Local News

  • City violates FOI in release of report

    The Lancaster Police Department is in violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act in the way it releases information included on incident reports, according to the S.C. Press Association.

    The Lancaster News began asking questions about how the police department releases information after receiving a few phone calls about an incident report involving City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace.

  • Man accused of growing pot farm inside his home

    A Lancaster man has been charged with manufacturing marijuana after drug officers found what they say was a pot farm in his house on April 21.

    Kristopher Brooks, 36, of 406 N. Woodland Drive, has been charged with manufacturing marijuana and manufacturing marijuana within proximity of a school (Lancaster High School).

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers received a complaint from a resident about possible drug activity at the home.

  • Red Rose Festival brings folks to sizzling downtown

    The shouts and giggles of children could be heard along the sizzling streets of downtown Lancaster on Saturday as the first annual Red Rose Festival got into full swing.

    The smell of yummy festival food, such as ribbon fries, fried pickles and pineapple fritters, wafted through the air.

    Children flocked to the merry-go-round and inflatable bounce house on Main Street, and residents of all ages strolled along Main Street, checking out purses, tie-dyed shirts and a variety of paintings, handmade jewelry and other works of art by local artists.

  • Two men charged in 3-year-old child's death

    Rondriana Cunningham was preparing to do something Thursday that no mother ever wants to do.

    She and her mother, Arlene Clyburn, were headed to Rock Hill to look for a white dress and tiara to bury Cunningham’s daughter, Jaylen Elaine Jackson, in.

    Jaylen, 3, was shot during an apparent gunfight at a home on Athena Road about 9:40 p.m. Monday. She died Tuesday morning.

  • Humana to lay off 70 employees here by end of year

    As part of a company-wide reduction in workforce, Humana Inc. will eliminate 70 positions at its Lancaster office.

    Humana spokesman Mitch Lubitz said the cuts will come from Kanawha Healthcare Solutions, a third-party health insurance administration business operated by Humana. The layoffs will begin in July and continue until the end of the year.

    KHS is a subsidiary of Kanawha Insurance Companies, which has its offices in Lancaster. Kanawha Insurance Companies is a subsidiary itself of KMG America, a holding company for insurance company Humana Inc.

  • Residents gather at City Hall to remember murder victims

    What Charles Harris Sr. misses most about his son, C.J., is his smile.

    He misses playing video games with C.J., getting a haircut with him and talking with him about life.

    Harris said he misses seeing the joy C.J. took in being a father to his 18-month-old son, Jason.

    Charles “C.J.” Harris Jr. was shot and killed last month during what his father said was a robbery. C.J.’s son was in the backseat of the car C.J. was driving. C.J. sped away, but was dead before he crashed into a house on 15th Street, a bullet having pierced his heart.

  • Perseverance gets Howard through high school

    INDIAN LAND – Last year, Kevin Howard didn’t have enough credits to finish high school, but he promised his best friend, Mikey Helms, he’d watch him graduate.

    Howard and Helms started high school in the same class, but through a series of circumstances, Howard ended up repeating his sophomore year. Due to the one-year lag, Howard couldn’t graduate with his friend, though he did cheer him on from the audience.

  • Three officers receive state honors

    Three local law enforcement officers have been recognized by the state for their efforts to get drunk drivers off the road.

    Pfc. Josh Small and Sgt. Dale Johnson of the Lancaster Police Department, and Sgt. Billy Hilton of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office each received awards from the S.C. Department of Public Safety on March 25.

    The Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) recognized numerous law enforcement officers and agencies in Columbia for DUI enforcement.

  • Fire department seeks grant to provide smoke detectors

    The Lancaster Fire Department is seeking grant money to provide smoke detectors for local residents.

    Fire Chief Chris Nunnery spoke before City Council on Tuesday, asking council members for the go ahead to apply for a $12,723 grant through the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

    The money would allow the department to provide smoke detectors for homes throughout Lancaster County, as well as the towns of Great Falls and Fort Lawn.

    Council voted unanimously to allow Nunnery to proceed with the application process.  

  • Eastside program axed in budget

    Eastside Academy, Lancaster County School District’s alternative school, will not have any full-time staff after this school year.

    The change is part of the district’s aim to trim costs amidst budget cuts from the state for 2010-11.

    Eastside Academy serves middle school students who have had trouble excelling in a traditional classroom setting. Nearly 40 students attended Eastside this school year.