Local News

  • Municipal bodies, LCEDC respond to FOIA requests

    City, county and economic development officials have all acknowledged receiving a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by The Lancaster News on Sept. 9, though no records have yet to be released.

  • More street lights needed to keep walking students safe

    Local business owner Melissa Horton pokes a little fun at herself with the title of “self appointed crime watch president of Meeting Street.”
    But when it comes to keeping children safe, the owner of Unique Hair Design and Unique Hair Design The School said it’s no laughing matter.
    Horton has launched a one-woman campaign to shed a little more early morning light on the area near Clinton Elementary School. She wants to see some additional streetlights placed on East Meeting Street and near the school.

  • Three fall victim to phone scams

    Three Lancaster County men lost as much as $3,640 between them in separate phone scams earlier this month.
    The victims fell for the scams just days after Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile warned residents to be aware of a bogus jury duty scam and to never send money or personal information to anyone over the phone.
    IRS scam
    The first incident occurred on Aug. 31 when two men who said they represented the IRS tricked a 21-year-old Heath Springs man into sending them money to resolve a “miscalculation with his taxes.”

  • Motor home burns in parking lot

    Firefighters are often credited with saying “given the circumstances, it could’ve been a lot worse.”
    That was especially true Thursday, Sept. 17, when a burning motor home was parked near the gas pumps at a convenience store.
    “Thankfully, no one was hurt,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Steven Blackwell of the Thursday afternoon fire in front of Primus Mini Mart. “This one could’ve definitely been worse.”

  • Public invited to UDO rewrite meetings

    A multitude of zoning changes are coming to Lancaster County and local planning officials are hoping a series of community meetings will help keep the public informed.
    County Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis unveiled the four-meeting schedule this week, part of the county’s next step in a yearlong effort to rewrite its Unified Development Ordinance.

  • Driver rear-ends school bus in hit-and-run

    A Lancaster man faces multiple charges after rear-ending a school bus early Thursday, Sept. 17.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Jacob Julius Jacobs, 25, was charged with driving too fast for conditions and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
    Miller said the accident happened about 6 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Springdale and Memorial Park roads.

  • Two schools go on lockdown as intruder drill wraps up

    A Thursday morning, Sept. 17, intruder drill for students and staff at two Lancaster County School District campuses took an unusual twist when shots were reportedly fired in a nearby neighborhood.
    Lancaster County School District Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn said Brooklyn Springs Elementary and South Middle schools on Billings Drive went on modified lockdown just as the countywide intruder drill was ending.

  • Honor officers Sept. 19

    In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Sept. 19, a group of local volunteers have made blue ribbons and 103 signs showing appreciation for law enforcement officers.
    The ribbons and signs will be displayed throughout the county. The local effort is called Forever Behind the Badge. Some restaurants are offering discounts for officers that day. Artist Kevin Lilly donated the paint and supplies for the signs.

  • Water tank painting at a standstill

    HEATH SPRINGS – Blame it on the paperwork.
    Members of Heath Springs Town Council learned Tuesday, Sept. 15, at its monthly meeting that repainting the municipality’s water tank is at a standstill.
    The renovation of the 150,000-gallon water tank in the 4000 block of South College Street is being paid for through a $405,000 Community Block Development Grant from the S.C. Department of Commerce.

  • Accident south of Lancaster injures three people

    Three people were injured in an accident on Great Falls Highway (S.C. 200) Wednesday, Sept. 16.
    The accident happened about 4:29 p.m. when a 1991 Nissan sedan, traveling north, crossed the center line and struck a 2004 Honda minivan near the intersection of J.B. Denton Road near the Rum Creek Bridge south of Lancaster.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the driver of the Nissan, 23-year-old Jerry Freeman of Monroe, was trapped and had to be cut out of the wreckage. He was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.