Local News

  • Three officials complete government skills course

    Kathy Sistare has one word to describe the government program she recently graduated from – tremendous.

    Sistare, along with fellow Lancaster County Council members Cotton Cole and Larry McCullough, recently graduated from a government-skills training program sponsored by the S.C. Association of Counties. Over the last 18 months, the three council members attended 27 hours of classes to earn their first level of certification.

  • Boy, 5, let off at wrong bus stop

    INDIAN LAND – The Lancaster County School District has implemented a new policy after a kindergartner got off at the wrong bus stop and later straddled U.S. 521 in Indian Land on Tuesday afternoon.

    The boy, 5, was riding the school bus home from Indian Land Elementary School and was supposed to get off at the Hanover Crossing subdivision off U.S. 521, said Bryan Vaughn, the district’s director of safety and transportation.

  • Mayor receives Palmetto award

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw knew he’d be speaking before a crowd Tuesday morning, but he had no idea it would be for two reasons.

    Shaw was stunned – and brought to tears – when he was honored with the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor for service. The accolade was given at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Community event.

    Shaw said he had no clue he was receiving the award, smiling as his eyes began to well.

  • Blackmon-Brace final candidate to enter mayor's race

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace has made her bid for mayor official.

    The two-term councilwoman who has signs promoting her run for mayor up for months filed at the County Administration Building early Monday morning, just hours before the filing period ended.

    Blackmon-Brace is one of four people vying for the mayor’s seat, which is non-partisan.

    The other candidates are Donnie Birchfield, incumbent Joe Shaw and Mary Helen Yarborough.

    Election Day is Nov. 2.

    A second run

  • Lancaster County ACT scores increase in ’10

    The Lancaster County School District improved slightly on its overall performance from last year on the ACT college-entrance exam.

    The American College Testing Program released scores last week.

    The district’s 2010 high school seniors posted an average composite score of 18.0 on the test’s 36-point scale. The district’s score in 2009 was 17.9.

    ACT considers a change of three-tenths of a point to be statistically significant. One-tenth of an ACT point is comparable to four points on the SAT.

  • Can road signs translate into jobs?

    County leaders are looking at how a federal sign mandate could create jobs for Lancaster County.

    With only a few years left before the county is required to convert all of its street and traffic signs to those with more reflective features, Lancaster County Council is considering options for manufacturing its own signs. Council discussed the idea earlier this month as a way to create some new jobs.

  • Man invades family’s house

    A Lancaster family told police that a man came into their home and fired a gun while demanding money Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were called to a South Ferguson Street home about 10:20 p.m. because of someone pointing a gun.

    When police arrived, a 38-year-old woman frantically approached them saying, “He’s in my uncle’s house and he’s got a gun,” the report said.

  • Murder trial set to start Monday

    The trial for a Lancaster County man charged in a 2007 murder is slated to begin Monday.

    Jermaine Richardson, 21, was shot about 9:30 p.m. March 9, 2007, as he sat in the driver’s seat of a blue Cadillac in the 700 block of Pardue Street Apartments.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said a jury pool will report to the county’s temporary court facility on S.C. 9 at 11 a.m. Attorneys hope to have a jury chosen by the end of the morning, with the trial beginning in the afternoon, Barfield said. The trial is expected to last through Wednesday.

  • Testimony stirs emotions in Lancaster murder trial

    A woman’s testimony about how a Lancaster man was shot as he sat in his car stirred emotions in court on Tuesday.ee

    Devone “Shorty” Frazier is on trial this week in the shooting death of Jermaine “Baldy” Richardson, on March 9, 2007, at Pardue Street Apartments.ee

    Witness Melissa Tucker described to the jury how Frazier approached the car and lifted his hand and shot into the driver’s side window of Richardson’s Cadillac.

  • Jaylen lives on

    Jaylen Jackson will never again wear the little tiara she loved, but she lives on in an 11-year-old girl in Texas who loves to dress up just like she did.

    Jaylen was 3 when she was shot and killed during an apparent gunfight at an Athena Road trailer park in May.

    Her mother, Rodriana Cunningham, 23, opted to donate Jaylen’s organs, and recently received a letter about how the little girl’s organs benefited two people.