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  • Buford ticket wins $200,000 Palmetto Cash 5

    Staff reports

    A Lancaster woman beat one in a million odds for a $200,0000 South Carolina Education Lottery win this past Friday.

    Lottery officials announced Monday, July 21, that one lucky someone bought the winning $200,000 Palmetto Cash 5 ticket at Buford Express Mart No. 6 at 4433 Pageland Highway for the Friday, July 18 drawing.

    The winning numbers were 8,16,30,33, 38 and 2, the last number a “Power-Up” multiplier. The five number match resulted in a $100,000 win that doubled to $200,000 with the $1 extra multiplier.

  • First Habitat Prayer Walk a success, despite rainy weather

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County

    Even with a drizzling rain, about 35 people came to pray at the first Habitat Prayer Walk. Although each home is dedicated when completed, Habitat officials felt it was time to reaffirm the faith on which Habitat is based, and to invite the Lancaster faith community to stand together in unity to pray for Habitat’s homeowners and its mission.

  • Wanted man found in Lancaster

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A Lancaster man wanted in connection with the kidnapping and shooting of a man last fall was tracked down and arrested last month.

    Local authorities had been searching for Rendell Jomon Cunningham, 30, 1858 Colton Way, since Oct. 4, 2013, in connection with an incident where a man was held at gunpoint in his car, kidnapped and later shot in the back, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report and arrest warrants.

  • Man kicks out patrol car window after arrest

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A Charlotte man is facing an escape charge after he kicked out the back window of a deputy’s patrol car following his arrest outside an Indian Land business July 14.

    Donnie Gill, 41, had already been arrested on a shoplifting charge, but is now facing charges of unlawful escape and malicious injury to property following the incident that happened at about 6:30 p.m., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • School district rolls out new website

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Local schools have new, more attractive and intuitively interactive websites this year.

    There’s only one problem, as anyone whose done an online search for a local school this month has found, you can’t get to them through Google – or Yahoo, or Bing, or any other search engine for that matter.

  • SLED helicopter spots pot

     Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    Whether it’s tucked behind a dog kennel, disguised in a garden or hidden in the woods, seasoned narcotics officers can spot illegal marijuana growing activity anywhere.

  • Man sentenced for tossing drugs, contraband over fence at KCI

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    After several hours of deliberation, a jury returned guilty verdicts on Wednesday, July 16, for a West Columbia man charged with tossing contraband over the fence of Kershaw Correctional Institution last year. 

  • Free pro se divorce clinic Wednesday

     Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    When legal troubles arise, hiring an attorney can be an expensive option that is out of reach for many. 

    That’s why S.C. Legal Services (SCLS) offers several community outreach programs that can enable people to handle certain legal problems on their own.

    SCLS will hold an hour-long free Pro Se Divorce Clinic at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Lancaster County Library, 313 South White St. 

  • State justices rule against making autopsy reports public

     Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    After the S.C. Supreme Court previously reversed a ruling allowing government councils to amend agendas during meetings now they’ve upheld a circuit court ruling stating autopsies are private records.

    On Wednesday, July 16, the court ruled 4-1 that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.

  • Council tackles LCEDC concerns

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    In the wake of a churning sea of criticism by county officials against the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., several residents came to the LCEDC’s defense Monday night, July 14.