Local News

  • Catalano to step down at USCL

    Dr. John Catalano has decided to return full time to his chief passion.

    Catalano, dean at University of South Carolina Lancaster for 11 years, announced he will step down from the post, effective Dec. 31. 

    Beginning in January 2013, he will be a full-time instructor of philosophy and logic.

    He informed USCL’s faculty and staff of his decision in an e-mail Saturday, June 10.

  • Meet the ‘Flamingo Flockers’

    When he leaves for work each morning, Dr. Art Morris has grown accustomed to seeing squirrels beneath the majestic oaks in the front yard of his Forest Drive home.

    But last week, those squirrels had a little company.

    On June 6, Morris went outside to find more than a dozen pink plastic flamingos beside his driveway and a note on the back door.

    Morris knows who placed them there, well at least, sort of.

    He even knows how they got there. They came courtesy of Covenant Baptist Church’s Flamingo Flockers.

  • Man sentenced in death of Heath Springs woman

    CONWAY – A year after a Heath Springs woman was killed in a three-vehicle wreck in Horry County, a Hartsville man pleaded guilty last week to causing the crash. 

    Don Leget Marsh, 59, will serve a year in prison and three more years on probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide on June 7, according to Horry County Solicitor’s Office representatives.

  • Fort Lawn man charged with break-ins

    A Chester County man remains behind bars following a string of car break-ins in Lancaster.

    Carlos Damon Smith, 37, of Fort Lawn, was charged  Thursday, June 7, with breaking and entering into a vehicle – two counts, pointing and presenting a firearm and armed robbery.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies went to a Powell Avenue home after a resident saw a man later identified as Smith inside his vehicle, rummaging through items inside, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Tuesday, June 12.

  • Arrests made in recent arson

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, June 12, the arrests of a man and woman suspected of burning a house last month.

    Josh A. Price, 28, 1454 Winthrop Ave., Lancaster, and Bobbie Lee Keiningham, 26, 148 Catoe Road, Kershaw, have each been charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

    Investigators say they broke into a Heath Springs home May 25 and intentionally set it on fire.

  • Feds arrest 19 Hells Angels in sweep

    Four Lancaster County residents were among 19 people arrested during a massive, two-state law enforcement operation at various Hells Angels-affiliated motorcycle clubs and other locations Thursday morning, June 7.

  • Mahaffey-Wilson Funeral Home has new owner

    Though Mahaffey-Wilson Funeral Home & Cremation Center is under new ownership, its dedication to quality service is expected to remain the same.

    The funeral home, with roots in Lancaster that date back to the 1940s, has been bought by McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, N.C.

    Joe Wilson had been the owner since May 2009. The sale was finalized June 1.

  • Remembering D-Day

    INDIAN LAND – Most of us have fond memories of at least one family vacation, a cherished memory that stays with us for a lifetime. 

    The Menkhaus family – Pete, Stephanie, Patrick, 15, Julia, 12, and Madeline, 8 – have one too, a side trip taken during their family vacation to London this spring.

    The family’s three-day trip to Normandy, France, site of the historic World War II D-Day invasion 68 years ago today, overshadowed their main trip, they said, and affected them more profoundly than any of them expected.

  • Summer Fest concert canceled


    Promoters intended to bring rapper Slick Rick to Lancaster

    The “old-school” rapper known for wearing the signature patch over his right eye won’t be coming to Lancaster on Saturday.

    Slick Rick was scheduled to perform as part of the first-ever Lancaster Summer Fest concert. However, Top Sh3lf Entertainment, the group organizing the concert, said Monday, June 4, that the event has been canceled.

  • Democrats to honor Rick Wade on Friday

    A Lancaster native with an ever-growing list of major accomplishments in business and political arenas will be recognized this week in his hometown.

    Rick C. Wade, a 1980 Lancaster High School graduate and former Lancaster High student body president, will be honored at a special event on Friday, June 8, at the Lancaster Golf Club Fairway Room. The function, which includes a 6 p.m. reception and 8 p.m. dinner, is a fundraiser of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.

    Proceeds will be used to support local Democratic candidates.