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  • Waste Management addresses landfill project, touts benefits

    Most of the major players in a controversial landfill project have become well known over the last few weeks, though a new voice added to the mix this week.

    One day before Griffin Brothers Enterprises, owners of Mining Road Landfill near S.C. 903, withdrew an application to expand their property to include a Class 3 solid waste landfill, a representative from Waste Management weighed in on the project. 

  • Council approves IL fire district

    The Indian Land Fire Protection District is now a reality. 

    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved final reading of an ordinance to establish the new district at its meeting Tuesday night. 

    The new district establishes funding for an Indian Land Fire Protection District through rates and charges to Indian Land property owners. The ordinance also repeals the special tax districts in the Panhandle neighborhoods of Sun City Carolina Lakes, Edenmoor and Belair. 

  • Woman dies from asphyxiation

    Authorities say the Lancaster woman whose body was found Wednesday in Kershaw County died from a shortage of oxygen. 

    Kershaw County deputies found Elizabeth Marie Evans’ body in a wooded area in Camden after they arrested her estranged husband, Brian Franklin Evans, earlier that day.   

    Brian Evans, 46, had been driving a truck that matched the description of a vehicle belonging to Gerry Wayne Geiger. Authorities had found Geiger dead at his house the day before from multiple gunshot wounds and head trauma. 

  • Mulvaney backs Gregory in Senate District 16 race

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    U.S. House District 5 Rep. Mick Mulvaney has officially endorsed Greg Gregory as the candidate best suited to fill the S.C. Senate District 16 seat he vacated in December after his winning congressional bid.
    The endorsement comes less than a month after Gregory unexpectedly announced he would seek re-election to the District 16 seat, which he held between 1992 and 2008.

  • 3-year-old dies after fall from truck

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A shiny tiara, a cheerful smile and bright gray eyes.
    That picture of Alyssah “Shirley” Totherow has most likely been a source of joy, but now yields mixed emotions as family members mourn her loss.
    The 3-year-old Lancaster County girl died Tuesday night after falling from a moving truck outside a Mangum Drive home, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford.
    Shirley was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she died at about 8:35 p.m., Crawford said.

  • Girl falls from truck, dies

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A shiny tiara, a cheerful smile and bright gray eyes.
    That picture of Alyssah “Shirley” Totherow has most likely been a source of joy, but now yields mixed emotions as family members mourn her loss.
    The 3-year-old Lancaster County girl died Tuesday night after falling from a moving truck outside a Mangum Drive home, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford.
    Shirley was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she died at about 8:35 p.m., Crawford said.

  • Deputies’ names revealed

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A witness to the shooting of a Lancaster man Monday night by sheriff’s deputies during a confrontation at a Lynwood Drive car wash said the victim appeared intoxicated, but calm until deputies arrived on the scene.
    Meanwhile, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the names of the deputies involved in the incident. They are Deputy Jeramie MacKinson and Deputy Michael Kimbrell, said sheriff’s Maj. David Belk.

  • Landfill axed?

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    With a show of hands, Lancaster County Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night on an ordinance that could hamper plans for a proposed solid waste landfill in the county.
    Only minutes before the start of council’s meeting, copies of the last-minute ordinance circulated through the crowd of more than 150 residents who turned out for the meeting.

  • Candidate forum on Monday

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The public will have a chance to hear the Republican candidates for the open District 16 state Senate seat discuss key issues early next week.  Those five candidates are slated to appear at a special forum that will be held Monday inside the Bradley Building multipurpose room at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Doors will open at 6 p.m., which will give time for candidates to interact with attendees. The forum will start at 6:30 p.m., said Dean Faile, president of

  • Lancaster woman found dead in Kershaw County

    Staff Reports
    CAMDEN – One of two bodies found Tuesday and Wednesday in Kershaw County is from Lancaster County, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
    The bodies were discovered after Gerry Wayne Geiger’s family called the sheriff’s office asking if officers could check on him because they had not heard from him for several days.