• Police investigate murder of Cynthia Barnes

    Christopher Sardelli
    Lancaster police are investigating the murder of Cynthia Barnes, 47, 717 E. Dunlap St. Barnes was found dead in her home early Thursday morning.
    According to emergency radio transmissions, police were called to the 700 block of East Dunlap Street sometime after 6:30 a.m. in response to an unconscious person.
    A special operations police team was later sent to the scene, according to transmissions.
    Check back later for full story.

  • Come mingle with Paige

    Jesef Williams
    You’ll have the chance to meet a TV star Friday night.
    Lancaster native Paige Duke, the focus of a reality show on the CMT network, will be at Famdamily’s Restaurant & Tavern that night for a meet-and-greet and photo session.
    Duke, 24, stars on the newest season of the “Sweet Home Alabama” dating show. Men from across the country have come to Fairhope, Ala., to vie for Duke’s attention and affection.

  • Future meets the past

    Reece Murphy
    Allen Hudson: Born a slave in 1844, illiterate, yet became Lancaster County’s first black constable and, at age 26, its first black state congressman.
    Frank Richard “Dick” Massey: Born a slave, became a blacksmith, merchant and “prominent and well-to-do colored citizen,” according to an early 1900s Lancaster News article; served as chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party.

  • District buying complex and land

    Reece Murphy
    The Lancaster County School District’s Maintenance Department has a new home with the district’s purchase of the former Springs Transportation Department complex Monday.
    Meanwhile, the school board moved one step closer to making a new Indian Land elementary school a reality this weekend with a purchase contract for land on which to build it.

  • Former MLB player shot to death

    Christopher Sardelli
    When Phillip Mickles woke Tuesday morning, he was shocked to learn his former high school baseball teammate Danny Clyburn Jr. had died in a shooting only hours earlier.
    Mickles, principal of A.R. Rucker Middle School, learned the news as text messages began streaming into his cell phone from former classmates early Tuesday.
    The two men had known each other since they were children and had grown up playing football and baseball together.

  • Man arrested in shooting death

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster man has been arrested hours after another man was shot to death early Tuesday morning.

  • Police nab burglary suspect

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies arrested a man this week after they found him inside someone else's home.
    Raykeivis Nesbit, 23, 1422 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested Jan. 31 and later charged with malicious injury to property after deputies found him inside a home in the 100 block of Ranson Road, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
    A deputy responded to the scene shortly after 11 p.m. after a witness called in a possible burglary in progress.

  • Payne to run for House 44

    A Heath Springs resident less than three years removed from high school is looking to make a splash in state politics.
    Ryan Payne, a 20-year-old who’s been active with the local Republican Party, has announced that he will run for the S.C. House District 44 seat, now occupied by Jimmy Neal.
    District 44 encompasses a large portion of Lancaster County, including parts of the city of Lancaster, as well as the towns of Kershaw and Heath Springs.

  • Gun sales up in county

    During the post-Christmas wrap-up of sales during the 2011 shopping season, several news organizations reported an unexpected finding – guns were among the best-selling Christmas items nationwide.
    The reports, based on federal background checks through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), showed there were a record 1,534,414 inquiries by gun retailers in December for people buying guns.

  • Two AJHS students win scholarships

    Andrew Jackson High School seniors Wendy Winn and Sydney Phillips were worried last Tuesday when their teachers pulled them out of class and sent them to the principal’s office.
    Never mind that neither of them had ever been in trouble before, or the fact that they’re among the top students in their class – Wendy and Sydney somehow thought they were toast.