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Today's News

  • Not your average cop car

    The sight of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s newest vehicle is, simply put, awe-inspiring.
    Battleship gray with “Lancaster County Sheriff” and “SWAT RESCUE” spelled out in thick black letters along each side, as if somehow someone might need more of a reason to take it seriously, the behemoth towers over almost everything else on the road short of a semi at 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide and 21 feet long.

  • Motorcyclist dies in multi-vehicle accident

    A three-vehicle accident on S.C. 5 claimed the life of a motorcyclist Tuesday afternoon.
    Jason Lee Sims, 27, of Lancaster was killed in the accident, said Lancaster County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman Jennifer Collins. Sims, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne said the accident happened about 4:45 p.m. just north of Tam Lane. The location is about a mile south of the Catawba River bridge.

  • 4 suspects sought in Tuesday night shooting

    Lancaster police are looking for four suspects in connection with a shooting and armed robbery that left two men injured Tuesday night.
    “We’ve been working it hard, but at this point we aren’t getting very far with it,” Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said Thursday.
    Police responded to a call from the 800 block of Woodland Drive about 8:52 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found two men there, both with apparent gunshot wounds, according to a Lancaster Police Department release.
    Grant said the victims are brothers, ages 47 and 49.

  • Taylor hopes to ‘Steal Your Heart’

    Lancaster native Pam Taylor will sing tonight at The Craft Stand. The award-winning, American roots rock singer/songwriter is performing free at 7:30 p.m. – her way of thanking her hometown.
    Taylor, 39, will be singing from her third CD, “Steal Your Heart,” ahead of its release next month. She and her bands have performed locally before, but this will be her first time alone on stage.

  • Rebound patient faces charges in SUV theft

    A recent incident involving a patient at Rebound Behavioral Health has neighbors in the area expressing concern about security at the Panhandle substance abuse and mental health treatment facility.
    Rebound Behavioral Health, 135 E. Rebound Road, is a facility that has provided both residential and outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment on its rural 50-acre campus off U.S. 521 since 2013.
    The organization touts its peaceful, secluded and open grounds as a key aspect of its mission to treat “mind, body and spirit.”

  • Park gets new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson

    Andrew Jackson State Park

    On Saturday, July 29, Andrew Jackson State Park will host the St. Andrews Society of Columbia for an unveiling of a new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson, mother of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson.  
    The St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Columbia, a charitable and social institution, is composed of Scotsmen, the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of Scotsmen and Scotswomen. Over the course of several years, they raised money to fund the creation and placement of the new memorial.

  • Back-to-School drive helps students in need

    Kelly Morrissette
    kmorrissette@thelancasternews.com

    With just weeks until school starts, back-to-school shopping provides the perfect opportunity to pick up extra items for those in need.  
    The Lancaster County Outreach Project’s annual Back-to-School campaign is collecting school supplies for school-age children in foster care and DSS programs, as well as students preparing to enter college.

  • Dead dog found chained in yard

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service

    A Great Falls man has been charged with animal cruelty after police found a dead pit bull in the man’s backyard.
    Keon Torrance Gladden, 23, of 45 Walnut St., was arrested.
    An officer was dispatched to his home July 10 in reference to mistreatment of the blue pit bull, according to a Great Falls Police Department incident report.

  • Power outages impact 4,000

    UPDATE:
    About 4,000 homes and businesses in eastern Lancaster County woke up without electricity Tuesday morning.
    The power was not expected to be back on until 10 p.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
    “The damage to the lines was a direct feed out of the retail (sub) station, which ran through the woods,” said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

  • New fire marshal right at home here

    Newly appointed Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers has lived in Lancaster County all of his life. He began his new position with Lancaster County on July 10.
    “It feels like home,” he said. “This is where I live and I know a lot of people here.”