Local News

  • First Steps to expand weekend meal program at Clinton Elementary

    A grant by the Springs Close Foundation will allow Lancaster First Steps to significantly increase the number of at-risk children it feeds through its weekend backpack program at Clinton Elementary School.

    First Steps started the meal program, which provides the school’s most needy students with weekend backpacks stuffed with nutritious food, in March 2012.

  • Kershaw leaders discuss tethered animals

     KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilwoman Sonya Poole fears someone will one day be seriously injured by a vicious dog that freed itself from a chain.

    The fear of potentially dangerous animals was discussed at length Monday evening, Aug. 20, during Town Council’s monthly meeting.

    Council members are looking at the possibility of a new town ordinance that would prohibit the tethering (chaining or roping) of certain animals. They say it’s easy for many of them to free themselves from the tether.

  • Lancaster man wanted in York County assault

    York County authorities are still searching for a Lancaster man wanted in connection with attacking and holding a woman at knife point in Rock Hill earlier this month. 

    The York County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for JaTaune Tyrone Richardson, 35, of 3546 Shiloh Unity Road. 

    Richardson is charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence and kidnapping. The charges stem from an extended attack Aug. 12 on a 26-year-old woman inside a car, at a highway weigh station and at a Rock Hill campground.

  • Back in the schoolday swing

    Summer is officially over for Lancaster County School District students, who returned to class Monday, Aug. 20.

    An estimated 11,500-plus students woke up early, many of them nervous about starting new classes with new teachers and some at new schools.

    For some, such as Buford Elementary School kindergartner Madison Mackey, it was a step into the unknown.

    Still, McDonald Green second-grader Aronica Blakeney, who is an old hand at returning to class, gave the morning a big thumb’s up with a thumb sculpted from modeling clay.

  • Kershaw man dies after falling from tree

    A Kershaw man died Saturday evening, Aug. 18, after falling from a tree onto several rocks along the Catawba River in the Bell Town community. 

    Robert Nichols, 43, was at Cedar Creek Reservoir’s Stumpy Pond boat landing, with several family members when the accident happened about 6:20 p.m., said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    “He (Nichols) was diving probably 40 to 50 feet out from a tree into the water,” Broome said. “As he was climbing the tree, he fell down against some very sharp, jagged rocks.”

  • Low bid leads to new lights

     Lancaster City Council has agreed on a bright idea regarding the latest phase of its Streetscape beautification project – literally.
    The city is working with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant it received to go toward beautification efforts on South Main Street, to run from Emmons Street south just past the city limits near South Avenue.
    The city is putting up $354,000 of its own money for the work, which will include new sidewalks and curbing. This is the sixth phase of the city’s Streetscape series.

  • HOPE in Lancaster unveils 600-plus recipe cookbook

    “I need 15 of these!”
    “They’re wonderful!”
    “Can I get a deal if I buy 10?”

    Surprised volunteers gathered in the office of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster Director Elaine Adkins the morning of Thursday, Aug. 16, to see their cookbook for the first time.
    “HOPE for All Seasons,” which has been in production for more than two years, features 600-plus recipes from 92 food enthusiasts.

  • Morphine taken from EMS drug cabinet

    An investigation into missing morphine vials led to the arrest of a former county medic last week, according to recently released arrest records.

    Former Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services employee Thomas Gregory “Greg” Robinson, 51, 482 Monticello Road, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 16, on a charge of possession of other controlled substances in Schedules I to V, according to an S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrest warrant.

  • Lancaster men face multiple charges after pointing gun at driver in Pageland

    PAGELAND – Two Lancaster men, one a city firefighter, were arrested in Chesterfield County earlier this month on multiple charges.

    According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department incident report, Jay Thomas Rivers, 20, 5496 Pageland Highway, and Jason Damon Sanders, 22, 1848 Sunny Lane, were arrested Aug. 10 in Pageland on charges of pointing a firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • School zone signs, speed limits now in effect

    Monday marks the first day of the 2012-13 school year for Lancaster County public school students and motorists should be prepared for a higher volume of traffic.

    More than 70 buses will be on the road early that day, carrying more than 6,000 of the county’s 11,000-plus public school students.  

    That doesn’t count the number of additional vehicles driven by parents who will accompany first-day students and those who must navigate drop-off loops at the county's 20 school campuses.