• City OKs budget with big pay hikes

    Pay raises to attract and retain employees are the big theme of Lancaster’s $27 million fiscal 2018-19 budget, which city council approved unanimously Tuesday night.
    The budget contains longevity raises for all employees, plus additional hikes for police officers and firefighters, all designed to make the city more competitive with salaries at nearby county and municipal governments, said City Administrator Flip Hutfles.

  • Karla Deese state’s top coroner

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese has been named the S.C. Coroner’s Association’s 2018 Coroner of the Year.
    “I was certainly surprised and very honored to receive the award,” Deese said Thursday. “I wake up every day with the drive and passion to make a difference, and it was very unexpected for that to be recognized on the state level.”
    Deese has worked at the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office for 13 years, but was only elected coroner a year and a half ago.

  • Parnell on damage-control tour

    Archie Parnell hunkered down to survive last month after news broke about a 1973 domestic-violence incident, and he easily won the Democratic nomination for the 5th District congressional seat two weeks ago.
    Now the Sumter native is crisscrossing the 11-county district in a personal damage-control tour, trying to get his hobbled campaign back on track.

  • Woman snatches money from Crenco cash register

    Lancaster Police Department is seeking information on a woman who robbed one convenience store late Tuesday night and attempted to rob another early Wednesday morning.
    According to a statement from the police department, the woman was wearing a gray pullover jacket, black ball cap, black shorts and flip-flops when she went into Crenco on S.C. 9 Bypass. She took money from the register and an unknown number of lottery tickets. The clerk attempted to follow her out of the store, and the woman told the clerk her husband was waiting outside with a gun.

  • 2nd suspect is charged in Harris Teeter hit-and-run

    A second suspect is behind bars facing a felony charge in connection with an April hit-and-run that seriously injured a 41-year-old Indian Land businessman and his 4-year-old son.

    Isaiah Ray Staley, 21, of Fort Mill was arrested June 11 and remains in the Mecklenburg County jail pending a $5,000 bond on a charge of a passenger fleeing an accident involving injury or death, according to jail records.

  • 2 outdoor-cooking fires damage IL homes

    Two Indian Land homes suffered significant damage this week after outdoor-cooking equipment was left unattended and caught fire.
    The first fire occurred just before 6 p.m. Monday and started when a propane-gas grill was left on outside a home in Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the propane tank did not explode, but a safety valve, designed to keep the tank from exploding, began to release pressure and ignited too close to the home.

  • Building fire temporarily shuts down Heath Springs dumpster site

    HEATH SPRINGS – Fire gutted the attendants’ building at the county’s dumpster site in Heath Springs on Saturday, and the site will be closed until a temporary building is moved in – probably Thursday afternoon.
    No one was hurt, but the 8- by 12-foot building at the convenience site, which contained an office/break room and restroom for the employees, was destroyed.

  • Wreck kills Australian OceanaGold executive

    An OceanaGold executive from Australia died before dawn Monday when her pickup truck hit a dump truck head-on on Gold Mine Highway in eastern Lancaster County.
    Raylene Joan Greenhill, 61, was a corporate health and safety manager for the parent company of Kershaw’s Haile Gold Mine.
    “We are shocked and deeply saddened,” OceanaGold President Mick Wilkes said in a press release Monday from the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. “This is a huge loss to us all.”

  • 2 guilty in armory weapons heist

    Two Lancaster residents have pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges after they were caught in November with machine guns, a grenade launcher and other weapons and items stolen from the Lancaster National Guard Armory.
    Austin Lee Ritter, 23, and Kimberly Denise Cannon, 40, pleaded guilty to possession of machine guns and destructive devices, and to being a felon in possession of firearms, according to South Carolina’s U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon.

  • Rec-bond amount soars to $14M

    Two big-ticket financial matters won unanimous votes from Lancaster County Council on Monday.
    The council gave final approval to the county’s $94 million budget for fiscal 2018-19, which includes a property tax increase and employee pay raises.
    And council members approved the second of three readings on the ordinance placing a recreation bond referendum on the November ballot, with the amount rising to $14 million from $11 million after cost estimates for two of the five projects increased.