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  • Slick Rick, Chubb Rock to headline Lancaster fest

    The artists behind some of the most popular songs in hip-hop history will be in Lancaster this summer. 

    Slick Rick and Chubb Rock have signed on as the main attractions for the inaugural Lancaster Summer Fest, which will be held June 9 at Lancaster Memorial Stadium. 

    Event promoter Derik Harris, a Heath Springs native, said he and his business partners reached out to the “old-school” rappers in January and struck a deal with them about three weeks ago. 

  • Your take on beer at next month’s Red Rose Festival

    How do you feel about alcohol being available at next month's Red Rose Festival?

    A few residents shared their thoughts with The Lancaster News a week after City Council passed a resolution to allow the selling and consumption of beer at the May 18-19 downtown event. 

    Wing King Cafe of Lancaster has been contracted as the vendor. They will only serve beer; wine and liquor won't be available. 

    Alcohol had not been sold during either of the first two years of the festival.  

  • Man arrested in various assaults

    Police learned a tense confrontation in a convenience store and a fight in a nearby house were related after they arrested a man on several assault charges recently. 

    Joseph Clarence Shealy Jr., 33, of 706 Rugby Road, was arrested April 6 and charged with criminal domestic violence and two counts of third-degree assault and battery, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. 

  • Rock Hill man arrested in IL for stolen vehicle

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Tuesday for driving a car that was reported stolen in a neighboring county.
    Jimmy Odell Kanipe, 33, of 1296 Dunlap Road, Rock Hill, has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, first offense driving under suspension and third offense possession of marijuana.
    Deputies came to the area of Henry Harris Road in Indian Land regarding someone possibly driving a stolen vehicle.

  • Great-grandmother stabbed to death

    The news almost knocked Doni Chappelear to her knees when she arrived for her shift as a Walmart “people greeter” Monday morning, April 16.

    It was about her friend, Verdie “Miss Verdie” Mackey, the 87-year-old woman who schooled her in politely greeting customers and checking receipts more than a decade ago at Lancaster’s Walmart at Lancer Center.

    This was the same friend who quit the greeting game about eight years ago due to health reasons, but always found time to stop by the store and say hello.

  • Two men die in separate crashes

    Two Lancaster men were killed hours apart in separate wrecks in what has become a deadly week for collisions. 

    George Custer, 75, of Shiloh Unity Road, died after he was struck along S.C. 5 on Tuesday morning, April 17, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast. The accident scene is just past the Resolute Forest Products plant in York County. 

    Gast said Custer got out  his car on the road and was hit by a logging truck. He died from injuries he received from the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • State Supreme Court to hear Elledge case

    The S.C. Supreme Court is scheduled today to hear the case of a disabled Lancaster woman whose in-home personal-care funding was slashed in late 2009 due to state budget cuts.

    Katie Elledge, 32, was diagnosed with psychomotor retardation and spastic quadriplegia as an infant and requires 24-hour skilled care.

  • Sure sign of spring

    FORT LAWN – Rebecca Whisonant of Chester has been bringing her son, 12-year-old Ryon, to Jordan’s Farm for at least the last 10 springs to pick strawberries.

    However, the two don’t come alone. These days, Ryon’s siblings – Nicholas, 10, Nathaniel, 8, Alex, 6, Annette, 5, Isaac, 3, Amelia, 2, and 16-month-old Dominic – join in for a sticky, sweet time. The gooey juice from a just-picked strawberry was running down the chin of every Whisonant under the age of 13. 

  • Kershaw gets tract for helicopter pad

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw finally has a location for an emergency helicopter landing pad.

    Town Council voted 6-0 at its Monday meeting on first reading to accept property a resident is donating to the town.

    Councilman Eddie Coates wasn’t at the meeting.

  • Great-grandmother found stabbed to death in home

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man has been arrested for the murder of his 87-year-old great-grandmother.
    William Richard Greene, 28, 2093 Evans Drive, was arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office late Sunday night, April 15, and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
    The charges came hours after a family member checking on Verdie Mackey, 87, found her dead inside her home, the release said.