Today's News

  • Man, 27 pleads in shooting

    A Lancaster man charged with shooting his grandmother in the head the day after Christmas 2007 pleaded guilty in court last week.

    Brandon Wayne Aldridge, 27, pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Aldridge to 12 years in prison, but suspended the sentence to seven years in prison, followed by five years probation, Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Trey Cook said. The plea was heard during a court term in Chester last week.

  • Fire damages bar and grill

    Fire damaged a bar on Grace Avenue early Monday.

    The fire apparently started about 2:30 a.m. Monday in the kitchen area of the Dawg House Bar and Grill at 1864 Grace Ave.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy patrolling the area noticed smoke and flames coming from the building and radioed for fire departments.

  • Children learn about EMS, personal safety at Camp 911

    Camp 911 was a three-day camp designed to teach children about Emergency Medical Services and personal safety, along with first aid and injury prevention.

    Camp 911 began in 1996, though it’s not held every year.

    This year’s Camp 911 was held June 9-11 at South Middle School.

    The camp lasted for two hours each morning.

    The directors of the camp were Sherri Brady, training coordinator for Lancaster County EMS,  Tammy Vincent, public information officer for EMS, and Greg Brasington, EMS’s field training officer.

  • Man faces drug charge

    Two Lancaster men were arrested after one of them was apparently seen handling drugs under the carport of a home on Jolly Street on Tuesday.

    Quinton Marsh, 20, of 1358 Camp Drive, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

    Marcellus Demond Stover, 28, of 102 Jolly St., was charged with interfering with a police officer.

  • Couple: Stray dogs made a feast of our chickens

    HEATH SPRINGS – Betty Bowers was raising her white Plymouth Rock chickens for a good cause.

    The Bayspring Road resident donated the eggs from her chickens to the food pantry at her church, New Hope Baptist.

    She also bakes a lot, and used the eggs in her own recipes.

    On March 3, Bowers received 26 Plymouth Rock chicks, and invested at least $400 in the new brood. On Tuesday, Bowers found the first egg one of the new chickens had laid.

  • The color purple

    There’s some good news and some bad news.

    The good news? Fresh blackberries are in abundance right now in thickets growing along fences, roadways and in pastures.

    The bad news comes with the territory. As good as they taste, picking plump, sweet blackberries has always been, and will always be, a rather thorny subject.

    You have to fight through layers of thorns that hold on for dear life as you try to pull the dark blue, purple fruit from its hiding place.    


  • A run for Natalie

    Robin Johnson will probably never forget the day that her daughter, Natalie Griffin, lost part of her leg.

    The two were cutting grass together May 20 at their home near Forty-Acre Rock in Flat Creek.

    Johnson stopped the mower and 5-year-old Natalie stepped down, but she accidentally stepped in a small hole on the top of the mower. And with the blade still engaged, it immediately severed her right leg about two to three inches below her knee.

    Johnson wrapped up Natalie’s leg and called 911.

  • Lawyers: County's threat to sue 'unusual'

    FORT LAWN –  Chester County Attorney Joanie Winters’ threat to take legal action to stop slanderous and defamatory comments attacking a former Fort Lawn police officer was inappropriate, a lawyer for the S.C. Press Association said.

    Another lawyer who works with county governments said he has never heard of a situation quite like what is happening in Fort Lawn.

  • City gives final OK to $20M budget

    Joe Shaw said the new fiscal year is only the first or second time in his more than 20 years as Lancaster mayor that the city’s employees won’t receive across-the-board raises.

    When considering such tough decisions and cuts that had to be made, Shaw said he’s pleased with the city’s 2009-10 budget.

    City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed final reading of the $20 million budget, which is 6.1 percent less than the current budget.

  • Curtis places 2nd in bus mechanics competition

    Chris Curtis believes he’s been rewarded for the hard work he puts into his job.

    Curtis, a maintenance technician at the Lancaster school bus shop, recently placed second in a statewide mechanics competition in Columbia.

    The June 18 competition featured mechanics and technicians from bus shops throughout South Carolina.

    The all-day affair was hosted by the S.C. Association for Pupil Transportation.

    Those competing were faced with scenarios involving real mechanical bus problems and had 12 minutes to identify the problem.