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Today's News

  • Ja’Von Crockett back in Lancaster for annual festival celebrating youth

    When Ja’Von Crockett sees children laughing and playing with their parents, he can’t help but wonder how his life would’ve turned out had his dad been there.
    “When he came back around, we were getting ready to graduate,” Crockett said. “We didn’t hardly know him. And to tell you the truth, I couldn’t even tell you what his favorite flavor of ice cream was.”

  • No public hearing needed for Kershaw rec center annexation

    KERSHAW – There’s a critical 5-acre tract the town of Kershaw needs to annex on the outskirts of town to give its underdevelopment business park access to the railroad tracks.
    And this is an annexation request fully endorsed by the property owner.
    The tract is home to the county-owned Andrew Jackson Recreation Center property on North Matson Street.   
    Lancaster County asked Kershaw officials to annex the property into its corporate town limits.

  • Families endure a pain that will never go away

    Editor’s note: Hannah Strong joined us a year ago, fresh out of Winthrop. Today she begins an occasional column on what her first reporting job is teaching her about herself, her profession and Lancaster County.

    The operator from an S.C. prison says, “You have 15 seconds left on this call.”
    “Let me call you right back,” the woman tells me.
    She has been jailed for attempted armed robbery  since 2013.
    I’m talking to her because her 19-year-old son has been shot dead in Lancaster.

  • Bacteria count high north of S.C. 5

    Water samples from two of three tested locations on the Catawba River registered high for bacterial contamination days after a massive sewage spill in Charlotte, state environmental regulators reported Thursday.
    High bacteria counts showed up in water samples taken from the Catawba River at Sugar Creek, where the sewage runoff entered the river, and the Catawba Indian Nation landing about 4 miles downriver, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  • 2 charged, 1 sought in Facebook gun battle

    Two men have been arrested and sheriff’s deputies are looking for a third in connection with shootings at a Lancaster mobile home park Wednesday evening, one of which was captured on video by a witness and posted online.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 130 Melton Park Circle in Lancaster Wednesday about 7 p.m. in regards to a shooting in progress.
    Investigators said the incident began with a fight between women that ended with gunfire that left a 21-year-old Lancaster woman with two shots to the stomach.

  • Top trooper retires

    Mike Oliver knew he wanted to be a Highway Patrol trooper at age 6.
    He was standing up in the backseat of his parent’s car on Doc Garris Road south of Lancaster when a drunk driver sideswiped them and sent them into a ditch. The driver didn’t stop.
    “Daddy was able to turn around and follow him home,” Oliver recalls. “I can remember the trooper coming to the scene, and me and Daddy got in the car to show him where the man lived.”
    The trooper went inside the man’s house and hauled him out to face charges.

  • Details leaking on enormous IL shopping center

    Indian Land’s biggest proposed shopping center is inching toward a major announcement soon, but some of the details are already out, including four tenants that have filed construction plans with the county.
    Promenade at Carolina Reserve will have 500,000 square feet available for leasing, making it almost half the size of Carolina Place mall in Pineville.

  • Column: The holes in state’s shield law

    A judge is considering whether to hold S.C. political blogger Will Folks in contempt and possibly jail him for refusing to reveal a confidential source.
    The case points out an intentional gap that South Carolina left in its reporters’ shield law. In most other states, Folks would not be facing possible jail time.

  • Column: Court: Newberry County must pay $13K for open-meetings violation

    Anyone who has attended a meeting of a public body where the body has gone into executive session has probably been left in the dark about what was being discussed in the executive session.

  • Dance U competition team sets sail

    During a four-day Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas, 24 members of an Indian Land dance team got to the chance to dance on the high seas.
    “The Bahamas were gorgeous, and I had a ton of fun hanging out with my dance friends,” said team member Brynn Duernberger.
    Brynn, 14, danced with other members of the Dance U competition team on the June 14-19 cruise.
    Dana Generette, the artistic director for the competition team, arranged the trip for the team.