Local News

  • Woman drives over embankment

    Emergency crews responded in force to an accident on Waxhaw Highway on Feb. 20 to rescue a woman from a minivan at the bottom of an embankment.
    Though the S.C. Highway Patrol has yet to return calls regarding the accident details, a witness said the 5:15 p.m. accident began several hundred feet north of where it ended, just south of the state line.
    Christina Shepherd of Fort Mill said she saw the unidentified driver run off the side of the road and overcorrect. The accident occurred almost as if it were in slow motion, Shepherd said.

  • Correction on headline

    The Lancaster News headline "Asbestos found in Badcock building" should have said "Asbestos found in OLD Badcock building." The story was not referencing the Badcock building on S.C. 9 Bypass.

  • Trio invades home, robs family

    A Lancaster family was held at gunpoint and assaulted early Tuesday morning and police are looking for three men who may be involved. 

    Lancaster Police Department officers were called to a home in the 500 block of North White Street at 12:37 a.m. about a possible burglary that happened only minutes before, according to a police department incident report. 

    When police arrived, they knocked several times but no one answered the door, though they heard what sounded like someone crying inside the home. 

  • Asbestos found in Badcock building

     Plans to make Main Street Lancaster the local hub for Native American studies have been delayed with the discovery of asbestos in a key building. 

    City Administrator Helen Sowell on Monday confirmed that asbestos has been detected in the former Badcock furniture store building, 119 S. Main St., that will now serve as the home for University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies program. 

  • Good Samaritan steps up

    The small, red fire extinguisher was still smoking as Stephon Chavis turned it over in his hands Wednesday afternoon. 

    Pulling his baseball hat off to wipe sweat from his brow, Chavis smiled as he recounted how only minutes before he was sprinting across several lanes of traffic clutching that same extinguisher.

  • Indian Land parent files civil rights complaint

    An Indian Land mother has filed a civil rights complaint against the Lancaster County School District alleging racism by school officials at Indian Land high and middle schools. 

    In a report that aired Wednesday on WBTV, Krisma Gregory, who is black, said the unfair punishments meted out by school officials in two separate incidents involving her sons were racially motivated.

  • Two students to compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

    Two Lancaster County students are among the 10 finalists who will compete Saturday at the annual Poetry Out Loud state competition sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission. 

    Robert Massey of Andrew Jackson High School and Raina Hill of Buford High School advanced from classroom to school-wide to regional contests to compete for South Carolina's spot in the national finals, which will be held May 13-15 in Washington, D.C., and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. More than 4,000 South Carolina students competed this year.

  • Driver faces DUI charge in Meeting Street crash

    A Lancaster man was charged with driving under the influence after he was involved in a car accident Feb. 19. 

    Charles J. Whitt, 45, 2555 Country Club Drive, received the DUI charge shortly after his car flipped along a stretch of West Meeting Street early that morning, said S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder. 

    The accident happened at 1 a.m. as Whitt was driving a 2011 Chevrolet two-door vehicle north on West Meeting Street. Elder said the car then drove off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and flipped over. 

  • Fires destroy Ninth Street home, Henry Harris Road cabin

    Bright orange flames consumed a small Lancaster house early Tuesday morning as firefighters worked quickly to put out the blaze.

    Members of the Gooches and McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies, responded at 12:47 a.m. to a fire at 1115 Ninth St., according to a sheriff’s office incident report. The house is in Lancaster’s Brooklyn area. 

  • Armed men rob Twin Pines business

    Lancaster County deputies and city of Lancaster police officers are responding to We Are Gold, 1427 Charlotte Highway, after the Twin Pines business was robbed at gunpoint about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

    Police are looking for two black men who were wearing ski masks. One of the men, who was armed, is described as slender. Authorities have also issued a be-on-the-lookout-for bulletin for an older model, four-door white car that fled the business headed south toward S.C. 9 Bypass and North Main Street. Check back later for updates.