Local News

  • Mulvaney to serve as grand marshal of parade

    Mick Mulvaney will serve as the grand marshal of the Lancaster Christmas parade on Dec. 13. The parade starts at 6 p.m.

    Mulvaney, who has served the past two years as the District 45 representative in the State House, was elected in November to succeed Greg Gregory as the District 16 senator.

    Gregory has served in the state Senate for 16 years. The Lancaster Republican did not seek re-election this year and endorsed Mulvaney, also a Republican, early in the race.

  • Man charged with arson in strip mall fire

     A Lancaster man has been arrested and charged with arson in the Nov. 6 fire that destroyed the Pitmon Place strip mall on Lynwood Drive.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Victor Carlisle McDonald, 46, of 1448 Springdale Church Road, with arson. He was arrested Nov. 26 and is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

    Sheriff’s office spokesman Tom Holland said McDonald’s bond has been denied.

  • Good Will Ambassadors: Family Promise volunteers to help homeless families

    There’s a new faith-based group in the county that seeks to meet a growing need in the community – helping homeless families.

    Family Promise of Lancaster County, affiliated with the national Family Promise organization, has Methodists, Baptists, Catholics and others as board members.

    They’re working together toward a common goal, and 13 different churches committed as host churches. Volunteers from other churches are already participating on an individual basis.

  • Construction to begin on new town hall

    KERSHAW – After months of planning, construction of the new Kershaw town hall is about to begin.

    Mayor Tommy Baker said work on the 6,000-square-foot building should begin next week.

    Baker and the construction company, P.F. & Perry L. Mungo Inc. of Pageland signed off on the project contract. Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved the contract at its meeting Monday.

  • Kershaw plans much more than a parade

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw hopes to draw residents from across the county with a day full of Christmas activities on Dec. 13.

    Sheila Hinson, organizer for the Kershaw Christmas parade, said the Christmas festivities will begin with the annual parade at 4 p.m.

    Parade groups and floats will flow onto Hampton Street from both Church and Cleveland streets.

    The theme of this year’s parade is “The Spirit of Giving,” and it will focus on giving residents a chance to give back to the community.

  • 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.