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  • Old jail’s intricate stonework uncovered

    The “new” look of the almost 200-year-old historic Lancaster County Jail on West Gay Street is drawing a lot of attention.
    Renovators have exposed hand-hewn stone masonry hidden beneath layers of stucco, and those working on the multi-year restoration project are trying to determine if it’s feasible to keep it looking that way.
    Built in 1823, the jail was designed by Robert Mills. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • Lancaster man dies in Pageland crash

    A Lancaster man died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle collision near Pageland.
    Duane A. Russell III, 83, was killed in the accident, which happened about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 601 and the S.C. 151 Bypass, the Highway Patrol reported.
    Russell was turning his Chevrolet minivan left onto U.S. 601 north when he was hit by a tractor-trailer heading south on S.C. 151. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Addi Ibrahim of Waterville, Ohio, was not injured.
    The accident closed the bypass for several hours.

  • Thousands of arrest warrants scrapped

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department are canceling thousands of arrest warrants after a state Supreme Court justice directed magistrates to stop jailing low-level offenders who skip court dates or don’t pay fines.
    Chief Justice Donald Beatty put court officials on notice in mid-September to end the practice.
    “We follow the direction we are given,” said Lancaster Municipal Judge Cammie Heath.

  • 3 badly hurt in IL head-on crash

    Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Calvin Hall Road in Indian Land.
    Two victims had to be cut out of one of the vehicles, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers. Members of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the call around 3 p.m., he said.

  • Fleeing car hits electrical pole, cuts power to 1,800 customers

    Nearly 1,800 power customers lost electricity Thursday morning after a vehicle struck a power pole on S.C. 200 near Craig Farm Road north of Lancaster.
    After a city police officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver began to speed away before striking the power pole, according to the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Murphy earns twin Officer of the Year honors

    Lancaster County deputy Sgt. Bill Murphy has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association.
    Murphy, a 30-year veteran law officer, is head of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Division. He received the award Nov. 7 at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Murphy, 55, oversees a diverse list of programs, from local Crime Watches and school resource officers to litter control and building, fleet and equipment maintenance.

  • Tunnell suit settlement totals $90K

    The S.C. I-77 Alliance and York Tech President Greg Rutherford agreed to pay Keith Tunnell and his attorney $90,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing them, as well as other defendants, of defamation, breach of contract and civil conspiracy.
    According to a copy of the settlement obtained by The Lancaster News through the Freedom of Information Act, the I-77 Alliance and Rutherford are paying $60,000 to Tunnell and $30,000 to the law firm Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks of Columbia.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ features more than 100 local kids dancing

    Looking for a way to kick-start the holiday season?
    Each year, locals gather at Lancaster High School to watch a professional performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet that includes more than 100 local children.
    This year’s performance is 7 p.m. next Monday in the high school auditorium, 617 Normandy Road.
    Columbia City Ballet dancer Carmie Schiano Nelson says “The Nutcracker” has always been a holiday tradition for her, and she hopes to spread that tradition to anyone who sees the performance.

  • No post office at Rosemont entrance

    The U.S. Postal Service has scrapped plans to build an Indian Land post office on Rosemont Drive and is considering a new location.
    The decision comes more than a month after the USPS announced the tentative site choice and solicited public input on the proposed location off S.C. 160 (Fort Mill Highway) leading into the Rosemont neighborhood.

  • Camp Creek Road bridge to be replaced

    The S.C. Department of Transportation intends to close the aging two-lane Camp Creek Road bridge over Gills Creek in 2020 and replace it with a new one.

    SCDOT officials have scheduled a drop-in style informational public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Middle School to unveil their $2.8 million plan.

    While construction is two years away, those impacted motorists will have to find alternative routes once it starts.