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  • The arts are big business

    The nonprofit arts sector accounts for $360 million in annual economic activity in the 16 counties that make up the Charlotte region, including Lancaster, according to a detailed study released Friday.

    “It’s not just food for the soul, but putting food on the table,” said Randy Cohen, vice president of the national nonprofit Americans for the Arts. 

  • IL teacher’s aide charged in theft from 2nd employer

    A teacher’s aide at Indian Land Elementary School was charged Monday with stealing about $8,500 from her second job at a cupcake shop in Fort Mill.

    Melanie Marie Kikta, 35, 1004 Bailes Ridge Ave., Indian Land, was placed on paid administrative leave by the Lancaster County School District after district officials learned about the case over the weekend, said Bryan Vaughn, district safety director.

  • Hit-and-run driver kills man walking on highway

    A Lancaster County man died before dawn Saturday in a hit-and-run incident on Jefferson Highway near Taxahaw Road, and authorities are asking the public for help finding the driver of the car.

    The victim, 36-year old Chad Russell Hill of Ross Cauthen Road, suffered severe head injuries when hit by a vehicle, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.

    Cpl. Bill Rhyne of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Hill had been walking in the eastbound lane of Jefferson Highway at about 5:45 a.m. when a vehicle heading east struck and killed him.

  • CCA celebrates 15th-annual Grandparents Day at school

    From release

    Carolina Christian Academy in Lancaster held its 15th-annual Grandparents Day on Sept. 8, welcoming all the school’s grandparents for a breakfast of sausage, eggs, grits and biscuits.

    More than 220 plates were served, said CCA Principal Trina Coley.

    "Serving breakfast to our students and their grandparents is just a small way we can say thank you for all the many things grandparents do for their grandchildren and our school," said Coley. 

  • Man charged with indecent exposure

    A Lancaster man has been arrested after a rattled neighbor told sheriff’s deputies she saw him exposing himself and committing a lewd act in front of her home. 

    Nicholas Moses McCullough, 30, of 1481 Victoria St., is charged with one count of indecent exposure. 

    The sheriff’s office incident report said a deputy responded to a home in the 1400 block of Tripp Lane in Lancaster about 8 a.m. Sept. 7 after a report of a suspicious person.

  • Feet away from a suspected murderer

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I walk down a narrow hallway with the mother of a teen who was shot dead just a week earlier.
    My heart pounds as I walk into a small office at the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Antiques aplenty draw the curious and the nostalgic to downtown shop

    As you stroll Lancaster’s Main Street, your nose may be drawn to the roasted pork from 521 BBQ or the dogs and burgers at Hot Dog King, but curiosity pulls you toward the Shops on Main antique emporium.
    What originally started as an interest in antique guitars has “exploded into this” says owner Hunter Fox as he walks around his store amid countless knickknacks and rare finds. Old Coca-Cola and Pepsi machines, countless automotive and street signs as well as local folk art line aisle after aisle.

  • Teen gets 20-year term in 2015 shooting death

    A Lancaster teen charged with murdering a 42-year-old man two years ago was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to lesser charges in Lancaster County General Sessions Court.
    Derrick Leron Stalk, 18, formerly of 2125 Walden Road, pleaded guilty to one count each of voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime in the Oct. 3, 2015, killing of Jeffrey Dale Barrett of 2167 Thomasville St.

  • Man charged with stealing neighbors’ $21K in cash, jewelry

    A Buford man who was supposed to be helping an ailing neighbor around the house has been charged with stealing more than $21,000 in cash, jewelry and other items over the past year and half.
    Jody Burnett Hartley, 48, of 4712 Tabernacle Road, is charged with grand larceny more than $10,000, forgery less than $10,000, theft of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, a 71-year-old man and his wife who live near Hartley reported thefts totaling $21,350 on Aug. 31.

  • Family caravan from Sarasota got warm embrace in Lancaster

    Catherine Mills and her Sarasota family found themselves lost in Great Falls at 5 a.m. Sept. 10 after a 17-hour drive from Florida to escape Hurricane Irma.
    Mills was in a caravan of four vehicles plus a camper, carrying eight children, five adults and the few supplies they packed in just 45 minutes. They headed for a cousin’s home in Lancaster when the hurricane made an unexpected turn to the west, lining them up for a direct hit.