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Today's News

  • Hepatitis A case at Clinton Elementary

    State health officials are investigating a hepatitis A infection at Clinton Elementary School, according to a letter the Lancaster County School District received Thursday.
    Parents have been notified by letter and through a ConnectEd phone call.
    “Right now this is the only case we are aware of anywhere in the district,” said Graceann Jones, LCSD lead school nurse.
    Jones said there are no cleaning procedures required.

  • Lancaster man dies in Pageland crash

    A Lancaster man died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle collision near Pageland.
    Duane A. Russell III, 83, was killed in the accident, which happened about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 601 and the S.C. 151 Bypass, the Highway Patrol reported.
    Russell was turning his Chevrolet minivan left onto U.S. 601 north when he was hit by a tractor-trailer heading south on S.C. 151. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Addi Ibrahim of Waterville, Ohio, was not injured.
    The accident closed the bypass for several hours.

  • ILHS gets renewed $10K grant

    Indian Land High School has received a $10,000 grant for its automotive technology program for the third year in a row.
    The Real Tools for Schools grant from Ingersoll Rand has been given to the school each year since 2015 in an effort to improve the automotive vocational classes. The grant can be used to update equipment, to purchase supplies or for instructor training and curriculum.

  • The day I saw Joe Biden

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I decide to wear my scallop-bottom black dress on a Tuesday – a step up from my normal newsroom attire.
    I know I’ll be surrounded by all the big-time reporters shortly.
    But more important – I’ll be in the same room as Vice President Joe Biden in just a few hours.

  • Cyber-attack scenario

    A mock cyber-attack against the U.S. power grid kept 57 people from 13 Lancaster County agencies hopping for several tense hours Wenesday, reacting to the catastrophic scenario.
    The drill, called GridEx IV, was designed to test local responses to the loss of the electrical system for an extended period of time. More than 5,000 government, business and nonprofit stakeholders nationwide participated in the training.

  • Tunnell suit settlement totals $90K

    The S.C. I-77 Alliance and York Tech President Greg Rutherford agreed to pay Keith Tunnell and his attorney $90,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing them, as well as other defendants, of defamation, breach of contract and civil conspiracy.
    According to a copy of the settlement obtained by The Lancaster News through the Freedom of Information Act, the I-77 Alliance and Rutherford are paying $60,000 to Tunnell and $30,000 to the law firm Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks of Columbia.

  • Deputy tells creeped-out homeowner: Get a priest, holy water

    A Kershaw woman called the sheriff’s office just before Halloween, convinced that someone might have been hiding in her attic, and the strange goings-on continued even after a deputy arrived to investigate.
    Reba Green, of 264 Oak Ridge Church Road, said she first heard what sounded like footsteps in the attic above her kitchen table the evening of Oct. 27.

  • Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Murphy earns twin Officer of the Year honors

    Lancaster County deputy Sgt. Bill Murphy has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association.
    Murphy, a 30-year veteran law officer, is head of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Division. He received the award Nov. 7 at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Murphy, 55, oversees a diverse list of programs, from local Crime Watches and school resource officers to litter control and building, fleet and equipment maintenance.

  • Suspect charged in attack on cops during drug bust

    A York County man is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center after being charged Saturday with head-butting one police officer and biting another during a drug-related clash in a restaurant parking lot.
    Neither officer was seriously hurt, said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.  
    Tristan Baker Merck, 21, of Rock Hill, is charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, trafficking cocaine (74.5 grams), simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, open-container violation and disorderly conduct.

  • Fleeing car hits electrical pole, cuts power to 1,800 customers

    Nearly 1,800 power customers lost electricity Thursday morning after a vehicle struck a power pole on S.C. 200 near Craig Farm Road north of Lancaster.
    After a city police officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver began to speed away before striking the power pole, according to the Lancaster Police Department.