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  • Single-vehicle wreck kills Lancaster woman

    A Lancaster woman was killed in a single-vehicle car accident late Sunday night on Great Falls Highway.

    The woman has been identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 24-year-old Kasey Pepper. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

  • Clemson, Auburn join to fight world hunger

    From release

    CLEMSON – The two rivals faced off on the gridiron last weekend, but Clemson University and Auburn University are united off the field in supporting the World Food Programme’s efforts to defeat hunger.

    “I am enormously proud that Clemson is exploring ways to join Auburn and WFP in our joint fight against hunger,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “Defeating hunger is an enormous challenge, but if we tackle it together, we know this is a fight we can win.”

  • West Meeting power outage closes two county offices for the day

    A Wednesday morning power outage in the Meeting Street corridor has prompted Lancaster County to close two offices and curtail activities at a third for the day.

    The outages - impacting 7,800 customers - were fixed within three hours, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy's vice president of community affairs.

    Jiran said the outages were due to a transformer problem.

    The Lancaster County Economic Department and Lancaster County Veteran Affairs offices, both in the 1000 block of West Meeting Street, are closed.

  • 1st S.C. death from West Nile this year

    COLUMBIA – An Anderson County resident has died from West Nile Virus, the first such occurrence in South Carolina this year.

    In 2017, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed seven human cases of West Nile Virus, along with detection in 10 birds and 55 mosquito samples.

    The risk of serious illness or death from West Nile Virus is low. Less than one percent of people infected develop a potentially fatal swelling of the brain, known as encephalitis.

  • Former TLN Publisher David Ernest dies at 65

    David Ernest, who guided The Lancaster News as publisher for a decade, died Friday in Columbia after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was 65.
    Ernest came to the paper as publisher in 1992 from Florida, where he was advertising manager at a sister newspaper, the daily Citrus County Chronicle.
    Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News, said it was a pleasure to work with Ernest during his 10 years at the paper.

  • 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.

  • 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.