Local News

  • Bridges put her heart into teaching kids how to read

    INDIAN LAND – Family and friends remember Patty Bridges as a loving matriarch, thoughtful friend, engaged church member and longtime Indian Land Elementary School teacher who put her heart into teaching children how to read.
    Bridges retired in May after 20 years of classroom teaching, celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with her husband, Ross, on Sept. 6, and was making plans to move to the North Carolina coast near family. As a “Gram,” she took great joy in her grandchildren, Boyd, 8, and Emeson, 6.

  • SLED investigates Pageland Police Department

    Kimberly Harrington
    Landmark News Services

    – The S.C. Law Enforcement Division confirmed Monday afternoon that it had received a request from the town of Pageland to investigate its police chief, Larry Brown.
    “We got it today from the town of Pageland,” SLED spokesman Thom Berry said of the request, which is to “investigate allegations involving the town’s chief of police.”
    He could not comment further.

  • Auditors give city high marks

    The city of Lancaster has been given high marks for its financial oversight by the accounting firm that audits its books.
    Steve Johnson, of Blair, Bohle and Whitsitt, discussed the 2014-15 fiscal audit with city council at its Oct. 27 meeting.
    “The results are a clean opinion on all financial statements for the city of Lancaster,” Johnson said. “No compliance reports were found.”
    However, Johnson said the latest audit reflects a major change with the implementation of GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) Statement 68.

  • Dorman wins Kershaw mayor’s race

    KERSHAW – A former town council member is headed back to town hall as Kershaw mayor.

    Mark Dorman defeated Morris Russell, Sonya Poole and Johnny Carter to win the first-ever write-in campaign in Lancaster County history.

    Dorman had 160 total votes to Russell’s 128 votes.

    Poole, an at large member of town council, had 24 votes. Carter, another former town councilman, had 21 total votes.

    Political newcomer Gail Rogora also defeated Russell for the District 1 seat on Kershaw Town Council. Rogora had 73 votes to Russell’s 46.

  • Flood advisory issued for county until midnight Monday

    COLUMBIA – The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Lancaster County until midnight, Monday, Nov. 2.
    A flood advisory is issued when flooding isn’t expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, weather conditions may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution isn’t used, it could lead to situations that threaten life or property.

  • Store owner says son of arsonist threatened him, family

    The owner of Old Mill Grocery in Lancaster and his girlfriend said a 21-year-old Myrtle Beach man threatened them several times after the man’s father was convicted earlier this month for starting the fire that destroyed their store.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Old Mill Grocery owner Mark Johnson told deputies Furman Coy “Sonny” Knight began contacting him by phone Oct. 7, the day his father, Coy Lamar “Marty” Knight of Lancaster, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for third-degree arson.

  • County to honor its veterans Saturday

    Get your red, white and blue ready; Lancaster County will honor its veterans and their service to the country next weekend during the annual Veterans Day Parade and Program.
    This year’s events are set for Saturday, Nov. 7, an opportunity to pay respect to those who served honorably as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.
    This year’s event includes a couple of important changes to the time and location.

  • Women injured in separate incidents

    Lancaster County deputies responded to a home in Lancaster on Sunday, Oct 25, regarding a woman who’d been shot.
    The incident was the second incident in less than a week in which a woman was injured by a deadly weapon.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to 1379 Duckwood Road about 6:15 p.m. where they found a 58-year-old resident of the home lying in the front yard suffering a gun shot wound to the leg.

  • Heath Springs, Kershaw council elections Tuesday

    KERSHAW – A precedent will be made Tuesday, Nov. 3, when Kershaw voters select a new mayor through a write-in vote.
    No political candidate in Lancaster County history has ever been successfully elected through the write-in process.
    “It’s never happened,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus.
    Four candidates – Johnny Carter, Mark Dorman, Sonya Poole and Morris Russell – have launched write-in campaigns for Kershaw mayor.

  • City tables vote on $25k LCEDC dues

    Lancaster County isn’t the only entity to tighten the purse strings of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC).
     The city of Lancaster hasn’t paid its $25,000 membership/participation dues for fiscal year 2015-16 to the corporation, though the organization is seeking its continued support.
    At it’s Tuesday, Oct. 27 meeting, city council tabled a vote on the city’s LCEDC dues until it gets more information.