Today's News

  • Fugitive still at large

    Five years have passed since John “Little John” Whitaker Jr. was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Robert Kirk Road.

    As Whitaker’s family continues to mourn the loss of a loved one, they are awaiting closure in the case. But finding peace has been difficult because the man charged with felony driving under the influence in Whitaker’s death has not been brought to trial.

    In fact, he’s been a fugitive from justice for more than five years now.

  • Subscriber appreciates delivery during storm

    My appreciation goes to the person who delivers my newspaper.

    It was a pleasure to go to the mailbox on Sunday morning on Jan. 31, and have my newspaper waiting despite all of the snow and ice.  

    I did not receive The Observer that nor my mail on Saturday. I have been subscribing to The Lancaster News for 34 years and have never not had my paper delivered despite weather like snow or Hugo.

  • County moving toward rezoning property

    Renewed interest in a building on U.S. 521 that has sat vacant for more than three years has sparked a debate between County Council members about how the area should be zoned.

    Council members discussed rezoning the property from its R-30 zoning designation to the B-3 designation at its Feb. 22 and March 1 meetings. R-30 is a low density residential and agricultural district; B-3 is a general commercial district.

  • Enrollment in private school continues to drop

    Tough economic times are forcing many families with children enrolled at independent schools to reconsider their neighborhood public schools.

    Newly released figures from the State Department of Education indicate that just more than 46,000 students in South Carolina attended independent, private and religiously affiliated K-12 schools during the 2008-09 school year. The number is down from close to 53,000 just five years before.

  • Handyman Service exemplifies Christian principles

    With so much global need that is seen daily in the media, at times it is easy for global needs to overshadow local needs. Daily at GoldenCare Adult Day Heath Services, we see elderly and disabled individuals on fixed incomes, many of whom are unable to pay for their medication. It is out of the question for them to afford to have a wheelchair ramp constructed. Without this, many Lancaster residents are cut off from needed services in the community.

  • Nightmare on Elm Street never ends for his mother

    Nannie Twitty has plenty of good memories about her son, Kenneth Wayne Catoe, who was killed almost 13 years ago at age 21.

    When he was younger, he enjoyed cooking fried chicken and tagging along with his favorite uncle, Billy Catoe, as they drove around the city. As a teenager, he was fascinated with building things, and took a special wood-working class in high school.

    Besides the bond he shared with his uncle, Twitty said her son loved spending time with his four brothers – Shawn, Charles, George and George, and his sister, Denise.

  • Founder of local oil business dies at age 82

    Harold Crenshaw grew up in a house where chickens and dogs entered through cracks in the floors and roamed around whether invited or not.

    The Van Wyck native had a humble upbringing, but through hard work and determination, achieved success as a businessman, his family said.

    Crenshaw founded Lancaster-based Crenshaw Oil Co., which provides fuel to a number of gas stations in Lancaster County and surrounding communities.

    Crenshaw died Thursday. He was 82.

    Crenshaw’s family farmed for a living while growing up, but he wanted to do something else.

  • Jury convicts man in 2009 shooting death

    Chasity Collins said her nephew, James Curry Jr., will still be able to hug his daughter and see his family as he spends 18 years in prison for killing her son, Devion.

    “I just get to put flowers on his (Devion’s) grave,” Chasity Collins said, addressing the court after a jury found Curry guilty of voluntary manslaughter Thursday. “That’s all I get to do.”

    Curry, 23, was charged on Jan. 1, 2009, with murder by the Lancaster Police Department in the shooting death of his cousin, Devion Collins, 20.

  • Woman: Officer assaulted my son

    Angela Thompson said she was fed up with a Lancaster Police Department detective’s treatment of her son and that’s why she filed a complaint against him.

    Thompson told Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night an officer slapped her 18-year-old son, LaDarius Truesdale and made him sit in mud and called him names.

    The officer has violated his civil and constitutional rights, Thompson told council.

    “I am very disturbed by this,” she said.

  • Who killed Harry Frazier?

    More than 18 months after Harry Frazier was found shot to death in his Arch Street home across from the Lancaster Police Department, his godmother, Yvonne Harris, is still reeling from the news.

    “Ain’t nothing happened. No one’s seen nothing. And no one’s talking about it. It just upsets me,” Harris said. “I don’t understand how it could happen right across the street from them.”

    Harris remembers the day she learned her godson, whom she had raised since he was 6 months old, had died at age 31.