Local News

  • 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. 

  • Finally Fridays adding alcohol

    Starting with the July show, alcoholic beverages will be available at the city of Lancaster’s Finally Friday downtown concert series.

    City Council voted 5-1 at its June 26 meeting to allow beer sales at the events, which are held on the last Friday of each month during the summer.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace voted against the motion. Councilman John Howard was not present at the meeting.

  • Eight people rescued from Catawba River

    A day of tubing turned into a late-night water rescue June 23 as eight people were plucked from the fast-moving currents of the Catawba River. 

    The search for the group began shortly after 10 p.m. June 23, after a call came into 911 from a man who said he was stuck in the Catawba River, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The man told a dispatcher he was inner tubing from Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land and could not make it out the water. 

  • Dixie Baseball asks City Council for $300K

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball has asked the city of Lancaster for a major financial favor. 

    At City Council’s June 26 meeting, David Hance, board chairman for the Lancaster Dixie Baseball program, presented a request for $300,000 from the city’s hospitality tax fund.  

    If granted, the money would go toward upgrades at the two ball fields at Wylie Park. 

  • Friends of Jackie Craine launch cell phone drive

    Friends of domestic- abuse victim Jackie Craine, will remember her life through a cell phone drive from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6. 

    The drive is being held in honor of Craine’s 35th birthday.

    A 1996 graduate of Lancaster High School, Craine, 34, was shot and killed on Jan. 5, 2012, in the parking lot of Avery Lake Apartments in Fort Mill. 

  • Reward offered in theft of AC units

    Authorities are asking for help finding whoever stole several air conditioners and related parts from a Kershaw business during the last few months.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Kershaw-based ECN Industries, located at 425 Little Dude Ave., to track down and arrest those responsible for several thefts at the business, according to a sheriff’s office press release. 

    The business is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

  • Two men arrested on cocaine charges

    Two men were arrested during a traffic stop late last month after authorities found cocaine in their car.

    David Frisco Jones, 34, of Lugoff, and Sedric Davel Robertson, 33, 638 Kershaw Club Road, Kershaw, were arrested June 29 and each charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The arrests were made following a traffic stop by investigators with the Lancaster County Drug Task Force on East Richland Street in Kershaw, the release said.

  • Man arrested in Morris murder

    A team of local investigators tracked down and arrested a man this week for the recent murder of a Lancaster man in his home. 

    Keith Tyrone Robinson Jr., 19, was arrested Thursday, June 28, and charged with murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

  • Get ready for the heat

    If you thought last week was hot, you haven’t seen – or felt – anything yet.

    This weekend will usher in the year’s first days of triple-digit temperatures for Lancaster County, and meteorologists want locals to take precautions.

    The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Lancaster at 102 degrees.

    Saturday’s high could reach 104 degrees and Sunday’s may hit 103.

  • Lancaster man dies in Allvac accident

    An employee involved in an industrial site accident at the Allvac Rolling Plant in Richburg died Tuesday.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Shawn Merritt, 33, of 2554 Country Club Drive, Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:33 p.m.  

    The official cause of death is listed as asphyxiation due to oxygen depletion, Tinker said. 

    The accident remains under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).