Today's News

  • Eight officers listed on law officers monument

    – B. Frank Sowell of the Lancaster Police Department died July 4, 1937. He was 39. Sowell and his partner saw a suspicious vehicle sitting under a light at Main Street and Chesterfield Avenue about 1:30 a.m. When Sowell’s partner approached the car, it sped off. After a car chase, the suspect’s vehicle crashed and Sowell was shot twice with a 12-gauge shotgun.

    – Patrolman Walter Bell of the S.C. Highway Patrol died Feb. 4, 1939. He was killed in a car crash in Kershaw while on patrol. 

  • The case for barricades at Palmetto Place Apartments

    A familiar proposal regarding Palmetto Place Apartments is being viewed as one that disrespects residents and treats them like caged-in animals.

    Gail Barnes, who manages the Pardue Street complex, asked city of Lancaster officials this month if one of the complex’s entrances can again be closed off with barricades.

    Management wishes for the entry point from Meeting Street onto Pardue Street be closed at the curve to through traffic.

  • Two sentenced in Kershaw shooting death, injury

    Almost two years after a double shooting in Kershaw left one man dead and another injured, two men were each sentenced this week to 30 years in prison for the crime.

    Jerel Lamar Davis, Jr., 23, 717 E. Dunlap St., pleaded guilty Monday, May 13, to voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime relating to the robbery and shooting death of 69-year-old Kershaw resident Harry Edward Blakeney, said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield on Thursday, May 16.  

  • City Council passes first reading of 2013-14 budget

    It looks like the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be represented in the city of Lancaster’s 2013-14 budget.

    During discussion of the budget at the Tuesday, May 14, meeting, City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris requested that $3,000 be added to the budget to help fund a King Day parade next January in downtown Lancaster.

    Green said the event would allow local residents to unite while also drawing visitors from outside the county. The money would come from the city’s hospitality fund.

  • LSS hosts Driving for the Dream

    One of Lancaster Super Speedway’s special nights of the season is set for Saturday, May 18.

    LSS will hosts its annual Driving for the Dream, a fundraiser for the Lancaster Dream Team.

  • Lancers face Crusaders in district tournament



    The University of South Carolina Lancers’ baseball team is hoping to score some diamond history this weekend.

  • Warriors Upstate champs



    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land High soccer team is back, hoping to finish at the front of Class AA boys soccer.

  • Playoff Notes


    Indian Land faces Bishop England for the Class AA soccer state championship on Saturday, May 18 at Gilbert High School’s Leonard Price Field at 1:30 p.m.

  • Stamp Out Hunger

    Dr. John Murdock, left, holds the door as Barry Catoe, a supervisor at the U.S. Postal Service office in Lancaster, moves a pallet of food to be sorted during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger! food drive on Saturday, May 11. Now in its 21st year, the food drive is the largest single-day food drive in the United States. Food collected in Lancaster County is delivered to HOPE in Lancaster. Murdock is a member of the HOPE board of directors. Last year, more than 9,000 pounds of food benefited HOPE’s food pantry.

  • Thank law officers for their sacrifices

    This week, you will hear a great deal about National Police Week, and what it means to us in the law enforcement field and the families of the officers who serve in this capacity.
    National Police Week was created in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week within which it falls as Police Week. Many of the events and activities associated with National Police Week are held in Washington, D.C., where homage is paid to those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.