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Today's News

  • Conference explores ways to prevent substance abuse

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth will celebrate its 10th annual Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities conference this week at USC Lancaster.

    The conference, Wednesday through Friday, will feature three keynote speakers who have been the most engaging keynoters from past conferences, organizers said.

  • Woman wanted in videotaped shoplifting

    A Fairfield County woman is wanted by the Lancaster Police Department after an alleged shoplifting at Walmart was filmed by a store customer last month.

    The July 23 video, which has gone viral on Facebook, shows a woman and a young boy loading merchandise from two packed shopping carts into a car. The woman then drives away with the trunk open, which made the license plate unreadable on the video.

  • S.C. launches 247 paving projects using gas tax

    One month after gasoline taxes increased 2 cents a gallon across the Palmetto State to pay for road improvements, the S.C. Department of Transportation has announced a new round of  projects, including one in Lancaster County. 

    The list includes 247 paving projects totaling 260 miles across 30 counties. One road in Lancaster County, Rowland Avenue in Heath Springs, will be resurfaced. It's about a mile long and connects South Main Street to Kershaw Camden Highway.

  • Norman: Protect electric ratepayers

    Rep. Ralph Norman says ratepayers of two S.C. utilities shouldn’t be forced to pay for a now-abandoned nuclear reactor project in Fairfield County that has cost $9 billion so far.

    “It’s not right to pass that cost on,” Norman said at this week’s Lancaster Rotary Club meeting.

    He said forcing utility customers to foot the bill would be like a grocery store buying bad food and then expecting its shoppers to pay for it.

  • Peay gets 40 years in killing

    Danielle Lamar Peay has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally shooting the driver of a moving car on Memorial Park Road in 2015 while Peay sat in the back seat behind him. 

    The 29-year-old Lancaster man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder and weapons charges in the killing of Delvelceo Kirk, 26, of Ginger Cake Road. Peay was also accused of shooting at another passenger who jumped out of the car and ran away.

  • More charges in gun battle on Facebook

    A third man has been charged in the videotaped July 19 shootout at a West Meeting Street mobile home park, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Foresio Jones, 24, of Lancaster turned himself in at the sheriff’s office Thursday night. He was served with warrants for attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

  • Column: Will mammals soon choose to be reptiles?

    Suppose you do not believe in God, or in any god at all.
    Maybe you believe the universe and everything in it, including yourself, resulted from pure chance or maybe a serious accident of nature. Maybe you believe that everything is utterly devoid of meaning. It is all your choice.

  • Column: GOP says Probate backlog alarming

    Three years ago, Lancaster County Republicans, seeking to improve the level of service in county government, fielded a candidate for probate judge.
    Jerry Holt lost in a close race to a two-decade Democratic incumbent. Holt challenged the status quo in the probate court, calling for reforms in the office to improve service, make the office more customer-friendly and prepare for the county’s continued growth.
    According to recent court statistics, these reforms are needed now more than ever.

  • A stench, a scalpel, an eyeball

    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.

    That sea-animal stench smacks me in the face when I walk through the door at Buford Elementary.
    I know what I’m getting into when I decide to film it.
    The smell gets stronger the closer I get to the classroom – the classroom with the dead, 2-foot-long dogfish sharks on the table.

  • Dixie Boys 14U team third in state tourney

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Dixie Boys 14U all-star team fell short of its state championship quest in last week’s state tournament at Timken Sports Complex in Union.

    The Lancaster stars opened with a thrilling 4-3 extra-inning win over District 5 champion Mauldin on July 22.

    Andrew Wright came through with a clutch two-out, walk-off single to plate Devin Jenkins for the win.

    Lancaster trailed 3-0 for most of the game, but rallied to knot the score in the fifth inning and won in the bottom of the eighth.