Local News

  • 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.

  • HOPE suspect now back in county

    The former HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster bookkeeper charged in connection with missing funds from the charity is now back in the county and faces additional charges.

    After waiving extradition in Auburn, Ala., Christy Leeann Ellis, 3283 Camp Creek Road, was returned to Lancaster County about 4 p.m. Wednesday, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

  • Cook, Coy to mount petition campaigns

    You’ll likely continue to see plenty of Bob Cook and Joseph Coy campaign signs alongside roads in Lancaster County.

    Despite being removed from the June 12 primary ballot earlier this month, the two men say they are still running for the S.C. House District 44 seat – both as petition candidates.

    Cook, a Kershaw resident, had been seeking the Democratic nomination against Mandy Powers Norrell, while Coy, a Heath Springs resident, had been running on the Republican ticket against Ryan Payne.

  • LHS’s Alex Metzger’s graduation road marked with personal potholes

     – Editor’s note: In the last four issues, including today, The Lancaster News has been profiling students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2012. 


    During a quiet moment between classes, Alex Metzger marveled at how far he’s come in the last year. 

    It’s been a long road for Metzger, 18, a former Alaska resident who’s set to graduate from Lancaster High School today. 

  • Officials considering strict smoking ordinance

    Smoking in Lancaster County may become a lot more restrictive this year.

    County Council is expected to soon consider a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all public-access buildings in the county.

    The county’s Health & Wellness Commission had been discussing the idea for some time. County Administrator Steve Willis said the drafted ordinance is modeled after those adopted in York and Greenville counties.

  • Man sentenced in January 2010 shooting death of Eric Curry

    Two years after a man was shot to death outside a Lancaster nightclub, the case came to a close when the shooter pleaded guilty to several charges.

    Demarcus Lewis Davis, 22, was sentenced May 8 to 15 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections for the shooting death of 35-year-old Eric Curry and the nonfatal shooting of his then -23-year-old brother Navoney Curry, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.