Local News

  • Time short for gaming machines

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has three words of caution this week for people who don’t remove sweepstakes gaming machines from their businesses: “Take your chances.”

    With the state Legislature on its way to closing a perceived loophole regarding the legality of sweepstakes machines, Faile is joining with several law enforcement agencies throughout the state to crack down on those using or possessing the machines. 

  • Blaze destroys shop, man escapes uninjured

    Only a charred, burned-out shell remained hours after a blaze tore through a shop building along a quiet county street over the weekend. 

    Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies both responded to a 911 call about a structure fire just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the 3100 block of George Carnes Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    A responding deputy noted the shop was fully engulfed in flames when he arrived at the scene. 

  • Deputies trying to piece together shooting in nightclub parking lot

    A man was shot outside a Lancaster nightclub early Sunday morning, Feb. 3, and deputies are still trying to piece the incident together.

    Sheriff’s deputies found the 23-year-old man at 1:36 a.m. after responding to a reported shooting outside Grown Folks night club, 1418 Kershaw Camden Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The victim told deputies he was standing in the club parking lot when he heard gunshots and then realized he had been shot.

  • School leaders consider direction for 2013-14

    Lancaster County School District officials began laying the groundwork for the coming school year last weekend during the annual school board/superintendent’s planning session

    This year’s meeting, attended by board members and school administrators, was held Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2,  at the Home Place Bed and Breakfast in the Tradesville community.

    Among the many topics under consideration during the two-day meeting were school safety, technology and the 2013-14 school year calendar.

  • Man robbed in Miller Street driveway

    Authorities are interviewing witnesses and searching for suspects after a Lancaster man reported he was beaten and robbed in a driveway early Friday, Feb. 1.

    Police were called to a home in the 500 block of Miller Street at 12:48 a.m. about an assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    There, they spoke with a 47-year-old man who was upset, crying and appeared to have been assaulted, the report said. Officers noticed the victim had several knots on his head and face.

  • Man struck with pipe, robbed outside nightclub

     Deputies are investigating a possible armed robbery and assault outside a nightclub during the early morning hours of  Jan. 27.

    Just after 3 a.m., a deputy responded to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room about an assault, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The deputy spoke with a 27-year-old Lancaster man at the ER who reported the incident. The deputy noted in the report there was a language barrier and said it was difficult to speak with the victim.

  • Police say incident at hotel not armed robbery

    A large contingent of Lancaster police officers responded to a reported armed robbery Tuesday, Jan. 29, though it turned out to instead be a case of gambling gone wrong.

    Officers were dispatched to Quality Inn, 114 Commerce Blvd., about 2:30 p.m. after a 911 call that someone there had been robbed, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    By 3 p.m. at least six marked police vehicles were seen parked outside the S.C. 9 Bypass hotel, each with blue lights flashing.  

  • Man faces gun charges

    A search for the source of several gunshots heard in a Lancaster neighborhood Jan. 18 led to the arrest of a Charlotte man on two firearms charges.

    Jesse Smith, 37, was arrested on charges of unlawful carrying of a pistol and discharging a firearm in the city, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The arrest came minutes after an officer heard three gunshots coming from the area of East Arch Street and Pardue Circle. As the officer approached the area, he heard three more gunshots and radioed for backup, the report said.

  • SCDOT unveils S.C. 160 project details

    The S.C. Department of Transportation held a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 29, on a proposed project to widen Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160).

    The meeting at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church drew nearly 100 curious residents, many of whom live in the area, for a detailed look at the project. Residents also had opportunities to discuss the plans with SCDOT officials and place their thoughts on it in the public record.

  • Heath Springs native honored for achievements in Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE – Political candidates and anyone else looking to strengthen community ties in Charlotte are always advised to stop by the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum.

    Heath Springs native Sarah Mingo Stevenson organized the group more than 30 years ago.

    It was a way for members of Charlotte’s black community to stay abreast of issues facing their city.