Today's News

  • Operation ‘Spring Cleaning’

    Christopher Sardelli
    A table piled high with bags of drugs and various weapons sat nearby as local authorities revealed charges Friday morning against almost 80 people, part of a joint drug operation conducted during the last year.

  • Homeowner Shoots, kills armed intruder

    Christopher Sardelli
    It was about 5:50 p.m. Thursday when witnesses called 911 to report an armed man walking through their J.B. Denton neighborhood carrying a shotgun.
    Within minutes, that man – later identified as 46-year-old Lancaster resident Curtis “Curt” Alan Reed, was found shot to death at a home he was trying to break into on that road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Authorities charge two with murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    Following almost two months of tracking down leads and speaking to witnesses, investigators arrested two men this week in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jenika Jones.
    Devatee Clinton, 24, 1911 Roseanna Lane, and Wayne Blakeney, 20, 5987 Taxahaw Road, both of Lancaster, were arrested Friday and charged with the Jan. 19 murder, which occurred during a robbery at Jones’ home, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Republican candidates announce intentions for respective races

    Staff Reports
    The filing period for the 2012 candidates is nearing and with that has come some surprises to the Republican Party of Lancaster County.
    The tide is turning in Lancaster County. Here is the proof: There were 5,024 votes cast Jan. 19, 2008, in the Republican Presidential Primary. In the Jan. 21, 2012, Republican Presidential Primary there were 8,944 votes cast.
    There are many candidates running this year – several are running under the Republican Party.

  • State official talks global economics

    Jesef Williams
    South Carolina’s involvement in global economics may be more robust than you think.
    Jennifer Noel, director of global business development for the S.C. Department of Commerce, spoke about international economics during her time as guest speaker at Thursday’s Lancaster Rotary Club luncheon.
    Noel said 50 percent of the jobs in South Carolina and 70 percent of investments in the state are from international corporations.

  • Operation Spring Cleaning arrests through March 8

    - Brett Eugene Bailey, 23, 330 Holiday Road; possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, receiving stolen goods
    - Shannon Benton, 29, 2331 Lass St.; possession with intent to distribute marijuana, driving under suspension
    - Ebony Blakeney, 31, 802 W. Shiloh Unity Road; possession with intent to distribute marijuana
    - Michael Chavis, 22, 110 S. Hughes St.; distribution of marijuana

  • Sasaki moving on with life after earthquake

    Reece Murphy
    One year ago today, at 12:46 a.m. local time, the people of Japan’s east coast found themselves struggling to survive one of the country’s most devastating natural disasters – the Tohoku earthquake.
    According to a national police damage report filed a month later, the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, destroyed more than 150,000 buildings and killed 15,850 people, injured 6,011 and left at least 3,287 missing.

  • Bruins down Vols, Indians

    Robert Howey
    Lancaster prevailed in a high-scoring non-region game with Andrew Jackson, taking 13-8 win over the host Vols on Friday night.
    The five-run win pushed the Bruins’ diamond mark to 5-1.
    C.D. Pelham, one of three pitchers used by the LHS, was the winner in four innings of relief work. Pelham, who has a win and two saves, allowed no hits and struck out 11. He gave up one run.

  • Odessa R. Jones

    Age: 97
    Address: Burke Duncan Road, Lancaster
    Family: Husband, the late A.J. Jones; 13 children; 223 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren
    Job: Homemaker
    Church: New Hope AME Zion Church
    Hobbies: Sewing and baking
    Favorite book: The Bible
    Favorite show: Bishop Gilbert Patterson on Trinity Broadcasting Network
    Favorite food: Fish
    Favorite getaways: Washington and Maryland

  • Run-in with revenuer left Daddy smelling bad

    From Dec. 1, 1944, to Dec. 31, 1952, my father was sheriff of Lancaster County. Times have certainly changed.
    Daddy was a rather closed-mouthed individual, which worked sometimes, but caused him considerable anguish at other times.
    The area media and The Lancaster News were critical because he rarely gave interviews or issued press releases on criminal cases.  
    Only in his later years did he confide that it was up to magistrates and judges to determine guilt and folks shouldn’t be tried in the court of public opinion.