Local News

  • 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. 

  • One of the ‘Most Wanted’ in custody

    One of the county’s ‘most wanted’ criminals, who dragged a sheriff’s deputy along a car and then ran from the scene last March, was arrested after a traffic stop earlier this month. 

    On May 16, deputies arrested Emilio Rodricus Brown, 23, 302 McCardelll St., and charged him for various offenses, ranging from resisting arrest with a deadly weapon to driving on the wrong side of the road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Five graduate from Carolina Christian Academy

    Five seniors marched across the stage during the graduation ceremony at Carolina Christian Academy on May 25.

    Stewart Blake Counts, Aaron Michael Fournier, Kathryn Hope Harris, DaEun Hong and Janna Suzette Noland received their diplomas, marking an end to their high school careers as they embark on a new journey in life.

    Fournier, who was named salutatorian for the CCA class of 2012, said he is grateful for the education opportunity he received while at the school.

  • Work in progress: Olde Presbyterian Church gets facelift

    In the late 1970s, the Olde Presbyterian Church on West Gay Street was envisioned as a versatile cultural arts center.

    Now some 40 years later, that vision is on the verge of becoming a reality.

    The Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation will open the doors of the Olde Presbyterian Cultural Arts Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, for the community to get a  look inside the landmark brick structure.

  • Pettus: Olde Presbyterian Church is the one that ‘almost wasn’t’

    When it comes to construction on the Olde Presbyterian Church, it was a matter of timing.

    According to “Lancaster County South Carolina Tours” by Viola Floyd, the property was deeded to the Lancasterville Presbyterian Church trustees in 1835. The deed shows there was already a church on the property.

  • Olde Presbyterian Church Cemetery a vital link to Lancaster’s past

    The Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery has become a vital link to Lancaster’s past.

    In his role as unofficial local historian, Lindsay Pettus gets an occasional phone call from someone   tracing their family roots to there.

    “It’s not unusual to ride by there and see someone in the cemetery searching for someone,” Pettus said. “It happens all the time.”