Local News

  • LPR modifies evening schedule for Thusday, Friday

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation has cancelled all evening indoor and outdoor activities from Thursday through Sunday ahead of Hurricane Florence.
    The after school program will run Thursday as scheduled, but will be suspended Friday since schools classes have been cancelled for the day. For details, call (803) 285-5545.

  • Florence shifts toward South Carolina (5 p.m. update)

    Hurricane Florence has no intention of giving Lancaster County the brushoff.
    An 11 a.m. Wednesday update on the storm from the National Weather Service shows that northern South Carolina will get hit harder than initially thought after two radical overnight shifts in direction.
    The massive storm is now expected to travel more westward after colliding with a high-pressure system developing over the northeast United States.  
    The storm is now projected to pass through the heart of South Carolina on midday Sunday after weakening into a tropical depression.

  • Schools to close Friday

    The Lancaster County School District just announced that all Friday classes are cancelled. After-school programs will still be held Thursday, but there will no extracurricular activities after 6 p.m. Thursday or on Friday.

    “Right now, our area isn’t expected to get any major effects of Hurricane Florence until Friday,” said school school superintendent Dr. Jonathan Phipps. “Of course, we’ll continue to monitor the storm forecasts and adjust as necessary.”


  • Distribution, manufacturing fuel Fort Lawn resurgence

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    A quiet revitalization is going on at the four former Springs Industries plants in Fort Lawn, led by Springs Creative CEO Derick Close.

    Close bought the Fort Lawn plants that his family used to own – Elliott, Frances, Leroy and Riverlawn – and has made them the components of Springsteen Logistics, a division of his Springs Creative Group.

  • McMaster orders coastal evacuation

    COLUMBIA – Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the mandatory evacuation of an estimated 1 million people in eight coastal S.C. counties beginning at noon Tuesday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas.
    “We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane, so we’re willing to suffer some inconvenience…. This is a very dangerous hurricane,” McMaster said at a Monday afternoon briefing.    

  • McMaster holds 2:30 p.m. brief on Hurricane Florence

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will hold a media briefing at 2:30 p.m. today to update the public on Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on the state.
    Local officials are also meeting at 3 p.m. today at the Emergency Operations Center on White Street to discuss the storm, which intensified to Category 4, with winds in excess of 130 mph as it continues to bear down on the Carolina coast.

  • Governor declares state of emergency as storm path aims at Carolinas

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon with the looming possibility that a hurricane could make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas next week.
    “This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances,” McMaster said of Tropical Storm Florence. Spinning out in the Atlantic Ocean, the storm is expected to be approaching hurricane strength again late Saturday.

  • Man who approached boy on bike identified, not charged

    INDIAN LAND – The man who approached a bike-riding child Sunday in the Walnut Creek subdivision has been identified by law enforcement and will not be charged.
    A Wednesday release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says investigators have talked with the man and he is not the same person identified in recent social media posts.

  • Murder suspect captured in D.C.

    A Lancaster man has been tracked down in Washington, D.C., and charged with murder in last week’s fatal shooting on Hood Park Lane.

    Zakee Antwon Edward Davis, 24, was arrested Wednesday in the Aug. 15 killing of Demarcus Laquan Hendrix according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.

    “Although Davis has been arrested and brought back to Lancaster, there is more to be done in this investigation,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.

  • Wreck kills 81-year-old Kershaw man

    An 81-year-old Kershaw man died in a head-on collision on U.S. 521 just south of Kershaw late Tuesday afternoon.

    The victim, who has not yet been identified, was driving north on 521 around 6:40 p.m. when Heather Kristina Hertle, 25, of Kershaw, headed south, crossed the centerline and struck the man’s vehicle, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The victim was trapped in the vehicle and had to be mechanically extracted by Kershaw volunteer firefighters, said Trooper Joe Hovis. The victim died from his injuries at the scene.