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Today's News

  • City hires finance director

    The city of Lancaster has hired Dana Pinkert as it’s new finance director after former Finance Director Daniel Driggers resigned May 11.
    Pinkert, who now lives in Ohio, said she is moving to be closer with family.
    “We were considering going down South, and my son moved to Fort Mill with my grandkids. So I started looking in that general area, and Lancaster itself,” Pinkert said. “It just fit, the type of little city it is, the services it has and the form of government. It was a good fit for me.”

  • Lancaster dad dies in accident

    A Lancaster man died in a single-vehicle wreck in Waxhaw, N.C., on Tuesday afternoon.
    Jonathon “Jon” Morris, 26, was a passenger in a 1976 Chevy pickup truck that wrecked on Providence Road South in Waxhaw near Cane Creek Road, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
    The truck, driven by Jonathan Starnes of North Carolina, ran off of the right side of the road, overcorrected, then ran off the left side of the road before hitting trees.
    Starnes has been charged with driving while impaired, and other charges are pending.

  • Power to the youth x10

    The National Youth Empowerment Day Festival is Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Preston Blackmon Park, 500 Connor St., in Lancaster.
    The year marks the 10th annual celebration of the event, hosted by Ja’Von Crockett, a Lancaster native who now lives in Atlanta as a pastor, master barber/hairstylist and instructor at 71 Hair Salon.
    The event will include music, food, grocery and bicycle giveaways, free school supplies, free haircuts and a talent showcase.

  • Polston pleads guilty to armory weapons theft

    A third person has been convicted on federal weapons charges after being caught in November with machine guns, a grenade launcher and other items stolen from the Lancaster National Guard Armory.
    Brandon Shane Polston, 32, of Lancaster pleaded guilty to possession of machine guns and destructive devices, and to being a felon in possession of firearms, according to South Carolina’s U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon.
    Two co-defendants, Austin Lee Ritter, 23, and Kimberly Denise Cannon, 40, pleaded guilty to the same charges last month.

  • DeVenny is Lancaster’s new mayor

    Local attorney Alston DeVenny has been elected Lancaster’s new mayor, winning three out of the city's six precincts and garnering 565 votes.
    “Thank you very much. Thank you for responding positively to the vision that Lancaster is a great place,” DeVenny said after learning he’d won the election. “Thank you so much for that, and I’m just ready to get to work.

  • Driver injured in Speedway wreck

    A race car driver was injured in an accident Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
    The driver, Colton Avery Dimsdale, 23, of Inman was in fourth place during the late-night race when his car was struck. He was trapped in the car and had to be cut out by first responders before he was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for his injuries.
    Dimsdale said he momentarily went unconscious, then awoke to find a metal bar stuck in his leg.

  • Local United Way raises $400,628

    United Way of Lancaster County celebrated its campaign finale June 28 announcing its fundraising total for the 2017-18 campaign and recognizing several organizations and individuals for their contributions.
    During the 2017-18 campaign, UWLC raised $400,628, which was 94.3 percent of its $425,000 goal. Despite falling short of the goal set for the year, this marks a significant improvement on last year’s figures. In 2016-17, UWLC raised $353,453, just 70.7 percent of its $500,000 goal.

  • Push-ups in the parking lot lead to man’s arrest

    Push-ups in the parking lot were the first sign of something amiss about a Fort Mill man who was arrested June 17 on disorderly conduct and drug charges.
    Robert Kimbrell Kerber, 28, was charged with public disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-offense possession of a controlled substance.

  • Wallet stolen amid aborted moment of bliss in a truck

    Admitting to one crime while reporting another one is never a good idea.
    A 71-year-old truck driver has been charged with first-offense soliciting for prostitution after calling 911 to report that a woman had stolen his wallet in Kershaw.
    Jerry A. Hall of Cassatt, northeast of Camden, reported the theft on June 24, telling the responding deputy that the wallet contained two credit cards and $700 in cash, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Fort Lawn crowd hears details of Heart & Soul

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Mick Harrington, one of Fort Lawn’s Heart & Soul Committee members, channeled the late President John F. Kennedy at the project’s first community-input meeting last week.
    Ask not what ZIP code 29714 can do for you, Harrington told the small crowd that attended, ask what you can do for 29714.
    Harrington and other committee members spoke at the first Heart & Soul public event June 30, held at the new Fort Lawn Fire Department El Bethel substation.