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  • Rep. Norrell backs medical cannabis bill

    The bipartisan group of legislators cosponsoring a bill to legalize medical cannabis in the state wasted no time introducing it this week during the session’s opening day.
    The S.C. Compassionate Care Act would allow state residents with “debilitating medical conditions and a recommendation from their physician” to use medical cannabis.
    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) said she supports the bill because she’s met people who “have conditions where it can help or have been helped.”

  • Probe under way in 4th grader's death

    A Harrisburg Elementary School fourth grader died Wednesday evening at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, and the cause of death is under investigation, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese.
    The student, Dylan Lemieux, is the son of Daniel and Stacey Lemieux. The parents could not be reached before press time.
    “We’re in shock more than anything,” said Harrisburg Principal Steven Puckett. “I think that’s the overall atmosphere in the building... losing one of our babies like that.

  • Chester County loses Carlisle Roddey at 79

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Carlisle Roddey, who served as the elected Chester County supervisor for three decades and spent 47 seasons as the radio voice of Chester High School football, died Monday after a long illness. He was 79.
    Archie Lucas, a county councilman who served with Roddey for 25 years, said his work has benefitted Chester County greatly and will continue to do so for years to come.

  • The big snow was a no-show

    Last weekend’s snowstorm moved mostly north of Lancaster County, leaving us with a dusting of snow and a bit of ice, followed by bitter cold.
    Parts of the Upstate and most of North Carolina got heavy snow, but Lancaster got only flurries that began around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continued until about 11 a.m. The clouds then cleared, and the sun was shining through ice on the trees by mid-afternoon.
    Snow and freezing rain caused just 34 customers in the county to lose power Saturday, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president for community relations.

  • Chesterfield men claim they were shot in Tradesville

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a mysterious shooting incident involving three Chesterfield County men this weekend.
    According to the incident report, one of the three men, Phillip Chambers of Mount Croghan, walked into the Pageland Police Department about 7 p.m. Saturday, saying there were two gunshot victims in a car outside.
    Inside the car, police found Diante Hayden of Mount Croghan, who had been shot in the leg, and Michael Heath of Pageland, shot in the chest and arm.

  • IL group: Petition drive is complete

    Voters for a Town of Indian Land announced Tuesday that the group has gathered enough petition signatures to move forward with its effort to incorporate much of the Panhandle.
    Meanwhile, a group seeking incorporation for the community of Van Wyck is set to present its proposal to the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation in Columbia this Thursday.

  • Driver dies in one-car crash

    An autopsy will be performed on a Kershaw woman to determine if some type of medical episode led to her death Tuesday in a one-car crash on Beacon Road in Rich Hill.
    The victim – 69-year-old Ethel Taylor Hicks of Kershaw – died at the scene, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. Hicks will undergo an autopsy Thursday.    

  • Weekend Recap: Jan. 9, 2017

    Happy Monday! Though we ended up with less snow accumulation than originally predicted, snow and freezing rain caused 34 power outages in the county, schools and the county operated on a two-hour delay Monday morning and sports events set for the weekend were rescheduled. SCDOT crews helped keep freezing on S.C roads to a minimum using nearly 803,000 gallons of salt brine, 891 tons of sand and more than 6,000 tons of salt, and few incidents were reported.

  • Big prep for little snow

    After a 2- to 5-inch snowfall prediction, Lancaster County was left with mostly sheets of ice last weekend.

    Flurries began around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continued until about 11 a.m.

    Snow and freezing rain caused 34 power outages Saturday in the county, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president for community relations.

  • County schools on 2-hour delay Monday

    All Lancaster County public schools will operate Monday, Jan. 9, on a 2-hour delay as a safety precaution due to road conditions. For more information, go to www.lancastercsd.com