Local News

  • Feds arrest 19 Hells Angels in sweep

    Four Lancaster County residents were among 19 people arrested during a massive, two-state law enforcement operation at various Hells Angels-affiliated motorcycle clubs and other locations Thursday morning, June 7.

  • Mahaffey-Wilson Funeral Home has new owner

    Though Mahaffey-Wilson Funeral Home & Cremation Center is under new ownership, its dedication to quality service is expected to remain the same.

    The funeral home, with roots in Lancaster that date back to the 1940s, has been bought by McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, N.C.

    Joe Wilson had been the owner since May 2009. The sale was finalized June 1.

  • Remembering D-Day

    INDIAN LAND – Most of us have fond memories of at least one family vacation, a cherished memory that stays with us for a lifetime. 

    The Menkhaus family – Pete, Stephanie, Patrick, 15, Julia, 12, and Madeline, 8 – have one too, a side trip taken during their family vacation to London this spring.

    The family’s three-day trip to Normandy, France, site of the historic World War II D-Day invasion 68 years ago today, overshadowed their main trip, they said, and affected them more profoundly than any of them expected.

  • Summer Fest concert canceled


    Promoters intended to bring rapper Slick Rick to Lancaster

    The “old-school” rapper known for wearing the signature patch over his right eye won’t be coming to Lancaster on Saturday.

    Slick Rick was scheduled to perform as part of the first-ever Lancaster Summer Fest concert. However, Top Sh3lf Entertainment, the group organizing the concert, said Monday, June 4, that the event has been canceled.

  • Democrats to honor Rick Wade on Friday

    A Lancaster native with an ever-growing list of major accomplishments in business and political arenas will be recognized this week in his hometown.

    Rick C. Wade, a 1980 Lancaster High School graduate and former Lancaster High student body president, will be honored at a special event on Friday, June 8, at the Lancaster Golf Club Fairway Room. The function, which includes a 6 p.m. reception and 8 p.m. dinner, is a fundraiser of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.

    Proceeds will be used to support local Democratic candidates.

  • Columbus Operation HOPE not HOPE in Lancaster Inc.

    Don’t confuse Operation HOPE with HOPE in Lancaster Inc. 

    The two are not affiliated. 

    That’s the message David Doyle is trying to get out this week. 

    Doyle is chairman of the local Operation HOPE effort, an annual Knights of Columbus fundraiser to help intellectually challenged children. 

  • Sting operation targets underage drinking in Heath Springs, Kershaw

    An underage alcohol sting resulted in the ticketing of six convenience store workers in the southern part of the county last month. 

    Held May 18 between 5 and 7 p.m., the joint undercover operation was conducted by investigators with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and an agent with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, according to various sheriff’s office incident reports. 

  • City Council looking at property tax hike

    City of Lancaster residents may face a property tax increase for the first time in four years.

    The proposed hike is part of the drafted 2012-13 budget city of Lancaster officials are now considering.

    The recommendation calls for the city’s millage rate to go from 143.5 to 149.7 mills. That results in about a $24 tax increase on a $100,000 owner-occupied home, said City of Lancaster Finance Director James Absher.

    The last time the city raised taxes was for the 2008-09 fiscal year, when the rate went from 140 to 143.5 mills.

  • Pageland teen drowns near county line

    PAGELAND – A young Pageland teen drowned in Lynches River on May 31. 

    Emergency responders from Chesterfield and Lancaster counties converged on the scene on U.S. 601 near the old Lynches River Bridge and after a two-and-a-half hour-search recovered the body of Jontavis Jamar Pegues, 17.

    The remote area reportedly has no cell-phone coverage, so witnesses to the drowning were delayed in calling authorities, 

    according to information from Pageland Rescue Squad.

  • Sheriff’s Office receives new white collar grant

    A new law enforcement grant may help to curb the surge of financial and identity theft related crimes in the county.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced last week it was awarded a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) for $71,647 to fund a white collar crime investigator, according to a sheriff’s office press release. The sheriff’s office learned the news on May 25, making this the second year they have been awarded the grant.