Local News

  • Beacon Road man robbed in front yard

    A Rich Hill community man said he was the victim of an armed robbery Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, in the front yard of his home in the 2600 block of Beacon Road.

    The 27-year-old victim told Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies he was packing his SUV for work about 5:30 a.m. when a man wearing dark clothes, gloves and a camouflage ski mask approached him from behind, pointed a gun at him and ordered him to freeze.

  • Deputies find pot plants inside home

    INDIAN LAND – A recent search for a man wanted on a bench warrant in another county led authorities to the discovery of marijuana plants inside a Panhandle home.

    Aaron Huffstetler, 21; Kayla Nichole Demarco, 23; Cassandra Denise Moffitt, 21; and John Walden, 37, were each charged Aug. 28 with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The suspects reportedly live at 9225 Wallace Park Lane, Indian Land.

    Deputies came to the home that morning looking for Walden.

  • Gold mine plans spark concerns

    Intense disagreement over rezoning plans by Haile Gold Mine almost got one resident removed from the podium at Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 27 meeting. 

    Danny Terry, who lives in the county’s Flat Creek community and has opposed the gold mine at several council meetings, returned to speak out against the mine’s operations in Kershaw.

    Terry said he’s worried about the environmental and health impacts of the gold mine on surrounding residents. 

  • 50K people didn’t see president Thursday

    My smile turned into a big frown in a matter of minutes. Excitement was quickly replaced with disappointment.

    I was stoked beyond measure to receive highly coveted credentials to see President Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, Sept. 6, at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

    I had actually taken the day off from work in March in anticipation of me being there – among more than 70,000 people expected to fill the stadium on the final night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

  • County set to curb public smoking

    Does the future of Lancaster County include smoke-free restaurants and bars, as smokers catch puffs of cigarettes outside?

    With Lancaster County Council approving first reading of an ordinance prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places at its  Aug. 27, meeting, that future is closer to becoming a reality. 

    Council approved first reading by a vote of 5-2. Councilmen Jack Estridge and Cotton Cole cast the dissenting votes. 

  • Breakfast with dad

    As anyone with a busy family knows, the morning rush is usually not the most conducive time of day to stop and have a little quality time with the kids.

    Especially for working dads.

    Offering dads an opportunity to do just that was only part of the reason behind A.R. Rucker Middle School’s National Fathers Take Your Children to School Day breakfast Tuesday.

    But it was an important reason nonetheless for fathers such as Sam Prete of Lancaster.

  • Internet scam costs victim $60,000

    A rash of scams in the county, including one that swindled a resident out of $60,000, has local authorities warning people to be aware of online predators.  

    The warning comes after a Lancaster County resident was scammed after meeting an unknown suspect on an online Christian dating website, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

  • Locals attending DNC in Charlotte

    Erica Simpson said if necessary, she probably would have paid for a ticket to Thursday’s Democratic National Convention event at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

    That’s where President Barack Obama will officially accept his party’s presidential nomination during a speech to culminate a week in which tens of thousands of people from around the country – and abroad – have descended on Charlotte.

    And Simpson has been right there in the mix.

  • Police arrest four after finding drugs inside Pardue Street home

    Four people were arrested on drug charges last week after Lancaster police searched a Pardue Street home that contained marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    Mandrell Javon Brown, 30, 701 Coldstream Road, Heath Springs, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm.

  • Once in a blue moon

    Tim Deaton caught this photograph of the blue moon from the front yard of his Kershaw home between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The term “blue moon” doesn’t refer to the color, but to the rarity of the occurrence. Blue moons are defined as the fourth full moon of the year or the second full moon of the month. The latter definition covers Friday’s event, since the first full moon of the month was Aug. 1. Blue moons happen every 2.7 years and the next one is set to occur July 31, 2015.