Local News

  • Foundation collecting formal dresses in memory of teen who died in wreck

    The Elyse Rebecca Hardin Foundation has been established in her memory by her family and friends.

    The foundation will fund various youth activities and educational needs in the community.

    A Lancaster High School sophomore, Hardin died in a one-car wreck on Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009. She was 15.

    As a tribute to Hardin, the foundation is organizing Dress for Elyse.

    Many formal dresses are only worn once and never used again.

  • 'I Am Lancaster' promotion wants your quotes

    If you’re proud to be from Lancaster and have positive things to say about the county, you’re asked to take part in the “I Am Lancaster” campaign.

    See Lancaster SC, the group that promotes tourism in the county, recently started the effort that asks residents to submit a quote saying why they embody the spirit of Lancaster and why the county is a great place to live. But the group hasn’t received the response it was hoping for.

  • Relatives of cold case victims need, deserve some closure

    The way they died is brutal.

    But what is even more brutal is the pain and often daily suffering by the families who are left without closure in the deaths of their loved ones.

    The Lancaster News has chronicled 14 mysterious deaths and disappearances of residents since 1977 over the last month. We also focused on one fugitive from justice, wanted for felony driving under the influence in the death of 20-year-old Lancaster man. His family has been longing for justice for five years.

  • Police reports - March 5, 2010

    Man faces life in prison on gun charge

    A Lancaster man is facing life in prison for gun possession, according to the U.S. Attorney Office.

    Devarus L. Gaither, 24, has been charged in a federal indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

  • Teen, 19, faces stalking charge

    A Lancaster man who wore a bullet-proof vest to class at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster last month has been charged with harassment and stalking.

    Jeffery Daniel Donahue, 19, of 1018 Starcliff Circle, was arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 24 and charged with stalking and harassment.

    According to incident reports, a brother, sister and their mother came to the sheriff’s office on Feb. 18 and talked to deputies about how Donahue was harassing the woman, who is married, and her brother.

  • County to review its technology

    County Council approved conducting a review of the county’s information-technology capabilities at its meeting Monday.

    Council unanimously passed a motion to accept a proposal from Columbia-based IT-service firm VC3. The motion allows the company to complete an assessment of the county’s IT infrastructure, looking at the condition and stability of various systems. This includes examining computer servers, e-mail systems, anti-virus programs and workstations in county-owned buildings.

  • Motel fire ruled arson

    A fire at a vacant motel last week has been ruled an arson, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    Dozens of firefighters from the city of Lancaster and several county volunteer departments battled the Feb. 24 blaze at the former Budget Inn on North Main Street. The 40-room motel, which has been closed for several years, is behind the Travelodge.

    Arson investigators from the State Law Enforcement Division were called to assist the Lancaster Police Department with the investigation.

  • USCL offers oral history workshop

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will host a workshop designed to give local community members training in oral history collection.

    Recognizing that families, churches and other centers of worship, and even businesses and civic organizations, often have histories that are not written down, but are carried in the memories of elders in the community, USCL is bringing together a group of scholars and oral historians to promote the collection of oral history and local community traditions.

  • Fugitive still at large

    Five years have passed since John “Little John” Whitaker Jr. was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Robert Kirk Road.

    As Whitaker’s family continues to mourn the loss of a loved one, they are awaiting closure in the case. But finding peace has been difficult because the man charged with felony driving under the influence in Whitaker’s death has not been brought to trial.

    In fact, he’s been a fugitive from justice for more than five years now.

  • County moving toward rezoning property

    Renewed interest in a building on U.S. 521 that has sat vacant for more than three years has sparked a debate between County Council members about how the area should be zoned.

    Council members discussed rezoning the property from its R-30 zoning designation to the B-3 designation at its Feb. 22 and March 1 meetings. R-30 is a low density residential and agricultural district; B-3 is a general commercial district.