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  • State report: Lancaster’s crime rates fell in 2013

    Lancaster County’s murder rate declined 39 percent, robberies were down 28 percent and sexual assaults dropped by 37 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

    That data is the latest available and comes from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Uniform Crime Report released Feb. 12. 

    SLED Chief Mark Keel said the report provides a “snapshot in time” of overall criminal activity in the Palmetto State. 

  • Relics of the Old South get a new home

    The lights are set low, except for the glow of a replica fire that illuminates a pair of mannequins dressed in 19th century clothing.

    “The best thing about burning down the city with one button is you can rebuild it with another,” says Curator of Education Joe Long as he leans over a computer screen showing a map of the burning of Columbia.

  • S.C. lawmaker again pushes to arm teachers

    The sponsor of a bill that would arm specially trained teachers and school administrators as a means of protecting public schools said he has tightened the legislation to address concerns about the presence of weapons around students.

    State Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, sponsored a similar measure in 2012, shortly after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., where a mentally ill man killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers. That measure never made it out of a House committee.

  • Trump takes Lancaster County in GOP primary

    In a vote that mirrored the state of South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won Lancaster County with 34 percent of the vote on Saturday.
    Marco Rubio finished second with Ted Cruz at a close third.
    The unofficial results for Lancaster County by candidate are:
    Donald Trump – 4,190 votes (33.68 percent)
    Marco Rubio – 2,754 votes (22.14 percent)
    Ted Cruz – 2,689 votes (21.62 percent)
    Ben Carson – 1,136 votes (9.13 percent)

  • Lancaster woman wins $100K in lottery

    The mundane chore of waiting in the pickup line at school turned into a celebration for one Lancaster grandmother when she won $100,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket.
    An S.C. Education Lottery official said Wednesday the woman, who has chosen to remain unidentified, drove to Columbia on Friday to cash in the $5 The Money Game ticket as soon as her grandchildren hopped in the car. She didn’t even wait to tell the children’s parents.

  • Lancaster shooting suspect arrested in N.J.

    A Lancaster woman wanted in connection with to a Plyler Street shooting earlier this month has been arrested in New Jersey.
    Martina Aiesha Jenkins, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Essex County, N.J., by U.S. marshals, according to a Lancaster Police Department advisory.
    Jenkins is jailed at the Essex County Detention Center in Newark, pending extradition.

  • Judge fines Vann $200 for back taxes

    Mayoral candidate Charles Vann Jr. was cited in Lancaster Municipal Court on Wednesday for not paying the city’s hospitality tax for the past eight months.
    Judge Robert W. Davis fined the Café Taylor owner $200 for delinquent tax payments totaling $717.13.
    Vann is one of six candidates running in Tuesday’s special election for the unexpired term of longtime Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw, who died Nov. 29.

  • Glimpsing the candidate who saved her life

    The atmosphere was electric as Heather Stover craned her neck to see Dr. Ben Carson wave to a lively crowd at Carolina Christian Academy on Monday.
    Though most people were there to hear the GOP presidential hopeful discuss the finer points of his campaign during his second stop in Lancaster, Stover’s connection ran far deeper.
    Carson saved her life. Not just once, but three times – operating on her brain at age 8, 11 and 13.

  • SCDOT closes Bailey Road to through traffic

    The S.C. Department of Transportation has closed Bailey Road to through traffic effective 9 a.m. Feb. 17 for bridge repairs.
    Bailey Road runs between S.C. 903 in the Antioch community and U.S. 521 South in the Elgin community.
    SCDOT recommends those who normally use Bailey Road to use Community Lane as a detour.
    There is no completion date for the project and a SCDOT spokeswoman said Bailey Road will reopen as soon as the bridge repairs are complete. 

  • All-star game canceled just before kickoff

    Valentine’s Day 2016 was a huge disappointment for a group of Indian Land High School football coaches and players.
    The Warriors grid group, which was slated to play in the International Futures All-Star football game at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., on Feb. 14, learned some 90 minutes before kickoff that the game had been canceled.
    “There was huge disappointment,” said Indian Land High School defensive coordinator Horatio Blades. “You had players, coaches and parents very, very upset.”