• Local Red Cross volunteers fan out to help storm victims

    The United States has had tropical storm after storm over the past several weeks, and local American Red Cross volunteers jump at every chance to travel and help those in need after a storm makes landfall.

    Longtime volunteer Cricket Harper has been deployed since Aug. 22, responding to Tropical Storm Fay in Orlando, said local Red Cross Director Gina Amato.

    Harper was then sent to Hattiesburg, Miss., and Baton Rouge, La., inspecting the Red Cross' emergency response vehicles to make sure the vehicles are ready for deployment.

  • Gas prices rise due to Gulf Coast hurricane

    The countless plastic bags that covered gas pump nozzles on Friday told the story.

    As Hurricane Ike made its way toward the Texas Gulf Coast late last week, concern arouse regarding the price and availability of gas. The storm, which hit Texas early Saturday, forced several refineries in that area to shutdown.

    The national impact was evident around Lancaster County, as gas stations raised their prices and motorists scrambled to top off tanks in fear that fuel would run out.

    Olisha Davis heard rumors Thursday that gas in the area would increase to $5 a gallon.

  • Hearing set on proposed tax increase

    Residents who would like to have their say about a proposed property tax increase to cover costs associated with the fire at the Lancaster County Courthouse may address County Council during a special meeting Monday night.

    The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and includes a public hearing on the proposed tax increase. Council is expected to hold final reading of an ordinance to raise taxes during the meeting.

  • Historical Commission reprints 1972 book on Haile Gold Mine

    Historical Commission reprints 1972 book on Haile Gold Mine

    Denyse Middleton

    For The Lancaster News

    A book sale and reception is planned for the reprint of a 36-year-old book about Lancaster County's famous gold mine.

    To expand the knowledge of the Haile Gold Mine, the Lancaster County Historical Commission decided to reprint the book, "Death of a Gold Mine."

    It has taken nearly four years to have the book reprinted, said Melody Craig, chairwoman of the historical commission. Sandlapper Publishing of Orangeburg did the 2008 reprint.

  • WIS-TV weatherman visits Heath Springs Elemementary

    HEATH SPRINGS – When Ben Tanner visited Heath Springs Elementary School on Wednesday, he was treated a little like a rock star.

    As the Columbia weatherman walked inside the building, he was greeted with screams, posters, thunder sounds and weather-esque music.

    But Tanner didn't come to play the star. He came to educate.

    After taking pictures with the entire student body in the gym, he spoke with the fourth-graders about weather.

  • 2 men robbed at post office

    Jesef Williams


    Two men were robbed in separate incidents at the Lancaster post office on North Main Street within a week.

    Police say the robberies may be related.

    A Lancaster man reported to police Thursday that he was held up at gunpoint inside the post office.

    The man, 39, walked in to buy a stamp and was about to place an envelope in the box when another man entered, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Dating teens to put romance on hold as rival teams take the field

    If all's fair in love and war, then football ranks right up there with both.

    Romance involving football rivals may make a place-kicking situation in tonight's Buford-Lancaster county clash an interesting scenario.

    And extra points – usually regarded as routine plays – may not be so routine when the Jackets and Bruins tangle at BHS tonight.

    That's because Lancaster High School senior place-kicker Anna Funderburk will be battling against her boyfriend, Buford High senior captain Joe Wright, a two-way starter at offensive guard and linebacker.

  • Family loses everything in fire

    James Boone hates that all of his son's baby pictures are gone.

    A fire at his Reeves Road home Sunday morning not only ruined those photos, but destroyed everything else inside.

    As Boone and his live-in girlfriend, Tara Donahue, pick up the pieces, they remain puzzled about how the fire started.

    Boone, Donahue and their children were away at a park picnic when the fire started about 10 a.m. Sunday. Donahue's mother called her after a neighbor on Reeves Road called 911 and got in contact with Donahue's family, telling them about the fire.

  • Man pleads guilty to firearms charge

    A Kershaw man pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge last week.

    Laurkeda Montrell Montgomery, also known as "Magoo," 26, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies responded to an armed robbery in April. The victim told deputies that Montgomery had robbed him at gunpoint.

    Deputies found Montgomery's car in the area. Montgomery crashed the car after a brief chase, and then ran from deputies before he was caught.

  • Boy, 2, OK after being hit by SUV

    Police are no longer investigating a Sept. 5 incident in which a boy and his grandfather were struck by a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

    Dana Michelle Sullivan, 26, of Kershaw, was driving a 2006 Honda Pilot when Jason Bolick, 2, ran out in front of her, according to a Lancaster Police Department accident report.

    When James Johnson, the boy's grandfather, reached under the SUV to get his grandson, the vehicle backed over Johnson's hand, the report said.