Today's News

  • Fugitive indicted for failure to register as sex offender

    A Lancaster man who had been wanted on two out-of-state fugitive charges until he was found hiding in an apartment in April was formally indicted by a federal grand jury last month. 

    Bryan Yarnell Huntley, 34, 3402 Caroline Court, was charged in a one-count indictment with failure to register as a sex offender, a violation of Title 18, Section 2250(a) of the U.S. Penal code, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

    The federal grand jury in Columbia returned the indictment June 18.

  • Woman arrested for assault

    A routine disturbance call helped local authorities track down a woman wanted for assaulting another woman last month. 

    Teneka Yulundus Patterson, 26, 1941 Usher Road, was arrested June 22 on an outstanding warrant for third-degree assault and battery, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies found Patterson standing in her front yard as they were responding to a disturbance there just after 9 p.m. June 22.

  • Man on county’s ‘Most Wanted’ turns himself in

    Hours after his picture ran as part of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list, a Lancaster man turned himself in to authorities last week.

    Charles Wayne Hunter, 29, 1111 Potter Road, was arrested July 3 for an outstanding drug violation warrant, per a sheriff’s office incident report. 

    Hunter arrived at the sheriff’s office just before 2 p.m. and let deputies know he was wanted. 

    He was one of 12 individuals listed on the sheriff’s office Most Wanted list for July. 

  • Proper mulching techniques important

    While driving along a busy street in a nearby city, I noticed ornamental trees in the median standing in what are called mulch volcanoes.

    Shredded mulch had been piled in circles almost a foot deep at the edges and nearly two feet high against the trunks.

    It never ceases to amaze me that people (in this case, taxpayers) actually spend money to have this kind of  landscaping done because it is a major no-no for tree care.

  • Bogus ad leads to armed robbery

    A legion of unmarked police cars surrounded a small blue hatchback in Lancaster’s Walmart parking lot Monday morning, July 8, only minutes after a man was robbed at gunpoint.

    A day later, police were holding one man for questioning while looking to locate at least two others suspects. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, though, no arrests had been made. 

    “We're knee-deep in this thing,” Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said. “We're working on that right now.” 

  • Continuing rains prompt flood warning

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the section of the Catawba/Wateree River basin that borders Lancaster County until Sunday, July 14.

    Residents along Lake Wateree should be prepared for the possibility of minor and moderate flooding in the upcoming days.

    The National Weather Service reported the water level of Lake Wateree at 100.7 feet at 3 a.m. Monday, July 8, which is above flood stage of 100 feet.

  • Time to focus on positives of public schools

    It is always interesting to read articles in magazines and newspapers where people with great knowledge spill their wisdom concerning the feelings of our public school system.
    This had gone on for years and years. Yet, for some reason or other, all these wonderful ideas are wasted. The one big whipping pole is money or according to most of these wise people, money wasted on public school in South Carolina.

  • City takes lead in restoration

    Who would ever have thought the fascination of a 5-year-old child would result in helping rescue a building years later? But that is the catalyst that inspired the city of Lancaster to step up and fund repair work to the Cultural Arts Center.
    Restoration efforts had been underway sporadically since 1976, but progress was hampered by insufficient funding. With the reinfestation of bats in the early 1990s, use of the building ceased and repairs foundered.

  • County officials laud Comporium for community service

    There was plenty of thanks to go around as county officials heaped on the praise for Comporium and its employees during Lancaster County Council’s June 24 meeting.

    Stepping to the front of the room, Morris Russell kicked off a series of special recognitions by thanking a team of Comporium workers who joined the fray when a Cessna single-engine plane crashed into two trees along Shiloh Unity Road on April 18.

    As the county’s emergency management and fire service director, Russell helped coordinate efforts to rescue a pilot from the downed airplane.

  • City votes to increase towing fees

    If your vehicle is stopped by a Lancaster police officer and requires towing, you will now pay more for it.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously at its June 25 meeting to raise the amount of money partnering towing companies can charge when responding to a Lancaster Police Department call.

    This is when towing is needed as a result of traffic or other violations, abandonment or impoundment, among other reasons.

    “Owners of the wrecker companies would like to have the fees raised to reflect that of the S.C. Highway Patrol,” Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard said in a memo.