Local News

  • Sheriff to take on white-collar crime

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has a white-collar crime investigator among its ranks now.

    The department received a $111,491 federal grant that will fund the salary, equipment, vehicle, training and travel for the investigator, who will investigate forgeries, scams, identify theft and credit card fraud.

    “Any investigation involving a person using deceit rather than force to obtain financial gain,” Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • County supports Kershaw’s effort to secure grants for CareNet facility

    The town of Kershaw has received the backing of County Council its efforts to create a health-care facility.

    Council approved at its Sept. 28 meeting serving as a co-applicant with the town of Kershaw for a Community Development Block Grant  to renovate a building for a CareNet health-care facility. CareNet is a local nonprofit group that provides medical services and medication for little or no cost to county residents.

  • Mulvaney attacks Spratt ad

    State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, spoke out Thursday against a TV ad by his opponent in the 5th District congressional race, incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt.

    Mulvaney said the ad contains “half-truths and innuendos.”

    Mulvaney, a first-term senator who also served one term in the state House, is hoping to unseat Spratt, who has been elected to the 5th District seat in every election since 1982.

  • Hog Jam time in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Here piggy, piggy, piggy.

    It’s time once again for Lancaster County residents to head down to Kershaw and get their barbecue on, as the two-day Hog Jam gets underway Friday night. The festival is sponsored by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce.

    Twenty-two teams from the Carolinas have signed up to compete in the festival’s barbecue cook-off.

    The festivities start at 6 p.m. Friday, with a performance by the band, The Mighty Kicks, which plays beach and shag music.

  • Council says no to spending $125,000 to match grant

    Kathy Wilds wants to help put area residents back to work, but she’ll have to do it without funding from County Council.

    Wilds, director of the non-profit organization Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative, asked council members Tuesday to consider matching a literacy grant she’s applying for from Microsoft, the software firm that makes Windows and other software applications.

    The $250,000 grant would include $125,000 from Microsoft, but it requires an equal match.

  • Council considers fire district

    Jan Tacy wants county officials to turn the idea for a unified Indian Land fire district into a reality.

    Tacy, secretary for grass-roots organization Indian Land Action Council, has been spearheading a proposal to create an Indian Land fire protection district. She said the idea is to combine the Sun City Carolina Lakes, Belair and Edenmoor neighborhood special tax districts, along with the rest of the area currently covered by the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, into a single fire protection district.

  • Human bones found by dog

    KERSHAW – Human remains were discovered in a wooded area just outside the town of Kershaw on Friday night.

    County Sheriff Barry Faile said a Kershaw resident called the sheriff’s office after his dog found the bones and brought them into his yard.

    “We recovered what the dog found (Friday night) and then we went back this morning and did a grid search,” Faile said Saturday afternoon.

  • Alexander to be honored for ministry work

    On Sunday, the  Lancaster community will gather to commemorate the first International Missions Day Celebration in recognition of apostle Ollie Alexander for her ministry work.   

    Celebration festivities will start at 1 p.m. at Deliverance Word of Faith Church, 500-B Palmetto St.,  Lancaster.

    The community is invited to come experience the taste of Africa in food and culture. There will be African attire, displays, singing, dancing, drummers and speakers. Guests are encouraged to wear African attire.

  • County, city considering merging two 911 systems

    Local officials now have a better idea of what it will take for the county to have a more efficient 911 system.

    There are now two 911 systems here – one at the Municipal Justice Center in Lancaster that serves the city of Lancaster and another at the sheriff’s office that provides service for the rest of the county.

    Dispatchers at each center handle medical emergency, fire and law enforcement-related calls.

  • Time for a new library?

    In past years, nothing would have made Jeri Rogers happier than seeing circulation increase at the county’s three libraries.

    But with significant budget cuts over the last few years, Rogers said it’s becoming more difficult for the county’s libraries to keep up.

    Rogers, chairwoman of the county library board, joined library director Richard Band to explain the plight of the libraries to County Council on Tuesday.