Local News

  • Man shot in leg after hold-up attempt

    A Lancaster man told police that he was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt early Thursday.

    Lancaster Police Department officers responded to a home on Central Avenue about 12:50 a.m. Thursday and found the 27-year-old man lying on the porch.

    The man told police that he was walking home and a burgundy SUV pulled up beside him, according to an incident report.

    He told police a man with his face covered up got out of the SUV and said, “Give it up.”

  • County Council approves first step for USCL dorms

    Lancaster County Council took a step Monday to transform Lancaster into a true college town.

    After discussing a proposal from the Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, council unanimously passed a resolution that could help provide funding for two new dormitory facilities on the college campus.

    The resolution allows the county to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Housing Administration Loan Program in connection with the proposed dorms.

  • Exhibit features USCL mementos

    There’s still time to check out a display that ties into the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s 50th anniversary celebration.

    Since Aug. 14, an exhibit featuring old pictures and memorabilia has been up in the lobby of the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at USCL.

    Photos of past presidents, vintage bulletins and handouts as well as information on previous and future expansion are included.

    Faculty started gathering material for the exhibit about a year ago.

    Brittany Taylor, exhibit curator, finalized things this summer.

  • Lancaster department gets bullet-proof vest for its dog

    Police officers aren’t the only ones who need bullet-proof vests.

    Their K-9 partners need them, too, since they often track and find armed suspects before their human counterparts do.

    But K-9 vests aren’t cheap. They can cost $1,600, said Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Dean Short, who handles the agency’s K-9, a German shepherd named Bruno.

    Fortunately for Bruno, Short found Susie Jean.

  • Experts disagree on what damaged building

    KERSHAW – One engineer says yes, the other says no.

    That still leaves Kershaw business owner Kevin Robinson with a damaged store front.

    Robinson has a heating and air business on Hampton Street. He told town officials a few months ago that the front of his building was damaged by the town’s Streetscape downtown revitalization project.

    An engineer has since looked at the building.

  • Edenmoor meeting yields no answers

    A small group of Indian Land residents showed up at the vacant Edenmoor Recreation Center parking lot last Wednesday morning expecting answers about the stalled development, but instead left emptyhanded.

  • Who's voting absentee in District 2?

    As absentee votes continue to pour in for the special County Council District 2 election, officials have begun noticing certain trends among voters.

    Cassie Stump, director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission, said there are 17 reasons why an absentee ballot may be requested in South Carolina. In the race between Democrats Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk, certain excuses have become more prevalent than others, Stump said.

    The most common excuses in this race: A person is disabled or is attending to a disabled person.

  • Steps removed from old courthouse found at site

    The front of the Lancaster County Courthouse looks a little naked.

    The courthouse, built in 1828, was damaged by a fire set by an arsonist on Aug. 4, 2008, and is undergoing restoration.

    Workers have removed the steps of the courthouse last week. The steps will be recreated in granite just like the old stairs, but will be less steep and more safe, architect Jody Munnerlyn said.

    The old steps have been taken to a secure location. Some of the materials will be reused for the new steps, if possible, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • Groups to distribute food, personal care items

    On Sept. 19, food and personal care items will be distributed to residents of Lancaster and Chester counties.

    The distribution will start at 9 a.m. that day at the Springs Global Grace Complex parking area at 119 Grace Ave., Lancaster.

    This aid is made possible through the Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, sponsored by Feed the Children of Oklahoma City, Okla., in conjunction with HOPE in Lancaster and Star Touring and Riding Association, Lancaster Chapter 396.


  • City tables ordinance on utility trailers

    City officials will head back to the drawing board to revise a proposed ordinance on parked utility trailers in residential areas.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to table final reading of an ordinance that would have placed limitations on how residents could park utility trailers and similar recreational vehicles in their driveways. Council gave first reading to the ordinance earlier this month.