Local News

  • School, community mourn child’s death

    Olivia Pettit is being remembered as the sweet little girl who always smiled and encouraged others to do their best.

    North Elementary School Principal Linda Blackwell named a long list of qualities when thinking about Pettit, a 9-year-old fourth-grader who died Sunday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Blackwell said the faculty and students are taking Pettit’s untimely death pretty hard.

    “It was very shocking,” Blackwell said. “We are very said for the Pettits and sad for the school family.”

  • Pardue Street barricades to come down

    The barricades that block one of the entrances to Pardue Street Apartments have been viewed as a gift and a curse.

    Residents of the apartment complex say the barricades on the northern end are an eyesore and detract from the quality of life there.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the barricades, which had been in place since 2005.

  • 2 face charges in burglary spree

    Two people have been charged in a burglary spree of several businesses, mainly in the southern part of Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Matthew Allen Crook, 21, of 3174 Spirit Road, and Christopher Dale Robertson, 22, of 427 Sunnybrook Lane.

    They face second-degree burglary charges in connection with break-ins at Side Tracks restaurant in the Elgin area, 522 Grill, L&L Hunt Club, Carotron and Elgin Feed and Seed.

  • Firefighters, others make their mark on local history

    Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery remembers getting the early morning call about the fire at the Lancaster County Courthouse last August.

    He hoped it would be just a small fire, like the one started by a homemade fire bomb a few years earlier.

    “When I heard, ‘Heavy smoke showing,’ it was just a sickening feeling,” Nunnery said.

    Nunnery said since he was a child, one of the most memorable landmarks in Lancaster was the courthouse, with the statue of the Confederate soldier out front.

  • Winter guard winds down first season

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School band director Mathew Willis is proud of the performance by the school’s first-ever winter guard unit.

    The 12-member winter guard group finished fifth out of nine units in its class Saturday at the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA) championships in Rock Hill.

    The Warriors competed in the CWEA’s Scholastic Regional A. This was their last competition of the season.

  • Man, 26, found beaten, shot to death

    A Great Falls man died after being beaten and shot inside a vacant Cunningham Street home early Tuesday morning, according to the Lancaster Police Department.

    According to an incident report, officers were called to 643 Cunningham St. at 1:32 a.m.

    Officers found Lamario Demond Ford, 26, of 5243 George Beard Ave., Great Falls, on his back in the living room. He had blood all over his face, the report said.

  • 24-hour race to feature decorated ‘LeMons’

    KERSHAW – It may look a little like Mardi Gras at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw this weekend during  the 24 Hours of LeMons.

    This car race is a little different than most, said Jochen Tartak, a manager at Carolina Motorsports.

    “It’s a very unique event because the race cars cannot be worth more than $500,” Tartak said. “We’ll have over 90 cars on the track all decorated up with different themes. It’s almost like Mardis Gras on the race track.”

  • Police: No suspects in slaying

    Authorities still aren’t saying much about Tuesday’s murder of a Great Falls man.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard said investigators continue to probe the death of Lemario Demond Ford, 26, who was found on the floor of a Cunningham Street home about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Howard said police are gathering information, though no arrests have been made.

    “Investigators are following up on any and all leads,” Howard said. “We have not developed any suspects.”

  • Goodwill needs donations more than ever

    Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont understands that people are tightening their budgets and stretching their dollars.

    In these tough economic times, more people are shopping at Goodwill stores and more people than ever are coming to Goodwill for help finding a job.

    Goodwill is working to keep up with the increased demand for its job-training and employment programs as unemployment rates climb in the Carolinas.

    But Goodwill cannot provide these services without donations to sell in its stores.

  • County Council to vote on See Lancaster request

    Eric Rowell hopes Lancaster County Council will soon approve the final portion of a plan to restructure See Lancaster, a group that promotes tourism within the county.

    Rowell, See Lancaster’s board chairman, addressed council Monday night, along with Jay Rainey, who is heading a special taskforce on the group.

    Rowell and Rainey presented a plan that was approved by Lancaster City Council earlier in March.