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  • Bennie Crockett vanished in 1977

    Looking back, Nell Davis sees the foreshadowing signs in her final conversation with her father.

    It was more than 30 years ago – Aug. 12, 1977, a Friday afternoon.

    Davis and her husband gave her father, Bennie Crockett, a ride to a local seafood market to get some fish before the couple headed to Tennessee for the weekend.

    Davis remembers Crockett repeatedly looking up and down the street in a way that worried her. Even though Crockett said everything was OK, his actions left her with a weird feeling.

  • Democrats to convene for convention

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party will have its County Convention at 6 p.m.  Monday at the Lancaster County Temporary Court Facility at 3888 Chester Highway.

    There will be a social time beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, will be the keynote speaker.

    The business session will consist of electing the chair, first, second and third vice chair, state executive committee man and woman and their alternates.

    The treasurer, secretary and delegates to the state convention will also be elected.

  • Mulvaney: State budget ‘800-pound gorilla in the corner’

    A strict state budget, new voting laws and a complicated real estate tax were all issues state Sen. Mick Mulvaney discussed at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, updated council members on issues he’s been working on in Columbia. Mulvaney addressed how the state’s newly released 40-page budget will affect Lancaster County.

    He called the state budget “the 800-pound gorilla in the corner.”

  • Who killed Chanel Holmes?

    The area along Clinton Avenue hasn’t changed much since the body of Chanel Holmes was found there more than seven years ago.

    There are still some trees, overgrown bushes and untidy weeds; the ground is still covered in fallen leaves.

    And set back from the road, near Gills Creek between Clinton Avenue and Woodland Drive, is the sewer right-of-way where Holmes was found dead on August 28, 2002. She was 23.

    Lancaster Police Sgt. Tim Witherspoon remembers the case well.

  • Just two pieces of evidence

    On Feb. 1, 1992, at 4:40 a.m., Lancaster Police Department shift Sgt. Robert Rockholt responded to a call about shots fired near Rock and Hudson streets.

    When he arrived, he thought he heard a voice coming from the woodline behind a home on Hudson Street.

    Rockholt found Heath Springs resident Elvin McIlwain Jr., 35, lying on his stomach near the woodline.

    McIlwain had been shot, although Rockholt couldn’t tell where.

  • Ginny Adams' death a mystery to investigators

    Capt. Craig Bailey knew when he saw the body of Virginia “Ginny” Adams in a creek bed under a bridge on Riverside Road that her death would be a difficult case to solve.

    Four S.C. Department of Transportation workers called the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office after finding her body about 2 p.m. June 5, 2007.

    Adams’ body – mostly bones – was found partially in the water and had been there from anywhere from a week to a month, Bailey said.

    But there were some clues on the body to help investigators identify it.

  • Deputies charge man with burning 2-year-old son

    An Indian Land man was jailed Monday night after he was charged with dunking his 2-year-old son in scalding water.

    Christian Brown, 23, 9848 Fortson Drive, was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on $45,000 bond.

    “His story did not match up with the evidence whatsoever,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “We do see some child neglect cases here, but nothing of this severity, that involves burns.”

  • Norrell donates 2-acre parcel of land to Katawba land trust

    Lancaster attorney Mandy Powers Norrell recently donated a 2-acre parcel of land near Forty Acre Rock in Southeastern Lancaster County to the Katawba Valley Land Trust. 

    The tract, situated on Bear Creek, is an important addition to the KVLT Lancaster Greenway Preserve, which is now comprised of more than 350 acres, say KVLT officials.

    The tract harbors trees such as Cottonwood, Sweetgum, Mulberry and Green Ash. It’s an important habitat for native flora and fauna, and having it protected will benefit the water quality of Bear Creek, say KVLT officials.

  • Love in their Golden Years

    Six months ago, Cornelia Williams didn’t even know Prince Jarrett Hinson, but on the eve of Valentine’s Day, she couldn’t picture a day without him.

    Cornelia and Prince were married Feb. 13 at Crestview Baptist Church in Lancaster. Family and friends filled the crowd, while Cornelia’s daughter and Prince’s son stood by their side.

    No, this wasn’t your typical wedding.

    Snow was on the ground outside " from an unusual storm that brought snow to parts of the South that rarely see it, including Texas and Florida.

  • Brown disappeared on Valentine's Day 1995

    Flipping through the pages of a large binder she’s filled with witness statements, candid photographs and faded newspaper articles, Lancaster Police Capt. Susan Hunter wonders what happened to Farrika Brown.

    Today marks the 15th anniversary of Brown’s disappearance, a case that has yielded very few leads, but always remains in Hunter’s mind.

    “He’s not forgotten by any means. We still have fliers up about him,” said Hunter, who was one of the lead investigators when Brown’s family reported him missing.