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  • Democratic Party to hold meeting

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party will hold its precinct reorganization meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the following locations:
    • Del Webb Library for those in Van Wyck, Belair, Belair II, Pleasant Valley and Pleasant Valley II
    • 212 Main St., for those in Antioch, Camp Creek, Chesterfield Avenue, Douglas, Dwight, Erwin Farm, Gooches Crossroads, Hyde Park, Jacksonham, Lancaster East, Lancaster West, Riverside, Springhill, Unity, Wylie Park

  • Legislators exempt themselves from Sunshine Law the created

    Reach Brundrett
    The Nerve
    When it comes to releasing public e-mails and other internal communications, the governor’s office isn’t the only place that likes to play secrecy games.
    In fact, for more than 30 years, state law has shielded the S.C. General Assembly from releasing documents showing what it does behind the scenes.

  • Man sentenced for possessing firearms

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was sentenced this week for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, more than a year after he was arrested during an undercover sting.
    Thomas Brice McManus, 61, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

  • Lancaster man charged with grand larceny

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Police have nabbed the man they say stole brass pipe fittings and fixtures from city of Lancaster service trucks Monday.
    The Lancaster Police Department has charged John Elliot Montgomery, 40, 352 City Ave., with criminal trespass and grand larceny. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on bond, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.
    The bond amount wasn't listed.

  • Miller waives bond hearing

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The Chesterfield County man charged in the December murder of a Kershaw woman will not have a bond hearing.
    Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Wednesday that Nickolas Miller, 23, of Jefferson, remains at that county’s detention center after he waived his bond hearing earlier in the week.
    Miller is charged with the murder of Hope Melton, 30, who was beaten and left for dead Dec. 26. Her body was found that same day in a secluded area in the Mount Pisgah area of Kershaw County.

  • Coy to run for House 44 seat

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A Heath Springs businessman has announced his intentions to challenge incumbent S.C. Rep. Jimmy Neal for the S.C. House District 44 seat representing Lancaster County.
    Joseph Coy, 41, a Republican, said Tuesday he’s thought about running for the seat for the past three or four years and decided this was the year to act.
    Neal, a Democrat from Kershaw, has represented House District 44 since 1999.

  • DUIs, no fatalities during New Year

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Despite warnings that law enforcement would be out in force during the New Year’s holiday, the S.C. Highway Patrol still made several drunk driving arrests in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    Otherwise, the weekend was a safety success, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Billy Elders said.
    Troopers made 10 DUI arrests over the New Year’s holiday weekend.

  • Twins make early entrance to world

    MaryBeth Rowell
    For the Lancaster News
    Generally, babies are born in a sterile environment of a hospital with caregivers around to make sure the delivery goes smoothly. That was not the case for Heath Springs resident Stacie Baker.
    Baker was 29 weeks pregnant with twins when she woke about 5:15 a.m. Dec. 13 with labor pains. Thinking it was a false alarm, Baker tried to soak in the tub with hopes it would ease up. But when she got out of the water, the pains were coming on quickly and severely.

  • Driver shot in neck Wednesday morning

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A 26-year-old Lancaster man rushed himself to the hospital Wednesday after he was struck in the neck during an early-morning shooting on Springdale Road.
    The man was driving a white Volvo north on Springdale Road about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday on his way to Springs Memorial Hospital with a woman and child in the car, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The man later told police he was taking the woman to the emergency room because she was having trouble breathing.

  • Driver collides with horse

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Kershaw man is recovering from his injuries after the car he was driving collided with a horse late Monday night.
    The accident happened at 9:05 p.m. on S.C. 157, on a portion of the road also known as Arbor Drive, said S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl.  Billy Elder. The collision involved one car and the horse.
    Elder said Larry Taylor, 57, of Charlie Johnson Road in Kershaw, was traveling west on S.C. 157 in a 2004 Dodge Neon four-door when the accident happened.