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  • Hilton pleads guilty

    Prison time is coming for the Kershaw man who admittedly killed his wife in February.  

    Joseph Daniel Hilton, 62, 8992 Old Jefferson Highway, was sentenced to 25 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter during a General Session court hearing Wednesday, April 17. 

    Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard Jr. gave the sentence. 

    Hilton had been charged in the Feb. 11 shooting death of his wife, Deborah Faile Hilton, 59. 

  • Pilot unhurt in plane crash

    Editor’s note: The Lancaster News incorrectly reported in the Friday, April 19, 2013, edition that workers freed the airplane from the trees where it crashed on Thursday, April 18. It wasn’t the plane, but pilot Jerry Wiese, who was freed from his perch.

     

    Teddy Moore has seen his share of emergencies, but he’s never been involved in an emergency situation like the airplane crash he responded to Thursday, April 18. 

  • Council hits the brakes on proposed parking ordinance

    A contentious battle over “no parking” signs hit a speed bump earlier this month when county officials decided not to move forward with a proposed parking ticket ordinance. 

    After listening to a months-long debate about “no parking” signs and who has authority to ticket or tow on county roads, Lancaster County Council discussed and ultimately rejected a possible solution to the problem during its April 8 meeting. 

  • Paige Duke is Darlington Raceway’s first-ever ‘Lady in Black’

    Wearing a fire suit at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events is nothing new to Paige Duke.

    Now, the former Miss Sprint Cup has a dark one to wear, along with a new title when promoting a sport that’s close to her heart at the track that’s “Too Tough to Tame.”

    Duke is the “Lady in Black” for the “Lady in Black.”  

  • National Weather Service issues severe storm warning for county

    After issuing a tornado watch earlier today, April 19, the National Weather Service has now issued a severe storm warning for Lancaster County until 4:30 p.m.

  • Tornado watch issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Lancaster County from 1:30 to 9 p.m. today, April 19. A tornado watch means that the conditions have created a significant risk of a tornado occurring. 

       

  • Panhandle gas stations: How many is too many?

    It doesn’t take an expert in microeconomics to realize that those long lines of cars with North Carolina license plates at northern Indian Land gas stations are there to fill up on cheap South Carolina gasoline. 

    With South Carolina’s gas taxes and fees totaling 35.2 cents a gallon, 21 cents less than North Carolina’s 56.2 cents a gallon, Indian Land has become a boomtown of sorts for gas stations looking to cash in on our northern neighbors’ thirst for cheap gas.

  • Sowing the seeds of growth

    The word ‘local’ has a special meaning for Elaine McKinney.

    As the agribusiness coordinator for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., McKinney sees a prosperous future for local agricultural businesses in Lancaster County.

    Tasked with speaking to local vendors, growers and producers about joining and working out of the county’s Agribusiness Development Center, McKinney gave a detailed presentation on the status of the program at Lancaster County Council’s April 8 meeting.

  • Small plane gets stuck in trees

    On Thursday afternoon, April 18, emergency personnel were working to remove a small airplane from tree tops off Shiloh Unity Road. 

    The pilot, who was apparently flying alone, crashed into the tree shortly before 2:30 p.m. The accident happened near the 3000 block of Shiloh Unity Road. 

    Stephen Blackwelder, spokesman for Lancaster County Emergency Management, said the plane was lodged in the tree about 35 to 40 feet off the ground. 

    No injuries were reported. 

  • Buford Middle School student struck at bus stop

    A Buford Middle School student was hospitalized Thursday morning, April 18, after he was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the road at his bus stop near Buford Crossroads.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Elder said the accident happened about 7:10 a.m. on Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) just past the intersection of Rocky River Road (S.C. 522).

    Though Lancaster County School District officials were unable to name the student due to district policy, the teen was later identified via social media posts as 13-year-old Patrick Burgess.