Local News

  • Local United Way names Outlaw as new director

    Though her title is different, Melanie Outlaw says her role will remain the same.

    Outlaw, who’s worked for the United Way of Lancaster County since 2009, has been named the agency’s executive director. Her first official day in that position was March 1.

    Before last week, Outlaw’s title had been resource development coordinator. But because the local United Way office had no executive director, Outlaw assumed those duties as well.

  • Man sentenced for store burglaries

    A Lancaster man arrested last fall for a string of burglaries only three months after his release from prison was sentenced again last month.

    Dennis Michael Robertson, 45, 2720 Lynwood Drive, was sentenced Feb. 21 to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of violent second-degree burglary, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith.

  • Federal officials accept S.C. educator evaluation plan

    The U.S. Department of Education has approved the S.C. Department of Education’s proposed guidelines to evaluate educators.

    The performance-based educator-evaluation overhaul is a requirement of the flexibility waiver granted last year by the U.S. Department of Education exempting the  DOE from key provisions of No Child Left Behind.

  • Police report: Woman cuts boyfriend with knife

    A Lancaster man told police that an argument with his girlfriend resulted in her cutting him with a knife last month.

    An officer met with the man at the Municipal Justice Center shortly after 6 p.m. Feb. 11. The man, who lives on West Barr Street, said he was asleep in the bed that morning when he was awakened by his live-in girlfriend, who had her hands around his throat, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The man said he jumped up and pushed her off him. They then got into a verbal argument, the report said.

  • Men sentenced in drug cases

    A two-day drug trial ended with a lengthy prison sentence for a Lancaster man late last month.

    Derrick Antonio McIlwain, 27, was sentenced Feb. 21 to eight years in prison according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    McIlwain was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith.

    McIlwain was arrested following a traffic stop by a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office drug agent.

  • Man attacks nurse at hospital

    A Lancaster man remains jailed after he was arrested for punching a nurse at Springs Memorial Hospital last month.

    Dwight Thomas Elder Jr., 36, 2119 W. Meeting St., was arrested Feb. 18 on charges of aggravated assault and battery and possession of a knife during a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    Officers responded at 2:11 p.m. Feb. 18 to an assault at the hospital, 800 W. Meeting St., and were met at the emergency room entrance by a nurse holding a kitchen knife in a clear bag.

  • Man shot to death at Miller Street home

    Police are investigating the shooting death of a Lancaster man late Sunday night, March 3, in what has become the county’s third murder of 2013.

    Kenneth Jeffery Blanding, 36, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. outside a home in the 400 block of Miller Street, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome said late Monday, March 4.

    Broome said Blanding died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Public outcry halts move of recycling center in IL

    INDIAN LAND – Public outcry by Indian Land residents along Shelley Mullis Road has resulted in Lancaster County officials backing away from plans to place a temporary recycling and household trash collection center next to a park. 

    The site at the center of the uproar was to have been located next to Roy Hardin Park at 8341 Shelley Mullis Road, across from the Shelley Woods subdivision. 

  • SLED takes charge of J. Marion Sims Foundation case

    The investigation into the possible $220,000 in missing funds from the J. Marion Sims Foundation took another turn Tuesday, March 5, as state authorities assumed control of the case.

    S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesman Thom Berry confirmed that agency’s involvement Tuesday morning.

    “The answer is yes, SLED has been requested to investigate and we are going to investigate,” Berry said. “This is all still very preliminary.”

  • City may tweak auditing process

    Changes may be coming to the way the city of Lancaster audits businesses that pay license fees to the city.

    At its Feb. 26 meeting, City Council voted unanimously on first reading to amend an existing ordinance regarding inspections and audits.

    The vote was 6-0, as Councilwoman Jackie Harris was absent from the meeting.

    If adopted, businesses will have to provide copies of income tax returns upon the city’s request.