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Burglar points gun at New Cut homeowner

Two men charged in botched break-in

By Chris Sardelli

Authorities tracked down and arrested two men Wednesday, July 11, who were interrupted during a burglary at a Lancaster home and ran from the scene earlier this week. 


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Southside Park event to include plenty of giveaways

Youth Empowerment Festival is Saturday

By Jesef Williams

Children 17 and younger are invited to an event that’s turning into an annual tradition in Lancaster.

For the fifth straight year, Lancaster native Javon Crockett has organized a back-to-school festival for area youth. The event – now dubbed National Youth Empowerment Festival – is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Southside Park, off Conner Street in Lancaster.


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Lancaster men arrested for Kershaw County burglaries

By Reece Murphy

Kershaw County deputies have arrested two Lancaster County men for a series of burglaries in rural Kershaw, arrests that may have prevented at least one much more serious crime.


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Norrell briefs City Council on recent court decision

The legality of amending meeting agendas

By Jesef Williams

Is it OK for a governing body to change its agenda less than a day before a scheduled meeting?

According to a recent court decision, the answer is no – and Lancaster City Council was briefed on the case and how it could affect their proceedings.

Mandy Powers Norrell, attorney for the city of Lancaster, spoke during the Tuesday, July 10, meeting about a ruling issued last month by the S.C. Court of Appeals.

The hearing centered on Saluda County Council, which had been accused of illegally amending the agendas for its meetings.


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Police charge Hilliard with kidnapping, weapons violations

By Chris Sardelli

Police arrested a Lancaster man on several charges last week only minutes after a woman reported she was held against her will in a parking lot. 

William Matt Hilliard, 27, 897 Farmbrook Road, was arrested July 4 and charged with two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol. Officers plan to seek warrants for criminal domestic violence and kidnapping, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 


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Despite the load, Savannah Seegars never withers

Just Horses

By Greg Summers

FORT LAWN – If the magazines are correct, the footwear of choice for most 13-year-old girls this time of year would be Rainbows or open sandals.


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Police seek man in shooting

By Chris Sardelli

The search is on for a Lancaster man wanted in connection with the shooting of another man Monday evening, July 9. 


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Firefighters battle heat, massive blaze

Fire destroys Rich Hill hay barn

By Greg Summers

County firefighters fought a hay barn fire in blistering heat on Rocky River Road in the Rich Hill community Saturday afternoon. Their massive, all-out effort kept the blaze from spreading to several nearby full turkey barns.


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S.C. House District 44 race in November may feature four candidates

Cook, Coy place hopes on petition drives

By Jesef Williams

The two men who were removed from the S.C. House District 44 primary ballot say they’ve made substantial progress in their quest to still appear as candidates in November’s general election.

Bob Cook and Joseph Coy are each running a petition campaign to be placed on the election ballot as an independent candidate. District 44 is completely enclosed in Lancaster County.

Cook, a Kershaw resident, had been seeking the Democratic nomination against Mandy Powers Norrell.


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Scams target utility customers

Duke Energy and Lynches River Electric Cooperative are warning their respective customers to be on the lookout for two new identity theft scams.

Duke Energy District Manager Rick Jiran said one that’s sweeping the nation claims President Barack Obama will pay utility bills through a new federal program.

Jiran said consumers are being asked for personal information including their birth date and Social Security number and are given instructions on how to make a utility payment.


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