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Today's News

  • Norman, Few speak to Lancaster GOP

    Two of the seven Republicans competing for the 5th District U.S. House seat courted Lancaster County GOP members Thursday night at their monthly meeting.
    Sheri Few said education would be her top priority if elected, and she lashed out at one of her GOP opponents as a Democrat. She said she is proudly politically incorrect, declaring that the Confederate flag should still be flying on the State House grounds.
    “They are destroying our history and our Southern heritage,” Few said. “They are rewriting history.”      

  • Man loses $47K in house-closing scam

    An Indian Land man trying to purchase a house in Charlotte was scammed out of $47,000 in what sheriff’s investigators believe was a fraudulent online home-closing scheme.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the 40-year-old victim said he had worked with a real estate agent and had decided he wanted to buy a particular house. As he was deciding what price he would offer, he told deputies, he received an e-mail on March 13, purportedly from a Charlotte attorney representing the seller.

  • City employees to get extra day off

    Full-time city of Lancaster workers are getting another paid day off each year with the addition of a personal day to the municipality’s personnel policy.
    It’s a use it or lose it,” said Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles, on the March 14 measure unanimously approved by city council.
    The change means that in addition to 11 scheduled holidays, city employees will be allowed to take off one floating personal day that’s not charged as a vacation day or as sick leave, though it must be used by the end of the year.

  • 3 charged with drug trafficking in IL

    Three people were charged with trafficking methamphetamine last week after a traffic stop on Henry Harris Road in Indian Land.
    The sheriff’s office incident report said the encounter began when a deputy patrolling the Charlotte Highway and Shelley Mullis Road area about 12:40 a.m. March 14 followed a car that cut through a car lot at the intersection and began driving erratically on Shelley Mullis Road.    
    The deputy said the car turned north on Henry Harris Road and tried to speed away before the deputy turned his lights on and stopped it.

  • Dr. Laurens Fort of Great Falls dies at 77

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    Dr. Laurens Fort, a Great Falls dentist and longtime Chester County school board member, died Thursday. He was 77.

    According to his wife, Brenda, Fort woke up Thursday morning complaining of shortness of breath. She called an ambulance, but he died before reaching the hospital.

  • S.C. survivors, liberators of the Holocaust

    Taylor Halle and Joseph Crevier
    Carolina Reporter

    In the spring of 1942, German Nazis raided Ben Sterns’ home in Kielce, Poland, selecting who would be sent to work camps and who would not. He was separated from his sister, who witnessed the gruesome murder of her child.

  • Got questions for extension experts? Join weekly chat

    Scott Miller
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – The first episode of Clemson Extension Live will air at noon April 5 on Facebook Live, offering viewers an opportunity to ask questions on everything from home gardening to birding.
    The weekly, hour-long program will run each Wednesday on Clemson Cooperative Extension’s Facebook page and features experts in horticulture, entomology, wildlife and more.

  • 2,956 acres of solitude

    “How many places can you go where the only thing you hear is the wind moving through the trees and songbirds singing?”

    Hinson, 65, is the unofficial ambassador and hiker extraordinaire at Forty Acre Rock, the fragile geological treasure that sprawls across southeastern Lancaster County.

  • USC in NYC: Giddy at The Garden

    Sharicka Thornwell and her son Tae boarded a flight out of Charlotte on Thursday, headed to the Mecca of college basketball – New York’s Madison Square Garden.
    She has been itching to get on that plane all week, since her son Sindarius Thornwell led the University of South Carolina past the Duke Blue Devils and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
    “This is exciting!” she said. “I want them to win. If they keep playing like they have been playing, they can go all the way.”

  • Burglars target 2 Lancaster restaurants

    Thieves have burglarized two Lancaster restaurants in less than two weeks and tried, unsuccessfully, to break into a local butcher shop that was targeted two nights in a row shortly before Christmas.
    Two of the incidents happened early Wednesday morning.
    Hardest hit in the spree were Jomar’s Family Restaurant at 278 S.C. 9 Bypass East overnight on March 11 and Gus’ Family Pizza Restaurant at 605 S. Main St. Wednesday morning, according to Lancaster Police Department incident reports.