Local News

  • Wal-Mart making plans for new store

    INDIAN LAND – Get ready shoppers, Wal-Mart is making plans to build its second Lancaster County store.

    Chris Neely, spokesman for Wal-Mart, said the company has opened bids on construction at the Indian Land site off U.S. 521 near the North Carolina state line. A contractor has not yet been awarded, but Neely said that could happen in late summer or early fall.

    Once work begins, Neely said it could take up to a year to finish construction and ready the building.

  • Economist at local forum: Recovery may begin in fall

    An economist told Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday morning that the economy could begin to recover from the recession in the fourth quarter of 2009.

    Steve Rick, senior economist for the Credit Union National Association, addressed chamber members at the Economic Forum 2009 at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Rick said many economists believe this is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. He said the recession of 2001 was minor in comparison.

  • Sheriff: Woman set fire to home, again

    A Lancaster woman charged with setting fire to her ex-boyfriend’s house in February has been charged again with the same crime.

    Ashley Kirkland, 24, address unknown, has been charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to an incident report, a deputy responded Saturday morning to 1118 2nd St. because of a house fire.

  • Police following leads in Saturday shootings


    Authorities continue to probe the early Saturday morning shooting that sent a recent high school graduate to the hospital.

    Lancaster Police Lt. James Kirk said Monday afternoon that no arrests have been made in the incident in which Todd Talford, 18, a 2009 Lancaster High School grad, was shot in the chest at Crenco Food Store on South Main Street.

    Though no suspects have been identified, Kirk said investigators are following up on leads. Police are looking for a motive, he said.

  • 218 arrested in local roundup

    Sheriff Barry Faile said he was sworn in as sheriff on Jan. 5, and on Jan. 6, Operation New Year’s Resolution began.

    At a press conference Thursday at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and flanked by elected officials and local and state law enforcement officials, Faile talked about the operation, which netted 218 arrests, drugs, guns and $27,000.

    Crimes range from criminal domestic violence to driving offenses and drug charges.

    Faile said 119 arrests came as the result of checkpoints, warrant sweeps and specialized narcotics operations.

  • County considers funding to train call center workers

    Lancaster County Council is considering a funding request for a new workforce training program that could attract call centers to the county.   

    Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., and Ernie Green, dean of Off Campus Centers for York Technical College, spoke to council Monday.

  • Vote to disband new committee fails

    A motion to disband County Council’s new business license committee – a panel that hasn’t even met for the first time – failed Monday.

    Councilman Cotton Cole recommended that council table the idea of even studying a business license.

    Cole then motioned to dissolve the committee.

    The motion failed on a 4-3 vote.

    Council members Cole, Kathy Sistare and Jack Estridge voted in favor of dissolving the committee.

  • List of those arrested in Operation New Year's Resolution

    Operation New Year’s Resolution, a roundup that was launched by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office in early January and concluded in early June, netted 218 arrests.

    Here’s the list of those arrested in the roundup:

    Gregory Abercrombie, 42, 5285 Camp Creek Road, criminal domestic violence

    Joshua James Adams, 25, 7794 Henry Harris Road, magistrate's bench warrant

    Phillip Adams, 47, 1466 Broadway St., Buffalo, N.Y., possession of crack cocaine

    Bradan Alexander, 22, 2342 Old Blackmon Lane, simple assault

  • Rao Ride at USCL on Saturday


    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will be the location for the seventh annual Rao Ride set for Saturday.

    The Rao Ride is named for the late Mike Rao, a state trooper who began his law enforcement career in Lancaster.

    Rao was killed in 2002 after he was hit by a car while assisting a motorist in Clarendon County. Rao’s parents, Sal and Lois, live in Lancaster and assist officers in organizing the motorcycle ride each year.

  • Hi Kee program set to begin at Steele Hill AME Zion

    INDIAN LAND – There are only a few days left to sign up for a summer program that promises to provide educational and fun opportunities for children of various ages.

    The Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program will run from June 8 to July 17. The annual program, held at Steele Hill AME Zion Church, offers a variety of engaging activities to help students with reading, math and other skills.

    It’s open to Lancaster County children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

    It costs $25 per student to attend the program. The last day to sign up is Friday.