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Today's News

  • Mom remembers Nija as fun-loving, shy

    You may know her son, Nija Tinsley Jr., for his tragic death, but Lakesha Montgomery will never forget all the joyous moments he brought to her life.

    Like his dance moves. “He knew all the dances,” Montgomery said. Or the big smile he’d make when he took selfies.

    At school, he was well-mannered and a little shy, but always smiling, according to Montgomery. Nija would have been a second grader at McDonald Green Elementary this year.

  • Man sloshed with gas, set on fire, leaps into creek

    Two men have been flown to Augusta Burn Center after one of them allegedly threw gasoline on the other and set him on fire after a fight.
    Officers responded to the 100 block of North Gregory Street in Lancaster about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after someone reported a person on fire, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. They found the trunk lid and rear bumper of a Chevrolet Impala burning on the shoulder of the road, but no victim.
    The officers grabbed fire extinguishers and put the fire out just as city firefighters arrived.

  • Government phone listing actually sex-chat line

    Talk about a wrong number!
    In the Lancaster County phone book, the toll-free phone number listed for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA Flight Service office in Florence  actually connects you to a sex-chat line.

  • LHS teacher retires, heads to Midwest chasing twisters

    Most people retire hoping for quiet, sunny days filled with rest and relaxation.
    Retired Lancaster High School English teacher Robert Hinson, 66, has a completely different idea of retirement. And It has nothing to do with rocking chairs or clear skies.
    Hinson started tackling his bucket list immediately after retiring last month from the public school system after 35 years of teaching.
    Just two days after his last day in a classroom, Hinson was in Oklahoma City right in the middle of tornado alley, hoping to chase some twisters.

  • Remember When: Summer job rolling pennies from Main St. parking meters

    As I’m writing this column, it’s my great-granddaughter’s final day of school in Maryland. She is moving back to Lancaster.
    My daddy firmly believed boys should have summer jobs. I mean in addition to those around the house. Somebody real famous said something about idle minds getting folks into trouble, and Daddy certainly didn’t want me to get into more trouble than I normally did.

  • Cops swarm shooting site

    The shooting of a woman in downtown Lancaster Thursday afternoon prompted a massive law-enforcement and rescue response, and officers took down the suspect at gunpoint.
    Thomas Baker, 64, of 300-A Chesterfield Ave., was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant.
    The victim, who was shot once in the chest, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital and then flown to another medical facility for treatment.

  • Sun City flexes muscles with high voter turnout

    Sun City Carolina Lakes homeowners are taking an active role in the Indian Land community not just by speaking out at public meetings, but also by letting their voices be heard loud and clear at the ballot box.  
    Sun City’s registered voters continue to vote at a much higher rate than the rest of the county, regardless of what may or may not be on the ballot.

  • Lancaster man, woman charged in neglect cases

    A 73-year-old Lancaster man and the mother of a premature newborn have been arrested in separate neglect cases investigated by the S.C. Department of Social Services.
    The department also notified the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office it was investigating a second case of infant neglect.
    Kimber Haldane Bucher, 73, of 2449 Downey Drive, Lancaster, was arrested June 10 for neglect of a vulnerable adult.

  • Animal rescuers volunteer to help during shelter crisis

    Animal advocates and rescue groups, who have complained for weeks about Lancaster County's handling of its animal-shelter crisis, have volunteered to help care for the animals at the shelter until the situation is resolved.

  • Machine catches fire at AkzoNobel

    Quick action and a fire-suppression system stopped a machine fire at AkzoNobel Specialty Coatings in Lancaster from spreading Wednesday night, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said.
    Blackwelder said the Riverside and Gooches fire departments were dispatched to the company at 1872 S.C. 9 Bypass West about 10:11 p.m. in response to an automatic emergency call from the manufacturer’s fire-alarm system.