Today's News

  • Deputies mourn Roberts' death

    Monday was a sad day for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office as officers and staff mourned the loss of Sgt. Stacey Roberts.

    Roberts, 40, died after he crashed his motorcycle into a car on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

    The driver of a 1994 Honda –  Jordan Smith, 22, of Columbia – was also killed.

    Lt. Brad Redfearn of the Rock Hill Police Department said Roberts was driving a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle on Heckle Boulevard as Smith was turning onto Heckle Boulevard from an apartment complex on Wade Hampton Boulevard.

  • Policy would restrict politicking at schools

    Lancaster County School District personnel are ironing out a policy that will forbid political solicitation on school grounds.

    School board members discussed a draft of the policy at Tuesday’s meeting. The policy prohibits campaigning on district property by candidates or parties for school board, local, state or federal elections.

    Candidates would also not be allowed to post or distribute campaign materials associated with elections.  

  • Officials prepare for swine flu cases

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services officials are making plans on how to deal with the swine flu if the illness is detected here.

    Forty cases have been confirmed in the United States, and it has been detected in both Carolinas.

    More than 1,600 cases have been reported in Mexico, and 149 people have died. No U.S. deaths have been reported, and only one hospitalization has been reported in this country.

  • City Council votes to uphold decision to fire police corporal

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to uphold the decision to fire a police corporal.

    Sandy Sowell was fired from the department on March 12 after she was accused of making racial comments about a coworker.

    Sowell, who had worked for the department for 22 years, had filed a grievance with the city, asking for reinstatement. She had her grievance hearing Tuesday morning.

    It was held before a six-member committee of city employees.

  • Police reports - May 8, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - A Lancaster man was arrested at a local bar on May 1.

    David Michael Faulkenberry, 24, 1121 6th St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

    According to the report, officers on foot patrol at Good Time Charlie’s saw Faulkenberry and knew he had an outstanding arrest warrant. During a search, officers found a silver vial containing six Xanax pills.

    Faulkenberry told officers the pills were his mother’s and he needed to take them to her in the morning, the report said.

  • Mother would appreciate apology in son’s death

    It is 5 a.m. – another night of little sleep. Two years of little sleep have passed since my son died because of a poor decision made by a Lancaster resident.

    Mother’s Day weekend is approaching, the second anniversary of my son’s death. He was a healthy, strapping, handsome 37-year-old Marine staff sergeant, who was such a fine young man. I miss him terribly.

    On May 11, 2007, during Bike Week at Myrtle Beach, my son, Michael, was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on U.S. 17 in South Myrtle Beach and had a passenger on back.

  • Funding could help fill S.C. 160 potholes

    For years, motorists have endured busy traffic and numerous potholes on S.C. 160, but new funding could help alleviate some of those concerns.

    The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission recently approved the use of almost $30 million in federal stimulus funds. The funds will be used for road projects in three of the state’s six Congressional districts.

    The 5th District, which includes Lancaster County, received almost $17.6 million for several road projects, including $1.2 million for the reconstruction of almost a mile of S.C. 160.

  • Filing for open Kershaw seats begins May 4

    KERSHAW – Kershaw’s special Town Council election is scheduled for July 21.

    The four council members held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss the design of the new Town Hall and election date.

    A special election is needed after the resignations of Tommy Baker as mayor, and his mother, Rose Marie Baker, and Jabo Sims as council members. The Bakers and Sims resigned shortly before council’s April 6 meeting.

    Because more than 180 days are left in each of the terms, a special election is needed.

  • Schools await decision on funds

    Schools officials are hoping to hear word soon on whether it will get a share of the state’s disputed $700 million in federal stimulus money.

    Tony Walker, finance director for the Lancaster County School District, told the school board Tuesday that the district would receive about $5 million of the $700 million in 2009-10.

    Gov. Mark Sanford has said he will accept this money only if the state pays off debt equivalent to the $700 million in federal aid.

  • More people helping HOPE

    Frances Harris has her hands in just about everything at HOPE in Lancaster.

    The Lancaster resident stocks food, places phone calls, does computer work and sometimes serves as a receptionist at the charitable organization that assists with food, rent and utility bills.

    Harris is one of many local residents who have chosen to lend a helping hand to HOPE, which has seen its number of volunteers more than triple over the past two years. Harris has been volunteering at HOPE since January.

    Harris spends a few afternoons each week volunteering at HOPE.