Local News

  • Smoking ordinance lights up council debate

    Will smokers soon be seen huddling en masse outside Lancaster County restaurants, theaters and other public buildings as they light up their next cigarette?

    It’s very possible, especially if County Council decides to approve a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places and enclosed areas of work. 

    The proposal and its ramifications were a hot topic at council’s meeting on Monday, June 11. 

  • Waccamaw Bank fails, taken over by FDIC

    Waccamaw Bank in Heath Springs is now First Community Bank.

    On Friday, June 8, the N.C. Office of the Commissioner of Banks closed the failed bank and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver, according to an FDIC press release issued that day.

    To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into an agreement with First Community Bank to assume all the deposits of Waccamaw Bank.

  • Catalano to step down at USCL

    Dr. John Catalano has decided to return full time to his chief passion.

    Catalano, dean at University of South Carolina Lancaster for 11 years, announced he will step down from the post, effective Dec. 31. 

    Beginning in January 2013, he will be a full-time instructor of philosophy and logic.

    He informed USCL’s faculty and staff of his decision in an e-mail Saturday, June 10.

  • Meet the ‘Flamingo Flockers’

    When he leaves for work each morning, Dr. Art Morris has grown accustomed to seeing squirrels beneath the majestic oaks in the front yard of his Forest Drive home.

    But last week, those squirrels had a little company.

    On June 6, Morris went outside to find more than a dozen pink plastic flamingos beside his driveway and a note on the back door.

    Morris knows who placed them there, well at least, sort of.

    He even knows how they got there. They came courtesy of Covenant Baptist Church’s Flamingo Flockers.

  • Man sentenced in death of Heath Springs woman

    CONWAY – A year after a Heath Springs woman was killed in a three-vehicle wreck in Horry County, a Hartsville man pleaded guilty last week to causing the crash. 

    Don Leget Marsh, 59, will serve a year in prison and three more years on probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide on June 7, according to Horry County Solicitor’s Office representatives.

  • Fort Lawn man charged with break-ins

    A Chester County man remains behind bars following a string of car break-ins in Lancaster.

    Carlos Damon Smith, 37, of Fort Lawn, was charged  Thursday, June 7, with breaking and entering into a vehicle – two counts, pointing and presenting a firearm and armed robbery.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies went to a Powell Avenue home after a resident saw a man later identified as Smith inside his vehicle, rummaging through items inside, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Tuesday, June 12.

  • Arrests made in recent arson

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, June 12, the arrests of a man and woman suspected of burning a house last month.

    Josh A. Price, 28, 1454 Winthrop Ave., Lancaster, and Bobbie Lee Keiningham, 26, 148 Catoe Road, Kershaw, have each been charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

    Investigators say they broke into a Heath Springs home May 25 and intentionally set it on fire.

  • 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.