• 3 of 4 suspects in Tran killing plead guilty to lesser charges

    Three of the four defendants facing trial for the drug robbery and murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land last year have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
    The fourth, alleged to be the shooter in Tran’s killing, is to face trial for murder later this month.
    According to the Lancaster County Clerk of Court’s Office, Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, of Indian Land pleaded guilty during Tuesday’s plea hearing to one count of armed robbery.

  • Sewage spill danger ends on Catawba

    The bacterial danger from a massive sewer spill into the Catawba River nearly three weeks ago has passed, S.C. environmental officials said Tuesday, but they urged ongoing caution among the river’s recreational users anytime there’s heavy rain.
    The state Department of Health and Environmental Control posted no-swimming notices at the Catawba Nation landing and Landsford Canal on July 15, the day after a 21-inch pipe ruptured and dumped untreated sewage into Kings Branch in Charlotte for 11 hours.

  • Pageland cops explain entering officer’s home

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    Pageland’s top two police officers, suspended with pay since early June, told state investigators they entered the home of an absent officer without permission because of their concerns about his alleged marital problems.

  • Cops investigate toddler's shooting death

    Grieving family and friends gathered outside Springs Memorial Hospital Monday night after a 2-year-old was fatally shot at a Lancaster home in the 500 block of East Dunlap Street.

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese responded to SMH about 8 p.m. Just before midnight, her office issued a statement confirming the shooting death.

    At midday Tuesday, the coroner’s office identified the victim as Jacarion Antonio Gladden of Lancaster and said he died from a single gunshot wound. The coroner's investigation is continuing.

  • Coming soon: More arts events

    See Lancaster

    Lancaster Performing Arts’ secondary series, “See Lancaster Live,” is bringing everyone’s favorite comedian, James Gregory, back to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium. 
    At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, “the funniest man in America” will bring his rib-tickling reflections of “life from the front porch” to the stage. By refusing the vulgar and profane, Gregory focuses on a simpler time, before the “loss of common sense.”

  • Hot fun in the sun

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    A heat index reaching near triple digits could not stop the smiles on 250 faces at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department Block Party at Buford Recreation Center on July 21.
    Jennie Reid headed a team of staff members that led groups of children through various stations at the fourth annual event.

  • Deadly mosquito-borne horse disease discovered in Dillon Co.

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    COLUMBIA — State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of the first South Carolina case of Eastern equine encephalitis in 2017.
    The case was identified July 21 in a horse from Dillon County, said Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.

  • 2,843 new jobs, $85M in investment

    In its first full year as a county department, Lancaster County’s Economic Development team delivered a banner year of growth. Under the leadership of Jamie Gilbert, the county created 2,843 new jobs, the most ever in a 12-month period.
    Since Gilbert was hired in July 2016, the LCED brought nearly 3,000 jobs to the county – one new job for every 13 eligible workers. New investment pumped $85 million into the economy – nearly $1,000 for each county resident.

  • Pinky & Tank

    It was all wagging tails and happy barks as Pinky the pit bull mix and Tank the boxer met for the first time on July 21. This wasn’t just any old play-date, though. The two dogs were brought together after Tank’s life was saved through a blood transfusion from Pinky on June 24.

    Tank had a low platelet count and was bleeding internally.
    “His immune system was going haywire,” said his owner, Heather Dickerson.

  • Holt’s return to planning commission short-lived

    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes said he hopes to announce a new nominee for the county planning commission’s District 7 seat next council meeting despite a successful maneuver earlier this month that allowed recently ousted commissioner Jerry Holt to return to his seat on an interim basis.
    A bloc of Lancaster County Council members representing the county’s four central districts voted June 26 against reappointment of the outspoken Holt to his third term on the planning commission representing Indian Land’s District 7.