Local News

  • McGriff to be sworn into County Council

    Lancaster County Council gains a new member Monday night as Charlene McGriff is set to take over as representative for District 2.

    McGriff recently won a special election for the seat vacated by former council chair Fred Thomas, who left this summer to become a magistrate court judge.

    McGriff bested local business woman Blondale Funderburk in a special Democratic primary for the nomination in September.

  • Officials: S.C. jobs priority

    Economic development was on a lot of people’s minds at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative breakfast on Tuesday.

    State House Reps. Deborah Long and Jimmy Neal, and state Sens. Mick Mulvaney and Vincent Sheheen participated in a panel discussion at the meeting. Otis Rawl, president of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, outlined challenges facing the state in economic development.

  • Police still investigating Pardue Street shooting

    The man shot in the head Saturday morning at Pardue Street Apartments was released from Springs Memorial Hospital the same day, Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    Howard said no arrests have been made in the shooting, which was reported about 9 a.m. Saturday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the 21-year-old victim said he was walking on Pardue Street, headed toward the 1400 block and talking on his cell phone with his girlfriend.

  • Cauthen: 'I never cut or stabbed nobody'

    Murder suspect David Cauthen told a jury Thursday that he found the body of his estranged girlfriend Brenda Steen in the trunk of her car, but didn’t know how it got there.

    Cauthen is charged with murder in the stabbing death of Steen, his on-again, off-again girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. Authorities say Steen, 36, was killed Oct. 17, 2004. Her body was found in a culvert under Camp Creek Road on Oct. 19, 2004.

  • KVLT director receives fellowship

    Austin Jenkins, executive director of the Katawba Valley Land Trust, has been selected to lead an initiative to help increase local conservation.

    Jenkins is one of 40 people nationwide selected as a 2009 TogetherGreen fellow.

    The fellowship – through a partnership between Toyota and conservation group Audubon – offers specialized training in conservation planning and execution and the chance to work and share practices with conservation professionals.

  • Tree-planting tradition takes root

    A new flowering cherry tree now rests on the lawn near the front entrance at Clinton Elementary School.

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District gave the tree to the school as a present in conjunction with this year’s Arbor Day celebration, which was Friday.

    Each year the conservation district sponsors a contest for all schools in the county to compete. This year, Clinton Elementary was selected as the winner based on fifth-grade teacher Jessica Wheeler's essay on why the Arbor Day celebration should be held at that school.

  • Woman dies in single-vehicle wreck after attending vigil

    FORT LAWN – A 24-year-old Fort Lawn woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash about 4:30 a.m. Nov.  21 not long after attending a vigil in Lancaster.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said JaQuanda Monique Hammond of 514 Carobrook Apartments, Unit 16, Fort Lawn, died in an accident on Old River Road, off S.C. 9 east in Fort Lawn.

    Tinker said Hammond was traveling north on River Road in a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu when she ran off the shoulder of the road and struck a tree. Her cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma to the head, Tinker said.

  • Council to consider library bonds

    Lancaster County Council will discuss an idea for bonds to help the county’s three library branches at its Monday meeting.

    The county’s library board recently approached Council about adding library bonds on the November 2010 election ballot. County Administrator Steve Willis said the board wants to explore the idea of bonds to help with renovations and expansions at the county’s libraries. This would include renovations at the Kershaw branch, both renovations and expansion at the Lancaster branch and expansion of the meeting room at the Indian Land branch.

  • Just four months after fall, Carpenter making strides

    Bend, slide, straighten – three simple things most people can do with their legs and hips and take for granted.

    But 19-year-old Chase Carpenter isn’t most people.

    He fell down a 90-foot waterfall in July.

    Carpenter worked with his physical therapist, Shannon Houck, at Springs Physical Therapy on Friday morning. He was doing those three things, while holding onto parallel bars.

  • Report shows housing slump

    Ripples from the national recession continue to spread through Lancaster County, as construction of new homes and businesses remains down.

    According to a report from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, the amount of building permits requested in Lancaster County for both new homes and businesses has decreased.

    Catawba Regional tracks permit trends for single- and multi-family homes and mobile homes, as well as for commercial and industrial properties, in Chester, Lancaster, Union and York counties.