Local News

  • Man, 22, flees license checkpoint in stolen car

    A Lancaster man racked up nine charges after police say he sped away from a driver’s license checkpoint in a stolen car Saturday.

    Rashad Demon “Shorty Cake” Johnson, 22, of 408 Pardue St., has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with possession of a stolen vehicle, second-offense driving under suspension (DUI-related), second-offense simple possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, possession of a controlled substance, violation of ABC law, resisting arrest and alighting from a moving vehicle.

  • Chief can’t forget sight of children watching their home burn in 1974

    A family of five stood outside their 11th Street home in the freezing cold and watched their home burn.

    It was a windy night in February 1974, and that wind added a formidable element, as the flames blew, threatening to catch the neighboring houses on fire.

    Wayne Bryson, fire chief at Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, remembers it clearly. He said that house fire stands out the most to him of all the fires he’s fought in his more than 30 years of fire service.

  • Little to leave See Lancaster post

    Peggy Little will be leaving See Lancaster SC.

    Little, director of the tourism-promotions group, put it her resignation Tuesday. Her last day is Sept. 13, said Teresa Meeks, support services director for the city of Lancaster.

    Meeks said Little didn’t give a reason why she is leaving.

    “We’ll hate to see her go,” Meeks said. “We’ll miss her with the city, but we’ll continue on.”

    A little more than a year ago, Little was hired as director of the then-reorganized See Lancaster.

  • Firefighting just part of what Gooches does

    Battling house fires is just part of the job of being a firefighter.

    The members of the Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department assist in a variety of ways that contribute to the betterment of their community. The work they did recently on a Laurel Avenue home was a prime example.

    Several of the department’s 19 members spent part of their day on Aug. 21 building a wheelchair ramp on the porch for a community resident.

  • Howey steps down from Adult Education

    Jimbo Howey’s plan was to end his career in education the same way it began – with little or no fanfare.

    Howey, who was director of Lancaster County Adult Education for 12 years, retired this summer. And if he had his wish, this story about him wouldn’t have been written.

    He even asked Lancaster County School District personnel to not have a drop-in for him to honor his 33 years in education. He said he doesn’t like the attention.

  • Oct. 3 is Family Promise Day in county

    Families with nowhere to go have been able to turn to Family Promise for help getting back on their feet.

    Family Promise of Lancaster County, a network of churches that provide housing for the homeless, has served 11 families (41 individuals) since it began February 2009.

    Now a day, Oct. 3, has been established to recognize the success of the organization, thank those who’ve helped and let the community know that continued assistance is needed.

  • Council to consider resolution pledging to raise USCL millage

    County Council will consider supporting the addition of a new classroom building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster at its Tuesday meeting.

    As part of its agenda, council will look at adopting a resolution to help the college in its efforts to build a new general education classroom building on its campus. The resolution is in response to a presentation at last week’s meeting from Dr. John Catalano, dean of USCL.

  • County Council approves plan to shore up jail

    County Council has agreed on a short-term solution to make repairs at the county’s historic jail in downtown Lancaster.

    Council unanimously approved hiring a structural engineer to design a temporary shoring and bracing plan for the top floor and ceiling of the jail. This was the latest of several options council has considered after cracks were discovered in the jail’s ceiling this summer.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented the new option to council at its Tuesday meeting.

  • Camp Creek chief: ‘You have to trust each other’

    It still works. If you look just above the roof line of the Camp Creek Volunteer Fire Department, you’ll see it. It’s a metal cylinder with a louvered, triangular metal cap. The siren.

    Bill Blackmon Jr., assistant fire chief, opened the cabinet door marked “CD.” He pressed a button then flipped the switch activating the siren.

    In the late 1950s and early 1960s, that’s how volunteer firefighters were notified when there was a fire in the community.

  • Commission says conditions ripe for wildfires in state

    COLUMBIA –  The S.C. Forestry Commission is urging residents and visitors to the state to be aware of favorable conditions for wildfire ignition over the Labor Day weekend.  

    Due to low humidity, dry conditions and increased outdoor activity, the chance of fire in all counties statewide increased Friday, the commission said.

    The Forestry Commission is operating at a reduced capacity due to recent budget cuts.