Local News

  • Coach leaves East Rowan High to lead AJHS Vols

    KERSHAW – Brian Hinson calls his new job as head football coach of the Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers “an intriguing situation.”

    “It’s intriguing from the situation of their facilities, football stadium, new field house and an impressive weight room,” said Hinson, 33, who was approved as the Vols’ 11th head football coach in 40 years during a special meeting of the Lancaster County School school board on Monday night.

  • Indian Land High: ‘Standing on the brink of a bright new future

    INDIAN LAND – For the first time ever, Indian Land High School’s graduating class received their diplomas outside.

    With the sun shining overhead on Friday afternoon, the class of 2010 filed across the stage at the Reservation, the school’s football field. Principal Kathy Faris said this was the first class to celebrate under the open sky. She congratulated the class on a job well done.

    “Today is a time of eager anticipation and reflection, and this graduation marks a milestone for you,” Faris said.

  • Deafness doesn’t hold Rachael Blackmon back

    Doctors told Teresa and Ernie Blackmon that their youngest daughter, Rachael, was deaf when she was 19 months old.

    Teresa Blackmon, a nurse, said she had believed something was wrong with Rachael when she was just a year old. She said Rachael had started to say “Mama” and “Daddy” but then stopped. At a year old, Rachael didn’t react to people’s voices or turn toward sounds.

    When the family received the diagnosis about 16 years ago, Teresa Blackmon said her first thought was, “Lord, why did you do this to us?”

  • Absentee ballots top 700 in race

    It’s deja vu all over again as more than 700 absentee ballots have been filed at the county Election  Commission for the upcoming County Council District 2 primary.

    Cassie Stump, director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission, said there have been about 730 requests for applications for absentee ballots in the District 2 election since candidate filing ended in March. She said this is an extremely high number, especially because District 2 has less than 4,000 registered voters.

  • Mulvaney making gains, Republican poll says

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt’s lead against Republican challenger Mick Mulvaney has dwindled, according to poll numbers from Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican political and public affairs research firm.

    Public Opinion Strategies released results Thursday from a poll it conducted last week that indicates Spratt now holds a 2-point lead against Mulvaney for the District 5 House seat.

    Spratt, a 67-year-old Democrat, has held the seat since 1983. The general election is in November.

  • Fire damages home of former director of local Red Cross

    A woman who helped so many families through the American Red Cross when their homes burned is now being helped by the agency.

    Teresa Ackerman, the former director of the Lancaster County American Red Cross, was at home when a fire started at her family’s Hillcrest Avenue home about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, said her husband, Tony.

    Tony Ackerman said the fire may have been started by a light in the couple’s bedroom. The fire destroyed the bedroom and living room of the home, and burned through the roof. What wasn’t burned was damaged by smoke, Ackerman said.

  • Patrol, DNR stress safety over ‘100 Deadly Days of Summer’

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Highway Patrol and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are combining efforts and working with local law enforcement to save lives on the roadways and waterways this summer through enforcement and public outreach.

    The SCDPS Office of Highway  Safety announced that motorists will also be seeing Highways or Dieways spots airing to support its Buckle Up, SC campaign.

    Last summer, 281 people died on the roadways over the summer months.

    Of those deaths, 117 of the 210 vehicle occupants were not wearing safety belts.

  • Police reports - May 28, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after an officer investigated possible drug activity in an apartment complex on Eula Court on May 5.

    Jack Chris Whitaker, 31, 1210 E. Arch St., was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

    According to the report, an officer saw Whitaker drive up to an apartment, stay a short time and then leave on a bicycle. The officer stopped Whitaker on Nichols Road.

    The officer found crack cocaine in Whitaker’s cigarette pack, the report said.

  • Free chamber workshop for small businesses

    A law went in effect last year that requires all South Carolina employers to take additional steps to verify employment eligibility for newly hired employees.

    Private employers with 100 or more employees were required to have the new steps in place last year. Private employers with less than 100 employees are required to be in compliance by July 1.

    To be in compliance, an employer must follow three steps that include:

    • Complete and maintain Form I-9.

  • Lloyd's store robbed for second time

    A Lancaster convenience store was robbed at gunpoint for the second time in little more than a week.

    Lloyd’s, at 3849 Pageland Highway, was robbed about 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.

    The release said a man armed with what appeared to be a shotgun covered with a towel or a rag went into the store and demanded money. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount, the release said. No vehicle was seen leaving the store.