Local News

  • High School football games moved to tonight

    Local school officials have moved all four county football games to today, Oct. 1, due to inclement weather in the weekend forecast associated Hurricane Joaquin.
    Kickoff for Lancaster High School’s game with Chester High School is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.
    Buford High School’s home game with Cheraw High School is 7:30 p.m. tonight at Yellow Jackets stadium, which is across from the high school on Tabernacle Road.

  • Giti Tire plant supplier outreach event today

    From release
    RICHBURG – The S.C. Department of Commerce, along with Chester County Economic Development, is hosting a supplier outreach event for the Chester County Giti Tire plant project from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today, Sept. 30, at Gateway Conference Center, 3200 Commerce Drive in Richburg.
    In June 2014, Giti Tire announced it was building a $560 million manufacturing facility, which is expected to create about 1,700 new jobs in Chester County.

  • Foundation awards $802,608 in grants

    J. Marion Sims Foundation
    The J. Marion Sims Foundation Inc. has made awards totaling $802,608 to 13 different community organizations through its Responsive Grants Program.
    “These grants were made for diverse purposes, all tied to individual and overall community health,” said foundation president James T. Morton. “Approved grants include projects and programs addressing health, recreation, safety and crisis assistance, among others.”
    The foundation awarded grants to the following organizations:

  • Heath Springs truck accident injures one

    A Sumter man was injured Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, in an accident in Heath Springs between a cargo truck and a log truck.
    The accident happened about 5 a.m. at the intersection of Kershaw Camden Highway (U.S. 521) and New Hope Road.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Kenneth Dwyer, 46, of Sumter, was driving south on Kershaw Camden Highway in a 1995 Volvo cargo truck when a 2002 Volvo semi pulling a log trailer pulled out in front of him from New Hope Road.

  • City sells surplus property on govdeals website

    When a municipality periodically sells its surplus equipment, there is no telling where it’s going to next. It could be Pennsylvania, Ohio or overseas.
    In 2012, the city of Lancaster sold a backhoe via Internet that went to India.
    “Sure did,” said Larry Burgess, vehicle maintenance supervisor for the city of Lancaster “I know it ended up over there somewhere.”

  • Codenamed projects still under consideration

    As county officials continue the transition to an in-house economic development office, work on several prospective projects continues behind the scenes.
    On Monday, Sept. 28, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis discussed several confidential projects under consideration by county officials, all with their own mysterious code names.

  • Armed robberies under investigation

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department are investigating similar armed robberies at two convenience stores in less than 24 hours Monday and Tuesday.
    Brooklyn Avenue
    The first robbery happened just before noon Monday, Sept. 28, at JR Grocery, 463 E. Brooklyn Ave. just outside the Lancaster city limits.

  • Rock around the block

    Pleasant Dale Baptist Church’s annual block party draws a large crowd.

  • City to fund indigent defense

    The Miranda Rights clause, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you,” has come to roost in Lancaster, due to recent legislation passed by the S.C. General Assembly.
    The state is now requiring its towns and cities to foot the bill for defendants who can’t pay for their own defense in municipal courts.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter and Lancaster Municipal Court Administrator Cammie Heath broke the news to Lancaster City Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting.

  • County students see higher AP scores

    Following a statewide trend, Lancaster County schools saw higher scores among high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams during the 2014-15 school year.
    According to S.C. Department of Education data released Sept. 18, a total of 413 county students took a total of 544 AP exams during the 2014-15 school year, scoring high enough on 227 of those exams to earn college credit.