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  • Whoa, not so fast, big fella

    HEATH SPRINGS – Traffic in the county’s smallest town slowed to a snail’s pace for about four hours Jan. 14 after a logging truck overturned on Main Street.
    The accident happened about 10:44 a.m. on North Main just past East Duncan Street, said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller. The driver, 41-year-old Valas Hough of Camden, was not injured and was wearing a seatbelt.
    Miller said Hough was headed north in the fully loaded truck. After rounding a curve, the truck overturned between the road and the railroad tracks.

  • Murder victim was 22, ex-LHS athlete

    The man found shot dead in his pickup truck off John Everall Road Jan. 12 was 22-year-old Brandon Wheeler Reese,  a former Lancaster High School football player, and investigators believe he was murdered.
    Reese lived with his parents in the 2100 block of Upson Drive in the Elgin community.
    The body was identified by Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese.
    She said Reese was shot in the head, and his death did not appear to be a suicide.

  • Clemson fans proud, looking to the future

    Lancaster-area Clemson football fans, despite a tough 45-40 loss to Alabama in the national championship game, are still high on Tiger pride.
    Bottom line is the CU backers said they felt Clemson again earned its stripes Jan. 11 in a battle royal with Alabama in Glendale, Ariz. The Crimson Tide won its fourth national crown in seven seasons.

  • Council kills IL’s Avondale project

    Growth may be coming to Indian Land, but plans to construct the massive Avondale development in the Panhandle were quashed by Lancaster County Council on Jan. 11.
    With a split vote Monday night, council voted down the rezoning of 189 acres  for the proposed neighborhood. The large mixed-use development, which has been in the works for close to nine months and has drawn criticism from nearby residents, would have been located between Calvin Hall and Harrisburg roads.

  • Trump revs up on the stump

    ROCK HILL – A sea of Donald Trump supporters churned around Indian Land resident Mike Cantore on Jan. 8, waving campaign signs and chanting “USA! USA!”
    The rapid winking of camera flashes illuminated the huge arena around him as signs declaring “The silent majority stands with Donald Trump” danced in the air.

  • Man’s body found along county road

    A man’s body was found Jan. 12 in a vehicle just off John Everall Road northeast of Lancaster, and sheriff’s officers were investigating the case as a suspicious death.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to the scene in the 1800 block about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield said. They found the vehicle stopped just off the highway and the body inside.
    Barfield would not say if officials know the man’s identity, or what kind of injuries he might have suffered.

  • USCL’s master motivator

    The tight-knit University of South Carolina Lancaster family is mourning the loss of its second mom, Thelathia “Thee” Barnes Bailey, but students are doing so with laughter and smiles, not tears and sobs.
    Bailey, 61, director of the USCL TRiO Program, died Jan. 10 after an extended battle against cancer, said her husband, Bobby Bailey.

  • Thelathia Barnes Bailey dies

    Thelathia “Thee” Barnes Bailey, director of the University of South Carolina Lancaster TRiO Program, died Sunday, Jan. 10.
    With what he called “a heavy heart and much sadness,” campus dean Dr. Walt Collins III made the announcement to the USCL family and community leaders via email early Jan. 11.
    “Mrs. Bailey passed away yesterday after a relatively short struggle with a difficult and debilitating illness,” Collins wrote.

  • LPD searching for Tony Anthony Deese Jr.

    The Lancaster Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect in a shooting Jan. 5 following a traffic dispute.

    Tony Anthony Deese Jr., 23, of 340 Camden Road, Lancaster, is wanted on two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

    Deese, described as a a black male, 6 feet tall and about 280 pounds, should be considered armed and dangerous, the release said. 

  • Firearm purchases: How does it work in S.C.?

    When it comes to specific gun ownership, if you think there is a federal database showing that John Doe, 123 Main St., Anywhere, USA, owns a Glock 19, think again.
    Technically, Uncle Sam has no way of knowing who bought that 9mm pistol, said Tony Bowers, owner of South 200 Firearms.
    That’s not how firearms tracking works, said Bowers, who discussed how to legally buy a firearm with The Lancaster News on Jan. 7.