• Local housing authority to pay city of Lancaster more than $8,500

    Jerry Witherspoon, executive director of Housing Authority of Lancaster, presented his annual report at the Tuesday, Feb. 25, meeting of Lancaster City Council. 

    Witherspoon said Housing Authority of Lancaster was presenting a check to the city for more than $8,500 per its agreement to pay a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes. 

    “We don’t pay property taxes,” Witherspoon said. “The $8,582.93 check to the city is based on rent from Housing Authority.”

  • Firefighters tackle fires in Lancaster, Heath Springs, Kershaw and Indian Land

    County firefighters were busy earlier this month responding to structure fires in all four main areas of the county within a one-week period. 

    The blazes included damage to homes and businesses in Lancaster, Heath Springs, Kershaw and Indian Land between Feb. 11 and 17. 

    The most recent blaze, which destroyed significant portions of a Kershaw home, began burning sometime after 8:15 p.m. Feb. 17, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Arson a possibility in suspicious house fire

    A few spots of melted wax and a suspicious blaze that burned the outside of a Lancaster home on Saturday, Feb. 22, have sheriff’s investigators looking at a possible arson. 

    The investigation began after deputies were called at about 10 p.m. to a house fire in the 1000 block of Garnette St., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Late astronaut’s brother encourages A.R. Rucker students to prepare for life

    A.R. Rucker Middle School Principal Phillip Mickles told an anxious assembly of sixth to eighth grade students that the Black History Month Program held Thursday, Feb. 27, was to recognize achievements of African Americans in American history.

    During this program, the school’s eighth grade chorus sang inspiring songs which included, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Walkin’ on That Heavenly Road.”

  • Free voter workshop set for Thursday

    City of Lancaster Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris invites the community to a free, voter ID workshop 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 133 Pleasant Hill St. 

    The workshop is to inform voters of their responsibilities as “educated voters,” she said.

  • ‘Most Wanted’ man jailed in Chester

    A wanted man whom local authorities have been searching for since he escaped from his own arrest in 2010, has been tracked down to a jail in a neighboring county. 

    Desmar Denzel Anderson, 23, of Great Falls, whose photo and list of charges recently ran as part of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list, has been tracked down to the Chester County Detention Center, said Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

  • Newberry tops Indian Land 78-66

    GREENVILLE - The Indian Land High School Warriors fell to Newberry High School 78-66 in the Class AA Upper State basketball title game on Saturday, March 1.

    Darnell Rogers led the Warriors with 27 points, followed by Damien Forman with 17 points.

    IL boys basketball coach Nate Smith said earlier this week that inside play would be a deciding factor in the game and it was.

    Newberry took control of the game in the third period with several key rebounds to build it's lead.

  • Lady Volunteers top Newberry, advance to state title

    GREENVILLE - The Andrew Jackson High School Lady Volunteers topped Newberry High School 62-48 in the Class AA Upper State championship game on Saturday afternoon, March 1, to advance to the state championship.

    Andrew Jackson, 23-3, was led by senior ace Dareisha Sowell, who netted 40 points in the contest. Sowell, an all state pick, was 18 of 20 at the free throw line and scored 30 points in the second half.

    Check back later for details.

    Contact sports editor Robert Howey at (803) 283-1157 

  • A coveted position to be in

    South Middle School’s standout eighth-grade chorus is heading to Myrtle Beach this weekend for a special performance during the S.C. Middle School Association annual conference.

  • Council gives nod to LCEDC fee proposal

    Does the need for spec buildings to woo prospective companies to the county outweigh a reduction in potential revenue for county schools?