Local News

  • Lancaster teen dies in one-car crash

    The Lancaster High School family is mourning the loss of one of their own.

    Elyse Hardin, an LHS sophomore, died Tuesday night in a one-car wreck on Shiloh Unity Road.

    She was a rear-seat passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt that ran off the road and hit a utility pole about 10 p.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Hardin was ejected from the car and died at the scene from blunt force trauma, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford.

    She was 15.

  • Four arrested in Christmas lynching

    Four Indian Land men have been arrested and charged with first-degree lynching in the death of a Charlotte man on Christmas night.

    Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, of 3621 Deerwood Drive, Charlotte, died on Christmas night after being hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight in Indian Land.

    Wallace, 42, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The four men arrested and charged with first-degree lynching are:

    – Marty Player, 24, 7243 Henry Harris Road

  • When will it thaw?

    Local students are probably keeping a close check on the weather forecast for the end of the week.

    After two weeks off for the holidays, could it be that there is a snow day in the works?

    According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of snow Thursday night, which means Friday could be a snow day for local students. But if  students get a snow day, it won’t be a full one – Friday is scheduled only to be a half day for Lancaster County School District students as the first semester ends.

  • Gearing up for the ’10 census

    ROCK HILL – Flanked by several area mayors, state officials and representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, officially opened the area’s 2010 Census office in Rock Hill on Tuesday morning.

    “You have a citizens duty to count everyone, count them in the right place and count them only once,” Spratt told the crowd. “The more people who participate the better.”

  • City names new finance director

    The city of Lancaster has a new finance director.

    City Council voted unanimously Monday during a special meeting to hire James Absher Jr. for the position.

    Absher, 39, has been with Kershaw County for nearly three years, now serving as its assistant administrator. He’s been working in accounting for 15 years – either in higher education or local government.

    He said he looks forward to his new position.

  • Man killed on Christmas in IL

    INDIAN LAND – A Charlotte man died on Christmas night after being hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight.

    Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, of 3621 Deerwood Drive, Charlotte, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Steven Ray Steen, 22, of 1067 Louthan Hill Drive, Indian Land, has been charged with first-degree lynching and disturbing the peace.

  • Weddings


    Christy Collins and Brady Cauthen

  • Police reports - Jan. 6, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on gun charges after police responded to a disturbance at the Waffle House on the S.C. 9 Bypass about 4 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Anthony Wayne Smith Jr., 19, 511 Chester St., was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, when police arrived, Smith told them everything was OK and he was leaving. Smith walked toward an officer and the officer told him to stop where he was, but Smith refused, the report said.

  • County Council officials look back and forward

    A struggling economy, high unemployment, new businesses, the closing of a volunteer fire department and the construction of a new county courthouse were all issues Lancaster County Council dealt with in 2009. Through it all, council saw changes of its own as three new members joined its ranks in January, Fred Thomas resigned to become a magistrate judge in the summer and a special election was held to fill his space in the fall.

    Here County Council members share their accomplishments and concerns from 2009 and what they’re looking forward to in 2010.

  • County Council to discuss potential new capital improvement projects

    Lancaster County Council will look at the county’s capital improvement plan during its first meeting of 2010 on Monday.

    Council members, County Administrator Steve Willis and County Planning Director Chris Karres will discuss priorities for capital projects and purchases in the county over the next few years. The plan will also identify a schedule for possible improvements and possible funding for the projects.

    Also on council’s agenda is consideration of a request from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.