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  • State report: Lancaster’s crime rates fell in 2013

    Lancaster County’s murder rate declined 39 percent, robberies were down 28 percent and sexual assaults dropped by 37 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

    That data is the latest available and comes from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Uniform Crime Report released Feb. 12. 

    SLED Chief Mark Keel said the report provides a “snapshot in time” of overall criminal activity in the Palmetto State. 

  • Relics of the Old South get a new home

    The lights are set low, except for the glow of a replica fire that illuminates a pair of mannequins dressed in 19th century clothing.

    “The best thing about burning down the city with one button is you can rebuild it with another,” says Curator of Education Joe Long as he leans over a computer screen showing a map of the burning of Columbia.

  • S.C. lawmaker again pushes to arm teachers

    The sponsor of a bill that would arm specially trained teachers and school administrators as a means of protecting public schools said he has tightened the legislation to address concerns about the presence of weapons around students.

    State Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, sponsored a similar measure in 2012, shortly after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., where a mentally ill man killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers. That measure never made it out of a House committee.

  • Trump takes Lancaster County in GOP primary

    In a vote that mirrored the state of South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won Lancaster County with 34 percent of the vote on Saturday.
    Marco Rubio finished second with Ted Cruz at a close third.
    The unofficial results for Lancaster County by candidate are:
    Donald Trump – 4,190 votes (33.68 percent)
    Marco Rubio – 2,754 votes (22.14 percent)
    Ted Cruz – 2,689 votes (21.62 percent)
    Ben Carson – 1,136 votes (9.13 percent)

  • SCDOT closes Bailey Road to through traffic

    The S.C. Department of Transportation has closed Bailey Road to through traffic effective 9 a.m. Feb. 17 for bridge repairs.
    Bailey Road runs between S.C. 903 in the Antioch community and U.S. 521 South in the Elgin community.
    SCDOT recommends those who normally use Bailey Road to use Community Lane as a detour.
    There is no completion date for the project and a SCDOT spokeswoman said Bailey Road will reopen as soon as the bridge repairs are complete. 

  • School district cancels Monday classes

  • School district cancels Monday classes
  • Solvent mishap injures students

    More than 30 Harrisburg Elementary School students went home early Thursday after exposure to a cleaning solvent left many with skin irritation and some with minor chemical burns.
    The incident began Thursday morning as several students at the Indian Land school began reporting discomfort to the school nurse. Lancaster County School District spokesman David Knight said school officials soon realized all the students had recently come into direct contact with toilet seats in the school’s bathrooms.

  • Mayoral candidates debate issues

    Candidates in the Lancaster mayoral race took their ideas to the people during the Lancaster NAACP’s mayoral town hall meeting Thursday night.
    Held at the Barr Street Auditorium, the event drew nearly 100 spectators for the first candidate’s forum in the race to fill the seat of longtime Mayor Joe Shaw, who died mid-term Nov. 29.

  • Walmart purse snatch turns violent

    A purse snatching in the Walmart parking lot late Feb.11 turned violent when the thief beat up the victim twice and slammed her to the pavement before fleeing.
    The victim, who sustained a cut lip, multiple bruises and a back injury while fighting back, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, treated and released.
    Police are looking for a clean-shaven, 5-foot-11, slender white male who was last seen wearing a dark jacket and a green toboggan.