Today's News

  • Judge denies bond in reckless homicide case

    Bond was denied for a Lancaster man accused of leaving the scene of a crash that killed a 68-year-old motorcyclist almost a year ago.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., was charged Aug. 23, 2008, with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death by the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened on Aug. 20, 2008.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith denied bond for Hood during a hearing Monday.

  • Council to act on budget

    County Council will vote on final reading of the county’s 2009-10 budget Monday.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this is considered a “continuation budget” because it includes no pay raises, tax hikes, millage increases, layoffs or additional programs than the previous year’s budget. He also said there have been no changes to the budget from the second reading.

    “This is going to be the same as last time,” Willis said.

  • Taylor-made tradition

    There’s a piece of fluorescent orange poster paper taped on the office wall inside the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department swimming pool on Wylie Street.

    Listed below the contact information for a welder and two swimming pool supply companies is David Taylor’s name and phone number.

    That’s pretty amazing, since Taylor isn’t on the county payroll. You would think that pool manager Midenna Anderson’s name would be listed first.

  • Teen hides in bathroom during home invasion

    A 16-year-old girl hid in her bathroom and called 911 after someone kicked in the door of her Springdale Road home Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the sheriff’s office received a call at 12:47 p.m. from a home on Springdale Road. On the way to the home, deputies learned that the teenager had locked herself in the bathroom.

    When deputies arrived at the home, they found a side door open. Two deputies checked the residence and found the girl in the bathroom, the report said. She was unhurt, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • Police department eyes federal grant money

    Up-to-date laptop computers and new accessories for officers’ pistols may soon come into the fold at the Lancaster Police Department.

    Police Chief Hugh White said his department is preparing to submit an application for federal money administered through the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

    The department is eligible for a $20,240 grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG). Agencies nationwide apply for the funding, which can be applied to law enforcement, prosecution and court, and prevention programs, among other uses.

  • Mulvaney supporting Grooms in 2010 governor's race

    It was campaigning as usual before the scandal broke in the Governor’s Office.

    But since Republican Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair and acknowledged leaving the country without telling others where he was going for almost a week, almost all attention has been on the incumbent – and whether he should finish his 18 months in office, or not.

  • Man charged with trying to take firearm from local police officer

    A Lancaster man was arrested Thursday after officers responded to a domestic dispute on Rucker Lane.

    Daniel Thomas Strain, 21, of 501 Rucker Lane, has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with third offense criminal domestic violence and attempt to take a firearm from a police officer.

    According to an incident report, an officer responded to the call and a woman immediately ran up to him and said that a man had beaten up a 16-year-old girl. The officer drew his gun and approached the house, the report said.

  • Mother: Foundation not keeping its promise

    Roslyn McManus says her daughter, Latisha Potts, is still waiting on scholarship money that was promised to her from the Michael Blackmon Foundation in Lancaster.

    Potts, a recent Indian Land High School graduate, was one of two area students selected as this year’s recipients of a $500 scholarship from the foundation, started in memory of the Lancaster man who died years ago from AIDS.

    Linda Blackmon-Brace, Michael’s sister and a Lancaster City Council member, is the foundation’s president and chief executive officer.

  • Drought now over

    Afternoon thunderstorms have made for spectacular lightning shows and rainbows over Lancaster County lately.

    While the storms have put a damper on summer baseball games and other evening activities, it’s also quenched the area’s drought.

    The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group announced last week that steady improvement of groundwater and streamflow conditions have moved the basin’s drought conditions to normal.  

  • Thomas steps down from council

    With a chorus of applause and a standing ovation from his fellow council members, Fred Thomas officially stepped down from Lancaster County Council at the end of Monday night’s meeting.

    After serving more than seven years, Thomas will soon be sworn in as a county magistrate judge, a position left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    “I’ve enjoyed serving Lancaster County,” Thomas said. “Each and every one of you means something different to me, but all good. I love you all.”