Local News

  • Locals, visitors gather for heritage expo event

    Dr. Rubye Johnson moved away from Lancaster more than 40 years ago, but still maintains close ties to the city.

    Johnson, who taught English at the former Barr Street High School, said she’s concerned about the community’s future and wants to see the youth move in a positive direction.

    To reach that aim, you have to know yourself – and that everything else stems from that, she said.

  • Unity in Community to go on without county funds

    An annual festival will have to go on without the help of county funding.

    County Council recently said no to supporting the county’s 14th Annual Unity in the Community festival. Sponsored by nonprofit group the Lancaster Fatherhood Project, the festival is gearing up for its event on June 26, but still needs $2,500 in funding for administrative costs.

  • County Council says no to tougher false alarm fines

    County officials have decided not to increase the fines imposed on residents and businesses for  false fire alarms in the county.

    In April, County Council discussed charging more for fines, but has instead settled on an ordinance that clarifies the county’s position on false alarms and when someone can be fined. Council unanimously approved the ordinance last week.

  • Work continues on Interstate exit in Richburg

    RICHBURG " Work continues to prepare for repairs to two bridges on Interstate 77 near Richburg in which cracked steel girders were discovered, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation.

    At the same time, similar cracked girders were found in another bridge on I-77 just outside Chester County.

    According to the SCDOT, plans to replace the steel-plated girders in both the northbound and southbound bridges on I-77 in Chester County at Exit 62 are moving forward.

  • Barnes remembered for singing talent, compassion

    The congregation of First Baptist Church is mourning the loss of a pastor known for his beautiful voice and compassion for all people.

    The Rev. Roy Barnes, 72, died Saturday at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Barnes served as minister of music at First Baptist for more than 33 years, retiring in 2006. But he continued to take singing tours with professional church musicians, and sang with local choirs and at funerals and weddings.

  • Group appeals for help from county

    INDIAN LAND – Deborah Forbes wants Lancaster County officials to help save her community.

    Forbes, a member of the advocacy group Friends of Indian Land, or FOIL, is still waiting for a solution to problems residents are having with concrete plants in the Highway 521 Perimeter Light Industrial Park. In December, her organization sent a letter of complaint to the county about problems the nearby residents in the Brookchase and Lakeview Landing neighborhoods are having with excessive noise, glare and pollution from the plants.

  • Lancaster High School: ‘Have fun throughout life’s journey’

    Although the rain quickly intensified, James Washington vowed to remain in his seat until Keonna Wilson’s name was called.

    Washington said he’s proud of his sister and wasn’t going to let a little precipitation stop him from seeing her walk across the stage.

     “I’m not leaving,” Washington said, as he opened his umbrella and braced himself for the rainfall.

    His sister was one of nearly 400 students who graduated Friday from Lancaster High School. The ceremony was held at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

  • Humana cuts more jobs here

    Just one week after announcing the elimination of 70 positions at its Lancaster office, Humana Inc. informed its employees Tuesday that more job cuts are expected.

    Humana spokesman Mitch Lubitz confirmed there will be further job eliminations at the company’s Lancaster office, but said he could not give details about how many jobs would be cut or when those cuts would be made.

  • Pageland Highway gas station robbed

    A man wielding a sawed-off shotgun robbed a gas station on Pageland Highway late Thursday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, the clerk at Lloyd's Grocery was mopping the floor about 10:30 p.m. when a man came into the store and approached her.

    The man demanded the money out of the register, and the clerk noticed that he was armed with the shotgun, the report said.

  • Two men charged in ATM holdup

    Deputies caught two men suspected of robbing a man at an ATM in the Buford community early Friday and are looking for a third suspect.

    Grandin Scott Campbell, 22, of 528 Oakhaven Drive, and Malcom Trieste Staton, 18, of 4392 Cannery Road, have each been arrested and charged with armed robbery, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.