Local News

  • Rock Hill police charge local man for nightclub murder

    ROCK HILL – Hours after a Charlotte man was shot to death outside a Rock Hill nightclub, local authorities arrested a Lancaster man in connection with the murder. 

    Jacques “Joc” Larrell Waiters, 23, 1514 Charlotte Highway, was arrested Saturday, May 26, by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies on a Rock Hill murder warrant, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Kershaw’s Youth Serve program starts next week

    KERSHAW – Through the hammers, nails and roof shingles, area teens will soon pick up some valuable lessons that should extend way beyond home repairs.

    The Youth Serve summer program in Kershaw is gearing up for its 18th year. The teen-service initiative allows youth ages 13 to 18 to perform community service while engaging in mentorship and fellowship.

  • Initial budget reading passes muster

    Rising insurance costs, extra county personnel and an updated E-911 system weighed heavily on the minds of county officials as Lancaster County Council took its first look at the county’s budget Monday night, May 21. 

    Council voted 6-0 to approve first reading of the county’s budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2013. Councilman Larry McCullough was not at the meeting. 

  • One to grow on

    COLUMBIA – A tough loss did little to tarnish a banner season that saw the Indian Land Warriors soccer team earn the silver trophy in its run for the Class AA state  gold.

    The Warriors, who finished 21-5, took home the silver medals and a state runner-up trophy after falling to Class AA Lower State champion Academic Magnet, 5-0, on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.

  • Jobless rate drops to 11.1 percent

    An increase in Lancaster County’s reported labor force coincides with another drop in its monthly jobless rate.

    The county had a 11.1 percent unemployment rate for April, a considerable dip from the 11.6 posted in March, according to statistics released last week from by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    There were 30,372 people in Lancaster County’s labor force last month, a jump of 39 from the 30,533 reported for March. The official unemployment level for the county is now at 3,379.

  • Adult education program holds its largest-ever graduation

    Editor’s note: Due to space limitations in the Sunday edition, this story on the Lancaster County Adult Education commencement on May 16 was not published until today.


    Klarissa Stalk of Lancaster coddles and kisses her eight-month-old daughter, Mirakle, who smiles as the golden tassel from mom’s mortarboard tickles her face. Stalk, gives her daughter one last kiss and passes her back to her great-grandmother, Linda King of Waxhaw.

  • Four employees burned at former Bowater plant

    One of the four employees burned in a chemical-related accident at a Catawba paper plant has been released from the hospital.

    Debbie Johnston, a spokeswoman for Resolute Forest Products, said Monday that three workers at its Catawba plant had been taken to burn centers after being exposed to sodium hydroxide about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20.

    The fourth employee was taken to a Charlotte hospital and has since been released, Johnston said.

  • Deputies charge man under house arrest with aggravated domestic violence

    A Lancaster man out on bond and wearing a GPS- monitoring device was arrested earlier this month on a domestic violence charge. 

    John Jarrod Hill, 29, 1741 Old Carter Road, was arrested May 6 and charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The charge was filed after a deputy responded to an assault call in the 1700 block of Old Carter Street on May 5. 

  • Justin Pate to compete in high school state rodeo championship this week

    Got a hankerin’ for all things cowboy? 

    Then take a short trip to Clemson this weekend, and see 16-year-old Lancaster resident Justin “P-Nut” Pate compete in the 37th Annual S. C. High School Rodeo Association’s State Championship.

    The championship runs Thursday through Saturday. 

    It offers high school competitors the chance to win prizes, scholarships, and a chance to compete in the National Championship, to be held in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

  • Summer lunch program starts May 29

    Lancaster County School District

    Lancaster County School District will operate the USDA Summer Food Service Program, providing free meals for ages 18 and younger from May 29 through June 14.

    Sites include: Andrew Jackson Middle School, 6865 Kershaw Camden Highway, Kershaw; A.R. Rucker Middle School, 422 Old Dixie Road; and South Middle School, 1551 Billings Drive. All sites are closed on Friday except for June 1.