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Today's News

  • Duke Energy to help prepare county site for development

    From release

    A Lancaster County site is one of three S.C. properties chosen by Duke Energy for participation in its 2017 Site Readiness Program to prepare them for business and industrial development.

    The sites were selected based on their potential to bring large businesses and industries to their respective areas.

    The locations include the Smith family property in Lancaster County, situated minutes from Interstate 77 with frontage at the intersection of S.C. 9 and Riverside Road just northwest of Lancaster.

  • $27K in jewelry thefts reported

    Two Lancaster County women reported separate jewelry thefts totaling more than $27,000 from their homes in the past month.
    A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said one victim reported that $21,800 in jewelry was stolen from her home in the 2700 block of Dusty Trail Lane on Oct. 21. She told investigators she believed someone she knew stole the jewelry earlier in the month.

  • AJ and IL bands finish strong in championship competitions

    Indian Land and Andrew Jackson high schools both placed in the top 10 at Saturday’s 2017 state marching band championship at Spring Valley High in Columbia.
    AJ placed sixth in the AA division, Indian Land seventh in AAA. Each school competed against 15 other bands in their class.
    Andrew Jackson also received a superior rating.
    AJ band director Marshall Woody said this year is the best the Volunteer regiment has ever had.

  • City grant will design downtown event space

    Competing against 52 other cities, Lancaster has received a $25,000 Hometown Economic Development Grant from the S.C. Municipal Association, scoring highest among all the applicants.
    The grant was awarded to 10 cities this year, up from eight last year. Lancaster ranked No. 1 on its eligibility rating among the winning cities.
    “I think it speaks well for the city and what we’re trying to do with our central business district,” Mayor John Howard said.

  • Grisly murder scene, husband arrested

    A 58-year-old woman’s body was found by her daughters Sunday morning at her Lancaster home, apparently beaten to death with a hammer, and her husband has been charged with murder.
    Mildred Burris Arnold was found in a bedroom at 213 S. York St., the Lancaster Police Department said in a statement.
    Her youngest daughter, Stephanie Arnold, said the scene was like a horror movie, with the body wrapped in two blankets and a rug, and blood from the ceiling to the floor.
    Matthew James Alman, 49, of the same address, was charged with murder on Monday.

  • Man charged in wife’s killing

    A 58-year-old woman's body was found by her daughter Sunday morning at a South York Street home, bludgeoned to death with a hammer, and her husband has been charged with murder.
    Mildred Burris Arnold has been identified as the victim, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Matthew James Alman, 49, 213 S. York St., was charged with murder on Monday.
    “There’s still a lot we don’t know because he’s not talking to us,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.

  • Editor's Column: 2 bizarre weeks in a bewildering political career

    On Monday, Oct. 16, Linda Blackmon called this newspaper and asked to speak to Publisher Susan Rowell, my boss. It was the morning after my column about the new Lancaster City Council member taking a vote that clearly violated state ethics law.
    Susan wasn’t in, so Blackmon asked to speak to me. When I answered, she identified herself cordially and said she wanted to come by the newspaper later that day to talk to me and reporter Mark Manicone, who had been writing news articles about her.
    Fine, I said. When would you like to come?

  • Teacher soaks in Japanese culture

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Indian Land High School teacher Matthew Hodge is no stranger to the Land of the Rising Sun.
    As a Japanese teacher and a former four-year resident of Osaka and Kyoto, Hodge is fluent in the language and familiar with the culture.
    Last year, he visited Japan with his wife and three daughters. This summer, Hodge had the opportunity to visit the country again with his 13-year-old daughter, Aestas.

  • Victim fires shot at would-be robber

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who got inside a Nope Lane home Friday morning, but left after a female resident fired a gunshot at him.
    Warrants have been issued charging 35-year-old Antonio Demond Mackey of Lancaster with first-degree burglary, kidnapping and first-degree assault, according to a sheriff’s office release.
    Deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of Nope Lane just after 8 a.m. Friday.

  • Harris responds on paying Blackmon’s legal expenses

    Ex-Lancaster City Council member Jackie Harris has filed a rebuttal to council member Linda Blackmon’s motion asking that Harris be forced to pay Blackmon’s legal fees resulting from the challenge to the 2016 election results.
    Harris’ attorney, Elizabeth Hyatt, disputed Blackmon’s claim in an Oct. 13 motion that the election protest was “frivolous” and filed solely to keep her from taking office.