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  • Cops swarm shooting site

    The shooting of a woman in downtown Lancaster Thursday afternoon prompted a massive law-enforcement and rescue response, and officers took down the suspect at gunpoint.
    Thomas Baker, 64, of 300-A Chesterfield Ave., was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant.
    The victim, who was shot once in the chest, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital and then flown to another medical facility for treatment.

  • 33 congregations to take part in Saturday’s Unity Prayer Rally

    This Saturday morning, members of at least 33 congregations across the county are gathering at Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse in what is expected to be a prayer demonstration that’s the first of its kind in Lancaster.
    It’s called Lancaster’s Citywide Unity Prayer Rally and is sponsored by the Lancaster Division of My Hope with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
    The goal is to unite the county in spiritual purpose.

  • Small named top S.C. fire chief

    Retiring Lancaster Fire Chief Chuck Small was named the state’s top fire chief this past weekend during the 2016 S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Small, who announced his retirement in late May after 38 years on the job due to health concerns, received the 2016 Fritz Turner Award on Saturday.

  • Budget would raise Great Falls workers’ pay

    GREAT FALLS – Town of Great Falls employees will get a 4 percent raise if the proposed $1,097,672 budget gains second-reading approval. The proposed budget gained unanimous approval at the May 16 meeting.
    Councilman Glenn Smith said the budget contains no tax increase.
    Instead, a $1 monthly garbage fee increase will be added.
    “We chose not to raise taxes, but garbage fees will go up $1 a month. It has been eight years since garbage fees were adjusted,” Smith said.

  • Voter checklist for S.C. primary

    Mary Ann Hudson, Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission director, said polls for the statewide primaries will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    If you are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to cast a ballot.
    Voters who cannot read or have a physical disability that makes it difficult or impossible to operate a voting machine can solicit help from a poll worker.
    Since S.C. residents don’t register to vote by political party, anyone may vote in the statewide primary.

  • Runoffs likely in county races if turnout low

    Early indications point toward low turnout in Lancaster County for Tuesday’s primary vote, which increases the likelihood of runoff elections for county auditor and county council District 1.
    As of noon Friday, less than 300 absentee ballots had been cast, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county’s elections director.
    Absentee ballots, she said, have always been an accurate gauge of voter interest, and such low numbers don’t support a large turnout.
    That has Hudson anticipating runoffs in both the county council and auditor’s races.

  • Holt’s defenders pounce on Willis

    Jerry Holt’s backers jumped to his defense this week, saying his ejection from the county planning commission spotlights a long-boiling dispute between Lancaster County’s desire for development and Panhandle residents’ insistence that growth be controlled.

  • Ag+Art Tour draws crowds

    From craft beer brewing and barbecue to board sawing, honeybees and historic buildings, the local, self-guided S.C. Ag+Art Tour has found its niche.
    The annual tour, which features local artisans, products, farms and some hidden county treasures, is drawing locals and out-of-towners, alike.
    Now in its ninth year, Lancaster is one of nine Palmetto State counties getting in on the agri-tourism act.

  • 2 killed in IL crash

    Two people were killed and several others were hurt in a horrendous five-car crash early Saturday in Indian Land.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said the wreck happened about 1 a.m. on U.S. 521 North between Henry Harris and Charles Pettus roads.
    Keller said the wreck was so serious that troopers have not been able nail down the exact circumstances.

  • Thieves target vehicles in rash of break-ins

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a rash of car break-ins overnight Tuesday in one neighborhood between Forest Hills and S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Police Capt. Scott Grant confirmed Wednesday morning there were at least seven vehicle break-ins reported on Rugby Road. West Glen and Sumter and Kent drives.
    The incidents happened between midnight Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
    Items stolen included most anything of value “that people usually leave in their cars,” such as electronics, cellphones, money and firearms, Grant said.