Today's News

  • Sobbing parents beg judge to deny bond

    The man in the orange jumpsuit was escorted through the holding-room door, his hands and feet shackled. The half-filled courtroom fell silent.
    Brent Gay, 32, never looked at his only relative in the room, his grandmother, or at the two rows filled with the family of Flint McManus, the man he’s accused of murdering last Dec. 5.

  • Gov. Haley, GOP throng back Faile

    Gov. Nikki Haley came to Lancaster County on Tuesday night to stump for Sheriff Barry Faile at a rally in Buford community.
    The governor received a warm welcome from about 650 GOP partisans at Hal and Tami Crenshaw’s home on Tabernacle Road. Under Faile, she said, the county’s crime rate has dropped, response times have improved, and gangs and drugs have been targeted.
    “The reason why I’m really here is he doesn’t call himself a public servant, he acts like a public servant,” Haley said.

  • Parents are arrested after 3 kids test positive for cocaine

    A Lancaster couple has been charged with child neglect after their three preschool children tested positive for cocaine.
    Stanley Oneal McKinney, 36, and Morgan Kathleen Wilson, 25, both of 1556 Foxbrook Circle, face one count each of child neglect.
    The children, a 5-year-old and two 3-year-olds, were taken into emergency protective custody at their daycare Oct. 19, based on positive drug tests conducted during the investigation, according to a Lancaster Sheriff’s Office report.

  • County council votes for rewritten UDO

    After nearly two years of a labor-intensive rewrite, the Unified Development Ordinance passed its first reading by county council this week following 90 minutes of discussion and explanations.
    Councilman Steve Harper expressed concern on several issues, ranging from backyard chicken coops to tree permits, in the 339-page document, including 34 pages of definitions, 74 pages of appendices and five pages of edits since Sept. 2.

  • Spat over pig’s feet leads to gunfire

    A Lancaster man has accused a relative of shooting at his home following an argument over pig’s feet.
    James Edward Mingo Jr., of 1517 Rope Lane, reported that he was in his garage with some friends about 7 p.m. Sunday when he walked back in the house and saw a relative peeking into Mingo’s pots on the stove, according to a Lancaster County sheriff’s report,

  • Priest awarded Order of Palmetto

    A local priest has received South Carolina’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Palmetto.
    Father Jeffrey Kirby, administrator of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Indian Land, received the award Oct. 11 in a ceremony in the central lobby of the S.C. State House in Columbia.
    Kirby joined the Indian Land church after the dedication of its new church building in August, taking over from Father John Guiliani, who oversaw the church’s construction. Kirby also serves as administrator of St. Joseph’s Parish in Chester.

  • Duke Energy donates $100,000 to hurricane-relief efforts in S.C.

    Duke Energy has donated $100,000 to help charities providing S.C. disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It gave $225,000 more in North Carolina and Florida.
    “While the men and women of Duke Energy have worked nonstop to restore power to customers in Florida and the Carolinas, we know our communities need more,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s president and CEO.

  • PVFD celebrates 60th anniversary

    The last big celebration Pleasant Valley Fire Department held was on April 2, 2011, the grand opening of the department’s new modern 14,800-square-foot, $2.1 million Fire Station 14 on Possum Hollow Road.
    The department has come a long way since it first opened its single-bay door at a makeshift station on S.C. 160, and that was the reason the department celebrated again Oct. 15 during a community open house in honor of its 60th anniversary.

  • Gloves off!

    The Lancaster County sheriff’s race boiled over in personal accusations Monday night, with incumbent Barry Faile and Democratic challenger William McCoy calling each other unfit to serve.
    Appearing at the Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum 2016 at University of South Carolina Lancaster, the candidates had barely laid out their vision for the office when McCoy criticized Faile’s integrity.

  • U.S. House hopefuls’ competing visions

    Congressman Mick Mulvaney debated Democratic challenger Fran Person for the first time Monday night, and they and third-party candidate Rudy Barnes laid out contrasting visions for the country.
    The competitors for the 5th District U.S. House seat participated in the Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum 2016.
    The event, at USC Lancaster, was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News, and moderated by Rick Jiran of Duke Energy.