• Dead gunshot victim found on E. Dunlap

    A man was found shot to death on East Dunlap Street in Lancaster early Wednesday, and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office has identified him as 47-year-old Terry Louis “Butch” Thompson.     
    Patrolling city police officers found Thompson lying on the ground about 1:17 a.m. near the intersection of East Dunlap Street and Thomas Lane. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was dead, according to a Lancaster Police Department release.

  • IL festival 'all-around awesome'

    Among the car show, vendor booths, food trucks, corn hole, fun zones, chili cook off and hay bales, crowds packed the Indian Land Fall Festival on Saturday.
    Known as the Panhandle’s biggest annual event, the festival lived up to its description in its 12th year, ushering in thousands at its new location on the campus of the Indian Land schools.
    “It was an exciting day and a perfect example of what makes Indian Land such a great place,” festival chairman Mike Neese said.

  • City grant will design downtown event space

    Competing against 52 other cities, Lancaster has received a $25,000 Hometown Economic Development Grant from the S.C. Municipal Association, scoring highest among all the applicants.
    The grant was awarded to 10 cities this year, up from eight last year. Lancaster ranked No. 1 on its eligibility rating among the winning cities.
    “I think it speaks well for the city and what we’re trying to do with our central business district,” Mayor John Howard said.

  • Grisly murder scene, husband arrested

    A 58-year-old woman’s body was found by her daughters Sunday morning at her Lancaster home, apparently beaten to death with a hammer, and her husband has been charged with murder.
    Mildred Burris Arnold was found in a bedroom at 213 S. York St., the Lancaster Police Department said in a statement.
    Her youngest daughter, Stephanie Arnold, said the scene was like a horror movie, with the body wrapped in two blankets and a rug, and blood from the ceiling to the floor.
    Matthew James Alman, 49, of the same address, was charged with murder on Monday.

  • Man charged in wife’s killing

    A 58-year-old woman's body was found by her daughter Sunday morning at a South York Street home, bludgeoned to death with a hammer, and her husband has been charged with murder.
    Mildred Burris Arnold has been identified as the victim, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Matthew James Alman, 49, 213 S. York St., was charged with murder on Monday.
    “There’s still a lot we don’t know because he’s not talking to us,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.

  • GOP holds law-enforcement forum

    “Props to Cops,” “You save lives” and “Salute the Blue” are just some of the slogans painted on the signs that line Hubbard Street at USC Lancaster’s campus.
    Those signs were made by children from law enforcement families for Police Appreciation Day, but now they mark the location of the first Lancaster Police Forum, hosted Thursday night by the Lancaster County Republican Party.

  • Richard Plyler led with ‘a soft, velvet touch’

    Richard Plyler never sought the community spotlight, but quietly worked backstage as a banker and civic leader to make his hometown a better place.
    “That was his way,” said Bruce Brumfield of his close friend, who died early Friday at 73. “Richard did tons behind the scenes to make a difference in the lives of others, and those he helped never had a clue it was him.”
    “And he did it for one reason,” Brumfield said. “Richard did it simply because it was the right thing to do.”

  • Damaged Woodland Drive bridge won’t be replaced until March ’18

    The barricaded section of cross-town artery Woodland Drive near Lancaster High School won’t be reopening anytime soon.
    The road was shut down in July after one of the support pilings under the structure shattered, probably because of an overweight vehicle. Repairs were impossible, and the bridge must be replaced.

  • Others seeking local solutions to opioid crisis

    Delois Carpenter
    While most everyone is familiar with recovery groups like Narcotics Anonymous and Al Anon, several local churches have also begun ministries to help addicts. Among them is Eastside Baptist Church’s Chain Breakers Outreach, run by Delois Carpenter.
    The group meets in the church fellowship hall every Tuesday night at 6:30. The group has about 30 regulars and as many as 150 attending when there’s a special speaker.

  • Ex-addict leading others to recovery

    Last of four parts
    Le Tanya Williams’ 50 years of life splits into three discrete segments.  
    She was 20 years old the first time she shot heroin. She was addicted to it for 20 years. Now she’s been clean for 10.
    She quit only because she went to prison, and there was no heroin there. She grew tired of hearing other inmates plotting how they would return to the crimes that cost them their freedom – only not getting caught next time.
    Once she got truly sober, Williams never wanted to shoot heroin again.