• S.C. Firefighters Hall of Fame to induct Blackwelder, Cauthen

    Reece Murphy
    Two Lancaster County fire chiefs will be inducted into the S.C. Firefighters Hall of Fame next week.
    Retired Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Blackwelder and late Elgin Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Cauthen will be inducted during the S.C. Firefighters Association Conference in Myrtle Beach June 4 through June 9 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
    The men’s names will join those of 188 other hall of fame inductees from across the state.

  • Shrader faces multiple charges

    Christopher Sardelli
    An investigation into missing UPS packages led local authorities to arrest a Lancaster man for a string of  burglaries throughout the county.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Timothy Eric Shrader, 29, 2293 Kershaw Camden Highway, with second-degree burglary, three counts of breaking and entering an automobile and one count of receiving stolen goods, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Deputies charge couple with strong-arm robbery

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Heath Springs couple is behind bars after they were arrested for assaulting and robbing a man late last month.
    Carl Thomas Ferrill, 28, and Kayla Ann Mangum, 26, both of 1870 Baysprings Road, Heath Springs, were arrested May 27 and each charged with strong-arm robbery, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The charges are related to an assault that sent a 47-year-old man to the hospital because of multiple head and neck injuries.  

  • Man threatens elderly couple

    Christopher Sardelli
    No arrests have been made in the case of an elderly couple threatened outside a Lancaster home by a man who had a butcher knife in his pocket.
    Officers were called to a home in the 100 block of South Hughes Street  about 2 p.m. May 20, after reports of a disorderly person, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Man charged with marijuana possession, assault on officer

    Laura Caskey
    A speeding violation led to the arrest of a Lancaster man on drug and assault charges recently.
    A warrant is being completed for the arrest of Christopher Columbus Avontae Mingo III, 20, 2201 Pardue St. Apartments, after a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy stopped his car at the intersection of Old Landsford Road and Springdale Road.
    Mingo was charged with traffic violation, possession of marijuana and assault on a police officer, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • One of the ‘Most Wanted’ in custody

    One of the county’s ‘most wanted’ criminals, who dragged a sheriff’s deputy along a car and then ran from the scene last March, was arrested after a traffic stop earlier this month. 

    On May 16, deputies arrested Emilio Rodricus Brown, 23, 302 McCardelll St., and charged him for various offenses, ranging from resisting arrest with a deadly weapon to driving on the wrong side of the road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Work in progress: Olde Presbyterian Church gets facelift

    In the late 1970s, the Olde Presbyterian Church on West Gay Street was envisioned as a versatile cultural arts center.

    Now some 40 years later, that vision is on the verge of becoming a reality.

    The Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation will open the doors of the Olde Presbyterian Cultural Arts Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, for the community to get a  look inside the landmark brick structure.

  • Pettus: Olde Presbyterian Church is the one that ‘almost wasn’t’

    When it comes to construction on the Olde Presbyterian Church, it was a matter of timing.

    According to “Lancaster County South Carolina Tours” by Viola Floyd, the property was deeded to the Lancasterville Presbyterian Church trustees in 1835. The deed shows there was already a church on the property.

  • Olde Presbyterian Church Cemetery a vital link to Lancaster’s past

    The Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery has become a vital link to Lancaster’s past.

    In his role as unofficial local historian, Lindsay Pettus gets an occasional phone call from someone   tracing their family roots to there.

    “It’s not unusual to ride by there and see someone in the cemetery searching for someone,” Pettus said. “It happens all the time.”

  • Kershaw raises water rates for prison

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Correctional Institution and agricultural processing company ADM will soon pay more for the water they use.

    Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously on separate motions at its May 21 meeting to increase water rates for the two entities. Rates for all other town customers remain unchanged.

    KCI, which is outside the town limits on Gold Mine Highway, pays about $64,000 a month for water. Town officials had been looking at a percentage hike on water rates for some time to generate additional revenue.