Today's News

  • A guilty plea, an apology

    Martavious Carter didn’t have a father figure in his life.

    He didn’t get along with his mother and lived with his grandmother.

    He suffered from mental and emotional problems, and began committing crimes as a juvenile.

    When he was 16, he was sentenced as an adult in a burglary case, but under a S.C. Youthful Offender Act sentence, he was set free.

    In March 2008, he committed three home burglaries in a two-week span. A co-defendant in those cases pleaded guilty and received 18 months in prison.

  • Four educators inducted into local Hall of Fame

    Arthur K. Benjamin intended to stay in the education profession for only about five months.

    He had a decent-paying job in Philadelphia and wasn’t too fond of the idea of coming back to South Carolina to teach.

    Those five months turned into 40-plus years, and now the retired teacher is being honored for his lifetime of work.

  • HOPE pleads for office space

    Elaine Adkins pleaded with Lancaster County Council  last Monday night for extra office space.

    Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, has seen a drastic rise in the numbers of unemployed residents seeking help from her organization. HOPE provides food and help with utility bills for local families.

    With space at a minimum, Adkins asked council to consider giving her organization two more offices.

  • Fired city dispatcher won’t get her job back

    Lancaster City Council members sided with its grievance committee regarding the fate of a fired dispatcher.

    Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to uphold the termination of Laverne Thompson, who was fired Feb. 3 after being placed on paid administrative leave since last Dec. 14.

    The vote came after council returned from a closed session. Councilwoman Tamara Green was not at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Gold mine could bring 300 jobs - some day

    KERSHAW – Within the next few years, Kershaw’s Haile Gold Mine could employ up to 300 workers.

    Diane Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Romarco Minerals Inc., a Canadian gold development company, spoke about the mine’s plans at the Indian Land Rotary Club on April 27.

    She expects that the mine, located in the southern part of the county, could eventually employ about 300 workers. She said the eventual construction of mining facilities on the property could provide jobs for upward of 500 temporary construction employees.

  • Scouts’ pinewood derby is Saturday

    Who’s pinewood car will be the fastest?

    Well, you’re going to have to be there to find out.

    The L&C (Lancaster and Chester) District of Boy Scouts of America, in conjunction with Clayton Homes of Lancaster, is hosting its annual regional pinewood derby from 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    The event will be held at Clayton Homes, 1400 S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Pinewood derbies are a Boy Scout tradition, though this is just the second year that Clayton Homes of Lancaster is helping with the event.

  • Man shot at Pardue Street Apartments

    A 38-year-old Lancaster man was injured in a shooting at Pardue Street Apartments early Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers assisting a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy with a traffic stop on Chesterfield Avenue heard gunshots and the police department received several calls about them. Officers learned that someone had been shot while heading to the complex.

  • Mascot to make debut at Red Rose festival

    She has a lot of fur, big ears, a big smile and is looking forward to meeting you on Saturday.

    Her name is Rosie the Rabbit, and she will make her formal debut to the community during this weekend’s Red Rose Festival in downtown.

    Festival organizer Caroline Hasty said she and others wanted Rosie to be a part of this weekend as soon as they began planning the event last year. The aim is for Rosie to become the city’s mascot and to regularly appear at yearly events such as Christmas parades.

  • IL resident among those to attend education rally

    Satish Shetty is concerned about the level of funding public schools are receiving and wanted his voice to be heard.

    That’s why the Indian Land resident went to Columbia on April 14, where he was among the hundreds who gathered at the Statehouse for an event billed as the “Enough is Enough” rally.

    Teachers, parents, students, education advocates and others assembled to let state legislators know  they’re unhappy with the recent budget cuts and the lower level of funding that’s projected for schools next year.

  • Kershaw council to examine ways to fix town’s sidewalks

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilman Morris Russell wanted to talk about sidewalks at Monday’s Town Council meeting, after a resident recently complained about the uneven sidewalks on Matson Street.

    Russell said the man had fallen and was bloody after falling on the sidewalks.

    “The (tree) roots have gotten under the sidewalk and jacked them up in places,” Town Administrator Tony Starnes told council members.

    It isn’t as simple as cutting the tree roots, which will kill the trees.