Local News

  • Barbara a true friend, a rock-solid colleague

    A couple of weeks back, I did some fall cleaning in my Lancaster News work area.
    I found plenty of past personal notes and cards, but what I ran across the most was Christmas cards from retiring editor Barbara Rutledge.
    Each was more than a simple Yule greeting. She expressed her thanks for my work over the previous year, as well as best wishes for my family during the Christmas season.
    Her simple words were extraordinary: “Time to focus on family and friends.”
    That was Barbara in a nutshell.

  • Baskins acquitted in Barnes murder

    A Lancaster jury found a Charlotte man not guilty Thursday in the 2012 murder of a Lancaster woman, but convicted him on a lesser weapon charge.
    Roger L. Baskins, 43, stood trial last week for the Feb. 9, 2012, murder of 47-year-old Cynthia Barnes, who was found dead insider her home at 717 E. Dunlap St.
    The circumstances surrounding the murder largely remained a mystery until Baskins’s trial, which revealed the brutality of the crime. She had been stabbed 25 times with a screwdriver and shot three times.

  • ‘Forever ’bee in our hearts

    Peering up at the gleaming Yellow Jacket sculpture perched high above her, Ashley Cooper smiled and slowly nodded her head in remembrance.
    For Cooper, a 16-year-old junior at Buford High School, the shiny, brushed-metal sculpture of the school’s mascot isn’t just a source of school pride, but a beacon of hope and reflection for the Buford community.

  • Election commission certifies election results

    With the voting process high tech, it’s a straightforward, no-nonsense process to determine the winners.
    However, when factors ranging from wrong addresses, misspelled names and improper IDs come into play, it’s up to the Lancaster County Election Commission to make sure that every ballot that can be counted, gets counted.
    That’s what its members did for about two hours Thursday morning, Nov. 5.

  • Lancaster man shot by police after confrontation

    A Lancaster police officer shot a man in his Magnolia Lane home Friday morning, reporting that the officer was assaulted by the man while checking on him for a concerned relative.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said the shooting at 107 Magnolia Lane occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Grant would not identify the injured man.
    A family member and several neighbors identified him as Melvin Truesdale, who lived alone at the home.

  • Officer involved shooting in Lancaster

    The Lancaster Police Department has called in the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate an officer-involved shooting Friday morning on Magnolia Lane.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said the shooting at 107 Magnolia Lane occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Magnolia Lane runs from South Hughes to South Ferguson streets between East Dunlap and East Gay streets.

    The suspect was wounded and as of late Friday morning was being treated at Carolinas Medical Center Main in Charlotte. No officers were injured in the incident, Grant said.

  • Two Pageland men face charges in mobile home park shootings

    PAGELAND – Rashawn Montez Little and Marques Wanya Tyson face charges in connection with a shooting incident in a Pageland mobile home park that left two people dead and a third injured.
    Officers responded to the mobile home park on Evans Mill Road at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25.
    When they arrived, they heard gunshots and encountered two shooting victims.

  • Heath Springs man wakes to find intruder in home

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion in Heath Springs that occurred Thursday morning, Oct. 29.
    According to the incident report, the 41-year-old victim told deputies he was in bed about 4:30 a.m. when he heard someone walk inside the back door of his home in the 100 block of Ridge Street.
    Thinking the person was his cousin, the victim got up to greet him.
    Instead he found a man wearing a mask, jacket and gloves inside the house, with another dressed the same just outside, according to the report.

  • Nicholson denied bond in stolen gun case

    Kimberly Harrington
    Landmark News Services

    PAGELAND – The Pageland man charged with hoarding thousands of stolen guns has been denied bond.
    Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers said Brent Nicholson was denied bond by a magistrate in a Oct. 25 hearing held at the Chesterfield County Detention Center.  

  • Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department fundraising effort for drone underway

    Kyle Camp
    For The Lancaster News

    Tim Deaton’s father had a heart attack last October while fishing from his boat in the 55-acre lake behind Tim’s home in Kershaw.
    The county’s special
    tactics and rescue team arrived on the scene within five minutes of being alerted, but it took almost two hours to find the missing man on his boat in the pitch-black night after getting boats and water rescuers together.