Local News

  • Sure sign of spring

    FORT LAWN – Rebecca Whisonant of Chester has been bringing her son, 12-year-old Ryon, to Jordan’s Farm for at least the last 10 springs to pick strawberries.

    However, the two don’t come alone. These days, Ryon’s siblings – Nicholas, 10, Nathaniel, 8, Alex, 6, Annette, 5, Isaac, 3, Amelia, 2, and 16-month-old Dominic – join in for a sticky, sweet time. The gooey juice from a just-picked strawberry was running down the chin of every Whisonant under the age of 13. 

  • Kershaw gets tract for helicopter pad

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw finally has a location for an emergency helicopter landing pad.

    Town Council voted 6-0 at its Monday meeting on first reading to accept property a resident is donating to the town.

    Councilman Eddie Coates wasn’t at the meeting.

  • Etched in bronze


    COLUMBIA – The last call of duty sounds. Five long, solemn peals of a bronze bell echo out and up into the bright blue sky above the S.C. Fire Academy’s Memorial Plaza.

    Firefighters stand at attention and salute, some break protocol to wipe a persistent tear, and silence thick as a breeze sways through the palmettos standing vigil beyond an eternal flame burning on a wall of names.

  • City to permit beer sales at Red Rose Festival

    This year’s Red Rose Festival will feature something extra for adults.

    Lancaster City Council voted 6-1 at its Tuesday, April 10, meeting to approve a resolution that permits the sale and consumption of beer at the upcoming festival on May 18 and 19.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the dissenting vote.

    In November 2011, council revised an existing ordinance, to allow beer and wine to be sold at city-sponsored functions. However, a vendor must apply and be approved for each event.

  • Deputy Brandon Rollins refuses to give up

    Brandon Rollins remembers clutching his side last fall, moments after being struck by an armed robber’s bullet, and vowing he wasn’t going to die. 

    The Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy told a crowd of more than 100 law enforcement officers Thursday morning, April 12, that it was all about having something to believe in. 

  • City delays pole shed construction

    Money has been redirected in a way that may improve operations at the city of Lancaster’s building on 15th Street.

    Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director, requested a funding change at City Council’s Tuesday, April 10, meeting.

    As part of the city’s capital-improvement plan (CIP), $30,000 had been set aside this budget year for the construction of a pole shed. Crockett said he’s realized it will take another $35,000 to complete the project.

  • Council considers community needs list

    Highway improvements, neighborhood revitalization and upgraded EMS and fire stations remain some of the top priorities for county officials.

    Those were just some of the many projects mentioned during a needs assessment public hearing at Lancaster County Council’s April 2 meeting.

    Held annually, the hearing is used to gather information and compile a community-needs list for Lancaster County, with help from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. 

  • Police investigate two shooting incidents in city

    Officers combed through several Lancaster neighborhoods searching for suspects in two different shooting incidents last weekend. 

    On Saturday, March 3, Lancaster police officers were called to a building in the 200 block of North Market Street about 7:50 p.m. After someone called to report shots fired in the area, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Driver flees car accident scene, arrested

    A Lancaster woman was arrested last week on drug and traffic-related charges after police stopped her for leaving a car accident scene. 

    Kamelia Lynette Funderburk, 28, 2328 Old Blackmon Lane, was arrested and charged April 4 with simple possession of marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and disregarding a traffic light, according to a a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Fire damages apartment complex


    A charred shingle peeled away from the exposed roof and slowly drifted to the ground as Angela Patterson surveyed the damage to her apartment Tuesday morning, April 10. 

    Patterson’s apartment, as well as four other units in the one-story building at the Westway Apartments complex, were damaged during a blaze about 7 a.m. in the 1500 block of Memorial Park Road.