Local News

  • Woman dies in Indian Land fire

    INDIAN LAND – A 61-year-old woman died Saturday, July 14, in a fire at her Indian Land home.

    After more than two days of trying to confirm her identity, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford said he was able to positively identify the woman from her dental records Tuesday as Sandra Jeanette McDonald Mullis.

    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, neighbors called 911 about 7:24 a.m. to report a fire at Mullis’ home at 254 River Chase Lane. River Chase Lane is off River Road past Indian Land High School. 

  • Judge sentences former HOPE bookkeeper

    A Lancaster woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from HOPE in Lancaster was sentenced to prison in general sessions court Monday, July 16.

    Judge Paul Burch sentenced 31-year-old Christy Leeann Ellis, 3280 Camp Creek Road, to five years in prison, suspended to 22 months and five years probation for 67 counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, for using accounting software to generate fake checks, which were cashed at local convenience stores.

    Ellis was charged with a total of 73 counts.

  • Council OKs drug paraphernalia law

    A new county ordinance has given local authorities help in the war on drugs. 

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office recently released information about a new county drug paraphernalia ordinance, approved by Lancaster County Council, which is intended to crack down on drug use. 

    Created by Sheriff Barry Faile, along with county staff, the ordinance amends the county’s code to include clearer definitions on illegal items used for ingesting, smoking, administering or preparing illegal drugs. 

  • Heath Springs re-elects Taylor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs’ long-standing  leader will serve another term.

    Ann Taylor, who’s led the town for more than 20 years, won re-election Tuesday, July 10, in a two-person race against Town Councilman Eddie Moore.

    Taylor received 135 votes and Moore had 85.

    “I am delighted that the people came out and voted for me,” Taylor said. “I’m pleased I’ll have the opportunity to serve again. I enjoy serving the people.”

  • Two men charged in botched break-in

    Authorities tracked down and arrested two men Wednesday, July 11, who were interrupted during a burglary at a Lancaster home and ran from the scene earlier this week. 

    Jason Derrick Williams, 27, 3396 Thompson Road, and Buddy Allen Hall, 35, 2131 Jessica Chad Lane, were arrested and each charged with first-degree burglary and armed robbery following a burglary reported Monday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.  

  • Youth Empowerment Festival is Saturday

    Children 17 and younger are invited to an event that’s turning into an annual tradition in Lancaster.

    For the fifth straight year, Lancaster native Javon Crockett has organized a back-to-school festival for area youth. The event – now dubbed National Youth Empowerment Festival – is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Southside Park, off Conner Street in Lancaster.

  • Lancaster men arrested for Kershaw County burglaries

    Kershaw County deputies have arrested two Lancaster County men for a series of burglaries in rural Kershaw, arrests that may have prevented at least one much more serious crime.

    David Patrick Schweikert Jr., 21, and Jeffery Joseph Gray, 22, both of 3232 Old Georgetown Road West, Kershaw, were arrested Sunday, July 8.

    The men are accused of stealing power and hand tools during a string of break-ins last week at homes and outbuildings in Kershaw County.

  • 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.