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  • Man reports being shot while riding bike

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man told officers someone shot at him June 9, though there are few leads in the case.
    The alleged shooting happened at about 11:45 p.m. that day near the 800 block of East Arch Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    A 27-year-old man told officers he was riding his bike down that road, when he noticed a woman he knew standing in the parking lot of the Frank Roddey Apartments.

  • Report: Man throws gasoline on woman

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A woman who was doused with gasoline outside a convenience store nearly two weeks ago has  decided not to press charges.
    A deputy responded to Unity Grocery on Unity Church Road after receiving a call about a disturbance there. The store is  near Shiloh Unity Road in the northeastern part of the county, east of Monroe Highway, (SC 200).

  • Man charged in Swami Mart armed robbery

    A local man has been arrested in the Monday armed robbery of a convenience store in Heath Springs. 

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Herbert Lamont Southern, 22, 343 S. College St., Heath Springs, with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He was arrested Wednesday. 

    Southern is believed to have held up the Swami Mart on South Main Street shortly before 10 p.m. Monday. A man entered the store armed with a black pistol and fired a shot in the ceiling, according to reports. 

  • Husband, wife dead after shooting incident Tuesday

    Gary Phillips

    Landmark News Service

    PAGELAND – A Pageland husband and wife are dead following a shooting incident that occurred Tuesday, June 21. According to Pageland Police Department reports, Barry Louallen, 50, 310 N. Vine St., Pageland, shot and killed his wife, Diane Johnson Louallen, 55, and then was shot by police after he ignored orders to drop his weapon.

  • Man killed in ATV accident

     A Lancaster County man died less than a day after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a deer. 

    James Arant, 35, was pronounced dead at 6:50 a.m. Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Deese. 

    Arant was driving a 2006 Polaris four-wheeler on Taxahaw Road at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when the vehicle was struck by a deer, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. 

  • Officials investigating wreck on Kershaw Camden Highway

    One person died Wednesday afternoon when the car he was driving overturned on Kershaw Camden Highway in the Pleasant Hill community, which is just north of Heath Springs.
    A white Buick Park Avenue flipped and ended up overturned off the side of the road, less than a mile south of the Doc Garris Road intersection.
    The accident happened at 2 p.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. As of 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, investigators were still at the scene. The driver's name was not available.
    Check Friday's edition of The Lancaster News for more information.

  • Man charged with attempted murder

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – The arrest of a shooting suspect led deputies to a loaded gun and other stolen property.  
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Curtis Javon Sowell, 22, of 638 Kershaw Country Club Road, Apt. 3C, Kershaw, with attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and conspiracy.   

  • Arson aftermath

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Locals described the feeling as that of a funeral.  
    Many people cried and others watched in shock as fire tore through the roof of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse during the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2008.
    Then, less than two months later, the community learned that a Lancaster teen had been arrested in connection with that blaze, as well as a fire on Aug. 7, 2008, at the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office on nearby West Dunlap Street.

  • Paying cost of plastic

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Credit cards have become so common that many people frown when an establishment doesn’t accept them for payment.
    Lately, staff at Kershaw Town Hall have been met with confused looks and several questions when customers find out they can’t use their card to pay a bill or fine.
    Officials are now looking to change that. Town Council voted 6-0 at its Monday meeting to begin the process to accept credit and debit cards as a method of payment. Councilman Randy Seegars was absent.

  • A legacy of compassion

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    When Brooklyn Springs Elementary School Principal Gwen Hinson-Minor talks about her career in education, her eyes light up and it’s obvious she’s a woman who loves children and helping them learn.
    Still, after 37 years in the field, the last five at the helm at BSE, the popular educator says it’s time to move on – come June 30, she’s handing over her keys and starting a new career as a retiree. And that makes her eyes light up, too.