Local News

  • Founders dedicates rebuilt clock tower

    Jim Williams had one word for the restored Lancaster Plant clock tower at a dedication ceremony Friday – fantastic.

    “It’s just fantastic and beyond my expectations,” he said.

    The clock tower, which originally stood at Springs Industries’ Lancaster Plant, was dismantled when the historic mill closed in 2003 after more than a century in operation.

    The Lancaster Plant, one of the first of the company that would evolve into Springs Global, was once considered the largest textile mill in the world under one roof.

  • City approves Streetscape funding

    Lancaster City Council has given officials the OK to proceed with Streetscape – its Main Street beautification project.

    Council voted on Tuesday to approve two different ordinances that deal with the city’s application for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  

    That grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • Fort Lawn chief faces charge, loses job

    FORT LAWN – Mike Revels was arrested Wednesday and then fired from his job as Fort Lawn police chief.

    He turned himself in to State Law Enforcement Division agents Wednesday morning. He has been charged with one count of misconduct in office.

    Chester County Magistrate Dianne Moore set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and he was released after being booked.

    The charge relates to a period when Revels was police chief in Great Falls.

  • Tunnell: Call center training almost a reality


    A new workforce training program is one step closer to becoming a reality in Lancaster County.

  • Arrest made in Kershaw assault


    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man has been charged in an assault that sent a man to a Columbia hospital over the weekend.

    Cash Pierre Young, 19, 5206 Sandy Lane, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault and battery, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to East Third Street about 12:15 a.m. Saturday and spoke with the 49-year-old victim. The report said the man was bleeding heavily from the head and mouth.

  • 1 man arrested in store robbery


    One man has been charged in an armed robbery at Hot Deals clothing store Wednesday night in which a store employee was hit on the back of a head with a pistol.

    Demarco Fonte Blair, 19, 525-B Meeting St., has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with armed robbery.

  • Council discusses Legacy Park roads


    Several residents from Indian Land’s Legacy Park neighborhood showed up at Lancaster County Council’s meeting June 1, hoping to have their roads incorporated into the county system.

    Leslie McCorkle, president of Legacy Park’s homeowner’s association, had been working with Legacy Park’s developer Keith Bell and County Council to get the roads accepted.

  • Stimulus 'saved day' for USCL


    Dr. John Catalano, dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, said he prayed every day that the campus would receive its share of the $700 million in federal stimulus money targeted for South Carolina.

    Earlier this week, his prayers were answered.

    On Monday, following a court order, Gov. Mark Sanford applied for the $700 million that is  intended for education and law enforcement.

    USCL will get $356,295, which will go toward its 2009-2010 budget – a budget that is now set at $2.47 million.

  • Training programs help unemployed find jobs


    As an assistant area director at the Lancaster Workforce Center, David Veal has worked with hundreds of unemployed county residents. But rarely does he find out how the programs his office provides helps those people after they leave his office.

    That all changed several weeks ago when Veal was standing in line at Lancaster’s Wal-Mart store. As he approached the head of the check-out line, the employee behind the register asked to shake his hand. At first Veal didn’t recognize the man.

  • Two arrested in store robbery


    Two people have been charged in an armed robbery at the Stop-N-Shop store on McIlwain Road late Saturday night.

    Kristen Crawford, 17, 307 Cedar St., and Antonio Dupree Leach, 21, 363-B Knollwood Apartments, have been charged with armed robbery, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Holland.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the Stop-N-Shop clerk said he was behind the counter at the store about 11:20 p.m. when a man came into the store.