Local News

  • Unemployment rate for Lancaster County remains at 12.7 percent

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate was unchanged from December to January, while the state’s rate fell slightly during that time span, according to figures released earlier this month by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    The January rates didn’t appear until March because of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual benchmarking and revision process. 

  • Police search for men in shooting incident

    Dozens of officers combed the area around two Chesterfield Avenue crime scenes late Monday, afternoon, March 26, as they searched for suspects in a shooting incident. 

    Officers responded to the 700 block of Chesterfield Avenue at 4:19 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a fight with shots fired, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Police respond to possible shooting on Chesterfield Avenue

     The Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County EMS responded to a possible shooting along the 700 block of Chesterfield Avenue near 903 Discount Beverage just after 4:15 p.m. Monday. Check back later for updates.    

  • Kershaw NAACP focuses on promoting goodwill

    KERSHAW – On Saturday, residents, community leaders and representatives of local businesses participated in the annual Kershaw Freedom Fund Banquet held at the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center.

    The banquet, sponsored by the Kershaw branch of the NAACP, was a time to promote goodwill, organizers say.

  • Local Habitat for Humanity warns of possible scam

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is urging people to be aware of possible scam artists posing as Habitat fundraisers.

    There have been reports of people selling T-shirts and magazine subscriptions saying the money goes to Habitat for Humanity.

    Habitat has not authorized national or  local fundraisers of this kind, said Nita Brown, director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.

  • Woman robbed in Pageland Highway driveway

    A stop at her mailbox ended in the armed robbery of a Lancaster woman early Monday morning.

    The 39-year-old victim called 911 at 2:25 a.m. to report she had just been robbed at gunpoint outside her home in the 3400 block of Pageland Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The woman told deputies at the scene she got home about 2:20 a.m. after a trip to Walmart to buy items for her children’s school lunches.

  • Kershaw applies for CDBG grant

    KERSHAW – The application has been sent. And now Kershaw officials have to wait to find out if they’re selected.

    Since last year, the town of Kershaw has been eyeing a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). If awarded, that federal money will pay for the replacement of old water lines in the Springs cotton mill village neighborhood, just north of the town limits.

    The town provides water for that area, which includes roads such as First, Second, Third and Fourth streets.

  • Weekend checkpoints net charges

    Driving under the influence and possession of marijuana were just some of the 43 charges filed against motorists at several license checkpoints staged in Lancaster County last weekend.

    The checkpoints, a joint operation between the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol, were held Friday night throughout the county.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said the operation was a success, with citations given for several alcohol and drug-related offenses, as well as serveral traffic violations. 

  • Herbert back in county

    A week after a missing Pennsylvania man’s body was identified by Lancaster County authorities, a suspect connected to the case was transferred to a local jail to answer a separate charge.

    Rico Mandrell Herbert, 31, was moved this week from the Mecklenburg County Jail in Charlotte to the Lancaster County Detention Center to face a probation violation charge from the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. 

  • Looking back – Sept. 11, 1954

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.