• Sherrin updates County Council on LARS

    Two weeks after the kick-off of the Lancaster Area Ride Service‘s  (LARS) new county-wide public transportation system, Lancaster County Council heard an update on the new operation.

    Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging, which operates LARS, presented facts and figures about the service to council, including its previous success as a medical transportation system.

  • Firefighters contain yard debris blaze on Cauthen Street in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS –Firefighters from two volunteer fire departments and the state forestry commission contained a grass fire on Cauthen Street on Sunday, Dec. 23 that burned through two yards and threatened the woods near a home.

    Though damage was relatively minimal, Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Patrick Helms said the fire illustrates the importance of local fire ordinances and is a reminder to stay vigilant when burning trash.

  • Police investigate armed robbery

    Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. 

    Grant said investigators interviewed at least eight people on Thursday about the case. 

  • Miss North Greenville visits Brooklyn Springs Elementary

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary School welcomed a special guest to celebrate International Reading Day.

    Meredith Lewellen, niece of Brooklyn Springs Elementary principal Tonya Hunter, was crowned Miss North Greenville 2013. 

    The 21-year-old Lancaster native is a resident of Landrum and attends North Greenville University. 

    Lewellen’s platform as Miss North Greenville focuses on children with special educational needs, and her goal is to raise awareness of that cause.

  • House fire in Antioch claims one

    Reece Murphy
    Authorities are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of an Antioch man Friday, Dec. 21.
    Meanwhile, family members are grieving a man they described as a kind, loving and giving person.
    Antioch Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Hall said his men and those from three other departments – Elgin, Camp Creek and city of Lancaster – were dispatched to 889 Potter Road at 12:08 p.m.

  • Judge sentences pharmacy robber

    Christopher Sardelli
    A York County man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison last week, a year after he was arrested for a series of armed robberies in pharmacies across several counties, including Lancaster.
    Ronald Carl Sims, 29, of Rock Hill, was sentenced to 11 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 20, to charges from a string of robberies in Lancaster and York counties in fall 2011, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Angels among us

    Gregory A. Summers
    It might be winter, but Seth’s Giving Tree continues to flourish.
    The foundation is nourished by Christmas love of an angel tree that unites young people and reaches out to needy families in the Buford community.
    Dubbed Seth’s Hope in honor of the late Seth Muennich, who was tragically killed in September 2011, the angel tree ministered to 53 families and 99 children this Christmas, up from 37 children the previous year.

  • Council approves Brooklyn demolitions

    The county took another step toward revitalizing Lancaster’s Brooklyn neighborhood during its last meeting of the year on Dec. 10.
    During the meeting, Council approved a demolition plan for several Brooklyn properties by a vote of 6-0. Councilman Larry Honeycutt was absent from the vote.
    County Administrator Steve Willis presented to council the original demolition plan for several buildings in the neighborhood, to be funded by a Community Development Block Grant.

  • Wanted man arrested after chase

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Kershaw man, who was wanted by police, remains jailed this week on a long list of charges after he ran from deputies and hid in a stranger’s home.
    Corey Demario Carruthers, 27, 486 Hill St., was arrested Dec. 14 after deputies saw him walking down a Kershaw street and chased after him, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Carruthers was wanted on several outstanding warrants.

  • Fatality reported in Antioch house fire

    Firefighters and county investigators are on the scene of a house fire in the Antioch Community, near Antioch Volunteer Fire Department, where there is one reported fatality.