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Today's News

  • You might be rich! Check state website

    The state government is trying to give away a big pot of money, and maybe some of it is yours.
    The Unclaimed Property Program, managed by S.C.  Treasurer Curtis Loftis, returned $27,924,549.95 in unclaimed assets in 2016, and there’s a lot more where that came from.
    That’s $27.9 million worth of windfalls from dormant bank accounts, stock certificates, insurance proceeds, utility deposits and uncashed checks, including – as hard as it is to imagine – forgotten and uncashed paychecks.

  • Time for nonprofits to sign up for Give Local Lancaster event

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has opened registration for local nonprofit groups that want to be part of the 2017 Give Local Lancaster campaign.
    The 24-hour online fundraising event will be held May 2. Nonprofit agencies in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn can sign up through Feb. 24.
    Last year, in its first-ever campaign, Give Local Lancaster raised more than $93,000 for 36 nonprofit organizations through donations by individuals and local businesses.  

  • ‘Oh God, somebody’s trying to kill my dog!’

    A Lancaster woman reported that someone shot her pet Chihuahua in the neck beside the street near her home.
    Sharlen Vanwerst of 1204 Phillips St. told Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies she was visiting a friend around the corner on Ashley Way Street with her year-old Chihuahua, Chowder, about 10 a.m. Jan. 27, when she heard a gunshot.
    Vanwerst said hearing gunfire isn’t uncommon in the area, but this time, it sounded close by.

  • 30% more shelter kennels

    An Indian Land-based animal-rescue group has raised more than three-fourths of the money it needs to expand the county animal shelter’s capacity for dogs by 30 percent.
    Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters are just $3,000 short of their goal of $17,500 for a portable, climate-controlled kennel that will be placed on a county-laid concrete pad at the shelter at 118 Kennel Lane.
    “Since the building is self-contained, it can be moved when – not if – Lancaster County builds a new animal shelter,” said LASS member Diane Rashall.

  • Man gets 15 years in brutal stabbing death

    A Lancaster man charged in the 2014 stabbing death of an acquaintance has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
    Carmen Martinez Mendez, 51, formerly of 1028 Sara Drive, was originally charged with murder in the brutal stabbing of Cesar Solis Vasquez, 32, during a fight on Sept. 27, 2014.
    Vasquez bled to death from multiple slashes and stab wounds over his torso, head, hands and arms.

  • ‘Love, support go a long way’

    Sometimes a mother just knows something is wrong.
    “It was like the world stood still in that moment,” Lena Wallace said, recalling two days in June 2015.
    Her daughter, 33-year-old Amanda Wallace, was not answering her phone. She had a history of depression and was 1,200 miles away in Austin, Texas.
    Lena finally called Amanda’s best friend in Austin, who ran to check on her. After several minutes of loud door-banging, Amanda answered. She was in a very dark place.

  • Man leaves hospital for home, then disappears

    A 59-year-old man released from the hospital last Sunday walked away from his Nichols Road home early Monday and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
    The Lancaster Police Department issued a missing-person advisory Friday for John Wallace Washington.
    “Right now, we don’t really have anything to go on,” said Capt. Scott Grant, interim Lancaster police chief.
    Washington lives with his older sister, Vannetta Boone, at 406 Nichols Road. He is 6-foot-1 and weighs about 170 pounds.

  • Jackets snap skid with win over Rams

    Buford led from start to finish to net a 52-47 win over Chesterfield for a Region IV-AA split with the Rams on Tuesday night at BHS.
    The Lady Jackets dropped a 38-31 loss to the CHS girls.
    In the nightcap, the Jackets, 2-15, 1-8, took the early lead, holding a 13-6 edge after the opening period.
    Buford pushed the lead to six, 25-19 at the half.
    The Jackets owned a 39-33 lead after three before posting the five-point win to snap a 12-game losing skid.
    BHS coach Raheem Waller was pleased with the win.

  • Bruins drop pair at Ridge View

    Lancaster High School had a rough night at Ridge View High School where the Bruins dropped a pair of Region III-AAAA basketball losses to the host Blazers.
    The LHS boys, 0-7, 7-14, fell in a 65-52 loss and the Lady Bruins fell to the Lady Blazers, 68-24.
    The LHS boys were tied at 7-all after one period, but the Blazers took control in the second period with a 20-8 surge to take a 27-15 halftime lead.
    RVHS held a 47-34 lead and took the 65-52 win.

  • Warriors net road wins over Caps

    Indian Land made the most of a Region III-AAA road trip to Columbia High School on Tuesday night when the Warriors notched a sweep of the host Capitals.
    The Indian Land girls avenged their lone loss of the Region III-AAA season, taking a 50-41 win over Columbia High.
    The IL boys capped the sweep with a 62-61 win over CHS.
    In the opener, the CHS Lady Caps led 12-7 after one period, but Indian Land began to launch its comeback in the second period when it outscored Columbia, 10-4 to take a 17-16 halftime lead.