Today's News

  • Lancaster man pleads not guilty in deaths of former Belmont, N.C., mayor, girlfriend

    Christopher Sardelli
    BELMONT, N.C.- A Lancaster man will have his day in court early next year, after he pleaded not guilty this week for the February deaths of a former Belmont, N.C. mayor aand his girlfriend.
    Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell said Lester Saunders Norman Jr., 41, pleaded not guilty to several charges Monday, June 4 for the deaths of former Belmont Mayor Kevin Loftin, 56, and Donna Jean Deitz, 60.

  • County to host three July 4 parades

    From staff reports
    There are three Independence Day parades in Lancaster County to choose from this year.
    Charlesboro parade
    The 33rd annual Charlesboro July 4 parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin with line up at New Haven Baptist Church and will march down Taxahaw Road to Blackmon Cemetery. The vehicles must be road safe and display an American flag. Floats are welcome. For details, call (803) 285-8781 or (843) 658-3555.
    Rich Hill parade

  • Phipps, Dabney to take on new roles in school district

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District officials have named replacements for retiring Executive Director of Instructional Services Carolyn Jordan and Andrew Jackson High School Principal Mary Barry.
    According to district officials, Buford High School Principal Jonathan Phipps will replace Jordan at the district office.
    AJHS assistant principal Alex Dabney will take over his former boss’ position at the helm of AJHS.

  • 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.