• Former career center teacher dies in motorcycle crash

    A Lancaster man died following a motorcycle accident Saturday, May 26, that may have been caused by a medical emergency.

    Meanwhile, the man’s family is dealing with his death by remembering his love of life.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said Richard “Ricky” Wayne Baker, 57, of 2760 Pink Plyler Road, Lancaster, was driving his 2002 Harley Davidson south on Cedar Creek Road (S.C. 97) when he ran off the left side of the highway about 3.5 miles south of Green Road.

  • Vick arrested on DUI, weapon and speeding charges

    PAGELAND – State Rep. Ted M. Vick, 39, of Chesterfield was arrested in the early hours of Thursday, May 24, in Columbia. Vick was   arrested for   speeding, driving under the influence and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

  • Three fires during holiday weekend

    Firefighters tackled three blazes throughout the county during the Memorial Day weekend, two of which may be suspicious.

    The first fire happened at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at a singlewide mobile home in the 1700 block of Dan Funderburk Road. 

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire after a neighbor called it in. 

    “A neighbor through the woods called us because they heard something popping and cracking,” Blackwelder said. 

  • Rock Hill police charge local man for nightclub murder

    ROCK HILL – Hours after a Charlotte man was shot to death outside a Rock Hill nightclub, local authorities arrested a Lancaster man in connection with the murder. 

    Jacques “Joc” Larrell Waiters, 23, 1514 Charlotte Highway, was arrested Saturday, May 26, by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies on a Rock Hill murder warrant, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Kershaw’s Youth Serve program starts next week

    KERSHAW – Through the hammers, nails and roof shingles, area teens will soon pick up some valuable lessons that should extend way beyond home repairs.

    The Youth Serve summer program in Kershaw is gearing up for its 18th year. The teen-service initiative allows youth ages 13 to 18 to perform community service while engaging in mentorship and fellowship.

  • Remember the fallen

    Gregory A. Summers
    Gene Wallace knows what spick-and-span means. He learned it as a deckhand on the USS New Jersey, America’s most decorated battleship.
    “I spent five-and-a-half years on that ship,” said the 81-year-old Wallace, who joined the U.S. Navy when the Korean War broke out.

  • B-3 for IL shot down again by council

    Christopher Sardelli
    It’s back to the drawing board as Lancaster County Council once again shot down a plan to revise commercial zoning in the Panhandle at its May 21 meeting.
    For the second time in two weeks, council members passed on addressing an ordinance crafted to revise the B-3 zoning classification in Indian Land.
    Council voted 6-0 at the meeting to table the ordinance. District 1 Councilman Larry McCullough was not present.

  • Organizers: Red Rose Festival a big success 

    Jesef Williams
    Musical acts of various kinds and fun activities for the entire family appear to have made for a great combination at last weekend’s Red Rose Festival.
    Organizers of the third annual festival say the two-day event was a success, drawing more people than last year and giving hope for an even better time in 2013.
    The estimated attendance for Friday and Saturday was between 2,500 and 3,000, said Caroline Hasty of marketing group See Lancaster SC. The aim, though, was to draw 5,000.

  • Capital budget calls for tax hike

    Reece Murphy
    A 7.11 percent jump in overall expenditures marks this year’s Lancaster County School District’s proposed 2012-13 general fund and debt services budgets amounting to a combined total of $89.1 million.
    School offcials said this year’s proposed general fund budget reflects an increase in state funding that will allow raises for district personnel for the first time since 2010, when state budget cuts forced district cutbacks and salary freezes.

  • LARS to keep rolling for one more year

    Christopher Sardelli
    A local medical transportation service will keep its wheels turning for at least one more year, thanks to a recent resolution by Lancaster County Council.