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  • Two charged with murder in Saturday shooting

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting death of a Lancaster man early Saturday.
    The Lancaster Police Department has charged both Junior Lee Kiker Jr., 29, 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, and Samantha Diane Humphries, 29, 708 Sumter St., with murder.
    Investigators learned that Humphries and Kiker conspired to rob David Brazzell at his home at 307 Rutledge St., according to a police department press release issued Monday.

  • Library system applies brakes to bookmobile

    The end of an era is coming for the Lancaster County Library system with the discontinuance of its bookmobile program.
    Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band said the program will wind down traditional service by the end of July, the victim of changing times.
    “It’s just not a very good resource any more,” Band said. “Times have changed and the bookmobile is more like a horse and buggy.”

  • Gunshot victim dies at hospital

    A Lancaster man died Saturday morning while being treated for a gunshot wound he suffered a few hours earlier.
    Police got a call around 3:20 a.m. Saturday about a shooting at 307 Rutledge St. When officers arrived, they found David Scott Brazzell, 41, who had been shot, said Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard.
    Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on scene to treat Brazzell, who was then taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, Howard said.

  • Youth Serve program needs help

    KERSHAW – The time to act is now.
    Though that line may sound like a pitch from a TV infomercial, those words also apply to a serious need in the southern end of Lancaster County.
    Youth Serve, which recruits teens to make volunteer repairs to area homes, is $6,000 under budget and has to have that funding to continue its program.
    Youth Serve is part of Kershaw Area Resource Exchange, which provides an array of services to people in the southern portion of the county. The next series of home repairs is set to run this week.

  • ILHS classes 1930-'78 share memories at joint reunion

    More than 200 Indian Land High School graduates from the Classes of 1930 to 1978 gathered for lunch June 26 to reminisce about their earlier years, when the community was smaller and the schools were too.  
    The event is a homecoming that has nothing to do with football and everything to do with coming back to the people and the places of their youth.
    As the community grows, there are fewer people who remember it as the rural farming community it once was. But once a year, you can find many of them in the Indian Land Elementary School cafeteria.

  • Sure is hot!

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A high-pressure system over the Midwest that caused two weeks of record-breaking high temperatures has crept eastward, bringing with it heat advisories from South Carolina to New York.
    As anyone who ventured outside the confines of their air-conditioned home Tuesday would know, it was H-O-T, with highs in the upper 90s – and a heat index, or “feels like temperature,” of between 105 and 109 degrees.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Hawks expects more of the same for today.

  • Want to save money?

    Staff Reports
    Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend. Starting Sunday, July 17, The Lancaster News will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.
    Inside The Lancaster News each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at more than $100 in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of The Lancaster News subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

  • ‘Everybody seemed to know him’

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Whether he was traveling to a foreign country or sitting in his old Main Street office, Dr. Ira Adams was always searching for people in need.
    Sitting with her hands folded in her lap Tuesday afternoon, his sister, Mary Ruth Adams, recalled numerous stories about her brother, a well-known, eclectic local dentist who had a passion for helping others and fixing teeth. Ira Adams, 85, died Monday at his office in Lancaster.

  • Duke trying to make best of Sprint firing

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Traveling from city to city and interviewing the biggest stars in NASCAR seems like a long time ago.
    Ever since nude pictures of Paige Duke began to spread on the Internet, the former Miss Sprint Cup has endured much embarrassment, uncertainty and despair.
    But the 24-year-old Lancaster native has emerged from the ordeal with a goal to make the best of the situation and help others through the process.

  • Police catch purse snacther

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Only days after her photo was released to the public, a purse snatcher was nabbed by local authorities Monday morning.
    Lancaster police officers had been on the hunt for a woman seen in security footage stealing a customer’s purse July 1 from Walmart, located at 805 S.C. 9 Bypass. With help from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, that woman was found and arrested Monday.