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Today's News

  • Mayor Howard to begin cancer treatment

    Four months after being hospitalized with a stroke, Lancaster Mayor John Howard has been diagnosed with lung cancer, city officials said Tuesday.
    He was admitted to Springs Memorial Hospital on Jan. 16 suffering from pneumonia, after dealing with a respiratory illness for the past few weeks, according to City Administrator Flip Hutfles.
    Doctors found a tumor in one of his lungs, and he was transferred to the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville last Thursday. 

  • Traffic stop yields drugs, weapons, 16 cell phones, $4,100 cash

    An Indian land man faces numerous charges after a traffic stop yielded stacked bins containing cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs, 16 cell phones, four computers, $4,100 in cash and a stolen handgun with the serial number filed off.
    Shawn Steven Starck, 41, of 7474 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521), was pulled over about 7 p.m. Jan. 7 after a deputy patrolling U.S. 521 noticed the Chrysler Sebring he was driving had a stolen tag.

  • Indian Land Middle wins state wrestling title

    For the second-straight year, Indian Land Middle School’s wrestling team has won the state championship, and eighth grader Max Yegge has again brought home an individual title.
    The Warriors, with six wrestlers in the 60-plus team field, had five grapplers place in the 16 weight classes during Saturday’s tournament at Lexington High School.
    Indian Land topped the field with 97.5 points, finishing ahead of Byrnes Middle School with 96, and Powdersville with 80.

  • 300 suggest names, colors, mascot for new IL school

    More than 300 people have given the Lancaster County School District input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and selecting colors and a mascot.
    In the online survey, which is now finished, popular names included Andrew Jackson Elementary, Catawba Elementary, Charles Duke Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Osceola Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Van Wyck Elementary and Walnut Creek Elementary.
    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, LCSD superintendent, said it’s important for a community to feel like it “owns” its schools.

  • Battling state’s opioid crisis with information

    Counseling Services of Lancaster is rolling out a new campaign aimed at getting the public involved in the statewide crusade against the opioid epidemic.
    The campaign, called Just Plain Killers, is a project of the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) under which Counseling Services of Lancaster operates as a local substance-abuse commission.
    The goal, both statewide and locally, is to raise and deepen public awareness of opioid use and abuse in the state while reducing the stigma placed on addicts.

  • County officials will run IL incorporation election

    Members of the newly appointed commission tasked with overseeing the Indian Land incorporation vote have opted to let Lancaster County organize and run the special election.
    Although no date has been set for the election, the commission met with local election officials Tuesday to discuss the matter.
    Melvin Threatt, one of three Indian Land incorporation election commissioners, said he and fellow commissioners Mike Sykes and Ryan Potter were meeting with county Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson to discuss how to proceed.

  • Officers from across region salute slain York Co. deputy

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and about 50 of his deputies joined officers from across the region Monday at the funeral of a York County sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty last week.
    Detective Mike Doty, 37, died Jan. 17, one day after he and three other officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call on Farrier Lane outside York.

  • Women bond in ‘Steel Magnolias’

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County brings another well-known drama to life this weekend with an adaptation of the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias,” the story of small-town women bonding at Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, La.
    “It was a very iconic film, with some of the best stars of the ’80s,” said the play’s director, Sheri Marvin. “You really will laugh until you cry then cry until you laugh. It’s the funniest, most heartwarming show in a very, very long time.”

  • Library board’s inaction draws fire

    Lancaster County Council members are turning up the heat on the library board for dragging its feet on plans to spend $8 million in voter-approved funds upgrading facilities in Lancaster, Kershaw and Indian Land.
    “We’ve been talking about the library and library board for a year now,” said frustrated council member Terry Graham.
    County Library Director Rita Vogel gave council members an update on the facilities plan during the Jan. 9 meeting of the council’s Infrastructure & Research Committee.

  • Abduction suspect sets off through dark woods, eludes cops

    A Lancaster man suspected of taking an infant from its grandmother led deputies on a massive chase Friday, wrecking his car in Van Wyck and running through the woods to elude a horde of officers, only to be nabbed later 5 miles away eating breakfast in Indian Land.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said the Rock Hill Police Department issued a “be on the lookout” for Gabriel L’Ambiance Ingram about 1:40 a.m. Friday. Ingram, 28, was accused of taking a 9-month-old child from its grandmother without the mother’s permission.