Local News

  • Sheriff investigating first murder of the year

    Investigators are searching for whoever shot and killed a woman Thursday night at a home in the 1900 block of Rose Anna Lane.

    According to a press release issued by Lancaster County Sheriff’s, deputies found 23-year-old Jenika Jones’ body on a couch. Jones had been shot to death, the release said. It is Lancaster County’s first murder of the year.

  • 'Dangerous place to drive'

    After a year filled with deadly car accidents, the S.C. Highway Patrol has begun a series of initiatives to help curb dangerous driving on Lancaster County’s roads. 

    As part of that effort, state troopers recently held safety checkpoints in the northern and southern parts of the county, hoping to crack down on all types of illegal behavior.

  • Dog fatally shot, found in creek

    Jay and Rosemary Cauthen’s holiday season was ruined when learning that their Labrador Retriever had been fatally shot. 

    The couple, who live on Mungo Road, contacted Animal Control on Dec. 22 to report that their dog, Blue, went missing the day before. 

    Coincidentally, Animal Control Director Joel Hinson said his office got a call from a man who reported hearing a gunshot on Dec. 21 in the University Drive area. 

  • Community voices shape Panhandle

    Indian Land Action Council (ILAC) is the closest thing Indian Land has to an official governing body, minus the power to make policy, but always willing and able to take on any issue of importance to the community.

    ILAC had a big year in 2011, a year in which the council helped make the Indian Land Fire District a reality and battled landfills locally and in Flat Creek.

  • Progress continues in southern county

    KERSHAW – Although much of the talk in Kershaw these days centers on gold, there’s more than that brewing in Lancaster County’s southernmost municipality. 

    The town has taken measures to improve its appearance while providing occupational and recreational opportunities for residents.

    Mayor Wayne Rhodes says the town-maintained golf course is getting “better and better,” and he expects it to be a major money-maker in 2012. 

  • Resolve to keep new resolutions

    “Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout.”

    With those words and a list of suggested resolutions published in the 1738 edition of “Poor Richard's Almanac,” America’s greatest sage, Benjamin Franklin, established the modern tradition of New Year’s resolutions.

    By the time you’re reading this today, you likely fall into one of two categories on the matter: Either you’re taking one on – or not.

  • County leadership to focus efforts on jobs

    Jobs, jobs and more jobs were the highest priorities on the minds of several Lancaster County officials when they sat down recently to discuss the year that was and their plans for 2012. 

    The roundtable conversation, which touched on everything from economic development to Indian Land’s Edenmoor neighborhood to landfills, involved County Administrator Steve Willis, County Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare and Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.

  • Mayor Shaw hopes to strengthen ties between downtown, USCL

    City of Lancaster officials point to many accomplishments in 2011 as sources of pride and expect more of the same in the new year. 

    The past 12 months were quite productive for the city. During that time, it saw improvements to its wastewater treatment plant on Lockwood Lane. A new process is now used to disinfect the water that comes into the plant. Also, the pumps that send treated water to the Catawba River have been replaced. 

  • Authorities target violent crime, improving community platform

    Massive operations, multiple arrests and new crime-prevention initiatives defined Lancaster County’s law enforcement agencies this year, and officials expect more of the same in 2012. 

    Looking back on the year that was, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said his agency’s largest accomplishment was earning its accreditation in March. 

  • School district to tackle test scores, overcrowding

    The first half of the 2011-12 school year has been a good one for the Lancaster County School District.  Now the district is looking forward to the second half of the year in 2012.

    “Our district had much to be thankful for during the past year,” Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said. “A slight up turn in the state’s economy helped us eliminate furlough days and avoid laying off more teachers.