rick Jiran said one that’s sweeping the nation claims President Barack Obama will pay utility bills through a new federal program.

    Jiran said consumers are being asked for personal information including their birth date and Social Security number and are given instructions on how to make a utility payment.

  • Karagounis is interim planning director

    The county’s planning department has found a new director, albeit temporarily.

    Penelope Karagounis, one of two planning employees left at the department, will serve as interim director. The move came only days after former county planning director Chris Karres was fired by county officials. 

    Karres’ last day on the job was June 22. 

  • That's one fast 'fore' wheeler

    INDIAN LAND – Put away your Corvettes, boys, your fancy new Camaros, your Shelby Mustangs, your Porsche 911s, and don’t even bring your daddy’s old Dodge Viper to the track. None of ‘em stand a chance against one Plum Quick Indian Land golf cart.

    Golf cart? Yes, you read that right – golf cart. 

  • School lunch prices to increase

    Parents can expect to pay more for their children’s school lunches next year after the Lancaster County school board approved an increase in prices.

    The approval came during the board’s meeting June 26, a meeting in which board members also approved first reading of policy revisions regarding student medication and first aid.

    In a vote prompted by U.S. Department of Agriculture policy changes, the school board unanimously approved a 5-cent increase in elementary school lunches and a 10-cent increase for middle and high school lunches.