Today's News

  • Tax district could help fund more sheriff’s officers in IL

    Earlier this year, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile asked to meet with Lancaster County Council Chairman Larry McCullough and myself to talk about his concerns, as well as concerns voiced by Indian Land residents about the level of service being provided.

    Increasingly, the sheriff’s deputies in the Panhandle area find themselves overwhelmed and undermanned by the growth of crime in Indian Land.

  • Church remembers victims of violence during festival

    United Bible Way Church of Lancaster held its annual Fall Fellowship Family and Friends Day, on Sunday, Oct. 26.

    In addition to the morning service and the decoration of 12 tables that were covered with delicious homemade foods, a Day of Remembrance for slain victims of Lancaster County, Soles for Departed Souls Memorial Walk and the observance of Breast Cancer Month by wearing pink T-shirts and presenting guests with pink ribbons were added to the annual activities.

  • You should have your tax bills by now

    In the fall, tax bills are sent out to county homeowners. Tax bills are normally sent out in early October, but due to some issues, the tax bills were mailed out later than normal. You should have received your tax notice by now.

    Even those who are paying into an escrow account as part of their mortgage will receive a bill, so you will know what you are paying in taxes. You are responsible for forwarding this information on to the mortgage company.

  • 'Sierra's Law' tackles teen dating violence

     Denyse Clark


    Sierra Landry’s family held a candlelight vigil at the Buford High School gymnasium two months after her death to honor her memory and request support for a petition to change South Carolina laws so minors can receive orders of protection beginning at age 16.

  • Judge denies Crolley bond request

     Denyse Clark


    Tanner Crolley, charged in the Dec. 30, 2013 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Sierra Landry, appeared in a Lancaster County courtroom Friday, Nov. 14, where a second bond request for his release was again denied. 

    Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brian Gibbons presided over the hearing which opened with sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield presenting the facts of the case.

  • Local schools, district perform well on state report cards

      Reece Murphy


    Lancaster County School District and six of its schools earned outstanding results for student performance on this year’s S.C. Department of Education’s district and school report cards.

    Other highlights from this year’s state report cards include an increase in the district’s graduation rate and passing marks for the most county schools.

  • Judge strikes down state’s same-sex marriage ban

     Denyse Clark


    Lancaster County Probate Judge Sandra Estridge and one local pastor had much to say about this week’s ruling by a federal district judge that same-sex unions cannot be banned in South Carolina.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 12, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in South Carolina is unconstitutional. 

  • McIlwain gets life sentence

     Christopher Sardelli


    Days after listening to a slew of witness testimony about the events leading up to the 2011 shooting death of Terrance Antonio Jones along a sidewalk outside a Lancaster apartment complex, a jury returned a guilty verdict against a Lancaster man on Thursday night, Nov. 13.

  • Berkshire to buy Duracell

     Laura Caskey


    Lancaster’s Duracell plant will soon be under different ownership.

    Berkshire Hathaway, a company owned by American businessman Warren Buffett, is buying Duracell from Procter & Gamble for about $3 billion.

    The deal was announced Thursday, Nov. 13, and is expected to close in the second half of 2015.

  • Christmas Basket totals $1,450

     Denyse Clark


    In the first week of the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket, which began earlier than normal this year, more than $1,400 in total contributions have been recieved.