Local News

  • 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. 


  • 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.