Local News

  • Tradesville department almost 50 years old

    The all-volunteer fire brigade in the easternmost part of Lancaster County near the Chesterfield County line relies on a time-tested, sure-fire, tried-and-true method for swelling its ranks.

    They grow their own.

    “It works every time,” said Joel Laney, a longtime member of the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department.

    Laney should know.

    His son, Jason, who used to follow him around to community functions, training sessions and fires, is the fire chief there. He’s been chief for about seven years.  

  • Wanted: Residents to serve on commissions, boards

    One of the hardest parts of Rudy Carter’s job is probably not what you’d expect.

    Carter, chairman of County Council, routinely deals with complicated issues, from balancing the budget to reviewing zoning ordinances. But one of the most difficult parts of his job is trying to find volunteers to serve on the county’s various boards and commissions.

    “Most of the time it’s a thankless job that doesn’t pay anything,” Carter said.

  • North Corner Grocery robbed

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at North Corner Grocery on Thursday.

    The clerk told deputies that he was sitting behind the counter about 5 p.m. when two men, one black and one white, came into the store wearing scarves over their faces and black, hooded sweatshirts.

    One of the men had a silver handgun, and they demanded that the clerk give them all the money, according to an incident report.

    The clerk said he gave the robbers some $10 and $20 bills from the register, and the men ran out of the store toward the back.

  • Council to consider IL fire district

    County Council will discuss forming an Indian Land fire protection district at its Tuesday meeting.

    Council is scheduled to consider options for creating a unified fire district for Indian Land residents. The idea was introduced by members of the grass-roots organization, Indian Land Action Council, as a way to generate more revenue for the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.

  • City looks to tweak annexation, zoning process

    The city of Lancaster may move to a more simpler method of handling annexations and zonings.

    On Tuesday, City Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to consider an annexation and the accompanying zoning request at the same time, instead of voting on a rezoning request after the property has been annexed into the city.

    An ordinance has to pass two readings before its adopted.

  • Department started with hand-me-downs

    Lightning struck a home in the Bell Town community and firefighter Darren Player jumped into action.

    It was July 12, 1987. The county, in the midst of a drought, hadn’t seen rain in weeks.

    An afternoon thunderstorm rolled through. Lightning crackled and popped all around, and when it struck, Player was the first to the Bell Town Volunteer Fire Department to drive the fire engine.

    Player remembers the date well. And understandably so.

  • Deputies seek man on kidnapping, sex charges

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man investigators say kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from her home, dragged her by her hair and threatened to kill her on Sept. 10.

    Warrants have been obtained charging Demarkeo Jamar Wright, 24, of 313 Robinson Road, Lancaster, charging him with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

  • Could bones be of missing man?

    KERSHAW – It may take some time to determine the identity of the remains found in Kershaw on Friday night.

    A Kershaw resident called the sheriff’s office after his dog found the bones and brought them into his yard, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The remains were found off Decree Road, near Old Lancaster Highway and U.S. 521 South in the town of Kershaw. The area is not too far from Andrew Jackson High School.  

  • Council meets with gubernatorial candidates

    Who will it be – Vincent Sheheen or Nikki Haley?

    South Carolina voters will decide who will be the next governor in about a month.

    However, some area officials met recently with both gubernatorial candidates, Republican Haley and Democrat Sheheen, to express concerns about job creation and education funding.

  • City Council divided on grants

    There continues to be heated discussion over the way the city of Lancaster awards hospitality tax grant funding.

    On Tuesday, City Council voted 4-3 on its hospitality tax committee’s recommendation to award funding to five groups for the first quarter of 2010-11. The city had $40,000 in funds to award.

    Groups awarded funds are:

    • Community Playhouse of Lancaster County, $10,849 for its 2010-11 season

    • Lancaster County Council of the Arts, $7,843 for “The Nutcracker Ballet”