• Outfitted, trained, ready for work

    An orange fireball engulfed a car just a few feet in front of Trevor Jenkins.
    He could feel the heat on his face, already dripping sweat from exertion. A 30-pound air pack was strapped to his back, and he wore 45 pounds of protective insulated firefighter turnout gear.
    Jenkins jerked back the nozzle lever on the 1.75-inch fire hose he was holding against his right side. He braced his feet as the hose pushed back hard against him. Brent Caldwell stood just behind Jenkins, holding the hose in tandem.

  • Lesson: Don’t do the crime if you need to go potty-time

    Never take a bathroom break in the middle of a crime.

    Two Lancaster women were charged this week with kidnapping and attempted armed robbery after an Indian Land woman said they tried to force her to cash a $3,615 check and give them the money. 

    Ashley Jeanette Sanders, 21, of 3660 Heyward Hough Road and Lauren Rena Knight, 17, of 684 Taylor Drive, were arrested Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • County details services it could offer an incorporated Van Wyck

    Law enforcement, trash disposal, and growth management are all potential services Lancaster County could provide to a future town of Van Wyck if the current incorporation process is successful with voters.
    A list of those potential services was provided to members of the Incorporate Van Wyck Committee this week, only days after Lancaster County Council unanimously voted March 14 to submit a letter to the group.

  • To run, politicians must write parties big checks

    When Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond both signed up for reelection on Wednesday, they found themselves in similar situations.
    Faile wrote out a check to the S.C. Republican Party for $3,184.80.  
    “What can you do other than bite your tongue and do it? It’s one of those things that you can’t control,” Faile said.
    Hammond shook his head and made a check payable to the S.C. Democratic Party for $2,742.92.
    His check amount wasn’t as much as Faile’s, but it still hurt.

  • Candidates gather at the starting line for campaign 2016

    Excited conversations and camera flashes filled the halls outside the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission office on Wednesday as dozens of supporters watched a long line of candidates file for a slew of local and state offices.
    Waiting in that line was Brandon Newton, a Republican candidate seeking to replace four-term Rep. Deborah Long in the S.C. House District 45 seat. With a handful of friends in tow, Newton, 21, arrived prior to the noon opening of filing for the June primary.

  • Ghent guilty

    John Marion Ghent Jr. was sentenced to 59 years in prison Thursday after jurors found him guilty of murdering his wife in 2013.
    Jurors deliberated only an hour before convicting Butch Ghent of stabbing Elaine Ghent to death in their home. Prosecutors said his motive was anger over her plans to leave their 35-year marriage.
    Sixth Circuit Court Judge Brian Gibbons sentenced Ghent to 54 years on the murder charge and five years for a weapon charge, to run consecutively. It amounts to a life sentence for the 57-year-old Ghent.

  • Murder trial begins in 2013 stabbing

    The trial of a Lancaster man accused of stabbing his wife to death in 2013 began Monday and continued Tuesday with harrowing testimony from family members about finding the body.
    The first news that something horrible had happened to 54-year-old Elaine Ghent the morning of Oct. 28, 2013, came in the form of a 4 a.m. voice mail left on daughter Tabitha Reynolds’ phone.

  • Man, stepson die in apparent murder-suicide

    Two men were shot dead in a house on Connor Street in Lancaster early Monday, in what police called an apparent murder-suicide.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the dead as Barack Shabezz, 48, and his stepson Terry Lynn Price Jr., 24.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said officers were dispatched to 406 Connor St. about 4:40 a.m. regarding a shooting in progress.
    According to Grant, officers arrived to find one person outside who turned out to be a witness and upon entering the house found the victim shot to death in a front bedroom.

  • Charges dropped in girl’s death

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman has dismissed the Valentines Day 2002 case of a former Kershaw man who was speeding on Catoe Road in Lancaster when he struck and killed a 9-year-old girl crossing the road.

    Garth Braxton Beard was charged in June 2002 with one count of reckless homicide in the death of Brandi Profitt of Lancaster.

  • Candidate filing starts Wednesday

    The filing period for Democratic and Republican candidates begins this week for nine local offices in the June primary election, as well as the county’s and state’s legislative delegations.

    Filing opens noon Wednesday, March 16, and closes at noon March 30, said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson.

    U.S. Senate and House candidates must file at the S.C. Election Commission, 1122 Lady St., Suite 500, in Columbia.