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Today's News

  • Hit-and-run driver kills man walking on highway

    A Lancaster County man died before dawn Saturday in a hit-and-run incident on Jefferson Highway near Taxahaw Road, and authorities are asking the public for help finding the driver of the car.

    The victim, 36-year old Chad Russell Hill of Ross Cauthen Road, suffered severe head injuries when hit by a vehicle, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.

    Cpl. Bill Rhyne of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Hill had been walking in the eastbound lane of Jefferson Highway at about 5:45 a.m. when a vehicle heading east struck and killed him.

  • IL teacher’s aide charged in theft from 2nd employer

    A teacher’s aide at Indian Land Elementary School was charged Monday with stealing about $8,500 from her second job at a cupcake shop in Fort Mill.

    Melanie Marie Kikta, 35, 1004 Bailes Ridge Ave., Indian Land, was placed on paid administrative leave by the Lancaster County School District after district officials learned about the case over the weekend, said Bryan Vaughn, district safety director.

  • The arts are big business

    The nonprofit arts sector accounts for $360 million in annual economic activity in the 16 counties that make up the Charlotte region, including Lancaster, according to a detailed study released Friday.

    “It’s not just food for the soul, but putting food on the table,” said Randy Cohen, vice president of the national nonprofit Americans for the Arts. 

  • Dr. Kimbrell retires, started Lancaster practice in 1983

    Dr. Mike Kimbrell is retiring after practicing internal medicine for 34 years in Lancaster and seven years in the Army.

    Kimbrell, 68, said he’d miss the patients and people he’s worked with over the years.

    “Unfortunately, there’s a time when you just have to step down,” he said. “I’ll miss coming to the office.”

    Kimbrell came to Lancaster in 1983, looking for a small town close to a big city.

  • Surviving direct hit by monstrous Irma

    Samantha Phillips knows how lucky she is to be alive.
    The 27-year-old Lancaster native made it to New York City on Friday after an 11-day nightmare in the Caribbean. She hoped to arrive back in South Carolina on Saturday.
    Phillips and a friend, Lee Thomas, both of Myrtle Beach, were stuck on St. Thomas when Hurricane Irma slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands last week. Irma’s 185-mph winds tore apart the tropical paradise right before their eyes.

  • Family caravan from Sarasota got warm embrace in Lancaster

    Catherine Mills and her Sarasota family found themselves lost in Great Falls at 5 a.m. Sept. 10 after a 17-hour drive from Florida to escape Hurricane Irma.
    Mills was in a caravan of four vehicles plus a camper, carrying eight children, five adults and the few supplies they packed in just 45 minutes. They headed for a cousin’s home in Lancaster when the hurricane made an unexpected turn to the west, lining them up for a direct hit.

  • How to avoid another long legal ruckus over voting

    Now that the S.C. Supreme Court has upheld the Lancaster City Council District 3 election results, affected parties are discussing how to prevent or shorten future such controversies.
    The ideas include:
    ◆ Getting the S.C. legislature to change municipal election laws to mirror the statutes for county and state elections, which allow more initial time to resolve disputes.

  • Man charged with stealing neighbors’ $21K in cash, jewelry

    A Buford man who was supposed to be helping an ailing neighbor around the house has been charged with stealing more than $21,000 in cash, jewelry and other items over the past year and half.
    Jody Burnett Hartley, 48, of 4712 Tabernacle Road, is charged with grand larceny more than $10,000, forgery less than $10,000, theft of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, a 71-year-old man and his wife who live near Hartley reported thefts totaling $21,350 on Aug. 31.

  • Teen gets 20-year term in 2015 shooting death

    A Lancaster teen charged with murdering a 42-year-old man two years ago was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to lesser charges in Lancaster County General Sessions Court.
    Derrick Leron Stalk, 18, formerly of 2125 Walden Road, pleaded guilty to one count each of voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime in the Oct. 3, 2015, killing of Jeffrey Dale Barrett of 2167 Thomasville St.

  • 6 arrested, 2 sought in undercover drug sting

    Six people are in jail and sheriff’s office investigators are looking for two more after a roundup Thursday of suspects in a six-month undercover drug operation.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said drug distribution warrants were prepared against the suspects for selling illegal drugs to undercover sources between February and August.