Today's News

  • 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.

  • Troopers ready for New Year’s holiday

    Law officers are out in full force in an attempt to help keep roads safe this New Year’s holiday.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is running its Sober or Slammer campaign, which targets drunk driving, through Sunday.  

    Troopers are patrolling all of the county’s main highways, such as U.S. 521, S.C. 200 and S.C. 9, as well as secondary roads.

    Motorists can expect to run into checkpoints today through the weekend, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin. The Highway Patrol has also established teams of troopers that are specifically targeting drunk drivers.

  • Lancers split with Stanley, host Pioneers

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball team dropped its first-ever loss, falling in the second game of a home twin bill with Stanley (N.C.) Community College on Friday afternoon at the Lancaster High School baseball field.

    The Lancers, 3-1, opened the doubleheader, blanking Stanley 10-0 in five innings before dropping a 10-3 loss in the nightcap.

  • Natural gas authority decreases rate

    Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority customers should see a small decrease in their bills next month.

    General Manager Tim Thornton said Monday that the authority decided on a 1.5 percent decrease in its rate.

    In July 2008, the cost of natural gas was $1.85 a therm, the unit used to measure natural gas. In February, the cost will be $1.37 a therm.

    The drop in cost is a result of less natural gas demand for industrial use and to produce electricity, Thornton said. More natural gas was also produced through exploration and development than anticipated.

  • Blue laws on County Council agenda

    Lancaster County Council will consider second reading of an ordinance to suspend blue laws in the county for four years when it meets Monday.

    If it gets final approval, the ordinance would allow county business owners to decide whether or not to open their doors on Sundays.

    It would not lift the ban on alcohol sales on Sundays.

  • County Council visits waste transfer station

    To learn more about the city of Lancaster’s waste transfer station, Lancaster County Council members toured the facility Monday.

    The visit was organized to educate new council members Cotton Cole, Kathy Sistare and Larry McCullough about the station because Lancaster City Council and County Council have been developing an agreement to jointly use the facility for area refuse.

    The station, a temporary holding site where trash is transferred after it is picked up curbside, uses three trucks that haul more than 100 tons of solid waste to landfills every day.

  • Construction moving along on Founders HQ

    The rebuilding of the Lancaster Plant clock tower is almost complete.

    As part of the first phase of construction of the new Founders Federal Credit Union corporate center, crews have been reassembling the clock tower directly across from where the main building will be built.  

    Lancaster-based contractor Perception Builders began the project on Jan. 12. Owner Chad Catledge said the clock face and parts are ready to be installed. He expects the whole project to be complete sometime in March.

  • Kissable lips winner named

     A few dozen stationery note tabs with lip impressions decorated a poster at Merle Norman cosmetics.

    Each set of lips represented a customer who had tried her luck at the Most Kissable Lips contest, a promotional event the store held  to generate more interest and sales.

    The lips varied in size, width and shape as well as the shade of lipstick used.

    The three winners are April Faulkenberry, Lacey Lowery and Alison Plyler. Honorable mention went to Ann Lowery and Shelia Starnes.

  • Man turns over pot to cops

    A Lancaster County man has been charged after drug agents found 9 pounds of marijuana in his possession Thursday.

    John William Catoe, 41, of 393 S. Potter Road, has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with distribution of marijuana and trafficking marijuana.

    Agents saw a car leave Catoe’s home and stopped it after it crossed the center line on Flat Rock Road, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. Officers smelled marijuana inside the car and searched it, but did not find any drugs, the report said.