Local News

  • Friends remember former city official

    Bill Melton was a caring man who came prepared to meetings and would always let you know where he stood on issues.

    Those who spent time around Melton through the years share those sentiments and more as they remember the life of the former Lancaster City councilman.

    Melton died Friday. He was 78.

    Melton served two stints on City Council – from 1979 to 1982 and then again from 1986 to 1990.

  • Sanford at groundbreaking

    Might Lancaster County be home to the company that may grow to be as large as Google, Starbucks or Adidas?

    Gov. Mark Sanford believes Red Ventures has the potential to do so, and said Tuesday’s ceremony was a big step toward that point.

    Sanford joined local officials and executives with Red Ventures, as the online marketing and sales company held a groundbreaking ceremony for its second building at its campus in the 521 Corporate Park in Indian Land.

  • Airport taxilane project moves forward

    The Lancaster County Airport is one step closer to the reconstruction of its cracked taxilane pavement.

    County Administrator Steve Willis recently presented a report to County Council about the status of a project to repair the airport’s taxilanes. Taxilanes are the portions of the ground on which aircrafts travel between taxiways and parking spaces or hangars.

    The repairs are part of the county’s approved 2010 Federal Aviation Administration grant project, which  calls for the taxilane pavement at the airport to be completely repaved.

  • Four charged in staged robbery attempt

    Four people have been charged in what police say was a staged robbery attempt Friday morning at a check-cashing business on North Main Street.

    The Lancaster Police Department has charged:

    • Angelique Nicole Brice, 24, of 305 Rutledge St.

    • Ladarius Truesdale, 18, of 225 Township Drive, Fort Mill

    • Jasmine Rasheeda Patterson, 23, of 1126 Paladin Road

    • Damarcus Patterson, 21, of 745 Brooklyn Ave.

    They are facing attempted grand larceny over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit grand larceny over $5,000 charges.

  • County officials mull sign-replacement plan

    A federal road requirement has County Council considering how to budget for the replacement of thousands of stop, speed limit and street name signs in the county.

    County Administrator Steve Willis recently asked council to look at its 2010-11 budget to see if there is any room to allocate funds for replacing signs on streets throughout the county. Willis suggested council consider an increase in property taxes or raising the road fee, which is now $15.

  • Voters go to polls Tuesday in S.C.

    Tuesday is Primary Day in South Carolina, when Democrats and Republicans choose their candidates for local and state offices.

    But in Lancaster County, there isn’t a whole lot of action this Primary Day.

    There is just one locally contested race – the County Council District 2 rematch between incumbent Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk, a Democratic race.

    McGriff won the seat in a special election in November. The two also squared off for the seat in a special primary last September.

  • I-77 traffic shift begins Monday at Richburg exit

    RICHBURG – The S.C. Department of Transportation has closed exit 62 on Interstate 77 in Chester County to prepare for a traffic shift that will occur in the early morning hours Monday.  

    During this traffic shift, the two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic on I-77 will shift onto the exit ramps, cross Old Richburg Road uninterrupted, and then resume travel on I-77.  

    This traffic pattern will remain in effect until the bridges are repaired.  

  • News staff wins eight company-wide awards

    The newsroom staff of The Lancaster News received eight awards in its company’s annual writing, photography and design contest.

    The Lancaster News is owned by Landmark Community Newspapers, based in Shelbyville, Ky.

    Features editor Gregory A. Summers received three awards – first place for general page design, third place for best photo page layout and third place for excellence in feature writing.

    Reporter Christopher Sardelli received two awards – second place for best ongoing or extended coverage and second place in feature writing.

  • City employees may get raises

    City of Lancaster employees may be getting a raise after all.

    A 2 percent across-the-board pay increase has been recommended as part of a revised draft of the 2010-11 budget.

    Councilwoman Sara Eddins wanted City Council to discuss the idea during its budget meeting Thursday.

    She said the city runs because of its employees and that a 2 percent raise is a reasonable consideration. The increase will cost the city an extra $129,793.

    “They’re our greatest assets,” Eddins said. “We need to do this.”

  • Official: Top of old jail is sinking

    Restore it or knock it down.

    Those are the choices facing County Council about what to do with the historic jail building on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster.

    The building, designed by noted Charleston-born architect Robert Mills, was built for $8,000 in 1823, making it five years older than the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Years ago, a cement and mortar ceiling was added to the building, but was too heavy for the building to support it, City Administrator Steve Willis said.