Local News

  • Breaking News Suspect in shooting death dies in Charlotte hospital

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land man authorities say killed his stepfather last week has died.

    James Pruitt, 52, died at 5:48 a.m. Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    The sheriff’s office had been planning to charge Pruitt with murder in the May 1 shooting death of Robert Bethea, 74.

    Authorities came to Bethea’s McAlpine Circle home to find Bethea on the ground and Pruitt holed up inside an outbuilding.

    Bethea and Pruitt had lived on the same property, Faile said.

  • Penny tax taxes effect

    If you pay attention to your cash register receipts, you probably noticed that Lancaster County’s sales tax just went up.

    The sales tax increased by a penny on Friday to 7 cents per dollar.

    The extra penny tax was approved by county voters in a referendum in November. It will be used to pay the bonds on the county’s proposed new courthouse, which is expected to cost about $33 million. The tax is on top of the state’s normal 5 percent sales tax and the county’s 1 percent local-option sales tax.

  • Hundreds attend annual KLS event

    With her blue Run for Ryan hat pulled down low, shielding her from the near 90 degree heat, Donna White spent much of Saturday raising money in honor of her late son.

    Hundreds of supporters joined her, turning out for the third annual Run for Ryan event at the Lancaster High School track field.

    The event featured a track meet between Lancaster, Buford and Indian Land high schools.

    There was also plenty of barbecue, face painting and inflatable rides for children.

  • City denies groups funds

    Three local groups’ requests for hospitality tax grant funding have been denied by the city of Lancaster.

    On April 20, the city’s Hospitality Tax Grant Advisory Committee reviewed applications from Hope on the Hill, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and United Enterprises of SC Inc.

    The Rev. Wayne Murray, on behalf of Hope on the Hill, asked for $500,000 for major renovations to the Barr Street School.

  • Police Unity Tour to make stop here today

    A group of bicyclists raising awareness of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will make a stop in Lancaster today, May 3.

    The Police Unity Tour began nationally on May 9. Bicyclists on the tour will arrive in Washington, D.C., on May 12 for a ceremony as part of National Police Week.

    The tour was organized in 1997 by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park, N.J., Police Department, with the hope of honoring and bringing public awareness of police officers who have died in the line of duty.

  • Police reports - May 6, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    - A Heath Springs man was arrested after a disturbance at the Lancaster Speedway on April 25.

    According to the report, there was a disturbance in the line-up area of the pits.

    The report said Danne Richard Greene, 55, 2779 Bobcat Road, yelled and cursed at deputies. Deputies told Greene he was under arrest, and Greene began fighting with one of the officers, the report said.

  • U.S. Rep. Clyburn to USCL grads: 'Congratulations and never give up'

    Latoya McGriff’s eyes welled with tears when she talked about her academic journey.

    There where times when she didn’t think she had what it takes to succeed in college.

    But her recently earned degree from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster has proved that belief wrong.

    McGriff was one of 157 students who graduated Saturday from USCL. Most received either associate degrees in arts or science.

    McGriff earned an associate in science. She plans to move on to USC-Aiken to study early childhood education.

  • Stamp Out Hunger drive to collect food for HOPE

    The United Way of Lancaster County and local letters carriers are gearing up for the 17th annual Stamp Out Hunger drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive.

    Organizers say just a few canned goods from each household would go a long way to make this year’s local effort a success.

    The drive is Saturday, May 9.

    You’re asked to leave a sturdy bag of canned goods and other non-perishable items next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery.

  • Census workers in the field here

    You may have noticed some people driving up and down residential roads, canvassing neighborhoods and writing down addresses.

    They’re not lost.

    They’re workers compiling preliminary information for the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census.

    There are more than 2,000 employees working on the initial stages of the census in South Carolina, according to the Census Bureau’s Web site.

    Offices were opened in Charleston and Columbia last year to help supervise this initial stage.

  • County gives first approval to new budget

    Despite being out of balance, Lancaster County Council gave first reading approval Monday to the first draft of the county’s 2009-10 budget.

    County Administrator Steve Willis called it a “continuation budget” because it will remain fairly static. This means there will be no pay raises, but also no furloughs or layoffs for county employees.

    In its current form, there is a deficit of almost $350,000 in the $31 million budget.