• A time to remember

    Whenever law enforcement officers of different agencies get together, there will be uniforms of every color and style, along with coats and ties, along with open and knit shirts.

    That dress code is determined by what their job requires, be it an investigator, state trooper, deputy, police officer, wildlife officer or other work-related task.

    Despite those subtle differences, there is one thing that never changes: law officers never forget their fallen brothers in arms.

  • Eight officers listed on law officers monument

    – B. Frank Sowell of the Lancaster Police Department died July 4, 1937. He was 39. Sowell and his partner saw a suspicious vehicle sitting under a light at Main Street and Chesterfield Avenue about 1:30 a.m. When Sowell’s partner approached the car, it sped off. After a car chase, the suspect’s vehicle crashed and Sowell was shot twice with a 12-gauge shotgun.

    – Patrolman Walter Bell of the S.C. Highway Patrol died Feb. 4, 1939. He was killed in a car crash in Kershaw while on patrol. 

  • The case for barricades at Palmetto Place Apartments

    A familiar proposal regarding Palmetto Place Apartments is being viewed as one that disrespects residents and treats them like caged-in animals.

    Gail Barnes, who manages the Pardue Street complex, asked city of Lancaster officials this month if one of the complex’s entrances can again be closed off with barricades.

    Management wishes for the entry point from Meeting Street onto Pardue Street be closed at the curve to through traffic.

  • Two sentenced in Kershaw shooting death, injury

    Almost two years after a double shooting in Kershaw left one man dead and another injured, two men were each sentenced this week to 30 years in prison for the crime.

    Jerel Lamar Davis, Jr., 23, 717 E. Dunlap St., pleaded guilty Monday, May 13, to voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime relating to the robbery and shooting death of 69-year-old Kershaw resident Harry Edward Blakeney, said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield on Thursday, May 16.  

  • City Council passes first reading of 2013-14 budget

    It looks like the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be represented in the city of Lancaster’s 2013-14 budget.

    During discussion of the budget at the Tuesday, May 14, meeting, City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris requested that $3,000 be added to the budget to help fund a King Day parade next January in downtown Lancaster.

    Green said the event would allow local residents to unite while also drawing visitors from outside the county. The money would come from the city’s hospitality fund.

  • Stamp Out Hunger

    Dr. John Murdock, left, holds the door as Barry Catoe, a supervisor at the U.S. Postal Service office in Lancaster, moves a pallet of food to be sorted during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger! food drive on Saturday, May 11. Now in its 21st year, the food drive is the largest single-day food drive in the United States. Food collected in Lancaster County is delivered to HOPE in Lancaster. Murdock is a member of the HOPE board of directors. Last year, more than 9,000 pounds of food benefited HOPE’s food pantry.

  • Group renews effort to incorporate IL

    A group of Indian Land residents, fed up with what they say is the county’s lack of movement on dire issues affecting the community has reinvigorated its efforts to garner support for incorporation as a municipality.

    Though activity by the special interest group Indian Land Voice flagged somewhat last year, the group now has new officers, a second wind and is pressing forward in the process.

  • More houses being built in the county?

    Statistics suggest more houses are being built in the county.

    The Market Edge, a company that gathers building-permit information, released data last month that shows trends for counties in the Charlotte region, including Lancaster County.

    According to the report, 766 residential building permits were issued in Lancaster County in 2012. The year before, 585 were issued.

  • Drive-by shooting at Pardue Street apartment complex

    Two Lancaster residents were not harmed after someone shattered their glass front door during an apparent drive-by shooting May 3. 

    Police raced to the 1800 block of Pardue Street about 11:35 p.m. after receiving a 911 call that someone fired between five and six gunshots in that area, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Officers arrived to find a large crowd in the area and also noticed a shattered screen door at a nearby apartment, the report said. 

  • Thank you, with a hug

    Melissa Peach hugs S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Walters at Chick-fil-A on May 4 during a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Peach was thanking Walters and the other troopers for their service. Today, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day. There will be a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. today at the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial behind Lancaster County Courthouse. Residents are urged to take time this week to tell law officers how much their service is appreciated.