• Church-theft suspect sought

    A Columbia man has been identified as a suspect in a string of thefts from parking lots at four local churches during last Sunday’s worship services.
    Arrest warrants have been issued charging 29-year-old Maurice Sherrod Gibson, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The Crime Scene Investigations Unit processed the vehicles, and forensic evidence connected Gibson to the crimes.

  • 41 years praising God together

    Few singing ensembles have stayed together for more than four decades, but the Inspiration Singers of Lancaster celebrated their 41st anniversary by performing a free concert at Hope on the Hill last Sunday.
    Brenda Wade, the group’s tenor, said more than 200 people packed the auditorium.
    “It went well. We had a good turnout, and it was a real spiritual time,” she said. “We saw lots of familiar faces and some new ones, too. Somebody new comes out every time.”

  • 3 schools locked down during manhunt

    All three Kershaw schools were placed on lockdown Thursday morning as the sheriff’s office began a manhunt for a shooting suspect.
    Kershaw Elementary and Andrew Jackson Middle and High schools were locked down for more than two hours after authorities alerted the school district that the search was under way.
    The suspect, Leonard A. Shropshire, 21, was apprehended Thursday afternoon on Parkman Avenue in Lancaster.

  • City gets its grant priorities straight

    Lancaster City Council has assessed the community’s needs in preparation for this year’s grant applications.
    During a recent meeting, council members targeted water and sewer infrastructure improvements, blight removal and cleanup of the old Springs Industries Lancaster Plant site as the city’s top priorities for 2019.
    The S.C. Department of Commerce administers the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities Program, which will receive $20.2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this year.

  • Suspect waives bond in Byrdic’s death

    The undocumented immigrant charged with driving off Airport Road and killing a man in his yard was in court Thursday morning for a second bond hearing.
    He waived bond, leaving him behind bars.
    Abel Olivo Borbonio, 42, was charged with reckless homicide after 60-year-old Chuck Byrdic was killed in front of his Airport Road home on Aug. 4.
    Borbonio’s attorney, David Cook, said his client decided to waive the bond hearing so Byrdic’s wife, Donna, wouldn’t have to go through any more trauma than she has already been through.

  • Church cheers overachiever Corey Pope on 30th birthday

    FORT LAWN – In a packed sanctuary at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Corey Pope took the stage with microphone in hand and belted out the lyrics to “I Am Redeemed.”
    “Where there is hate, love now abides. Where there was confusion, peace now reigns,” he sang. “I’m a child, child of the King. It’s all because I am redeemed.”
    Wanda Sirk watched her son in awe. Nearly three decades ago, doctors said he would never walk or talk. Yet there he stood, leading a congregation in song.

  • Possessing a gun gets local man 9½ years in federal pen

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man with a long criminal record was sentenced to nearly a decade in federal prison Wednesday on one count of illegally possessing a gun.
    Jamarcus Dontaye Patterson, 36, received a 9½-year prison term from U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
    The office of U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon prosecuted the case as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm violations.

  • Panthers coming south?

    At Wednesday’s big press event, York and Lancaster counties both got shout-outs as possible sites for a relocated Carolina Panthers headquarters and practice facility, but York seemed to be several strides ahead.
    Lancaster officials were caught a bit off guard by Gov. Henry McMaster’s press conference, which was attended by a bevy of York County politicians. County Administrator Steve Willis said he was aware that discussions between the state and the team began a few months ago, but he hasn’t heard anything since.

  • Red Rose Brew Bash downtown Friday and Saturday

    Downtown in the Red Rose City turns green this weekend in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
    Hosted by The Craft Stand, the third-annual Red Rose Brew Bash will kickoff at 5 p.m. Friday with a free block party featuring live music, food and Benford Brewing Co.’s Green Irish Honey beer.
    The festivities continue from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, with more than 80 different beers on tap and three different musical performances, including Rumor Mill, Crashbox and Buckdancer.

  • IL motorcyclist hits log truck, dies

    An Indian Land man died Monday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a logging truck on U.S. 21 near Fincher Road north of Fort Lawn.
    According to the Chester County Coroner’s Office, the victim, Robert William Hritsko, 56, died of blunt-force trauma.
    Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the wreck, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m., was the result of Hritsko’s motorcycle crossing the center line.