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Today's News

  • K-9 Rescue

    A suspicious fire destroyed a home in southeast Lancaster Tuesday, but firefighters were able to resuscitate a pet dog that had been overcome by smoke inside.
    Firefighters were dispatched to 2134 Barnett St. about 12:10 p.m. They found flames already burning through the back of a small mobile home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters doused the flames within minutes, but extensive damage left the home uninhabitable.
    Blackwelder said the fire was being investigated by the sheriff’s office as suspicious.

  • 2 charged in ILHS break-in, vandalism

    Two teens were arrested Monday for breaking into Indian Land High School overnight and causing extensive damage throughout the facility, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Oh my goodness, that’s tasty!

    Slow-cookers brimming with chicken stew were turned on at 7 a.m. The first of 300 chicken legs went on the grill at 8. By that time, the barbecue had been smoking for 12 hours.
    The Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship 2017 Soul Food Cook Off competition was off and running Tuesday before the food samplers’ taste buds had finished breakfast.
    Seven teams served bite-sized portions of their masterpieces to an overflow lunchtime crowd of hundreds in USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room.

  • Restroom note threatens Wednesday attack at AJHS

    KERSHAW – Students will face metal detectors and heightened police protection Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School after a note was found in a student restroom Tuesday afternoon threatening a shooting at the school.
    “We don’t have enough information to say this threat is credible,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District's safety director. “But we take this event very seriously, and we’re going to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

  • Man shot on East Meeting Street

    UPDATE:
    A man was wounded in a torrent of gunfire Monday afternoon on East Meeting Street in Lancaster, but was able to run to a convenience store on S.C. 9 Bypass and get help.
    “It didn’t appear to be life threatening,” said Capt. Scott Grant, the Lancaster Police Department’s interim police chief. “It was just a graze to the ear.”
    The victim was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

  • Mulvaney at home with ‘geeks and wonks’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Now sworn in as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney said he is happy that the confirmation process is over.
    “I am absolutely ecstatic…the longest eight weeks of my life,” Mulvaney said during a phone interview Friday afternoon. “The wait was particularly tedious.”
    Mulvaney quickly resigned the Fifth Congressional District seat on Thursday after he was confirmed by the Senate as OMB chief.
    Leaving the U.S. House of Representatives, he said, was tough.  

  • A textile icon's literary legacy

    He might have become one of the early 20th Century’s great writers, along with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and William Faulkner, but Elliott White Springs gave up his New York literary life in 1931 when his father died and came home to Lancaster to run the family business.  
    Springs was probably even a notch above those contemporaries, says Dr. Christopher Bundrick, a USC Lancaster associate professor of English who is researching Springs’ writings for a new book.

  • Crawford resigns after drug arrest

    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Adis Glen Crawford III stepped down Thursday evening following his arrest in Columbia earlier that day for drug possession.
    The Columbia Police Department charged the 42-year-old Crawford with possession with intent to distribute MDMA, also known as “ecstasy,” or “Molly.” He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute hash oil, simple possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

  • Woman says trespassers stole fish from pond

    An Ohio woman who owns property on Billy Kirk Road in Heath Springs said someone stole nearly all the fish from her pond, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    According to the report, a man who tends the property at 1092 Billy Kirk Road for the owner, Charles Bailey, went to check on it Feb. 11 and found the gate had been broken open sometime in the last month.
    The reporting deputy said it appeared as if someone had driven down to the nearly one-acre pond, backed in a boat then proceeded to seine-net the pond for fish.

  • Police say purse snatching, robbery related

    Police say a purse snatching and strong-arm robbery last week in parking lots at businesses near the S.C. 9 Bypass are related.
    Both victims were women in their 70s, one suspect has roughly the same description and both happened in retail store parking lots.  
    “It certainly appears that way,” said Capt. Scott Grant, interim Lancaster Police Department chief. “Everything points to the same people, based on suspect descriptions and circumstances. That’s what we are looking at.”