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  • 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.

  • Driver dies in one-car crash

    An autopsy will be performed on a Kershaw woman to determine if some type of medical episode led to her death Tuesday in a one-car crash on Beacon Road in Rich Hill.
    The victim – 69-year-old Ethel Taylor Hicks of Kershaw – died at the scene, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. Hicks will undergo an autopsy Thursday.    

  • County schools on 2-hour delay Monday

    All Lancaster County public schools will operate Monday, Jan. 9, on a 2-hour delay as a safety precaution due to road conditions. For more information, go to www.lancastercsd.com

  • No swearing-in for Blackmon, pending appeal

    Linda Blackmon was not sworn in as a Lancaster City Council member Tuesday, and city officials said state law bars her from taking office until a voter-fraud challenge to her election is resolved in court.
    Municipal Judge Bob Davis swore in council members Tamara Green Garris and Sara Eddins, incumbents reelected Nov. 8, at Tuesday night's meeting. But Blackmon, who sat in the audience, was not allowed to take the District 3 seat.

  • Jerry Cauthen’s body found

    After days of searching for Jerry Roscoe Cauthen, who walked away from a nursing home in Heath Springs last week, his body was found Wednesday morning in a heavily wooded area off Flint Ridge Road, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Cauthen, 74, died from exposure due to the environment, according to a statement from Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
    Cauthen had been missing since Dec. 23, one day after being checked into Heath Springs Residential Care Center, 614 Hart St.