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  • Metal truck tips, blocks S.C. 9 Bypass

    The two eastbound lanes of S.C. 9 Bypass at the North Main Street overpass are shut down after a trailer loaded with scrap metal overturned just after 9:30 a.m. Monday. The truck cab did not flip over, and the driver was not hurt. He was walking around talking with police.

    Firefighters, police and the S.C. Department of Transportation crews are all at the scene.

    Both eastbound lanes are strewn with metal, and the cleanup could take hours. 

  • Kershaw couple killed in motorcycle accident

    A Saturday evening motorcycle accident claimed the lives of a Kershaw couple.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as David McIsaac, 61 and Dana McIsaac, 45.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis said the accident happened about 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Memorial Park Road as the McIsaacs were riding westbound on at 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

  • Lancaster man dies when truck hits Harley at beach

    A Lancaster man died Monday of injuries he received in a motorcycle accident in Myrtle Beach Saturday. 

    The Horry County Coroner’s Office said James Starnes, 50, died at Grand Strand Medical Center Monday afternoon from “multiple trauma” sustained in the accident.

  • School board names 3 superintendent finalists

    The Lancaster County school board has identified three finalists for the next superintendent – Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Dr. Carlotta Redish and Dr. Matrell Sturkey.

    The three finalists all work in S.C. school districts – Phipps in Abbeville, Redish in Spartanburg and Sturkey in Florence. One has worked in Lancaster County before. Phipps, the only finalist who is currently a superintendent, was here for 19 years before leaving in 2014.

  • Weather service issues storm warning, tornado watch for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Lancaster County until 5:15 p.m., as well as a tornado watch for the surrounding areas until 9 p.m. today.

    At 4:10 p.m., Doppler Radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms extending from Southpark Mall in Charlotte to 13 miles west of Winnsboro, moving northeast at 60 mph. The National Weather Service said those along the warning area could expect wind gusts up to 60 mph and penny-size hail.

    A tornado watch means that conditions may become favorable for a tornado to develop.

  • Civil rights documentarian shows new film in Columbia

    Kyle Vuille

    Carolina Reporter

    COLUMBIA – The strong, moving images of Stanley Nelson Jr.’s “Tell Them We are Rising” film and other excerpts of his documentary work will flash across the Booker T. Washington Auditorium screen tonight.

  • Workshop helps food processors comply with federal rule changes

    Denise Attaway

    Clemson University

    WEST COLUMBIA – Clemson University experts are ready to help S.C. farmers and food processors meet new requirements brought about by the biggest change in food safety laws in 80 years.

  • Fire destroys Hunters Ridge home

    A fast-moving fire tore through a home Monday afternoon in the Hunters Ridge subdivision off McIlwain Road south of Lancaster, leaving a family of five homeless.
    The fire at 3245 Silver Fox Circle was reported at 2:20 p.m., said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.
    “As I understand it, one of the parents was outside waiting on a child to come in from school, and when they went inside, the house was filled with smoke,” Blackwelder said.
    Lancaster County Council member Steve Harper reported the fire.

  • Restroom note threatens Wednesday attack at AJHS

    KERSHAW – Students will face metal detectors and heightened police protection Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School after a note was found in a student restroom Tuesday afternoon threatening a shooting at the school.
    “We don’t have enough information to say this threat is credible,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District's safety director. “But we take this event very seriously, and we’re going to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

  • Missing Indian Land man found

    An Indian Land man reported missing Thursday evening was found in good condition, a follow-up alert issued Friday by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff’s office officials issued an alert about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, asking the public to be on the lookout for Michael Edward Baxter, 73.
    The alert said Baxter was last seen about 2 p.m. at the Harris Teeter on U.S. 521 in Indian Land. He was driving a gold 2004 Toyota Avalon.