Local News

  • Murder trial under way

    Law enforcement officers testified on Tuesday as the murder trial of a Lancaster man accused of shooting his cousin on New Year’s Day 2009 began.

    James Curry Jr. is charged with murder in the death of his cousin, Devion Collins, 20.

    Lancaster Police Department officers who testified on Tuesday said they responded to a fight at Pardue Street Apartments about 12:05 a.m. Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Restroom facilities coming to athletic fields

    Local school officials are planning to build new restroom facilities at the baseball and softball fields throughout the school district.

    Construction of the buildings should begin this year after the state approves the plans, said David Small, facilities director for the Lancaster County School District.

    Andrew Jackson High and Indian Land High schools will each get two restroom buildings – one for baseball and one for softball use.

  • Committee member questions City Council's decision

    Thelathia Bailey is frustrated with the way Lancaster City Council handled the latest round of the city’s hospitality tax grant funding.

    Bailey, a member of the advisory committee that recommends funding allocations, addressed council during its Feb. 9 meeting. She was appointed to the committee by City Council.

    Bailey doesn’t like how council voted last month to award money to two groups that the committee had recommended denying funds to.

    Deviating from the recommendations defeats the purpose of having a committee, Bailey said.

  • Police reports - Feb. 21, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after an officer stopped him because he wasn’t wearing a seat belt on Feb. 7.

    Antonio Ricardo Wright, 24, 648 Cunningham Road, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The report said the officer saw Wright driving without a seat belt and stopped him at Louise Street and Robinson Road. The officer smelled marijuana inside the car.

  • $2,500 reward offered for information in Cole's murder

    The Lancaster man who was one of the last people to see Deborah Cole alive still has $2,500 in reward money to offer for information about her death.

    The Lancaster News ran an article last week about the July 9, 2000, death of Cole. The case, which hasn’t been solved, was featured in the newspaper’s ongoing series focusing on cold cases.

    Franklin James said he was Cole’s boyfriend at the time of her death. He said he dropped Cole off at a friend’s house in the Midway area shortly after midnight on July 9 and never saw her again.

  • Choose faith over fear, says speaker

    Dawn Smith Jordan offered the crowd at the ninth annual Matt Blackwell Foundation scholarship dinner a choice – to embrace faith or fear.

    “What are you going to choose? To have faith or fall apart?” Jordan asked the crowd of more than 200 people at Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room on Tuesday. “Know that some good will come out of bad times.”

  • Breaking News Police apprehend, charge man in Jan. 16 murder

    A suspect wanted for a Jan. 16 murder at a Lancaster night club was arrested Friday afternoon.

    The Lancaster Police Department arrested Demarcus Lewis Davis, 20, about 3:45 p.m., Capt. Harlean Howard said. Davis was found hiding in a closet at 703 Pardue St.

    Davis has been charged with murder, assault and battery with intent to kill and two counts of possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Heath Springs to give USCL $10,000 for classroom building

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council will financially support building efforts at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    In an unanimous vote Tuesday night, council opted to contribute $10,000 over five years to the new classroom building in the works for the USCL campus.

    Council began talking about the possibility of contributing to USCL late last year.

    Mayor Ann Taylor said the town is prohibited from supporting private causes, but may contribute to something for the public good.

  • Breaking News Heath Springs, Kershaw without cable TV, high-speed Internet

    A fallen tree in the city of Lancaster has cut off Comporium Communications' high-speed Internet and cable TV services to Kershaw, Heath Springs and the southeastern part of Lancaster County.

    The tree fell behind the Lancaster County School District office on Catawba Street and landed on a power line, said Greg Austin, senior vice president of sales and business services for Comporium.

    The power line burned through Comporium fiber optics nearby and shut down the high speed Internet and cable services, Austin said.

  • County Council OKs Brookchase study at meeting

    County Council unanimously approved an engineering study recently that could help with improvements in an Indian Land neighborhood.

    At its Feb. 1 meeting, council granted a request from the Brookchase Homeowners Association to use the neighborhood’s bond money for an engineering study.

    The study would examine what work needs to done on deteriorating infrastructure in the neighborhood, located off U.S. 521 not far from Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light. This includes an overhaul of the neighborhood’s roadways and storm drains.