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Today's News

  • Deputy tells creeped-out homeowner: Get a priest, holy water

    A Kershaw woman called the sheriff’s office just before Halloween, convinced that someone might have been hiding in her attic, and the strange goings-on continued even after a deputy arrived to investigate.
    Reba Green, of 264 Oak Ridge Church Road, said she first heard what sounded like footsteps in the attic above her kitchen table the evening of Oct. 27.

  • Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Murphy earns twin Officer of the Year honors

    Lancaster County deputy Sgt. Bill Murphy has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association.
    Murphy, a 30-year veteran law officer, is head of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Division. He received the award Nov. 7 at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Murphy, 55, oversees a diverse list of programs, from local Crime Watches and school resource officers to litter control and building, fleet and equipment maintenance.

  • Suspect charged in attack on cops during drug bust

    A York County man is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center after being charged Saturday with head-butting one police officer and biting another during a drug-related clash in a restaurant parking lot.
    Neither officer was seriously hurt, said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.  
    Tristan Baker Merck, 21, of Rock Hill, is charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, trafficking cocaine (74.5 grams), simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, open-container violation and disorderly conduct.

  • Fleeing car hits electrical pole, cuts power to 1,800 customers

    Nearly 1,800 power customers lost electricity Thursday morning after a vehicle struck a power pole on S.C. 200 near Craig Farm Road north of Lancaster.
    After a city police officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver began to speed away before striking the power pole, according to the Lancaster Police Department.

  • 3 badly hurt in IL head-on crash

    Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Calvin Hall Road in Indian Land.
    Two victims had to be cut out of one of the vehicles, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers. Members of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the call around 3 p.m., he said.

  • District’s ACT average still below state scores

    ACT test results are out for South Carolina’s class of 2018, and the Lancaster County School District average is slightly lower than the state average, much like last year’s scores.
    State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman warned that the scores might not be accurate due to possible testing system failures, but local school officials said Lancaster County’s numbers are correct.

  • Van Wyck picks 1st town council

    Van Wyck voters chose their first town council Tuesday, completing the nearly two-year process of protecting the rural enclave from being gobbled up by ever-expanding Indian Land.
    Choosing among nine at-large candidates, voters tapped Richard Vaughan, Cassandra Watkins, Xavier Kee and Bob Doster to guide the town through its first two years as a municipality.  
    The town’s first mayor, Sean Corcoran, ran unopposed and will be officially designated at 10 a.m. Thursday.

  • No post office at Rosemont entrance

    The U.S. Postal Service has scrapped plans to build an Indian Land post office on Rosemont Drive and is considering a new location.
    The decision comes more than a month after the USPS announced the tentative site choice and solicited public input on the proposed location off S.C. 160 (Fort Mill Highway) leading into the Rosemont neighborhood.

  • Steven Puckett named principal of Panhandle’s new elementary

    Steven Puckett, who got his first principal’s job when Harrisburg Elementary opened three years ago, will do a repeat performance at Lancaster County’s next new school – the Panhandle elementary that will open in fall 2018.
    The Lancaster County school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to make Puckett principal of the new facility, which doesn’t yet have a name. He will start the job Jan. 3.

  • Native American activist Dr. Will Goins dies at 57

    Dr. Will Goins, who had just begun an artist-in-residence program at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, died Sunday in Columbia after a heart attack. He was 57.
    Goins was a well-known and outspoken social activist, artist, writer, singer-songwriter and performer. He had been in Columbia attending the Native American Film Festival, which he founded there 20 years ago.
    “He wanted to speak for all of the unspoken people who didn’t think they had voices,” said Elsie Goins, his mother. “He was that voice for many people….