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  • Sheriff issues warning on fentanyl derivatives

    The growing opioid epidemic prompted Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile this week to issue a warning to residents about the dangers of new derivatives of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opiate.
    Faile alerted the public about two recent fentanyl offshoots, far more dangerous than the original synthetic. The two drugs are acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl.

  • Panhandle fire districts raise fees

    The 2017-18 Lancaster County budget includes fire district fee increases for Panhandle residents living in the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire districts.
    The new fee raises the existing $75 annual fee on homes to $90 a year.
    Overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2006 in the northern Panhandle Pleasant Valley district and in 2011 in the Indian Land district, the fees are intended as a way for the fire departments to keep pace with the growing needs of Lancaster County’s fastest-growing communities.

  • Heath Springs man charged in child-pornography case

    A Heath Springs man has been arrested on a child-pornography charge that will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
    James Thomas Lee Martin, 26, of 415 W. Caston St., was charged June 30 with one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

  • Exhausted searchers can’t find Jerell White

    With few clues and exhaustion setting in, dozens of rescuers late Friday ended their third day searching fields and forests for Jerell White, who vanished after an altercation at a party early Wednesday in the Primus community.
    “Everyone is worn out,” Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said. “We plan to start back… first thing” Saturday morning.
    White’s family is desperate for answers, said his uncle Eddie White.

  • Jerell White’s body found in Primus pond

    On the fourth day of an exhausting search, Jerell White’s body was found Saturday in a pond off Pleasant Road in the Primus community, not far from where he went missing after an altercation at a July 5 party.
    An autopsy was performed Sunday, but the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that results will not be made public for some time.
    “The final and complete autopsy results are expected to be available in approximately 2-3 weeks,” the office said in a release.

  • Economic gut-punch didn't keep us down

    It was 10 years ago last month that Springs Industries, the backbone of Lancaster County’s economy for more than a century, announced the closing of its manufacturing operations here.
    The Fort Mill-based company, now called Springs Global, was the largest employer in Lancaster, Chester and York counties for many decades, employing as many as 18,000 here and 25,000 worldwide.

  • Suspected triggerman charged in double murder

    A Lancaster man was charged Friday with killing two men and wounding a third in a June 29 drive-by shooting at Palmetto Place Apartments.

    SLED agents arrested Demarcus Javontia Marsh in Columbia about 2:45 p.m. on two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and three counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime, Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said.

  • Clinic offers free pet vaccinations

    The U.S. Humane Society is sponsoring a free distemper and rabies vaccination clinic in Lancaster on Saturday.
    The clinic is noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Catherine Catholic Church, 720 W. Meeting St.
    It was scheduled in response to the May 10 distemper outbreak that temporarily shut down the Lancaster County Animal Shelter on Lynwood Drive.
    “The outbreak is the direct reason we’re doing this,” said Kim Kelly, director of the S.C. Chapter of the U.S. Humane Society.

  • Get smart at LCCA Summer Smarts

    Students in Lancaster County can Be a Superhero with a comic-strip-creating course or explore science with the Our Wacky Body Systems course at the annual Summer Smarts: Arts & Sciences Camps this July.
    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ annual summer arts and science camps for kindergartners through sixth-graders begin July 10. Four week-long camps in different areas of the county are held back-to-back throughout the month. Camp dates are:
    - July 10-14, Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster.

  • Traffic stop yields slew of drug arrests

    A traffic stop has resulted in a slew of drug charges for two Lancaster men, including one who was out on bond for a similar slate of charges incurred during a traffic stop in February.
    Deandrickus Maurkise Campbell, 26, of 507 Dunlap St., and David Lamar Clyburn, 23, of 405 Market St., are both charged with trafficking heroin, distribution of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession of other controlled substances.