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  • Musician, teacher Ella Ruth Simpson always gave her very best to God

    Ella Ruth Simpson began playing the piano in first grade and for most of her life, she served as a pianist and organist for numerous church worship services, weddings and funerals. 

  • United Way Bed Race seeks mobile snoozers

    Mobile mattresses will hit Lancaster’s Main Street again in August.

  • Caroline Court murder suspect shot in second related incident

    Local authorities have teamed up to investigate a double shooting that left one man dead and another injured during separate events Tuesday night, June 10. 

  • Newman wins Republican nomination in hardfought 6th Circuit Solicitor’s race

    Breathing a sigh of relief, Randy Newman Jr. is still acclimating to the news that he won the Republican nomination for the 6th Circuit Solicitor seat on Tuesday night, June 10. 

  • Man caught taking photos of girl at Walmart

     Police are reviewing surveillance footage from inside Lancaster’s Walmart after several employees reported seeing a man follow a young girl and take photos of her with his cell phone. 

    Officers responded at 4 p.m. May 17 to Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass, after employees called 911 about a 71-year-old man following the girl throughout the store, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Unknown driver fires gun into Lancaster karate studio

     Footage from a surveillance video may help police track down a person who fired a gun into a Lancaster business last month. 

    Officers were called to Universal Karate Studio, 112 E. Gay St., at 2:14 p.m. May 23 about a shattered window, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    An employee spoke with officers at the scene and said he was sitting in his office when he heard a loud noise. 

  • Candidates, campaign representatives stump issues at NAACP political forum

    The Lancaster County Branch of the NAACP held a political forum on Thursday, June 5, at the Lancaster County Community Center to allow voters to put a face with the names of candidates running in the June 10 primary, said Doris Hood, a life member of the NAACP.

    As Hood welcomed attendees to the NAACP s third quarterly town hall meeting, “Saving Our Community: Meet the Candidates,” she shared why the political forum was important.

    “Voting is important for a working democracy,” she said.

  • Days of texting while driving are numbered

    A drive on the wild side is what S.C. House Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) got when a distracted driver forced her and her husband, Mitch Norrell, off the road Wednesday, June 4. 

    Interesting enough, the General Assembly passed the state’s ban on texting while driving on the same day with a 94-2 vote by the House and a vote of 42-2 in the Senate. 

  • Double dipping in Gills Creek

    Since 2006, the Carolina heelsplitter has made many Panhandle residents shake their heads, due to the federally-protected species being found in a high-growth area along Six Mile Creek in Indian Land.

    A critical habitat of the endangered mussel has also been identified in the stretch of Gills Creek between Cimmeron Road and Pageland Highway.

    Last month, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service made improvements to the section of the creek that flows beneath Happy Trail in an effort to improve the mussel habitat.

  • Absher: City doesn't need to borrow money

    City of Lancaster Finance Director James Absher gave the council good news as he presented the 2014-15 recommended budget at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 3. 

    He said the city is in good shape in regards to its debt-service, which is the cash that is required for a particular time period to cover the repayment of interest and principal on a debt.

    “We don't need to borrow money,” Absher said. “The city has sufficient cash reserves for any need that may arise.”