Local News

  • Federal judge sentences Brackett to 15 months

    ABERDEEN, Miss. – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a black-market cigarette conspiracy.

    According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, in mid-July, U.S. District Judge Sharon Aycock sentenced Fred Brackett to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay $206,000 in restitution.

    Brackett, owner of FB Enterprises on Charlotte Highway, will be allowed to turn himself in at a designated prison on Sept. 10. It is unknown where that prison is.

  • Hospital pledges faster, more efficient ER care

    Today marks the start of Springs Memorial Hospital’s pledge to treat emergency patients faster and more efficiently.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday, the hospital has launched its 45-Minute ER Commitment, an effort to ensure that people who come to the emergency room are offered quality care as soon as possible, said Karen Martin, SMH chief nursing officer.

  • Lancaster man found dead in Chester County

    Authorities are still investigating the death of a Lancaster man whose body was found in the middle of a Chester County road Sunday, July 29.

    Chester County deputies found the body of Michael Terry, 39, 205 N. French St., only minutes after responding to a sexual assault call along the same road, according to information released Monday by Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith.

  • Coy submits petition signatures

    It appears just one of the two men seeking the S.C. House 44 seat via petition will continue his quest.

    Heath Springs resident Joseph Coy issued a press release last week saying he has garnered enough petition signatures to be placed on the ballot for the House 44 race in November’s general election.

    Meanwhile, Bob Cook of Kershaw says he is no longer seeking the seat.

    District 44, which is totally enclosed in Lancaster County, has 20,461 registered voters.

  • Fire guts Kershaw home

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw home is a complete loss after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning, July 18.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said members of the Kershaw, Flat Creek, Heath Springs and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments responded at 1:58 a.m. to a house fire at 7147 Kershaw Camden Highway.

    Bright orange flames were already shooting from the roof as a team of firefighters sprayed water on the house from the front yard. Within minutes, a thick cloud of grey smoke billowed skyward.

  • Election for three school board seats set for November

    Editor’s note: A front-page headline in the Wednesday, July 18, issue indicated there would be no school board elections this fall. It should have said there will be no special school board elections this fall, as there will be three school board seats on the ballot in November.


  • Farm worker robbed, beaten

    Authorities are looking for a man who robbed and beat a farm worker Tuesday, July 17.

    Deputies responded shortly after 3 p.m. to Circle L Ranch, 2741 S. Potter Road, where they spoke with a man who said he was using a string trimmer in a pasture when he was attacked, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    With the help of a translator, the 31-year-old Lancaster man told deputies he was working when an unknown man approached him and demanded money.

  • Man found beaten in ditch on White Oak Lane in Van Wyck

    Investigators are still looking into the case of a man found beaten in a ditch earlier this month. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said investigators have identified a possible suspect in the assault, but are still sorting out the details of what happened to a Van Wyck man July 4. 

    The victim was found at about 1:45 a.m. as a woman was returning to her home in the 1100 block of White Oak Lane in Van Wyck, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Heath Springs fire chief eyes federal money

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Fire Department is looking to secure federal money to hire a paid firefighter.

    Patrick Helms, the department’s chief, spoke at Town Council’s Tuesday, July 17, meeting about SAFER grants – an acronym for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.

    The grants help fire departments across the nation increase the number of trained, “front-line” firefighters available in their communities.

  • Former GF police chief sentenced for sex crimes

    WINNSBORO – A former Great Falls police chief was sentenced to prison on July 11 after a jury trial in General Sessions Court in Fairfield County.

    Brad Douglas, captain of investigations at the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, said Michael D. Williams, 58, of Kershaw, was convicted of two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11, first degree; and five counts of lewd act upon a child under 16.

    Douglas said Williams was sentenced to 25 years on each criminal sexual conduct charge with the sentences to run concurrent.