• Kiker pleads guilty in murder

    Standing next to his attorney, clad in a blue and white striped shirt, Junior Lee Kiker listened as a judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison Monday morning, Sept. 16.

  • Cluster idea has few fans

    When the subject turned to cluster subdivisions during Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Sept. 9, Indian Land resident James James told officials that “enough is enough.”

  • A place to call home

    A new family will be moving to Lancaster soon, as Operation Homefront recently awarded a newly renovated mortgage-free home to a veteran and his family.

  • 12-year-old in DJJ custody for attack with BB gun

    Christopher Sardelli
    A family court hearing is the likely next stop for a 12-year-old Lancaster boy who was taken into custody earlier this month in the case of a teen who was shot several times with a BB gun.
    The case began just before 6 p.m. Sept. 4 when officers responded to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room about a shooting victim, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    An emergency room nurse told officers a 13-year-old boy had been shot several times with a BB gun, the report said.

  • Initiative focuses on area’s historic trees, landscapes

    Reece Murphy
    The Lancaster Garden Club and others have joined a Garden Club of South Carolina (GCSC) initiative called Historic Trees for Historic Places, and they’re asking for the community’s help.
    “In a nutshell, this initiative is all about recognizing historic landscapes, historic trees, planting heritage trees and native shrubs and plants, and then celebrating these areas in our county with the community,” said Lancaster Garden Club member and master gardener Debbie Burgess.

  • Trial starts Monday for man accused in July 2011 murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster man is due in court Monday for the first day of his trial on a variety of charges, chiefly murder and armed robbery.
    Junior Lee Kiker, 31, is facing charges in connection with the murder of David Brazzell, who was shot and killed inside his home July 16, 2011, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.
    Barfield said Kiker is facing charges of murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Help wanted

    Gregory A. Summers
    Wayne “Hoss” Knight may be a little past age 60 now, but you can teach the former devil dog a few new tricks.  
    Knight, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era, is a volunteer van driver for the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs office three days each month.
    He is one of eight locals who take veterans to medical appointments in Columbia and Rock Hill.

  • City Council must clarify smoking ban defintions before approval

    Amanda Phipps
    For The Lancaster News
    Some aspects of the smoking ordinance will need to be clarified before Lancaster City Council approves it.
    The city will need to define what constitutes private clubs, retail tobacco stores and private offices, which are all exempt from the smoking ordinance, said Donna Parsons and Vicki Hinson, members of the county’s Health and Wellness Commission.
    The two woman addressed issues remaining with the ordinance during a public hearing held during the Lancaster City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

  • No one injured after car shot

    Christopher Sardelli
    Three people were rattled but uninjured after the car they were riding in was shot several times Monday, Sept. 9.
    Officers spoke with two men at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in the police department lobby who reported their car had been shot at, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The men, a 33-year-old driver and his 31-year-old passenger, told officers they were turning onto Arch Street from Pardue Street at about 11 p.m. when they heard gunshots.

  • Shooter sought in attempted murder case

    A Lancaster man is wanted in connection with shooting another man late Monday night, Sept. 9.