Local News

  • SCDOT seeks comments about S.C. 160 project on its Web site

    As South Carolina awaits a second round of federal stimulus money, the state’s Department of Transportation is looking for public input about S.C. 160.

    The highway, which intersects U.S. 521 in the northern end of Indian Land, has seen an increase in traffic over the last few years and is in need of repairs.

    And with a second round of federal transportation funding expected from President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, SCDOT is considering making major improvements to the road.

  • Downtown banner project under way again

    The community banner project is back and one of the organizers hopes it will be even more successful than last year.

    The Lancaster County School District and city of Lancaster worked together last year with grant funds to sponsor the project for the first time.

    Each school in the county had a hand in creating designs for banners, which were hung on street lamps along Main Street or draped over special stainless steel cubes designed by local sculptor Bob Doster for the lawn of the Springs House, home of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, in downtown Lancaster.

  • Man shoots wife while cleaning gun

    A Lancaster man accidentally shot his wife in the back Wednesday afternoon while cleaning a rifle, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Roy Spencer, 64, told deputies that he was in his basement cleaning a .50-caliber black powder rifle.

    Spencer told authorities he was trying to remove a bullet from the rifle to clean the gun when it fired accidentally, according to the report.

    The bullet went through the ceiling.

  • Defense contractor eyeing county

    Lancaster County Council will consider a resolution to bring a new company to the county at its Monday meeting.

    As part of its ongoing efforts to bring more industry into the county, council will discuss an inducement resolution for a company that has not yet been publicly named.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the company, a defense-type contractor, has been dubbed “Project Shield” until the deal is complete.

  • Woman fined $200 in bicyclists' deaths

    Two white bicycles mark the spot on U.S. 521 in Indian Land where avid cyclists Thomas Hoskins and Lee Anne Barry were hit by a car on Oct. 21, 2007.

    Hoskins, 49, died on the side of the highway. Barry, 43, died four hours later at a Charlotte hospital.

    On Thursday, the woman who hit them, Lancaster native Sharon Snipes King, 37, now of Greensboro, N.C., pleaded guilty in court to reckless driving in their deaths.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced her to a $200 fine, which she must pay by Monday or go to jail for 30 days.

  • Church rallies to help family

    INDIAN LAND – Two months ago, Mike McClain wasn’t sure where his family was going to live.

    McClain, 55, had just lost his small drywall and construction business due to the poor economy and his family was now relying solely on his wife Shirley’s job at the Waxhaw post office.

  • Council gives first OK to smoking ban

    Lancaster County Council gave first approval on Monday to an ordinance that would halt tobacco use on county property.

    The measure would bring county codes in line with the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act.

    If approved, the amendment would ban smoking, and possibly other types of tobacco use, in county buildings and vehicles.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this would not include public establishments not owned by the county.

  • Police seek man in shooting death

    The Lancaster Police Department is looking for a 20-year-old man who it suspects in the shooting death of a Lancaster man at a local nightclub early Saturday morning.

    Warrants have been issued charging Demarcus Lewis Davis with murder, assault and battery with intent to kill and two counts of possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Man robs woman, 77, at her home

    A 77-year-old woman told sheriff’s deputies that a man came into her home and robbed her at gunpoint Tuesday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman said she was sitting at her computer at her Bennett Road home and heard someone pulling on the door.

    She said a man came into the home, pointed a silver object she believed was a gun and asked, “Do you know what this is?” the report said.

  • Former Panther player to audience: Don’t let fear rob you of your dreams

    Former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter joked about his height during his speech at a scholarship breakfast Monday morning.

    Minter said he saw some of the teenagers looking him up and down as he walked into the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club for the ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast. The breakfast is sponsored by Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church.

    “They were sizing me up,” Minter said with a grin. ‘I could take him.’ I saw you. Don’t try it.”