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  • Pleasant Hill ARP is closing its doors

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Despite its pending closure, a local church is making sure it remembers the legacy of its former pastor and his surviving wife.
    Pleasant Hill ARP Church in Heath Springs decided recently that it would be closing soon due to a significant drop in membership.
    The last service will be in November.
    Since the church is folding, the congregation had to decide what to do with the money in the treasury that’s been collected over the years through tithes and other contributions.

  • Sororities, frats help local youth

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Some people associate Greek fraternities and sororities with college life and partying.
    But if you truly have a chance to be around members of local Greek organizations, you know that’s far from the case.
    The Pan-Hellenic Council of Lancaster County held its first Greek Week, which ran from June 12 to 17. During those days, local members of historically black fraternities and sororities sponsored several community-outreach programs, most of which were geared toward the youth.

  • Father’s role important in child’s life

    MaryBeth Rowell
    For the Lancaster News
    The role of a father is something that is very special and could never be replaced.
    With nearly one out of three American children going to bed with no father present, that role has become even more important.
    To honor dads and their children, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asked local housing authorities to partner with them and have events for families who live there and in surrounding areas.

  • 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.