Local News

  • Deputies shoot, kill man

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County deputies shot and killed a man Monday evening during a confrontation at a Lynwood Drive car wash.
    Deputy Coroner Karla Deese identified the victim as George Randall “Randy” Bowers, 56, of Lancaster.
    Sheriff Barry Faile said the shooting happened about 7:26 p.m. after deputies arrived at 2070 Lynwood Drive in Lancaster, the site of New Look Car Care car wash, in response to a call about a suspicious person.

  • Honeycutt wins second term on County Council

    It appears incumbent Larry Honeycutt has won six of seven precincts to return for a second term on Lancaster County Council District 4.
    The unofficial tallies Tuesday night had Honeycutt with 1,652 votes to challenger Philip Tillman’s 1,082 votes.
    Honeycutt said two boxes were key in his re-election bid.
    He noted wins at Jacksonham, 222 votes to 208, and in Douglas, 212 votes to 79.

  • Candidates: Jobs, reform top issues

    More than 180 local residents turned out to hear candidates from five mid-term elections answer questions about the economy, education, taxes and health care on Thursday night.

  • From their humble beginnings, fire departments have evolved

    The non-municipal departments of  Lancaster County were founded by community residents who saw a need for fire service in their communities. In some cases, a fire inspired the community to start its own department.

    Whatever the inspiration, most of these departments started off with little – often just a used fire truck, bought with money collected from community residents. A number of the county’s volunteer departments had their first truck before they had their fire station.

  • Democrats convene at fish bash

    FORT LAWN – U.S. Rep John Spratt says he still has a lot to offer, but told local Democrats that he’ll need their support more than ever to continue serving in Washington.

    Spratt, who’s facing Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney for the District 5 congressional seat, spoke Monday evening at the Lancaster County Democratic Party’s biennial fish bash, held at the Catawba Fish Camp in Fort Lawn.

    He was among several Democratic candidates who attended the rally.

  • Firefighting is in their blood

    “It’s in your blood.”

    That’s something writers from The Lancaster News who worked on the Always on Call series, a series that focused on the 19 fire departments in Lancaster County, heard over and over again from firefighters, most of whom are volunteers and not paid for their service, about why they do what they do.

    The desire to serve their communities, the drive to learn firefighting techniques, the satisfaction they derive from saving property and helping people – it’s in their blood.

  • Haley, Sheheen seek votes in race for governor

    Reforming state government, increasing education funding and growing the job sector are issues in South Carolina’s 2010 gubernatorial race.

    Republican Nikki Haley of Lexington and Democrat Vincent Sheheen of Camden are the two major candidates in the race.

    Both candidates serve in the Statehouse. Haley represents the 87th House district. Sheheen represents the 27th Senate district. The winner of the race will succeed Republcan Mark Sanford, who is finishing his second term.

    Haley: ‘Dedicated to creating competitive business environment’

  • Firefighter training courses coming to Lancaster High

    Lancaster County fire officials are partnering with the local school district in an effort to get more teenagers involved in the fire service.

    The School Career Firefighter Training Program is slated to begin at the start of the next school year. Upon completion of the two-year program, a student participant will have all of the required certifications of a paid firefighter.

    Morris Russell, the county’s fire service director, hopes the program will lead to increased membership at the local fire departments.

  • Firefighters here mostly white men

    The county fire service is predominately male and white.

    There are 12 female firefighters among the 283 in the fire service, Lancaster County Fire Service Director Morris Russell said. Eleven are certified and one is a new recruit.

    There are seven black, one Hispanic and one Asian male firefighters in the service.

    Russell encourages all  who are interested in joining the fire service. They must pass a background check and then commit to the rigorous training courses required to fight fires.

  • IL candidates forum Thursday

    INDIAN LAND – A dozen or more candidates for local, state and national offices will take the stage at a local candidates forum Thursday.

    The Before You Vote 2010 Candidates Forum, sponsored by Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway is from 7  to 8:30 p.m. at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel auditorium.

    The forum will feature candidates for these races:

    • U.S. Senate – Write-in candidate Mazie Ferguson