Local News

  • Popular doctor dies at age 74

    A retired Lancaster physician is being remembered for his caring way with patients and his dedication to his faith.

    Dr. William “Bill” Duke died Saturday at home. He was 74.

    Bill Duke’s family moved often during his youth, but settled in Lancaster in 1945.  

  • 11,400 students return to school

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore visited every school in Lancaster County School District on Monday and said the start of the 2010-11 year was “extremely smooth.”

    Moore credits the principals, teachers, students, parents and everyone else who helped prepare for the first day. He said he was impressed to see much instruction taking place already.

    “It didn’t seem to be a lot of bumps in the road,” Moore said. “I’m amazed at how quickly they settle in. It’s almost like they never stopped school.”

  • Contested races form for two school board seats

    There will be a three-man race for the District 1 seat on the Lancaster County school board.

    One-term incumbent Don McCorkle will face fellow Indian Land resident Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton, a Van Wyck resident, for the seat, which covers the county’s Panhandle area.

    The filing period ended Monday. Election Day is Nov. 2.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

    Leland Hughes

  • Man grazed by bullet in Lancaster shooting

    A Lancaster man was grazed by a bullet as he drove on Hampton Road on Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers were called to the area of Hampton and Sowell Streets about 6:20 p.m. because of gunshots.

    When police arrived, several residents said they heard the shots, but they could not provide any other information, the report said.

    Minutes later, the police department received a call that a gunshot victim was in the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Local departments help York Co. firefighters

    FORT MILL – Lancaster County firefighters provided help to York County emergency workers after a tanker carrying gasoline exploded after a crash on Interstate 77 on Monday.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol,  the Freightliner tanker hit a 1977 Plymouth sedan in the southbound lanes near exit 88 about 2:40 p.m.

    Two women in the sedan were treated and released from Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, while the driver of the tanker, Joshua Woodrow, 35, of Charlotte, died in the crash, the Highway Patrol said.

  • Two people hurt in shooting

    Two people were injured after a shooting at a nightclub early Saturday morning.  

    One person was shot and another hurt about 1 a.m. at the Old Skool Sports Bar and Grill on U.S. 521. Details are sketchy, but the person who was shot was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital. The second person was grazed during the shooting, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

    Two ambulances and a combination of about seven Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office cars responded to the scene.  

  • Third candidate files for mayor

    Donnie Birchfield said the firing of former Lancaster police officer Pat Parsons is something he wants to help make sure is not repeated.

    Parsons was fired earlier this year after complaints were filed saying that he used obscene language and threatened a teen and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

    Birchfield said Parsons’ firing was unjust and that city officials need to show more support for their law officers. He has now made that stance part of his political platform.

  • 13-year-old placed in protective custody

    A 13-year-old boy was taken into emergency protective custody by police after his 8-year-old cousin was burned at a Laurel Court home on Monday.

    The 8-year-old is in fair condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said Friday.

  • Police will be looking for speeders in school zones

    Drivers need to be reminded that local streets may be clogged with traffic on Monday as students head back to class in the Lancaster County School District.

    The area around Lancaster High School is often a traffic jam the first few days of the new school year, and Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said extra officers will be on the campus as the new year starts.

    Grant, who heads up the department’s patrol division, said officers will be looking for traffic infractions, especially speeding.

  • Doster’s sculpture wins N.C. contest

    DILLSBORO, N.C. – Lancaster artist Bob Doster has been named the winner of Jackson County Green Energy Park’s 2010 sculpture competition with a piece called “Box of Souls.”

    Doster’s piece is a constructed stainless-steel box, cut away to reveal empty space in the shape of numerous geometric and representational figures, including the sun and stars, humans and animals.