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  • BHS principal Miller moving to district job

    Buford High Principal Rodney Miller is moving to the district office to fill a new position – director of career and technology education.
    As CATE director, Miller will work to expand internships with local businesses, coordinate programs, and find teachers for career and tech courses.
    Miller, a Pageland native, said he has mixed feelings about leaving Buford High, where he has worked for four years, three of them as principal.

  • 2 motorcylcles collide in Elgin

    Two motorcycles collided Thursday evening in the Elgin community, killing one of the riders and seriously injuring the other.
    Fred “Butch” Newton Jr., 48, of Lancaster, died at the scene on Providence Road at Knotty Pines Drive. Justin Ellis, 32, of Lancaster, was transported by EMS to Carolinas Medical Center. He was in serious condition at press time.

  • 79-year-old dies after car hits her outside her home

    A Lancaster woman was fatally struck by a car while crossing Memorial Park Road to get to her mailbox Thursday afternoon.
    Johnnie Mullis Hinson, 79, was airlifted directly to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she later died from her injuries, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    Ke’von Drakeford, 17, of Heath Springs hit Hinson about 3 p.m. when she stepped in front of his 2000 Chevy Impala, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne.

  • Indian Land post office in the works

    Indian Land may finally be getting its own post office.
    The U.S. Postal Service last week notified Lancaster County officials that plans are under way for a “new retail and delivery services facility project” in the fast-growing community of more than 20,000 residents.
    County council Chairman Steve Harper received a letter from USPS real estate specialist Michael K. Bullard, saying a possible site has been selected and a public meeting about the plan will be held this month.

  • County honors its Dixie Darlings all-stars

    Local officials recognized and honored the players and coaches of the Lancaster Darlings all-stars at Monday’s meeting of Lancaster County Council.
    The girls finished as runners-up in the 2017 Dixie Softball World Series this month in Sumter. Eleven teams competed in the tournament.
    Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper saluted the all-star team for its “16-2 record, great play and great sportsmanship” and for being superb ambassadors for the community.

  • 17 year old shot Friday night on Arch Street

    A teenager is in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center after being shot Friday night on the 400 block of Arch Street.
    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant said the victim was 17 years old, but his name is not being released yet.
    Police responded to Springs Memorial Hospital just before 10:30 p.m. Friday after nearly a dozen gunshots were reported along that block. The crime scene is almost across the street from the Municipal Justice Center.  
    Emergency room staff treated the victim before he was flown to CMC.

  • Staring down a timber rattler while jump-starting a Camry

    While trying to jump-start their car Wednesday, Eric and Jeri Sullivan found a surprise under the hood – a 4-foot timber rattlesnake coiled atop the motor.
    Eric “popped the hood, and it lifted its head up, and he slammed the hood down,” Jeri Sullivan said Thursday.  “I screamed and told my husband I would not ever be driving that car.”
    What to do next? They couldn’t shoot the snake without hitting the motor, and they sure weren’t going to try to touch it.

  • Sen. Graham talks local infrastructure

    Sen. Lindsey Graham’s ears perked up Wednesday morning when he learned that Kershaw officials could use some federal help getting a railroad spur to the town’s new 122-acre industrial park.
    “Let’s see if we can help with this one,” Graham said. “This sounds like a pretty good deal.”

  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by car

    A pedestrian was hit by a car on Memorial Park Road in Lancaster just after 3 p.m. Thursday and later died from the injuries.

    The victim stepped out in front of a 2000 Chevy Impala driven by 17-year-old Ke’von Drakeford of Heath Springs, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne. Drakeford was not charged in the case.

    The victim, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

    More information will be available in Sunday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Gregory on panel that will investigate nuclear project

    State Sen. Greg Gregory has been appointed to a bipartisan committee that will investigate the scuttled nuclear reactor construction project in Fairfield County.
    The Lancaster Republican is one of 12 senators selected last week by Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman. The committee is co-chaired by Majority Leader Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) and Minority Leader Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington).
    Gregory called the turmoil that surrounds the decision to abandon the expansion of the V.C. Summer plant a debacle with plenty of blame to share.