Today's News

  • Man reports robbery, attack after phone date

    Christopher Sardelli
    Investigators are still looking into a Charlotte man’s claim that he was assaulted and robbed following an encounter with a woman he met on a phone chat line.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said details are sketchy in the assault reported May 22, though he said the victim has not told the whole story.

  • Police investigate drive-by shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    A drive-by shooting at a Lancaster home had officers canvassing several local neighborhoods last weekend.
    Officers were called to a home in the 200 block of McCardell Street at about 11 p.m., June 1, after a family called 911 to report shots fired at their home, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    At the scene, officers spoke with three family members who heard the shots fired nearby.

  • ‘100 Deadly Days’ operation in effect

    Christopher Sardelli
    Reducing speeds, buckling seat belts and curbing intoxicated drivers are the main goals of this year’s “100 Deadly Days of Summer” campaign.
    Motorists may have noticed an increase in traffic checkpoints and other safety initiatives along the state’s highways, as S.C. Highway Patrol troopers – along with local law enforcement – have begun the 100 Deadly Days campaign to cut down on accidents and ultimately save lives.

  • Kristin Hinson earns diploma through virtual charter school

    Reece Murphy
    While it may seem the 2012 graduation season ended several weeks ago, there was actually one more Lancaster County public school senior who had yet to graduate – Kristin Hinson.
    Hinson and her classmates walked the stage Friday, June 8, during the S.C. Connections Academy virtual charter school graduation ceremony in Columbia.
    Hinson, 17, was one of 147 graduating seniors in the online public school’s class of 2012.

  • Lancaster man sentenced to 20 years for drug convictions

    Christopher Sardelli
    COLUMBIA – Two years after he was arrested for selling cocaine following an undercover police operation, a Lancaster man was sentenced to 20 years in prison late last month.
    Montello M. Hood, 38, received a 20-year sentence in federal court in Columbia on May 31 on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

  • Coming events 6/10

    Ongoing events
    Autism day camp
    A camp for children with autism will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 4-8 at Chastain Studio, 107 S. Main St., Lancaster. The camp is for children ages six to 12. Applications are available and the fee is $100 per child, which includes the cost of snacks and materials for activities. Activities include building birdhouses, painting, clay, mixed media and animal therapy. Each child will be able to participate in two activities. Space is limited.

  • Fitness Challenge

    Gregory A. Summers
    Katie Stogner is smiling a lot now than she was in February and there’s a lot less of her to be smiling.
    Stogner completed the grinding 12-week fitness challenge at Island Sun Fitness and Tanning, and the new mom is 32 pounds lighter. After giving birth to her son, Thaxton, on Dec. 7, 2011, she hoped to lose 30 pounds and exceeded her target.

  • City firefighters to the rescue

    Nita Brown
    For the Lancaster News
    The Lancaster City Fire Department came to the rescue in a different way for YouthBuild and Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County on Friday, June 1. Hoping to beat the ugly weather forecast, a team of 15 city firefighters, working as volunteers, showed up early at the Meeting Street job site to set roof trusses on the new home under construction.

  • Banning bath salts intensifies illegal activity

    Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, commonly referred to as “bath salts,” is a dangerous synthetic drug that causes drug-induced psychosis. It has been linked to the May 26 assault in Miami where Rudy Eugene, who had stripped naked after overheating on the drug, ate the face off of Ronald Poppo, a homeless man known to be insane.
    Eugene continued his assault even after being shot by a law enforcement officer who was flagged down by a witness. He was subsequently shot and killed.

  • It is past time for citizens to take back Lancaster County

    Lancaster County Council tabled the proposed B-3 ordinance at its May 21 meeting with comments from council members Charlene McGriff and Kathy Sistare that they “would not be stampeded into doing anything.”
    These comments seem to have been triggered by a flood of e-mails from the public expressing frustration at the refusal of council to allow the B-3 ordinance on the agenda for the May 14 meeting.