• Former county risk manager charged with embezzlement, forgery

    Lancaster County's former risk manager has been accused of taking $15,000 from county funds.

    The State Law Enforcement Division charged Donna Gail Robinson, 36, of 2703 Norfolk Road, on Tuesday with 12 counts of forgery less than $5,000, two counts of embezzlement $5,000 or more and two counts of breach of trust over $1,000 but less than $5,000.

    According to a SLED press release, Robinson is accused of embezzling about $15,000 in public and employee funds from county government departments.

  • Clerk reports being robbed after leaving work Friday

    A Riverside Express store clerk was reportedly robbed by two men Friday night while walking home from work.

    The clerk told Lancaster County sheriff's deputies he was in front of Payne's Garage on Echo Woods Drive about 9:45 p.m. when the men approached and asked for his money.

    After the clerk refused, the men pulled out black semi-automatic handguns and forced him away from the road, according to an incident report.

    One of the attackers hit the clerk in the back of the head with the gun and fired a shot, which didn't hit anyone.

  • Residents using checks with care

    Lancaster County residents polled are using their economic stimulus checks carefully, by paying bills or saving the federal funds.

    As of June, the federal government has sent 112 million checks out, totaling $91 billion in relief. But June sales figures only showed very small growth in stores besides car dealerships, gas stations and restaurants, at just .2 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.

  • Reunion planned for USCL, York Tech nursing students

    An event is being planned to unite former nursing students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and York Technical College.

    All nursing graduates from the two schools' Cooperative Learning Program are invited to an alumni-only reunion from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill.

    This is the first time a reunion is being held for the program, which was started in 1976 and has since graduated more than 1,000 students.

  • Man accused of 2000 shooting death to await trial in custody

    A man who pleaded guilty to a shooting death in 2001 and then had the conviction overturned was denied bond Thursday.

    Demario Mingo, 28, who is accused of the shooting death of Rodney O'Neal Jordan on July 15, 2000, was denied bond during a hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield asked Judge Roger Couch to deny Mingo bond.

    Authorities say a dispute about marijuana on Jordan's 21st birthday led to the shooting.

  • Breaking News Arson suspected in two fires

    Separate fires destroyed a business and a residence in the same area of Lancaster County late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    Officials suspect arson.

    State Law Enforcement Division and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office officials investigated both scenes Saturday.

    Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said the fires look “very suspicious,” with them happening so close to each other in time and location, and their nature in general.

  • Scenic river designation may lead to protections for Catawba

    The Catawba River has been recognized as an invaluable natural resource in need of special care with a recent "scenic river" designation from the state.

    A 30-mile stretch of a free-flowing part of the river from the Lake Wylie Dam to the S.C. 9 bridge at Fort Lawn has been designated scenic.

    The Catawba joins nine other rivers in the state that have received the designation.

    State Sen. Greg Gregory, R-District 16, said the designation will afford the river protection against development along its banks.

    The designation is

  • Kessie portraits depict Wilson-Evans' character Kessie

    Kitty Wilson-Evans of Lancaster has spent much time tributing the lives of African-American slaves and now an artist has paid tribute to her.

    Kaye Cloniger of Fort Mill said she and Wilson-Evans, known for her role as the 19th century slave Kessie at Historic Brattonsville in York County, share a bond.

    At Brattonsville's annual candlelight tour in 2006, Cloniger, who is also a teacher, was so struck by Kessie's face in the firelight that she decided to capture her essence in a collection of 14 oil paintings, which she completed this January.

  • Sorority awards scholarships

    Four recent high school graduates have joined a long list of students to receive scholarships from the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

    The public service sorority's local chapter established a scholarship program in the early 1970s to help deserving, promising youth with financial assistance for college. Three scholarships are available each year.

    The 2008 winners were announced at the chapter's awards luncheon, held June 14 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Carole Ray Dowling Center.

  • Report: Market local culture arts

    A report on how Lancaster County should focus its efforts to attract tourists to its cultural and heritage attractions is out after months of preparation.

    The County Tourism Report was prepared by consultants hired by See Lancaster last fall with a $25,000 competitive grant from the S.C. Budget and Control Board. The report seeks to highlight the county's assets for cultural heritage tourism, defined as "visits to a community motivated in whole or in part based on the community's history and culture."