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  • Indian Land Alzheimer's patient missing

    Staff Reports
    The family of an 81-year-old Indian Land man with Alzheimer's is asking for the public's help in finding him after he drove away from home Monday night.
    Kathleen Pressley said her husband, Joe Lee Pressley, left their home at 9021 Shelly Mullis Road driving his white 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck about 11:30 p.m. Monday, June 18.
    The couple have lived at the home near the state line for 43 years.

  • Police investigate possible homicide

    Staff Reports
    Lancaster Police Department is investigating a possible homicide Monday night in the death of a Lancaster man who was robbed and beaten during a home invasion last Wednesday night.
    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said police found Donald Eustace Morris, 53, no relation, dead inside his home at 307 S. York St. about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
    The coroner declined to say how Morris died since his office was still awaiting the results of a preliminary autopsy.

  • Officers investigate York Street shooting

    Lancaster Police Department officers are investigating a shooting on South York Street on Monday night. The shooting victim was robbed and beaten during a home invasion last week. Check back later for more details.

  • Flags at half-staff today

    Flags will be at half-staff on Monday, June 18, from sunrise to sunset by order of the governor per SC Code of Law Section 1-3-470 as a mark of respect for the memory of the Charleston Nine Firefighter of the Charleston Fire Department who died in the line of duty on June 18, 2007.

  • County’s jobless rate climbs to 11.9 percent

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    More people in Lancaster County are looking for work, according to recent data released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).
    The county’s jobless rate for May was 11.9 percent, up 0.3 from April. In May 2011, the county posted a 13.8 percent unemployment rate.
    South Carolina’s May 2012 unemployment figures showed the same 0.3 increase (8.8 percent to 9.1 percent). The 8.8 percent rate in April was the lowest in more than three years for the Palmetto State.

  • No new taxes expected in next budget

    It’s music to every homeowner’s ears- no new taxes.
    Even more melodious is the idea of less taxes, which the average Lancaster County resident may see in the county’s fiscal year 2012-13 budget.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved second reading of its budget Monday, June 11, which adds funding for several new projects and positions while still decreasing the amount of taxes residents would have to pay.
    Council must still vote one more time before the budget is accepted.

  • Labor of Love

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Pearl Morgan loves to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather at her home just north of the Kershaw town limits.
    Though nice, the outdoor experience can come with some unwelcome elements – chiefly mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Warding against them has always been an issue.
    But now, a lot of that has changed.
    Morgan and her husband, Reggie, are the recipients of home renovations from the Salkehatchie Summer Service program.

  • Truck, mobile home fires at same address considered suspicious

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Melted strips of siding and charred timbers marred the center of a small house in the Antioch community after two suspicious fires broke out on the property early Friday morning, June 15.
    Crime scene technicians donning blue gloves swarmed the home, at 1733 Old Hillside Drive, hours after two back-to-back fires first claimed a truck near the home, and then felled the home itself.

  • Car, mobile home fires at same location appear suspicious

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two suspicious early morning fires that happened at the same Antioch community home. 

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters were first called to a truck fire near a home at 1733 Old Hillside Drive, off S.C. 903, at about 5:02 a.m. Friday, June 15.

    After putting out the fire and clearing the scene, firefighters were again called to the same address about 30 minutes later for a mobile home fire.

  • Busy burglary suspect charged again

    A month after being released on bond in connection with multiple thefts from a UPS trailer, a Lancaster man was arrested twice in four days for another string of burglaries.

    Timothy Eric Shrader, 29, 2726 Rolling Hills Road, was first arrested June 8 and charged with receiving stolen goods $2,000 or less, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.