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  • 17 year old shot Friday night on Arch Street

    A teenager is in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center after being shot Friday night on the 400 block of Arch Street.
    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant said the victim was 17 years old, but his name is not being released yet.
    Police responded to Springs Memorial Hospital just before 10:30 p.m. Friday after nearly a dozen gunshots were reported along that block. The crime scene is almost across the street from the Municipal Justice Center.  
    Emergency room staff treated the victim before he was flown to CMC.

  • Staring down a timber rattler while jump-starting a Camry

    While trying to jump-start their car Wednesday, Eric and Jeri Sullivan found a surprise under the hood – a 4-foot timber rattlesnake coiled atop the motor.
    Eric “popped the hood, and it lifted its head up, and he slammed the hood down,” Jeri Sullivan said Thursday.  “I screamed and told my husband I would not ever be driving that car.”
    What to do next? They couldn’t shoot the snake without hitting the motor, and they sure weren’t going to try to touch it.

  • Sen. Graham talks local infrastructure

    Sen. Lindsey Graham’s ears perked up Wednesday morning when he learned that Kershaw officials could use some federal help getting a railroad spur to the town’s new 122-acre industrial park.
    “Let’s see if we can help with this one,” Graham said. “This sounds like a pretty good deal.”

  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by car

    A pedestrian was hit by a car on Memorial Park Road in Lancaster just after 3 p.m. Thursday and later died from the injuries.

    The victim stepped out in front of a 2000 Chevy Impala driven by 17-year-old Ke’von Drakeford of Heath Springs, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne. Drakeford was not charged in the case.

    The victim, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

    More information will be available in Sunday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Gregory on panel that will investigate nuclear project

    State Sen. Greg Gregory has been appointed to a bipartisan committee that will investigate the scuttled nuclear reactor construction project in Fairfield County.
    The Lancaster Republican is one of 12 senators selected last week by Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman. The committee is co-chaired by Majority Leader Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) and Minority Leader Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington).
    Gregory called the turmoil that surrounds the decision to abandon the expansion of the V.C. Summer plant a debacle with plenty of blame to share.

  • Faile elected president of S.C. sheriffs’ group

    Barry Faile will lead the S.C. Sheriffs’ Association for the next year, the first Lancaster County sheriff ever elected president of the group.
    Sworn in during the SCSA’s annual conference last month, Faile assumes the position after serving several terms on the association’s board of directors.
    Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper noted Faile’s accomplishment during Monday night’s council meeting.

  • Library cancels eclipse viewing after Amazon recalls glasses

    The Lancaster County Library has canceled its eclipse-watching events scheduled for next Monday because 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses it bought from Amazon.com have been recalled, with too little time to get new glasses that are guaranteed to be safe.

  • Man shot in Clinton Avenue home invasion

    A man was shot early Tuesday in a home-invasion robbery at his Clinton Avenue residence, and police are looking for information about three suspects in the case.

    About 4:20 a.m., first responders arrived at a medical call in the 400 block of Clinton Avenue and found that the man had been shot, according to a statement from the Lancaster Police Department.

    The victim, whose identity was not released, is in stable condition at Springs Memorial Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, the statement said.

  • Weekend Recap: August 14, 2017

    More than 1,000 Lancaster County School District teachers and faculty celebrated great teaching Monday morning, Aug. 14, at Buford High School. Troy Helms, an agriculture teacher at Buford High, won the District Great Teaching Award and high school award. A.R. Rucker eighth-grade history teacher Palmer Hudson won the middle school award.

  • City police will open new office at hospital

    The Lancaster Police Department on Tuesday will open a satellite office on the city’s west side – in the lobby of Springs Memorial Hospital.
    While it won’t be staffed 24/7, the office will benefit the hospital, nearby residents and the police department, said Police Chief Scott Grant, adding that the proposal originated with hospital CEO Janice Dabney.
    “It’s her idea. I just recognize a good one when I hear it,” Grant said. “We’re excited.”