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Today's News

  • Cap-and-gown ecstasy

    Rochelle Baxter led 26 adult-ed graduates into the Lancaster High School auditorium Wednesday night to celebrate amid an audience of 300 who braved torrential rains, winds and even a tornado warning to attend the ceremony.

  • Wounded fugitive charged in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man wanted on child-sex charges since May 13 was found shot but not seriously wounded Tuesday, hiding at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street.

  • Heath Springs: Cost of deputy rising too fast, will do without

    HEATH SPRINGS – Citing a 64 percent increase in cost, the town of Heath Springs will not renew its agreement with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office that supplies a deputy to the town for 40 hours a week.
    To renew, the cost of the contract would have soared from $23,500 per year to $38,500 per year. The current contract expires June 30.
    And for a small town with no property tax whose revenue comes from mostly water and sewer rates, the additional $15,000 cost was too much to absorb, said Mark Bridges, the town’s major pro tem.

  • 890 debit cards reissued due to ATM ’skimmer’

    Nearly 900 customers of Founders Federal Credit Union had their debit cards blocked this week after a data-stealing skimmer was found on an ATM in Rock Hill.
    The device was placed on a standalone ATM on India Hook Road sometime between March 15 and May 20, when it was discovered, according to Nicki Nash, chief marketing officer at Lancaster-based Founders. It might have been installed and uninstalled numerous times.

  • Man robbed by polite thieves posing as cops

    A Lancaster man told sheriff’s deputies he was robbed last week by two polite armed men who claimed to be police officers.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said deputies responded to 911 calls about shots fired in the 1400 block of Memorial Park Road about 11:59 p.m. May 16 and found 31-year-old Jamal Antonio Twitty, who said he’d just been robbed.

  • Grammy winner Regina Belle, Clint Black in concert lineup

    See Lancaster has announced the 2017-18 Lancaster Performing Arts Series line-up, featuring six concerts that will kick off in August and run through March.
    Upcoming performers are Eddie Money, Clint Black, Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show, Second City, Regina Belle and Jo Dee Messina.
    “This season’s line-up consists of a multi-award winning mixture of county, pop/rock and R&B performers,” said April Joplin, Performing Arts manager. “I believe it is possible to see sell-out performances this year.”

  • Shelter virus identified, plan may save dogs

    The mystery disease at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been identified as distemper, and there’s a plan in the works that might avoid euthanizing any of the 25 quarantined dogs on the premises.
    The shelter remains closed, and a team effort is under way to save the dogs. Shelter staff and volunteers are working with local veterinarians, the S.C. Humane Society, the Charleston County Animal Society, and the Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters (LASS) on a plan to permanently relocate the dogs. At this point, it has spots for 18 of the animals.

  • Blackwelder named 911 center chief

    Stephen Blackwelder, the Lancaster County fire marshal since 2007, has been named the county’s director of public safety communications.
    Blackwelder will begin his new job in the county’s emergency services June 12. He will oversee the daily operation and 20 employees at the public safety communications center on Pageland Highway. Its dispatchers answer 911 calls and handle communications with law enforcement officers and fire and EMS crews.

  • A much-loved 28-year-old begins his short goodbye

    Every Southern town has at least a handful of eccentrics – characters who keep the place interesting.
    Pierre Cunningham has spent his lifetime as one of ours. He lives in one of Lancaster’s last vintage mansions and runs his business there. He’s a masterful cake baker, an unbelievably obsessive dog owner, always animated, cheerful and over-the-top confident. He calls himself “the boss.”
    And we will lose him soon.

  • Recount affirms Norman’s GOP win

    A mandatory recount on Friday affirmed Ralph Norman’s photo-finish victory in this week’s runoff with Tommy Pope for the GOP slot on the 5th District congressional ballot.
    Norman will face Democrat Archie Parnell and three minor-party candidates in the June 20 special election to fill the seat vacated when Mick Mulvaney became White House budget director.
    State law required Friday’s recount because Norman’s victory margin was 1 percent or less of the total votes cast.