Local News

  • Christian Services needs 650 gifts for local children

    Many Lancaster families are probably tightening their belts and cutting back on buying Christmas gifts this year.

    But for many families, the situation is even more dire, and there could be children in Lancaster County who don’t receive a single gift.

    Christian Services’ Angel Tree program aims to provide needy children with gifts at Christmas.

    Coordinator Brenda Campbell said the agency has had many more requests this year.

  • Deputy breaks hand in fight with suspect

    A Lancaster man remains in jail after getting into a fist fight with a law officer early Saturday morning.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged James Mitchell Rollings, 47, of 1173 Flat Creek Road, with assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, driving under suspension – fourth offense, and operating uninsured vehicle.

    Deputy Jimmy Stroud tried to stop the Dodge Caravan that Rollings was driving on South Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Saturday because he knew Rollings’ license was suspended, an incident report said.

  • Garden clubs make a point in decorating courthouse

    The Lancaster County Courthouse may be battered and broken right now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of some traditional holiday cheer.

    Members of three Lancaster County garden clubs dressed up the 180-year-old courthouse with holiday greenery Wednesday morning.

    The garden clubs have decorated the front of the courthouse and the Confederate monument on the grounds for the past several years.

  • 13-year-old baker serves her own homemade treats

    When Elaina Lopez describes her favorite pastries, a smile spreads across her face.

    Elaina, an expert baker from Lancaster, enjoys making all sorts of desserts, from whoopie pies to truffles, but her favorite is her Tres Leches cake.

    The traditional South American dessert is a concoction of sponge cake and three kinds of milk.

    “It takes me two days to make it, but it’s a lot of fun,” Elaina said. “I like taking my time measuring out all the dry ingredients, and then making the whipped topping.”

  • Convenience store robbed last week

    Lancaster police are still looking to make arrests in last week’s robbery of Meeting Street Express.

    Officers came to the convenience store about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24 after a man and woman reportedly fled the building with money from the cash register.

    The man, dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, entered the store and walked behind the counter. He told the clerk he was getting a pack of cigarettes from the rack, according to an incident report.

  • County makes cuts in budget

    The state isn’t the only government entity with budget problems.

    Because of budget cuts at the state level, Lancaster County Council gave final approval to a 1 percent,  across-the-board budget cut Monday night.

    Expenses are going up for the county due to the state cuts, such as increased expenses for mental patient security at Springs Memorial Hospital due to a loss of beds in the state mental health system. Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies provide the security.

  • County may strengthen standards for new roads

    Developers will likely have to build roads to higher standards if they want them to be accepted into Lancaster County’s road system for maintenance.

    County Council postponed final reading of new road standards at Monday’s meeting, moving the vote to a special meeting Dec. 8.

    County Administrator Steve Willis told council members at a previous meeting that these standards are some of the toughest, if not the toughest, in the area.

  • Shore on hand for store grand opening

    HEATH SPRINGS – Carol Boyd remembers when renowned folk artist Jim Shore used to live in Heath Springs. And she’s been waiting for him to come back ever since.

    “I saw in the paper that they were having a signing and I said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I have to go back,’” said Boyd. “Who would’ve thought back then he’d be so famous?”

    Boyd traveled to Heath Springs from Indian Land on Nov. 19 to see Shore at the grand opening of The White House gift shop at 426 N. Main St.

  • Football dispute leads to assault

    An argument over football turned bloody for two acquaintances Monday.

    Willie Edward Watts, 56, of 111 N. Gregory St., has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    An officer arrested Watts at his home after seeing another man in the street with a large gash on his head.

    The officer went inside Watts’ home, where Watts said he hit the man in the head with a pipe wrench, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.  

  • Good Will Ambassador: ‘Doing this is what brings me joy’

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105

    These are the words over the door of Jackie’s Place, a haven of hope created by Lancaster resident Jackie Brown.

    Since 1994, Brown has been behind the counter at Jackie’s Place, helping those in need in Lancaster. From shoes to clothes to even appliances and furniture, Brown has tried to distribute whatever people need, when they need it. Even those in need of a hot meal can find it at Jackie’s Place, thanks to Brown’s home cooking.