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Today's News

  • Scott Grant named Lancaster police chief

    The Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night chose Capt. Scott Grant as the city's next police chief.
    Grant, 51, who has worked at the Lancaster Police Department since 1998, received the unanimous vote of the city council. He had served as interim chief since the retirement of Chief Harlean Carter late last year. She endorsed him for the job and told city council that he was the choice of the department's rank and file.

  • IL outburst halts council meeting

    More than 50 Indian Land homeowners, wearing red shirts and hot under the collar, stormed out of Monday night’s county council meeting after the council reversed itself and voted 5-2 in favor of McClancy Seasoning’s rezoning request.
    As the five hands went up in approval, people in the audience gasped, and some shouted out comments before abruptly leaving the council chambers.
    “You’re kidding me!”
    “See you in court!”
    “Shameful disgrace. We will vote you out!”

  • Woman shot in ‘absolute senseless act of violence’

    A Lancaster man has been arrested after a woman was shot for no apparent reason Saturday while driving into a public housing complex.
    Zion Twitty, 18, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and providing false information to police. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center after bond was denied.
    Twitty was arrested Sunday. The 18-year-old victim, who was shot once in the right shoulder, was treated and released from Springs Memorial Hospital, according to arrest warrants.

  • Indian Land incorporation petition gets county’s OK

    Lancaster County election officials have certified the Indian Land incorporation petition, clearing the way for the group behind the effort to submit its proposal to the state for consideration.
    As the Indian Land proposal moves forward, a group pursuing incorporation for the Van Wyck community will head back to Columbia next week for a previously postponed hearing on its proposal.

  • AJ student wins 1st place at national welding contest

    An Andrew Jackson High student beat out 270 competitors to take first place at a national welding competition last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla.
    Matt Mungo, 17, won a $20,000 full-ride scholarship to Tulsa Welding School (TWS), which sponsored the contest.
    “I went down there thinking I wouldn’t do too good,” said Mungo, who also received a Lincoln Electric welding machine and welding supplies. “I did my best, and then I won.”

  • Fire destroys Hunters Ridge home

    A fast-moving fire tore through a home Monday afternoon in the Hunters Ridge subdivision off McIlwain Road south of Lancaster, leaving a family of five homeless.
    The fire at 3245 Silver Fox Circle was reported at 2:20 p.m., said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.
    “As I understand it, one of the parents was outside waiting on a child to come in from school, and when they went inside, the house was filled with smoke,” Blackwelder said.
    Lancaster County Council member Steve Harper reported the fire.

  • Kershaw fronts $100K for Church St. water line

    KERSHAW – People want to get paid for the work they do.
    Kershaw Town Officials have shifted $100,000 from one town account to another to make sure Corbett Construction – the company that’s installing a new 6,000-foot-long water line along Church Street – gets its money in a timely fashion.
    The water line is part of an ongoing $2.23 million project that ties Haile Gold Mine to the town’s water system.

  • Lancaster woman gets federal prison term on weapon charge

    From release

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 months in federal prison for making a straw purchase of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
    Lillie Mae Govea, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia and was sentenced by District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis.
    A straw purchase occurs when someone who can pass a federal background check buys a firearm for someone who either cannot pass the background check, or does not want their identity associated with the weapon.

  • Dancing with the Stars

    There were seven songs, 14 dancing feet and anticipation aplenty as competitors took the stage in hopes of dancing to the top.
    The Lancaster County Dancing with the Stars was Saturday night at USC Lancaster, showcasing the artwork and choreography of students in Andrew Jackson Middle School’s Arts Focus Program.
    “We were just so excited about how it all came together,” said Ashley Collins, the event’s coordinator. “I just thought the dancers did an amazing job.”

  • Man sought in purse-snatching

    The Lancaster Police Department is looking for a 30-year-old man suspected of snatching a woman’s purse from her arm Friday afternoon near Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Capt. Scott Grant, interim police chief, said an arrest warrant has been issued charging Montavious Reshard Crawford, 239 Wylie Park Road, with purse-snatching.
    The incident happened about 3:10 p.m. Friday in the hospital parking lot.
    After allegedly grabbing the woman’s purse, Crawford ran toward Central Avenue away from the hospital.