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  • 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.

  • Unity in the Community Saturday

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The event has become sort of legendary for the hundreds of Lancaster County residents and others who come to experience a lot of fish, fellowship and fun.
    It’s called Unity in the Community, and the 15th annual installment of this festival will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in downtown Lancaster.
    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, which sponsors the event, said the purpose is to simply provide a day where the community can gather for fun, entertainment and even some enlightenment.

  • Pass the Helmet a success

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Members of the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department raised twice as much money as they’d hoped for during a Make-A-Wish fundraiser for a local teen last month.
    IL firefighters held the Fill the Helmet event for Grayson Thomas on May 21 at Food Lion in Indian Land and the intersection of Shelley Mullis Road and U.S. 521.
    The 14-year-old suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is usually fatal by the late 20s or early 30s.