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Today's News

  • IL group: Petition drive is complete

    Voters for a Town of Indian Land announced Tuesday that the group has gathered enough petition signatures to move forward with its effort to incorporate much of the Panhandle.
    Meanwhile, a group seeking incorporation for the community of Van Wyck is set to present its proposal to the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation in Columbia this Thursday.

  • Chesterfield men claim they were shot in Tradesville

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a mysterious shooting incident involving three Chesterfield County men this weekend.
    According to the incident report, one of the three men, Phillip Chambers of Mount Croghan, walked into the Pageland Police Department about 7 p.m. Saturday, saying there were two gunshot victims in a car outside.
    Inside the car, police found Diante Hayden of Mount Croghan, who had been shot in the leg, and Michael Heath of Pageland, shot in the chest and arm.

  • The big snow was a no-show

    Last weekend’s snowstorm moved mostly north of Lancaster County, leaving us with a dusting of snow and a bit of ice, followed by bitter cold.
    Parts of the Upstate and most of North Carolina got heavy snow, but Lancaster got only flurries that began around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continued until about 11 a.m. The clouds then cleared, and the sun was shining through ice on the trees by mid-afternoon.
    Snow and freezing rain caused just 34 customers in the county to lose power Saturday, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president for community relations.

  • Chester County loses Carlisle Roddey at 79

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Carlisle Roddey, who served as the elected Chester County supervisor for three decades and spent 47 seasons as the radio voice of Chester High School football, died Monday after a long illness. He was 79.
    Archie Lucas, a county councilman who served with Roddey for 25 years, said his work has benefitted Chester County greatly and will continue to do so for years to come.

  • Driver dies in one-car crash

    An autopsy will be performed on a Kershaw woman to determine if some type of medical episode led to her death Tuesday in a one-car crash on Beacon Road in Rich Hill.
    The victim – 69-year-old Ethel Taylor Hicks of Kershaw – died at the scene, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. Hicks will undergo an autopsy Thursday.    

  • Big prep for little snow

    After a 2- to 5-inch snowfall prediction, Lancaster County was left with mostly sheets of ice last weekend.

    Flurries began around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continued until about 11 a.m.

    Snow and freezing rain caused 34 power outages Saturday in the county, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president for community relations.

  • 7,000 babies later, Townsend retires

    Dr. Richard Townsend remembers arriving in Lancaster in 1986.
    It was the end of June. His new OB/GYN office had no furniture and no air conditioning. He sat on the floor and ate a sandwich before starting a night shift at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Townsend’s wife and family were still in Pennsylvania. Their Lancaster home was under construction, so he slept at the hospital for the first month.

  • Gunman hits nearby stores within minutes

    Two south Lancaster convenience stores were robbed within 25 minutes Thursday night, and officials believe the same suspect committed both crimes.
    The holdups came less than three days after an armed man robbed another convenience store on Pageland Highway.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, the Thursday robberies occurred at the Stop and Shop at 2147 McIlwain Road about 8:45 p.m. and the Pantry Pak convenience store at 2014 Lynwood Drive soon after.

  • Lawmakers target road funding again

    COLUMBIA – Just as it did last year, the General Assembly begins its 2017 session this week determined to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, but flailing about over how to pay for the job.
    At a roundtable discussion Thursday sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, state House and Senate members discussed competing proposals for financing road repairs. Most involved some kind of increase in the state’s gasoline tax to provide a sustained, long-term funding source.

  • Schools’ 2017 agenda just got a lot busier

    Lancaster County schools are in for a busy year, with several major construction projects starting and the surprise retirement of Superintendent Gene Moore, who will leave July 31.
    Dr. Moore announced his retirement Tuesday. The school board hopes to have his successor hired by July 1, the start of the new academic year, said David Knight, the district’s public information director.
    Moore, who has led the school district for 11 years, is the county’s fifth and longest-serving appointed superintendent.