Local News

  • Authorities identify, seek IL Walmart battery theft suspect

    The Lancaster County Sheriffs Office has now identified and is looking for the man who broke into a storage cage behind the Walmart in Indian Land on Aug. 15 and stole 150 used car batteries. The incident, which happened about 9:15 p.m. that day, was caught by the store’s surveillance system. 

    Jeffrey Bernard Knight is wanted for burglary, but his whereabouts are unknown. The release said McKnight may be trying to sell the batteries to local retailers.

  • Pedestrian struck near USCL

     A female University of South Carolina Lancaster student was struck by a car while crossing Hubbard Drive near the Bradley Arts and Science Building just after noon Monday. Lancaster Fire Department first responders and Lancaster County EMS responded to the scene, along with Lancaster Police Department officers.  

  • Pedestrian struck near USCL

    A pedestrian was struck by a car while crossing Hubbard Drive near the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Science Building just after noon Monday. Lancaster Police Department blocked off the road and adjacent school parking lots for about 20 minutes, but reopened them about 12:25 p.m. Check back later for details.

    Contact Christopher Sardelli at (803) 416-8416





  • Task force busts indoor pot farm

    INDIAN LAND – Rows of pot plants were confiscated and one man was arrested during a bust on a marijuana-growing house in Indian Land on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

    Donny Howard Jackson, 52, 9557 Possum Hollow Road, was arrested on charges of possession of hashish and growing/manufacturing marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Jackson’s arrest came at the end of an intense drug investigation by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force Team.

  • Conservation district names McCauley as top farmer

    When Jack McCauley walks up to the pasture gate on his farm, the mooing stops and every head turns in his direction.

    “Here girls,” he yells as he swings open the gate. “Let’s go.”

    Almost as if he were a pied piper, 22 cows follow McCauley through two gates and into another small pasture covered in almost waist-high native switchgrass. It took McCauley almost two years to get the pasture looking like that.

    But it was worth it, he said. Two of his calves recently sold for more than he expected.

  • Vaughn: Buford High student mistakenly brings two rifles to school

    Authorities say a Buford High School student did the right thing this week, but was still arrested and will be held accountable for mistakenly having two hunting rifles in his truck in the school parking lot on Monday, Aug. 20. 

    Joshua Aaron Horne, 17, 1084 Tryon St., was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm on school property, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • County’s jobless rate dips

    Lancaster County saw a drop in its unemployment rate last month, though state and national numbers went in the opposite direction.

    The county’s July jobless rate was 12.7 percent, a drop from the 12.9 percent it posted in June. The county’s July 2011 rate was 13.9.

    Last month, of the 30,593 people in Lancaster County’s workforce, 3,874 of them were unemployed, according to figures recently released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

  • United Way seeks participants for annual community garden

    The United Way of Lancaster County (UWLC) is seeking participants for the Lancaster County Community Garden.

    Now in its fourth year, the community garden is near the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department at 260 Plantation Road.  

    Garden sites will be provided free for participants to grow their own produce. Free seeds and plants will be provided. 

    Applications are available at the United Way of Lancaster County office, 109 S. Wylie St. For more information, call (803) 283-8923 or email garden@uwaylcsc.org.

  • One arrested after marijuana grow house bust

    INDIAN LAND – A lengthy investigation led to the bust of a indoor marijuana grow house on Possum Hollow Road Road early Thursday. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies have seized several guns, along with hashish and marijuana with an estimated street value of $100,000.

    So far, one man has been arrested. Check back later for details.


    Contact Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416



  • Kershaw man dies after falling from tree

    A Kershaw man died Saturday evening, Aug. 18, after falling from a tree onto rocks along the Catawba River in the Bell Town community. 

    Robert Nichols, 43, was at Cedar Creek Reservoir’s Stumpy Pond boat landing, with several family members when the accident happened about 6:20 p.m. Saturday, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    Nichols was diving about 40 to 50 feet from a tree into the water, Broome said. “As he was climbing the tree, he fell down against some very sharp, jagged rocks,” Broome said.