Local News

  • County moves forward with waterline project

    County Council approved a joint project Monday between the city and the county to improve waterlines in the Westwood neighborhood.

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt spearheaded the effort to find funding for a waterline project in the neighborhood. Westwood, just outside the Lancaster city limits, has had problems for years with its waterlines that include low pressure, leaking and numerous breaks.

  • HOPE, EMS will share office space

    It’s a split decision for who will receive two soon-to-be vacant county offices on Pageland Highway.

    Charitable organization HOPE in Lancaster and the county’s Emergency Medical Services will share the two offices that will be vacated when County Coroner Mike Morris leaves his current space at 2008 Pageland Highway.

    County Administrator Steve Willis announced the decision at Monday’s County Council meeting.

  • New city budget calls for no tax hike, no pay raises for employees

    No layoffs, no raises and no tax increases are part of what’s proposed for the city of Lancaster’s budget for 2010-11.

    City Finance Director James Absher presented a draft of the new budget Thursday at a special City Council meeting.

    The proposed 2010-11 budget is $22.39 million, up $2.2 million from the current fiscal year. Absher notes that increase comes from grant money the city has received.

    There are no plans to lay off any of the city’s nearly 170 employees; no raises have been budgeted either.

  • District to dissolve HS special-ed class

    Angela Brown is upset that her daughter’s special education class at Heath Springs Elementary School will soon no longer exist.

    Brown’s 10-year-old daughter, Amber Gardner, has cerebral palsy and has been in the school’s class for students with severe mental disabilities for five years.

    Brown and other parents were recently told that the class would be dissolved after this school year and that those students would have to attend Erwin Elementary School or A.R. Rucker Middle School next year.

  • 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.