Local News

  • Taking a stand against violence


    A man sexually assaults and burns a 6-week-old baby as a way to express anger toward the child’s mother. A teenager watches his father fatally beat his mother. And meanwhile, dozens of people are using the Internet to target their next stalking victim.

    These scenarios aren’t fictitious tales played out on your favorite crime-investigation TV shows. They’re real-life incidents that happen in Lancaster County – and locals want to help stop it.

  • Plans set for 2012 Red Rose Festival

    Additional activities, more good Southern food and a lot of hip-twisting music are just a month or so away as organizers prepare for the third annual Red Rose Festival.

    The family-friendly event, slated for May 18-19, has been billed as Lancaster’s signature event. All of the festivities will take place downtown.

    Caroline Hasty, events and promotions coordinator for See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing group, said the live musical entertainment is set and all the food vendor slots have been filled.

  • School district optimistic about upcoming budget

    While still in the works, Lancaster County School District officials say the forecast for this year’s budget is looking good.

    Tony Walker, the district’s finance director, said at the school board’s March 27 meeting the district is in good financial shape as the fiscal year draws to a close. Walker said both general fund spending and revenue are in line, or better, than expected.

    Last year’s general fund budget for day-to-day operations totaled $70.8 million.

  • Knife upgrades shoplifting charge to armed robbery

    Detectives tracked down and arrested a local man last week in connection with the armed robbery of a Lancaster pharmacy.

    Jeffrey Scott White, 39, 1921 Emma Circle, was arrested March 26. 

    He is  charged with armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime. 

    The charges stem from a robbery at Walgreens, at the intersection of S.C. 9 Bypass and Gillsbrook Road, on  March 24.

  • Sims Foundation awards $822,000 in grants

    Direct health services and health education are among the projects funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s most recent grant awards.  A total of 13 organizations are the recipients of grants totaling $822,816.

  • Democratic National Convention seeks volunteers

    The 2012 Democratic National Convention, to be held the first week of September in Charlotte, is expected to bring millions of dollars and 35,000 visitors into this area, including thousands of national and international media representatives.

    According to officials with the Democratic National Convention Committee and the Host Committee, the 2012 convention will shine a spotlight on Charlotte and the surrounding area. Thousands of television, newspaper and magazine reporters will be coming, along with delegates and convention workers.

  • Fire destroys home on Ross Cauthen Road

    Almost two dozen firefighters worked to quell a mobile home fire last weekend that killed an animal and left two people homeless. 

    Emergency responders arrived at the home in the 2100 block of Ross Cauthen Road about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, March 31, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Filing wraps up for June primaries

    A woman familiar with congressional politics will challenge U.S. House Rep. Mick Mulvaney for the District 5 seat – one of several races office seekers filed for over the past few weeks.

    Joyce Knott, a Rock Hill businesswoman who once worked on the campaign staff for former U.S. Rep. John Spratt, has filed to run as a Democrat for that same seat in the June primary.

    That will presumably pit her against Mulvaney, the incumbent Republican, in November’s general election. 

  • Reflections: Mill's growth, decline mirror mill village

     When the Rev. Bill Knight rides down Brooklyn Avenue these days, the transmission of his mind is hung in reverse.

    Knight, the author of “Mill Hill Memories” and “Mill Hill Residents: Mill Hill Proud,” doesn’t see houses with collapsed roofs that are nothing more than burned-out shells.

    Knight sees neighborly homes where every child was welcome.

  • CEO: Gold mine seeks to keep public informed

    KERSHAW – Representatives from Romarco Minerals and Haile Gold Mine Inc. spent Saturday afternoon at an open house at Andrew Jackson Recreation Center in Kershaw.

    The event, like others held in the past, is part of an effort to keep the community informed about progress Haile Gold Mine is making toward breaking ground and becoming a fully operational facility. Once open, the mine would bring hundreds of jobs to the area.