Local News

  • Man charged with abandoning puppies by road

    A Lancaster man has been arrested after a resident saw him apparently trying to abandon puppies on Grey Fox Estates Road on Monday.

    Michael Lewis Duncan, 46, of 1150 Shiloh Drive, has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with animal abandonment.

    According to an incident report, a man told a deputy that he saw a pickup truck on the side of Grey Fox Estates Road, off Shiloh Unity Road. There were several puppies around the truck.

  • HS mayor gets census forms for residents

    HEATH SPRINGS – About half of Heath Springs’ residents will have to work a little harder to be counted in the 2010 Census.

    The census forms will not be delivered to post office boxes, and right now, 410 residents receive their mail at boxes at the town’s post office.

    Mayor Ann Taylor expressed concern about this issue at Tuesday night’s meeting of Heath Springs Town Council. She said she hoped to have census forms available for residents to fill out at Town Hall by today.

  • State park celebrates namesake’s birth

    Many from Lancaster County and the surrounding area celebrated the first day of spring Saturday by recognizing the birthday of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president.

    A 243rd birthday celebration was held at Andrew Jackson State Park on a warm day with no clouds in the Carolina blue sky.

    Children and adults alike saw musket demonstrations, butter churning and candle-making techniques dating back to the 1700s when Jackson was born.

  • AJ Vols begin coach search following Bench's resignation

    KERSHAW – For the fourth time in four years, Andrew Jackson High School will be looking to hire a new head football coach.

    Elmer Bench, who guided the Volunteers for one season, resigned his coaching duties Friday at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.

    Bench, who coached AJ to a 3-7 record last fall, was placed on administrative leave with pay by Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore on. Feb. 10.

  • Spring arts draw is Friday

    Spring is in the air, and one way you might want to enjoy the warmer weather is to take a walk in downtown Lancaster and visit local art galleries.

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is holding its annual springs arts draw beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., home of the LCCA gallery.

  • Committee recommends reinstating Parsons as police officer

    The city of Lancaster's employee grievance committee has voted to reinstate a former Lancaster Police Department detective, and finds that the matter points to larger problems within the police department.

    Former Sgt. Pat Parsons was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18, in February.

    In their complaints, Thompson and Truesdale said Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Next Generation Youth Crusade is Saturday

    The Next Generation Youth Crusade is a church- and community-outreach partnership to help youth.

    It is a collaboration with churches, community organizations, youth pastors and directors, schools, media, mentors and individuals who share the same mission and vision to reach, safeguard and empower  young people.  

    The Next Generation Youth Crusade will have an open-air crusade and intercessory prayer session Saturday in the Deliverance Word of Faith Church parking lot at 500 Palmetto St., Lancaster.

  • Blackmons donate conservation easement to land trust

    In January, Jerry and Irene Blackmon of Charlotte placed 389 acres of land into a conservation easement.

    The tract is adjacent to Flat Creek and close to Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve, an area designated as a national natural landmark, which now has nearly 2,500 acres of contiguous, protected land. 

    The tract contains upland oak-hickory forests and bottomland hardwoods.

    Several stream sides harbor stands of mountain laurel and trout lilies.

  • Police reports - March 28, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested after officers responded to a burglary on Forest Drive on March 22.

    Terry Nathan James, 30, 1869 Chase Madison Drive, was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.

    According to the report, the resident said his alarm sounded because an outside door was opened at the house. When the man looked outside, he saw James walking a bicycle through his front yard near the carport, the report said.

  • Courthouse projects coming together

    Work on both the new and old courthouse buildings on Main Street in downtown Lancaster is on schedule.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders updated County Council on the status of both projects at its March 1 meeting.

    Perception Builders is in charge of construction in the second phase of the historic courthouse project, while Catledge is also serving as project consultant for construction of the new courthouse.