Today's News

  • Belk named chief deputy

    A former SLED agent feels like he’s come home with his latest assignment.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile announced a few weeks ago that David Belk would become a major and his chief deputy at the department.

    That means wearing a uniform again. No big deal, Belk says.

    “I like the uniform,” Belk said. “I wore it in the Army, and I wore it when I was here.”

  • Man robs Merita store

    A man walked into the Merita Bread Box on Memorial Park Road on Saturday and robbed the clerk at gunpoint.

    The clerk told sheriff’s deputies that she was straightening the shelves when a man came into the store.

    She said the man, who was talking on a cell phone, stopped short of the counter and she heard him say, “What kind of bread do ya’ want me to get?” according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • State cuts auditor, treasurer’s salaries

    Lancaster County Council may soon help two county officials whose salaries were recently cut.

    In a letter dated Dec. 19 from S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, both Lancaster County Auditor Cheryl Morgan and Treasurer R.E. “Dick” Rowell learned that their biweekly salary supplements were going to be cut. The first cuts came in their Jan. 2 paychecks.

  • LHS student killed at birthday party

    FORT LAWN – Fort Lawn police are still tracking down leads in the murder of a 15-year-old Lancaster boy at a birthday party late Saturday night.

    Dekeem Reed was killed after gunfire broke out at a party at the Fort Lawn Community Center late Saturday, said Fort Lawn Police Chief Mike Revels.

    Reed, a freshman at Lancaster High School, was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster shortly after 12 a.m. Sunday.

    Revels said about 300 people were at the party, which was breaking up before the shooting shortly before midnight Saturday.

  • HOPE moving to temporary building during construction

    With volunteers, residents and clients crammed into HOPE’s Lancaster offices, and construction about to begin on a new addition, Elaine Adkins knew her team needed more space.

    That’s why Adkins, executive director of the charitable organization Helping Other People Effectively, called an emergency meeting Friday for her volunteers. Almost 50 volunteers showed up at HOPE’s Pageland Highway building, unaware why Adkins had called the meeting.

  • Projects planned for county airport

    The Lancaster County Airport may see reconstruction of its taxilane pavement within the next few years.

    Recently approved by Lancaster County Council and now awaiting approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, the project calls for the taxilane pavement at the airport to be repaved.

    Taxilanes are the portions of the ground on which aircrafts travel between taxiways and parking spaces.

  • Relax, Sanford’s proposal just that – proposal

    This is to all the letter writers concerning the Gov. Mark Sanford’s budget cutting proposal. Relax, Little Red Hen, the sky is not falling.

    The governor’s proposal is just that – a proposed way to cut the budget. Unfortunately this proposal included closing the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and some others that should not be closed.

    The governor did not do all of this on his own. It was a proposal drafted by some adviser as a means to cut the budget, which must be done, and unfortunately the governor did not delete that part of the draft.

  • Buford family loses home, many possessions to blaze

    Fire destroyed a home in the Buford community on Monday morning, and now a couple, their three children and two dogs are homeless.

    But Teresa Coley, 32, is thankful she was at Eastside Academy taking adult education classes, her husband, Charles, 44, a contractor, was at work, and her three children were at school.

    Before Charles left to run errands Monday, he put the family’s two dachshunds in a kennel outside the house on Rowell Road.

    “The main thing is, no one was in it,” Coley said. “Nobody was hurt.”

  • USCL an asset, Willis is not

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is an asset to the community. Steve Willis is not.


  • Sanford wants to close county’s greatest asset

    I am writing in regard to Gov. Mark Sanford’s proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. I was born and raised in Lancaster County, attended Lancaster County Public schools and graduated from Lancaster High School.

    I enrolled in the fall of 2000 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster as a freshman.