• LPD gets $11K grant for body cameras

    Lancaster Police Department officers will soon be equipped with cameras as they patrol city streets.

    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, June 25, to allow the Lancaster Police Department to accept a $11,079 Justice Assistance Grant. 

    The money will be used to buy body cameras for sworn officers.

    Council’s vote was 6-0, as Councilman Kenny Hood was absent from Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • No start date set for summer paving projects

    In February, the S.C. Department of Transportation announced plans to rehabilitate portions of Potter and Taxahaw roads in southern Lancaster County and all of Shelley Mullis Road in Indian Land.

    Plans for the roads call for grinding the worst stretches of road, or as in the case of Shelley Mullis Road the road’s entire 2.5 mile length, down to their bases, which will then be shored up and resurfaced with asphalt.

  • Deputies find Massey during search for wanted man

    A search for a wanted man ended in the arrest of a different man, also wanted on multiple charges throughout the state. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw confirmed that Carlos Antonio Massey, 26, 960 14th St., was arrested June 11 on several outstanding warrants from multiple jurisdictions.

  • Deadlines change for July 5 newspaper

    The Lancaster News office will be closed Thursday, July 4, to observe Independence Day.

    Deadlines for the Friday, July 5, edition will be moved up one day.

    The submission deadline for church news, coming events and news briefs is noon Tuesday, July 2, instead of noon Wednesday, July 3.

    The obituary deadline for the Friday, July 5, edition is 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, for paid obituaries and free obituaries.



  • School district selects Thorpe as new ILMS principal

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore has named Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Chris Thorpe as Indian Land Middle School’s new principal.

    Thorpe, 38, will replace outgoing ILMS Principal David McDonald, who accepted a position with Greenville School District as principal of Northwest Middle School in Traveler’s Rest.

    A 15-year veteran in the school district, Thorpe helped in the development of LHS Ninth Grade Academy as a teacher, and has led the program since 2005 as an assistant principal.

  • County’s jobless rate rises in May

    Lancaster County saw an increase in its jobless rate from April to May, according to data released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county had a 10.2 unemployment rate for May, compared to 9.9 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s May 2012 unemployment rate was 11.5 percent.

    Last month, Lancaster County had an official labor force of 32,464. 

    Of that total, 3,311 residents were officially unemployed.

  • Budget passes, tempers flare at County Council meeting

    Leaning sideways on the podium and looking Councilman Jack Estridge straight in the eye, Clay Catoe loudly and irritably explained his feelings about reallocating his current staff of paramedics Monday night, June 24. 

    “Jack, I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you again, if you put it in writing, I’ll do it, but I prefer to keep them where they are,” Catoe forcefully said during Lancaster County Council’s meeting. 

  • USCL to close Diabetes Education Clinic

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster announced it will close its Diabetes Education Clinic next month.

    In a press release Monday, June 24, USCL Dean Walt Collins III said he was forced to make the decision due to declining insurance reimbursements and increasing delivery costs over the last several years.

    University officials said the clinic’s last day is July 12.

  • Two men sentenced in Morris murder

    One year and a few days after Lancaster native Donald Morris was found shot to death inside his home, two local men were sentenced in the case Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21.

    Jeremy L. Thomas, 24, and Brian Keith Campbell, 20, both of Lancaster, received varying sentences for their roles in the burglary, robbery and murder of Morris in two separate incidents, which occurred on June 13 and June 18, 2012, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Man needs stitches after surprise assault

    A Kershaw resident needed stitches after he was reportedly attacked by two men Friday, June 21.

    The victim, 37, told deputies he had left his Spring Street home early that morning and walked to a home on East Third Street in Kershaw. He was looking for a man who lives there, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The man wasn’t there, but his girlfriend was. The victim said he left.

    When the victim reached Carolina Street, he saw the man.