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  • Settlement removes 2 defendants in suit filed by Tunnell

    Keith Tunnell has reached a settlement with two of the parties he sued last year over his departure as president of the now-defunct Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

    Tunnell accused the S.C. I-77 Alliance and York Tech President Greg Rutherford, among other defendants, of defamation, breach of contract and civil conspiracy. 

  • Man shot dead on Dunlap Street

    Patrolling Lancaster police officers found a man shot to death on East Dunlap Street downtown early Wednesday.

    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 47-year-old Terry Louis “Butch” Thompson of Lancaster.

    Police have no suspects and are unsure of the motive. The case is still under investigation.

  • Cake-crafters take top S.C. fair honor

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Attention to detail paid off at this year’s S.C. State Fair for Lancaster cake-bakers Sylvia Hinson and Gail Hyatt, earning them a Best of Show ribbon.

    Hinson and Hyatt, of Sylvia’s Cakes and Things, earned the fancy purple Best of Show ribbon Oct. 11 for their colorful entry “Deer Cake.” The cake is made in the shape of a wide-eyed fawn curled up atop a tree stump surrounded by sugar mushrooms, flowers and butterflies. 

  • Dead gunshot victim found on E. Dunlap

    A man was found shot to death on East Dunlap Street in Lancaster early Wednesday, and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office has identified him as 47-year-old Terry Louis “Butch” Thompson.     
    Patrolling city police officers found Thompson lying on the ground about 1:17 a.m. near the intersection of East Dunlap Street and Thomas Lane. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was dead, according to a Lancaster Police Department release.

  • IL festival 'all-around awesome'

    Among the car show, vendor booths, food trucks, corn hole, fun zones, chili cook off and hay bales, crowds packed the Indian Land Fall Festival on Saturday.
    Known as the Panhandle’s biggest annual event, the festival lived up to its description in its 12th year, ushering in thousands at its new location on the campus of the Indian Land schools.
    “It was an exciting day and a perfect example of what makes Indian Land such a great place,” festival chairman Mike Neese said.

  • City grant will design downtown event space

    Competing against 52 other cities, Lancaster has received a $25,000 Hometown Economic Development Grant from the S.C. Municipal Association, scoring highest among all the applicants.
    The grant was awarded to 10 cities this year, up from eight last year. Lancaster ranked No. 1 on its eligibility rating among the winning cities.
    “I think it speaks well for the city and what we’re trying to do with our central business district,” Mayor John Howard said.

  • Grisly murder scene, husband arrested

    A 58-year-old woman’s body was found by her daughters Sunday morning at her Lancaster home, apparently beaten to death with a hammer, and her husband has been charged with murder.
    Mildred Burris Arnold was found in a bedroom at 213 S. York St., the Lancaster Police Department said in a statement.
    Her youngest daughter, Stephanie Arnold, said the scene was like a horror movie, with the body wrapped in two blankets and a rug, and blood from the ceiling to the floor.
    Matthew James Alman, 49, of the same address, was charged with murder on Monday.

  • Man charged in wife’s killing

    A 58-year-old woman's body was found by her daughter Sunday morning at a South York Street home, bludgeoned to death with a hammer, and her husband has been charged with murder.
    Mildred Burris Arnold has been identified as the victim, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Matthew James Alman, 49, 213 S. York St., was charged with murder on Monday.
    “There’s still a lot we don’t know because he’s not talking to us,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.

  • GOP holds law-enforcement forum

    “Props to Cops,” “You save lives” and “Salute the Blue” are just some of the slogans painted on the signs that line Hubbard Street at USC Lancaster’s campus.
    Those signs were made by children from law enforcement families for Police Appreciation Day, but now they mark the location of the first Lancaster Police Forum, hosted Thursday night by the Lancaster County Republican Party.

  • Richard Plyler led with ‘a soft, velvet touch’

    Richard Plyler never sought the community spotlight, but quietly worked backstage as a banker and civic leader to make his hometown a better place.
    “That was his way,” said Bruce Brumfield of his close friend, who died early Friday at 73. “Richard did tons behind the scenes to make a difference in the lives of others, and those he helped never had a clue it was him.”
    “And he did it for one reason,” Brumfield said. “Richard did it simply because it was the right thing to do.”