Today's News

  • South Middle named School to Watch

    South Middle School is celebrating this week with the announcement that it has been named a School to Watch.
    Overseen on the state level by the South Carolina Middle School Association, the School to Watch designation is an initiative of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform signifying the school’s success in pursuing academic excellence.

  • Lancaster man pleads guilty in two deaths

    BELMONT, N.C. – Almost 10 months after a car chase ended with the deaths of a former Belmont, N.C., mayor and his girlfriend, a Lancaster man pleaded guilty to the crimes in a Gaston County courtroom last week.
    Lester Saunders Norman Jr., 41, pleaded guilty to a long list of charges Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the deaths of former Belmont Mayor Kevin Loftin, 56, and Donna Jean Deitz, 60, said Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell. Norman entered the plea in Gaston Superior Court.

  • ‘Project Brick’ revealed

    Much of the secrecy surrounding “Project Brick” has dissipated.
    Ryan Wetherington, marketing director for Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., spoke at City Council’s Tuesday, Dec. 11, meeting about the company looking to locate in the planned industrial park off S.C. 9.
    For a long time, the company – along with the involved negotiations – had been solely referred to as Project Brick.

  • Councils take action to clear way for industrial park

    Lancaster County Council laid the first few bricks this week in a joint effort to bring a new company to the reinvigorated Air-Rail Industrial Park.
    During a series of meetings this week, council members voted on several motions, resolutions and ordinances related to restarting the process for the industrial park, while also laying the groundwork to allow a new company to set up shop there.
    The name of the company, dubbed “Project Brick,” has not been formally announced by County Council.

  • School district prepares for 'fiscal cliff'

    With no real movement in Washington, D.C., toward avoiding the year-end “fiscal cliff,” Lancaster County School District officials are preparing for the possibility of losing a significant chunk of federal funding next year.
    The sequestration is a package of $109 billion in automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts set to go into effect Jan. 1 should Congress and the White House fail to reach a budget deal before then to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion.

  • Men face charges for beating women

    Two Lancaster men are in trouble with the law in separate incidents last week after they allegedly assaulted their girlfriends in public.
    The first incident occurred Dec. 3.
    According to a Lancaster Police incident report, an officer responded to the intersection of Willowlake Road and Dunlap Street just after 11 p.m. Dec. 3, where he found a woman bleeding from what appeared to be an injury caused by “blunt force trauma” to the right eye.

  • Man arrested on pistol charges

    A Lancaster man was arrested on firearms charges earlier this month as officers were on the hunt for a suspect in a separate case.
    Tony Antron Cunningham, 32, 606 E. Gay St., was arrested Dec. 2 on charges of possession of a pistol by a restricted person, unlawful carrying of a pistol and no vehicle license, as well as two outstanding warrants, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.  
    Officers were patrolling the area of Thomas Lane and St. Paul Street at 12:38 a.m. when they saw a burgundy Honda Accord turn without using its turn signal.

  • USCL students charged with illegal hunting

    An investigation into illegal night deer hunting by local and state authorities led to the arrests of three University of South Carolina Lancaster students Sunday, Dec. 9.
    James Christopher Stewart, 18, Ryan Charles Manore, 19, and Blake George Shirley, 18, were all arrested on charges of illegal night deer hunting, first offense, according to Lancaster County Detention Center records.  
    USCL spokeswoman Shana Dry confirmed Thursday that all three teens are students at the university, and some are members of the USCL Lancers baseball team.

  • Suspects run after car chase

    Two men are still on the run after leading police on a car chase that ended with a runaway car hitting a fence Nov. 30.
    The chase began shortly after 9:22 p.m. Nov 30 when officers responded to Pardue Street Apartments about someone reportedly  pointing a gun at a resident earlier that night, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Six charged with selling counterfeit items

    PAGELAND – Six merchants were arrested for the distribution of counterfeit items Sunday, Dec. 2, in what proved to be a busy day at the Mount Croghan Flea Market.
    The search was headed by Doug Renew of the Secretary of State Office, assisted by Cpl. Joseph Carnes, Sgt. Stuart Robinson and Sgt. Spence Vaughn of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department.