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  • Federal sting nabs 19 Hells Angels members throughout Carolinas

    Staff reports
    Four Lancaster men were among 19 people arrested during a massive, two-state law enforcement operation at various Hells Angels-affiliated motorcycle clubs Thursday morning, June 7.
    Locals arrested and charged during the raids include Mark William Baker, David Channing Oiler, Richard Thrower and Jamie Hobbs Long, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

  • Remembering D-Day

    INDIAN LAND – Most of us have fond memories of at least one family vacation, a cherished memory that stays with us for a lifetime. 

    The Menkhaus family – Pete, Stephanie, Patrick, 15, Julia, 12, and Madeline, 8 – have one too, a side trip taken during their family vacation to London this spring.

    The family’s three-day trip to Normandy, France, site of the historic World War II D-Day invasion 68 years ago today, overshadowed their main trip, they said, and affected them more profoundly than any of them expected.

  • Summer Fest concert canceled

     

    Promoters intended to bring rapper Slick Rick to Lancaster

    The “old-school” rapper known for wearing the signature patch over his right eye won’t be coming to Lancaster on Saturday.

    Slick Rick was scheduled to perform as part of the first-ever Lancaster Summer Fest concert. However, Top Sh3lf Entertainment, the group organizing the concert, said Monday, June 4, that the event has been canceled.

  • Democrats to honor Rick Wade on Friday

    A Lancaster native with an ever-growing list of major accomplishments in business and political arenas will be recognized this week in his hometown.

    Rick C. Wade, a 1980 Lancaster High School graduate and former Lancaster High student body president, will be honored at a special event on Friday, June 8, at the Lancaster Golf Club Fairway Room. The function, which includes a 6 p.m. reception and 8 p.m. dinner, is a fundraiser of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.

    Proceeds will be used to support local Democratic candidates.

  • Columbus Operation HOPE not HOPE in Lancaster Inc.

    Don’t confuse Operation HOPE with HOPE in Lancaster Inc. 

    The two are not affiliated. 

    That’s the message David Doyle is trying to get out this week. 

    Doyle is chairman of the local Operation HOPE effort, an annual Knights of Columbus fundraiser to help intellectually challenged children. 

  • Sting operation targets underage drinking in Heath Springs, Kershaw

    An underage alcohol sting resulted in the ticketing of six convenience store workers in the southern part of the county last month. 

    Held May 18 between 5 and 7 p.m., the joint undercover operation was conducted by investigators with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and an agent with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, according to various sheriff’s office incident reports. 

  • Pageland teen drowns near county line

    PAGELAND – A young Pageland teen drowned in Lynches River on May 31. 

    Emergency responders from Chesterfield and Lancaster counties converged on the scene on U.S. 601 near the old Lynches River Bridge and after a two-and-a-half hour-search recovered the body of Jontavis Jamar Pegues, 17.

    The remote area reportedly has no cell-phone coverage, so witnesses to the drowning were delayed in calling authorities, 

    according to information from Pageland Rescue Squad.

  • Sheriff’s Office receives new white collar grant

    A new law enforcement grant may help to curb the surge of financial and identity theft related crimes in the county.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced last week it was awarded a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) for $71,647 to fund a white collar crime investigator, according to a sheriff’s office press release. The sheriff’s office learned the news on May 25, making this the second year they have been awarded the grant. 

  • Is Summer Fest moving to Kirk Air Base?

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The saga continues regarding the location of Lancaster Summer Fest, a highly anticipated concert set for next weekend.
    The Saturday, June 9, event, featuring rappers Slick Rick and Chubb Rock, was initially planned for Memorial Stadium.
    After an issue with the contract, it was announced that the event was moved to the Lancaster County Fairgrounds.

  • S.C. Firefighters Hall of Fame to induct Blackwelder, Cauthen

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Two Lancaster County fire chiefs will be inducted into the S.C. Firefighters Hall of Fame next week.
    Retired Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Blackwelder and late Elgin Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Cauthen will be inducted during the S.C. Firefighters Association Conference in Myrtle Beach June 4 through June 9 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
    The men’s names will join those of 188 other hall of fame inductees from across the state.
    Blackwelder