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  • AJ’s coach Frye resigns abruptly, no explanation

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School football coach C.J. Frye resigned without explanation over the weekend, three weeks before the start of practice for the fall season.
    Frye, who was head coach for two seasons, submitted his resignation to school Principal Alex Dabney, and Dabney accepted it, according to AJHS Athletics Director Jimbo Barton.
    “It was not expected, and coach Frye did not give us any indication of his future plans,” Barton said Tuesday. “He contacted our principal over the weekend to inform us of his decision.

  • Weekend Recap: July 10, 2017

    Lancaster native Sindarius Thornwell led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-93 overtime win over the LA Lakers on Friday night, scoring a game-high 26 points. The Clippers had an 86-67 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, with Thornwell scoring four points.

  • Rain or shine: The work goes on

    Rain, mud and humid weather could not stop these young people looking to do a good deed. The Catawba Salkehatchie Camp worked this year to repair five area homes – one in Indian Land, two in Van Wyck and two in Fort Mill.
    Salkehatchie is a “pioneering servant ministry” working primarily with youth and adults from South Carolina’s United Methodist Conference to repair homes for those in need. The camps are held around the state from May through August, each camp lasting a week.

  • Sheriff issues warning on fentanyl derivatives

    The growing opioid epidemic prompted Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile this week to issue a warning to residents about the dangers of new derivatives of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opiate.
    Faile alerted the public about two recent fentanyl offshoots, far more dangerous than the original synthetic. The two drugs are acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl.

  • Panhandle fire districts raise fees

    The 2017-18 Lancaster County budget includes fire district fee increases for Panhandle residents living in the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire districts.
    The new fee raises the existing $75 annual fee on homes to $90 a year.
    Overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2006 in the northern Panhandle Pleasant Valley district and in 2011 in the Indian Land district, the fees are intended as a way for the fire departments to keep pace with the growing needs of Lancaster County’s fastest-growing communities.

  • Heath Springs man charged in child-pornography case

    A Heath Springs man has been arrested on a child-pornography charge that will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
    James Thomas Lee Martin, 26, of 415 W. Caston St., was charged June 30 with one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

  • Exhausted searchers can’t find Jerell White

    With few clues and exhaustion setting in, dozens of rescuers late Friday ended their third day searching fields and forests for Jerell White, who vanished after an altercation at a party early Wednesday in the Primus community.
    “Everyone is worn out,” Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said. “We plan to start back… first thing” Saturday morning.
    White’s family is desperate for answers, said his uncle Eddie White.

  • Jerell White’s body found in Primus pond

    On the fourth day of an exhausting search, Jerell White’s body was found Saturday in a pond off Pleasant Road in the Primus community, not far from where he went missing after an altercation at a July 5 party.
    An autopsy was performed Sunday, but the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that results will not be made public for some time.
    “The final and complete autopsy results are expected to be available in approximately 2-3 weeks,” the office said in a release.

  • Economic gut-punch didn't keep us down

    It was 10 years ago last month that Springs Industries, the backbone of Lancaster County’s economy for more than a century, announced the closing of its manufacturing operations here.
    The Fort Mill-based company, now called Springs Global, was the largest employer in Lancaster, Chester and York counties for many decades, employing as many as 18,000 here and 25,000 worldwide.

  • Suspected triggerman charged in double murder

    A Lancaster man was charged Friday with killing two men and wounding a third in a June 29 drive-by shooting at Palmetto Place Apartments.

    SLED agents arrested Demarcus Javontia Marsh in Columbia about 2:45 p.m. on two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and three counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime, Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said.