Local News

  • National HIV Testing Day is today

    Monica Adamian believes there isn’t nearly enough talk about HIV.

    Adamian, director of prevention services for Catawba Care Coalition, says conditions such as cancer and diabetes receive much-needed attention, but HIV – the virus that causes AIDS – seems to remain taboo.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 50,000 people in the United States are infected with HIV each year, and about 20 percent of them don’t know they have it.

  • Hartley Funeral Home gets new owners

    A Lancaster couple with experience in the funeral service business has taken over one of the county’s funeral homes.

    Michael and Casey Burgess are the new new owners of Hartley-Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory Services, which was run for 17 years by Joanne and Jerry Hartley.

    The Hartleys decided to retire after working for more than 40 years in the funeral service business.

    The transaction became official June 14.

  • Kershaw accepts skatepark equipment

    KERSHAW – Dustin Owens and his crew of skateboarding buddies have been no strangers to local government meetings.

    The teenagers appeared multiple times before Lancaster City Council over the past year to garner support for the construction of a skatepark. Those visits yielded little to no results.

    However, the same cannot be said about Kershaw Town Council’s meeting on Monday, June 18, in which that council members voted to accept nearly $100,000 worth of equipment that will allow for a skatepark to be built in the town limits.

  • Police investigate killing at South York Street home: victim was robbed by three men last week

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating the murder Monday, June 18, of a Lancaster man who was robbed and beaten during a home invasion June 13.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said police found 53-year-old Donald Eustace Morris (no relation to Mike Morris), dead inside his home at 307 S. York St. about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

    Mike Morris declined to say how the man died, since his office is still awaiting the results of a preliminary autopsy. 

  • Ellis enters guilty plea on HOPE charges

    A Lancaster woman pleaded guilty Thursday, June 14, in General Sessions Court in connection to the more than $60,000 taken from HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said Christy Leeann Ellis, 3283 Camp Creek Road, pleaded guilty to 67 counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, for using accounting software to generate fake checks, which were cashed at three local convenience stores.

  • Sheriff, police probe string of arsons


    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department are investigating what appears to be a rash of arsons over the weekend.

    The fires, at vacant homes in Indian Land and Lancaster, share similarities with fires at an Old Hillside Drive mobile home Friday morning in that firefighters were called back to the scenes after extinguishing fires there earlier. 

  • Kershaw passes $3.31 million budget

    KERSHAW – Employee pay raises and a minor tax hike are part of the town of Kershaw’s budget for 2012-13.

    Town Council unanimously passed final reading of the $3.31 million budget at a special meeting Thursday, June 14.

    The new fiscal year begins July 1.

    Kershaw town residents will face a property tax millage rate of 72.1 mills – a 3.1 percent increase from the existing 69.9 rate. That equates to an increase of $1.70 in the yearly taxes on a $100,000 owner-occupied home.

  • Car, mobile home fires at same location appear suspicious

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two suspicious early morning fires that happened at the same Antioch community home. 

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters were first called to a truck fire near a home at 1733 Old Hillside Drive, off S.C. 903, at about 5:02 a.m. Friday, June 15.

    After putting out the fire and clearing the scene, firefighters were again called to the same address about 30 minutes later for a mobile home fire.

  • Busy burglary suspect charged again

    A month after being released on bond in connection with multiple thefts from a UPS trailer, a Lancaster man was arrested twice in four days for another string of burglaries.

    Timothy Eric Shrader, 29, 2726 Rolling Hills Road, was first arrested June 8 and charged with receiving stolen goods $2,000 or less, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

  • City Council passes first reading of budget

    More financial support for Hope on the Hill and the Olde Presbyterian Church has been built into the city of Lancaster’s 2012-13 budget.

    The inclusion came during a discussion of the budget at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, June 12.

    Councilwoman Sara Eddins began the talks by listing some of her concerns with the initial draft of the budget. City support for Hope on the Hill and the historic church highlighted Eddin’s budget punch list.