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  • Good Samaritan steps up

    The small, red fire extinguisher was still smoking as Stephon Chavis turned it over in his hands Wednesday afternoon. 

    Pulling his baseball hat off to wipe sweat from his brow, Chavis smiled as he recounted how only minutes before he was sprinting across several lanes of traffic clutching that same extinguisher.

  • Indian Land parent files civil rights complaint

    An Indian Land mother has filed a civil rights complaint against the Lancaster County School District alleging racism by school officials at Indian Land high and middle schools. 

    In a report that aired Wednesday on WBTV, Krisma Gregory, who is black, said the unfair punishments meted out by school officials in two separate incidents involving her sons were racially motivated.

  • Two students to compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

    Two Lancaster County students are among the 10 finalists who will compete Saturday at the annual Poetry Out Loud state competition sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission. 

    Robert Massey of Andrew Jackson High School and Raina Hill of Buford High School advanced from classroom to school-wide to regional contests to compete for South Carolina's spot in the national finals, which will be held May 13-15 in Washington, D.C., and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. More than 4,000 South Carolina students competed this year.

  • Driver faces DUI charge in Meeting Street crash

    A Lancaster man was charged with driving under the influence after he was involved in a car accident Feb. 19. 

    Charles J. Whitt, 45, 2555 Country Club Drive, received the DUI charge shortly after his car flipped along a stretch of West Meeting Street early that morning, said S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder. 

    The accident happened at 1 a.m. as Whitt was driving a 2011 Chevrolet two-door vehicle north on West Meeting Street. Elder said the car then drove off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and flipped over. 

  • Fires destroy Ninth Street home, Henry Harris Road cabin

    Bright orange flames consumed a small Lancaster house early Tuesday morning as firefighters worked quickly to put out the blaze.

    Members of the Gooches and McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies, responded at 12:47 a.m. to a fire at 1115 Ninth St., according to a sheriff’s office incident report. The house is in Lancaster’s Brooklyn area. 

  • Armed men rob Twin Pines business

    Lancaster County deputies and city of Lancaster police officers are responding to We Are Gold, 1427 Charlotte Highway, after the Twin Pines business was robbed at gunpoint about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

    Police are looking for two black men who were wearing ski masks. One of the men, who was armed, is described as slender. Authorities have also issued a be-on-the-lookout-for bulletin for an older model, four-door white car that fled the business headed south toward S.C. 9 Bypass and North Main Street. Check back later for updates.

     

  • Power outages reported in city, county

    Duke Energy crews are working to repair a power outage to 2,700 homes and businesses in Lancaster and northeastern parts of the county.

    Officials say power are hopeful to have power restored by noon today.

    Duke Energy District Manager Rick Jiran said the area affected by the outage is bounded roughly by Market Street and Glenwood Road in downtown Lancaster, along Pageland Highway to the Buford community and south to Flat Creek Road and Fairmeadow Drive (Bailey Road) in the Elgin/Antioch communities.

  • Gingrich wins state primary, takes Lancaster County

    Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum can’t blame the outcome of the 2012 South Carolina Republican Party presidential primary on the weather.

    Despite a cold, day-long rain, voters in Lancaster County came out to give Newt Gingrich the GOP party nod.

    At 9:45 p.m. Saturday, with a little more than 80 percent of the precincts in South Carolina reporting, Gingrich has 41 percent of the vote, while Mitt Romney has 27 percent.

    Several news services, including the Associated Press, have declared Gingrich as the winner.

  • Sheriff investigating first murder of the year

    Investigators are searching for whoever shot and killed a woman Thursday night at a home in the 1900 block of Rose Anna Lane.

    According to a press release issued by Lancaster County Sheriff’s, deputies found 23-year-old Jenika Jones’ body on a couch. Jones had been shot to death, the release said. It is Lancaster County’s first murder of the year.

  • 'Dangerous place to drive'

    After a year filled with deadly car accidents, the S.C. Highway Patrol has begun a series of initiatives to help curb dangerous driving on Lancaster County’s roads. 

    As part of that effort, state troopers recently held safety checkpoints in the northern and southern parts of the county, hoping to crack down on all types of illegal behavior.