Local News

  • Municipal court to alter work schedules

    There will be several changes to the work schedules for the city of Lancaster’s court employees – moves that are said to improve services and provide more accessibility.
    Municipal Court Administrator Darlene Whitley proposed that all of the department’s employees move to a four-day, 10-hour-per-day work week.
    That allows a judge to be off on either on Monday or Friday, giving that person a three-day weekend.

  • Man attacks girlfriend, bar bouncer

    A bouncer and a women were both attacked at a night spot on Great Falls Highway just over a week ago.
    Donald Keith Snipes, 32, 2055 Powell Ave., was charged July 9 with assault, criminal domestic violence and malicious injury to property.
    Multiple people told deputies that Snipes attacked his girlfriend and a bouncer at The Spoke Bar and Grill between 11 and 11:30 p.m. that night, according to an incident report from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

  • Teenager runs from shooter at Carolina Court

    A Lancaster teen told officers he narrowly missed being shot by another teen early Wednesday morning.
    Lancaster police officers spoke with the 17-year-old teen at Caroline Court a little before 10 a.m. The teen told officers the shooting happened hours earlier, sometime after 1 a.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The shooting allegedly happened moments after the victim and three other people were walking together along a path next to the basketball court, the report said.

  • ILHS classes 1930-'78 share memories at joint reunion

    More than 200 Indian Land High School graduates from the Classes of 1930 to 1978 gathered for lunch June 26 to reminisce about their earlier years, when the community was smaller and the schools were too.  
    The event is a homecoming that has nothing to do with football and everything to do with coming back to the people and the places of their youth.
    As the community grows, there are fewer people who remember it as the rural farming community it once was. But once a year, you can find many of them in the Indian Land Elementary School cafeteria.

  • City gives Hope on the Hill $25K

    Tuesday wasn’t the first time the Rev. Wayne Murray approached City Council with a host of concerns regarding hospitality tax grant funding.  
    Murray is chairman of Hope on the Hill, a youth-service organization that is renovating the old Barr Street High School auditorium and gymnasium to be used as a multi-purpose community center.
    Though Hope on the Hill has received $125,000 from the city in the past, he was disappointed the organization had been turned down for funding multiple times since then.

  • Council approves animal ordinance

    After months of disagreements and debate about the enforcement of a code for dangerous animals, Lancaster County Council finally settled on a revised ordinance Monday night.
    Before voting, council discussed the issue at length along with Lancaster resident Derek Smith, who has appeared before council several times over the last five months to oppose the revision.
    Smith maintains the newly worded ordinance would be detrimental to animal owners.

  • Officers search for missing woman

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is hoping the public can help find a missing 68-year-old woman.
    Lancaster resident Edith Cauthen was reported missing Wednesday by her family, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Her family said Cauthen was last seen walking near her home on Old Lynwood Circle in Lancaster about a month ago.
    The family said Cauthen suffers from medical conditions and requires special care.

  • Man points gun near elementary school

    A group of people called police last week after a man pointed a gun at their car behind an elementary school.
    Lancaster police officers responded to Lancaster High School at 9:16 a.m. July 8 and spoke to the four people who were in the car, according to a police department incident report.
    The driver, a 45-year-old Lancaster woman, told officers she was picking up her son from S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation, located at 1150 Roddey Road behind North Elementary School, when the man pointed the gun.

  • Man attacked in road

    A Lancaster man was recently found beaten in the middle of a road, though police soon found his attacker.
    Lancaster police officers found the victim after responding to a report of an assault at the corner of Dunlap and Pleasant Hill streets on July 2 at 2:18 p.m.
    When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a 55-year-old Lancaster man lying in the road bleeding from the head and mouth, according to a police department incident report.
    Several people were seen trying to help the man stand up when the officers approached him, the report said.

  • Kershaw man charged with attempted murder

    The arrest of a shooting suspect leads deputies to a loaded gun and other stolen property.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Curtis Javon Sowell, of 638 Kershaw Country Club Road, Apt. 3C, Kershaw, with attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and conspiracy.
    The charges stem from a June 7 incident in which a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg in the parking lot of Foxwood Apartments on Kershaw Country Club Road, according to a sheriff's office press release issued Monday afternoon.