Local News

  • National Day of Prayer service set

    The Lancaster community will take part in the National Day of Prayer service from noon to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, behind the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse on the corner of South Catawba and West Dunlap streets. 

    The service is being sponsored by Covenant Baptist Church and is open to the public for those wanting to join in prayer for our nation. 

    National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders. It is held on the first Thursday of May each year.

  • Council gives nod to 4-H funding

    After a report on the contributions of the local 4-H, and an outpouring of support from the community, Lancaster County Council decided to fund the county’s 4-H agent position on Monday night, April 23. 

    The unanimous vote to approve funding the position, which provides a 4-H agent through the Clemson University Extension Service, came three weeks after council members discussed whether to renew a $35,000 contract for the agent. 

  • Three men hold woman, ransack home

    A Lancaster woman was held against her will as three men ransacked her house last weekend looking for money. 

    The 49-year-old victim called 911 at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and reported that three men had forced their way into her home, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Lancaster police officers responded to a house in the 600 block of W. Meeting Street and found the woman sitting on her front steps. 

  • Lancaster seniors stay young with shag

    When “Ability to Swing” starts playing, you will find Bruce and Maxie Kirkley on the dance floor, strutting their best shag moves.

    It’s Bruce’s favorite song and a beloved request of the Lancaster couple that has been dancing with the Lancaster Shag Club for 23 years.

    “We started dancing and loved it,” said Bruce, 73. “I’m still kicking. My heart’s still beating. I don’t know if that’s what’s doing it or not.”

  • Week of the Young Child all about helping children learn

    A lot has changed since the years when kindergarten was little more than ramped-up day care.

    Bolstered by pre-school programs, kindergarten these days is seen as the obligatory first step in a child’s successful education, and by extension, the rest of their lives.

    Preparing a child for the transition to school takes more than socialization and learning classroom fundamentals, especially when poverty is a factor – it takes meeting the child’s fundamental needs both at school and at home.

  • Law enforcement investigating massive Medicaid records breach

    State law enforcement officials are investigating a massive of leak of personal information that could affect hundreds of thousands of Medicaid customers.

    The leak was discovered earlier this month within the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. Local authorities found out about the leak on Thursday, April 19, though information about the breach was released earlier in the Columbia area. 

  • Habitat seeks two qualified homeowners

    The Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County seeks applications for two qualified homeowners. 

    There will be an interest meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road. The organization will explain selection guidelines and requirements and homeowner responsibilities. 

  • Rabies Clinics correction

    There is one rabies clinics scheduled this week.

    – April 26 – Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck, 6 to 8 p.m.

    The photo on Page 12A in the Sunday edition had the incorrect day listed. 

    Upcoming clinics are: 

    – May 1 – Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 3089 N. Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, 6 to 8 p.m.

    – May 3 – Tradesville Community Center, 2851 Old Camden Monroe Highway, 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Public safety is top concern

    Public safety surpassed economic development on this year’s county strategic plan, as Lancaster County Council recently ranked the most important issues facing residents and the county. 

    With ongoing efforts by county officials to strengthen the local E-911 system and increase the number of law enforcement officers on patrol, council unanimously decided on making public safety its top goal. 

    “Public safety, that was just No. 1 for everyone,” said County Administrator Steve Willis. 

  • Climbing from forgery to burglary

    A case of forged checks resulted in a muddy foot chase below the Gills Creek bridge on North Main Street.

    Ricky Lynn Hinson, 39, 2100 Camp Creek Road, was charged Wednesday, April 18, with three counts of forgery, larceny and first-degree burglary.

    Authorities say Hinson stole and forged checks that belonged to an 86-year-old man he had done work for.

    The victim’s son, who assists his father with finances, said he recently noticed some discrepancies on his father’s Wells Fargo bank account.