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Today's News

  • Boyfriend sentenced in Jacarion’s death

    Eight months after he left a loaded pistol near 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden and left the room, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes was sentenced Friday to 8½ years in prison in the toddler’s accidental shooting death.
    Hayes, 19, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun by a person convicted of a violent crime and unlawful conduct toward a child.
    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons sentenced Hayes to the maximum five-year term on the gun charge and an additional 3½ years on the unlawful-conduct charge. The maximum sentence on that count was 10 years.

  • Fancy Pokket ‘hiring event’ draws crowd, no start date

    After four years of delays, Lancaster’s Fancy Pokket USA baking operations may soon be ready to inject some steam.
    Wednesday morning at the SC Works building on White Street, about two dozen people had gathered by 9:30 a.m. in search of 20 advertised jobs at the 58,000-square-foot plant at Lancaster County Air-Rail Business Park along the S.C. 9 Bypass.

  • Mayoral election gets 4th candidate

    A fourth candidate entered the Lancaster mayor’s race Friday as the 10-day filing period opened in the special election to fill the term of the late Mayor John Howard.

  • NYC officials relocate statue honoring Dr. J. Marion Sims

    The Central Park statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims has been relocated because of the controversy over his medical experiments on enslaved women in the mid-1800s.
    According to The New York Times, New York City’s Public Design Commission voted unanimously to move the statue to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where Sims is buried.
    Protesters last August demanded the removal of the statue, which honors one of Lancaster’s most famous native sons. Sims is often referred to as “the father of gynecology.”

  • IL father, son injured in hit-and-run

    An Indian Land family is still reeling days after father and son were run over by a car, injuring both and leaving the father in serious condition.
    The incident happened Tuesday in the Ballantyne area of south Charlotte, when 41-year-old Nathan Green and his 4-year-old son were entering a grocery store, according to news and police reports.
    The pair were hit after an unidentified teen stole a case of Bud Light from the Harris Teeter at Blakeney Village shopping center and jumped into a waiting getaway car.

  • Kershaw moves to eliminate the town’s municipal court

    KERSHAW – While some small towns use municipal courts to raise cash through traffic fines, Kershaw isn’t one of them.
    “It’s not a revenue cow, and we don’t want it to be,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We just want the laws enforced.”
    Town council members unanimously voted Monday to start the process of eliminating the town’s municipal court by the end of the fiscal year.
    Dorman said presiding Judge Barbara Lisenby has notified Kershaw officials that June 30 will be her last day.

  • Norman trumpets Trump’s record

    INDIAN LAND – Rep. Ralph Norman told Sun City residents Thursday that he expects to see legislation passed this year on immigration reform, the building of a border wall and making last year’s tax cuts permanent.
    He defended President Trump’s record and said he stands firmly at his side.
    “I will tell you this president is doing a good job,” Norman said. “You may not like his personality, but look what has he done.”

  • It's pickin' time!

    Lancaster County residents don’t have to travel far to pick fresh strawberries, and it’s finally time to hit the fields.
    The Ivy Place, at 8603 Van Wyck Road in Indian Land, and Rich Hill Farms, 3061 Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, both offer fresh-picked and pick-your-own baskets of strawberries.
    Kirk Hovis said this is the first year his family-owned Rich Hill Farms has grown strawberries, and it has been a challenge.
    “The weather has been horrendous,” Hovis said. “The storm last week really tore up some of the crops.”

  • Mayor’s race draws pair of heavy hitters

    Two veteran city council members on Thursday said they are candidates in the July 10 special mayoral election.
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris, 44, and city council member Sara Eddins, 79, are running to fill the late Mayor John Howard’s term.
    “My goal is to keep Lancaster going forward,” Garris said in an interview. “I don’t have to say what I’m going to do. I’ve shown that I am a worker.”
    Eddins said she wants to continue the example of Howard’s work ethic.

  • Midair logs on Riverside

    The scene on Riverside Road early Thursday would have fit perfectly in a big-budget action movie.
    A fully-loaded log truck swerved to miss another vehicle, overturned and slammed into a stationary train car, trapping the truck driver and propelling the giant tree trunks into the air.
    At the moment of impact, Dawn Williams and her son Devin were passing from the opposite direction in Dawn’s Honda.