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  • 5th District forum will showcase 11 candidates Tuesday at USCL

    Twelve of the 15 candidates running in the special election for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District will participate in the Before You Vote forum Tuesday at USC Lancaster.
    “With that number of candidates, it’s going to be interesting,” said Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, one of the event’s sponsors. “The difficulty was creating a forum to give each candidate adequate time to voice their opinions on the issues.”

  • ‘You go home, hug your kids… and you made it one more day’

    Rescuers lean on each other to get through the night
    Kayla Vaughn
    kvaughn@thelancasternews.com
    Most of Buford’s volunteer firefighters were headed home from their day jobs April 6 when their pagers went off.
    Billy Morris, chief of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department, arrived first at the demolished home on Pageland Highway. He radioed for help, calling it in as “entrapment,” saying two people were inside.

  • Cavalry is coming

    Mandy Catoe
    mcatoe@thelancasternews.com
    When a neighbor is in need, the Buford community rallies.
    R.L. Parham, owner of Buford Flea and Farmer’s Market, felt compelled to help the family of Coleen Burgess, who died April 6 when a falling tree crushed her home.
    Over the past few days, he has enlisted more than a dozen local businesses and scores of volunteers to help stage a community fundraiser next Saturday. The plan is sort of a combination street festival and garage sale, with all proceeds going to the family.

  • Shots fired into 2 cars, man charged

    A Lancaster man was arrested Thursday on multiple charges after allegedly firing shots into two cars occupied by a total of five adults and five children.
    Ja’Mes Marcell Blair, 24, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen pistol.
    Blair’s bond has been denied and he is jailed at the county detention center.

  • LPD downgrades training officer position

    The Lancaster Police Department’s training and compliance officer position will be reduced in rank from lieutenant to sergeant, a move that will save taxpayers about $2,000 a year.
    City council unanimously approved the reclassification at its meeting Tuesday night.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant, a former training officer himself, recommended the change, noting the position had historically been that of a sergeant. The change in rank was increased from sergeant to lieutenant in 2013.

  • Lancaster woman dies from burns in house fire

    A Lancaster woman died early Thursday from injuries she received in a house fire last Saturday morning.
    The woman’s husband was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital earlier this week where he remains, according to a family member.
    Cynthia Bowers, 57, of 1930 Edgeport Drive, died at Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., early Thursday morning, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese Knight.
    Bowers was flown to the burn center with extensive burns Saturday following the fire at her home that morning.

  • Log truck slams into minivan in IL

    A Lancaster woman and her child were injured Tuesday when a log truck rammed their minivan at an intersection that Indian Land emergency personnel say is one of the community’s most dangerous.
    Injured in the accident at U.S. 521 and S.C. 75 was Heather Pepper, 39, of Lancaster and her 6-year-old child.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said both were restrained, Pepper in a seatbelt, the child in a car seat. They were transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

  • Terri Ledbetter fundraiser collecting money for accessible picnic shelter

    Terri Ledbetter loved music and she loved her friends at the Chester-Lancaster Board of Disabilities and Special Needs (CLDSN). Nearly two years ago, she died unexpectedly at age 43.

    For the past 18 months, her family and friends have been raising money to build a covered, handicap-accessible picnic shelter at the CLDSN workshop where her friends can enjoy fresh air, music and a little freedom.

  • Hopes, fears aired in 2nd public forum

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant fears that it’s just a matter of time before someone gets struck or killed by an errant bullet in the city.
    In the past two years, Grant said, 23 homes in the city limits have been shot at. And 20 of those homes had people inside at the time.

  • Woman trapped in one-car crash

    Driver Savannah Lynn Ashley, 20, of Heath Springs was airlifted to a Charlotte-area hospital for treatment after being entrapped for 45 minutes in this one-car crash Wednesday in the Flint Ridge community. The wreck happened about 2:15 p.m. near the intersection of Flint Ridge Road and Dan Funderburk Road. The S.C. Highway Patrol said Ashley’s 2005 Ford SUV ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, skidded across both lanes and struck a tree. Her condition is unknown.