Local News

  • Murder suspect back in jail after running from deputies

    A Lancaster man out on bond in connection with the shooting death of a man two years ago found himself behind bars again after he led deputies on a chase earlier this month.

    Junior Lee Kiker, 31, 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, is one of two people charged with the July 16, 2011, murder of David Brazzell.

    Kiker was re-arrested March 7 on a charge of resisting arrest following a short foot chase through a Lancaster neighborhood, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He was also served with an outstanding family court bench warrant.

  • City firefighters to begin hydrant testing

    Lancaster Fire Department
    The Lancaster Fire Department will begin its semi-annual fire hydrant testing throughout the corporate city limits on Monday, April 1.
    The testing will continue through the end of May.
    All city fire hydrants will be tested to ensure they operate properly and produce the required water pressure when needed.
    Since this process must be done during normal operating hours, it’s impossible to know in advance just when or where the testing will take place in specific areas.

  • Today is deadline for free credit protection

    Today, March 31, is the deadline to register with Experian to receive free credit monitoring as a result of the breach at the state’s Department of Revenue in October.

    The DOR data breach team has been working throughout the weekend to provide assistance for individuals to sign up for the free, one-year credit protection.

    To enroll, individuals have the option to either go online by visiting protectmyid.com/scdor and entering the code SCDOR123, or by calling Experian’s ProtectMyID Customer Service at 1 (866) 578-5422, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

  • IL natives honored for community impact

    About 80 people attended Steele Hill Community Partners Inc.’s inaugural Making a Difference Community Awards luncheon March 16 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Indian Land.

    The luncheon had a two-fold purpose – to recognize Indian Land residents who have made an impact on the Panhandle community and to raise money for Steele Hill Community Partners’ Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program.

  • Business ordinance will stay the same

    Sandy McGarry was wowed when hearing about what happened at Lancaster City Council’s meeting Tuesday, March 26.

    After returning from an executive (closed) session, Mayor Joe Shaw said the city will not change its existing ordinance regarding business license inspections.

    McGarry, chairwoman of the Lancaster County Republican Party, was one of several people who spoke against the city’s intent to require businesses to submit portions of their federal and state income tax returns to the city.

  • Sheriff's office on the move

    There’s quite a commotion happening at 1520 Pageland Highway.

    If you’ve driven past the former Young America Mutual building this week, you may have wondered what all the ruckus is about.

    For days, large boxes have been hauled and moving trucks have been shuttling back and forth along a mile-long stretch as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office prepares to relocate its crime-fighting operation to the two-story facility.

  • 'Let the little children come to me.'

    Some say you can no longer pray in a school building. Sure you can. Just ask Skip Stutts.

    He does it every Tuesday afternoon after the final school bell rings in the McDonald Green Elementary School auditorium.

  • Alcohol to be sold at Red Rose Festival

    Alcohol options will be expanded for adult patrons of this year’s Red Rose Festival.

    On Tuesday, March 26, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a request from Support Services Director Teresa Meeks to allow beer and wine sales at the two-day festival May 17 and 18 in downtown Lancaster.

    2012 was the first year the Red Rose Festival featured alcohol. Just beer was available, though.

    In late 2011, council revised an existing city ordinance to allow beer and wine to be sold at city-sponsored functions.

  • Gleason still in jail

    The man accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter remains behind bars.

    Last week, Phillip Bryan Gleason was given a $150,000 surety bond during a hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Gleason is charged with homicide by child abuse in the March 5 death of 5-year-old Soren Victoria Chilson.

    According to reports, he was home alone with the girl, who was later unresponsive and died shortly afterward from head injuries. She suffered several body bruises, as well.

  • Eleven Lancaster County schools earn Palmetto Awards

    Eleven Lancaster County schools earned prestigious Palmetto Awards from the S.C. Department of Education this week for their outstanding performance.

    Now in its 12th year, the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver awards recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.

    The awards are granted in two categories, general performance and closing the achievement gap, both based on data from the S.C. Department of Education's annual school report cards.