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  • 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.

  • Fancy Pokket opening still delayed

    Though it’s been three years since county officials signed an incentive agreement for Canadian baked goods company Fancy Pokket, the company has yet to open its facility along
    S.C. 9.
    Lancaster County officials addressed the delay this week, saying the company has hit a few snags in the construction of its 57,000-square-foot baking plant, preventing them from obtaining a certificate of occupancy (CO).

  • Walk-on from LHS part of Clemson’s national title run

    Lancaster native Jaquarius Brice is experiencing an improbable college football dream.
    Brice, a 2013 Lancaster High School graduate with one season of high school football experience, is one game away from a possible national championship.
    Brice, in his second season with the 14-0 Clemson team, joined the Tigers’ squad as a walk-on after playing his one high school season at LHS.
    “Never in my wildest dreams did I feel this would happen to me,” said Brice of the Tigers’ national championship run.

  • Yard sale/plate sale correction

    The Jan. 9 yard and plate sale is at the former Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department building, 4535 Kershaw Camden Highway, which is beside Small’s Food Center. The sale is not at Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department and is not affiliated with Station 9 or its membership.  

  • City seeks to fill 22 board, commission seats

    Going into 2016, the city of Lancaster has an unusually high number of vacancies on its volunteer commissions and boards.
    The city has 16 boards and commissions, and there are 22 positions open on 10 of them, some of which require a certain level of expertise or are limited to employees, such as an Employee Grievance Committee. The panels include:
    ◆ International Building Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals, two seats open for four-year terms.
    ◆ International Property Maintenance Code Board of Adjustment and Appeals, one seat open for a four-year term.

  • Manpower key for police this year

    The Lancaster Police Department is looking beyond its immediate future in 2016, but it all starts with manpower, said Police Chief Harlean Carter.
    Carter sat down with The Lancaster News on Jan. 6 to discuss the department’s short-term and long-term goals going into the new year.
    And in several areas, Carter said getting from Point A to Point B requires full staffing. Hiring and retaining a police force is the top priority.