Local News

  • County may reinstate pay for 2 officials

    Despite further state cuts looming on the horizon, Lancaster County Council is closer to helping two county officials whose salaries were recently cut.

    Both Auditor Cheryl Morgan and Treasurer R.E. “Dick” Rowell saw a reduction in the biweekly salary supplements they receive from the state. They were informed of the cuts by S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom in December, and the cuts began with their Jan. 2 paychecks.

  • SLED believes 20 mm shell fell from military aircraft

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw water department worker made an interesting find while reading water meters last week.

    The meter reader, Joey Tolbert, told a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy that he was working on East Stevens Drive about 3 p.m. Feb. 20 when he found a green 20 mm shell in the yard of 120 E. Stevens Drive. He brought the shell to Kershaw Town Hall.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office called the State Law Enforcement Division for assistance, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • Suspect still sought in abduction, stabbing case

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man accused of stabbing the mother of his children.

    Maj. David Belk said the sheriff’s office has not received any information about where Gerardo Reyes-Campos might be.

    “We haven’t gotten any leads on Campos,” Belk said Tuesday. “We don’t have anything. Nothing.”

  • Report card results mixed for schools

    The Lancaster County School District dropped in one rating, but rose in another on  its state-issued report card for 2008.

    The district received an absolute rating of below average, a drop from its average rating the year before. Slightly more than 41 percent of the school districts in the state were rated in the below average category in 2008.

    But in the growth rating, which used to be called “improvement,” the district received an average rating, up from the below average it posted the year before.

  • Breaking News Winter storm closes schools, city and county offices

    Jenny Hartley


    Missy Hinson said some of the pastures at Larkspur Ranch were under 4 feet of water on Monday.

    Hinson, the equine manager at the ranch, said she and husband, ranch owner Joe Hinson, had to open pasture gates late Sunday afternoon so horses could reach higher ground. Older horses were put up in stalls to shelter them from the wet, heavy snow and wind.

  • Paper plant workers face furloughs

    An area paper plant is feeling the effects of a slow economy, and has made plans to furlough more than 100 employees.

    AbitibiBowater, located just across the Lancaster County line in Catawba, will shut down one of its three paper machines for one month in an effort to save money.

    The No. 1 machine, which creates paper from pulp, is operated by 123 people, which includes 101 production employees and 22 maintenance workers. Those people will be temporarily out of work from March 1 through March 31. Employees will be back to work starting April 1.

  • Hagins had a passion for swimming

    A woman who taught Lancaster County residents to swim for more than a generation and who was also active in Girl Scouting, on the local Red Cross board and served as a school board member for 12 years died Tuesday.

    Known for her love of the water, Barbara “Bobbie” Mealing Hagins, 73, taught many Lancaster County residents in beginner, intermediate and advanced swimming classes, as well as lifesaving classes and instructor training.

  • Year in Review ee" #6

    Though the bad may have overshadowed the good, there was good economic news in Lancaster County in 2008.

    Continental Tire North America announced in February it would wheel its Charlotte headquarters into a new building in Indian Land in 2009.

    The tire manufacturer will move 300 employees to a 75,000-square-foot building at McMillan Business Park on S.C. 160, an $11 million investment. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2009.

  • Habitat names board members

    The Lancaster County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity announced several new board members Tuesday.

    Traci Watterson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity’s Lancaster office, said the officers were named at the organization’s monthly board meeting.

    Mike Barnes was named president, while Doris Hood was named vice president. Hood is a retired teacher from Lancaster High School.

  • Officers make drug arrest in Darlington Co.

    Lancaster County drug agents assisted in stopping a supply of drugs coming into the county on Feb. 12.

    Drug agents received information about a drug deal from an informant, said Lt. Ryan McLemore. Local officers arranged for a deal to be made with the suspect in Hartsville, and were assisted by the State Law Enforcement Division and Darlington County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers.

    Willie Lee Huggins, 23, of Hartsville, has been charged by SLED with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in crack cocaine and possession of marijuana.