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Local News

  • TreeTops to roof tops in Van Wyck

    On its surface, the TreeTops property along Van Wyck Road seems relaxing, with its canopy of trees and the pristine, still waters of a nearby lake.

  • Hit-and-run driver injures pedestrian at Connor Street Park

    A pedestrian was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital on Sunday night, March 9, after a group of witnesses saw her struck by a car along a Lancaster road. 

  • USCL Native American Studies Week examines health, plants, role of tobacco

     The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies program is set to host its ninth annual Native American Studies Week from Friday, March 21, to Thursday, March 27.

    As always, the event focuses on the history and cultural traditions of South Carolina’s indigenous people.

    This year’s events focus on the importance and role of native plants in southeastern Native American communities through lectures by regionally and nationally known scholars and exhibits.

  • Permit data shows rise in building activity

    The Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) recently released information about building permit trends in the tri-county region (Chester, Lancaster and York counties).

  • ‘Teen Day in LA’ mixes fun with underage drinking, texting issues

    A special day of family fun and firm discussions of underage drinking is planned for Lancaster’s teen population by city leaders, educators and law enforcement. 

    “Teen Day in LA” is 4 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive. 

  • Man alleges nephew picked his pocket

    The Lancaster Police Department responded to a drunken dispute between a man and his nephew, whom he accused of trying to be a not-so-subtle pickpocket.

    According to the incident report, the 52-year-old man called police to his home in the 700 block of Taylor Street about 5:50 p.m. Feb. 28, saying his nephew tried to steal $180 from his pocket.

    The responding officers noted the man’s right pocket was torn and said they went inside to speak with the man’s 37-year-old nephew, who was asleep on a couch.

  • Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office explains errant phone alert

    The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office has recently received numerous calls from concerned citizens in the Ridgeway and Lake Wateree areas who received an emergency notification via a telephone automated message stating someone had escaped from the S.C. Department of Corrections and could possibly be in the area.

    “Additionally, these citizens were warned to stay inside of their homes due to the nature of the escapee,” said Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brad Douglas.

  • Man jailed after arson threat, struggle with police officers

    A Lancaster man found himself in jail after he reacted violently when told to leave a Glennwood Avenue home.

    Bruce Edward Helms, 65, 408 Glennwood Ave., was arrested Feb. 27 and charged with attempted arson and third degree assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    According to the report, Helms was allowed to enter the residence by the victim to clean himself up from a personal accident. 

  • Boat buyer bilked on Craigslist

    A man who answered a Craigslist ad for a boat was scammed out of more than $4,800, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

    A woman recently told deputies that on Feb. 18, her husband saw an ad on Craigslist selling a paton boat, the report said. 

    The woman said her husband emailed the seller several times regarding the boat and was told it was part of an estate and needed to be sold so she and her family could move. 

  • Fire destroys Kershaw home

    A Kershaw home is a total loss after a fire tore through it during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 2.

    Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Flat Creek, Kershaw and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments responded at 1:16 a.m. to a house fire in the 3700 block of Meadowview Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.