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Today's News

  • AJ coach Bench benched

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School head football coach Elmer Bench has been placed on administrative leave.

    Bench, a history and social studies teacher at the Lancaster County Class AA high school, declined to comment when contacted Wednesday afternoon by The Lancaster News.

    David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District, said Bench was placed on administrative leave with pay by district superintendent Dr. Gene Moore. Bench's administrative leave began Wednesday.

  • Wildfire season arrives in South Carolina

    COLUMBIA – Despite recent rains and the recovery from South Carolina’s most recent drought, the S.C. Forestry Commission is sounding the call for readiness as the state enters its wildfire season.

    In South Carolina, the wildfire season runs in the later part of the winter through early weeks of spring, when flammable ground litter is dry and the relative humidity is low. 

    Some residents are burning yard waste or lighting outdoor fires for warmth during this time of the year.

  • Two injured in nightclub shooting

    Two people were injured in a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the club on Kershaw Camden Highway about 2:20 a.m.

    Deputies learned that a fight began inside the club, then moved outside, where two people began shooting.

    Injured in the incident were Chevon Crawford, 29, and Marcellos Stover, 29, both of Lancaster. Crawford was shot once in the back, authorities said. Stover was shot in each shoulder and the   abdomen.

  • 'Big Easy' split between Saints, Mannings

    In New Orleans, parades are a common occurrence.

    But Sunday’s was a real drag.

    More than 5,000 men showed up at the Superdome in heels, make-up and wigs for a 12-block walk to Bourbon Street in honor of the late Bernard “Buddy D” Diliberto. 

    I got a report on the festivities from my brother-in-law, Steve Ellis.

    Steve and his wife, Rose Mary, live in Algiers Point, which is directly across the lower Mississippi River from the French Quarter.

  • Woman dies in apartment fire

    A woman died after a fire at Chesterfield Villas, a senior-living apartment complex on Chesterfield Avenue, on Sunday.

    Lancaster Fire Department Chris Nunnery said his department was called to Apartment B-12 at 7:54 a.m. after a next-door neighbor called 911.

    Firefighters pulled Barbara Belton, 57, from the apartment, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. She was unconscious and was airlifted to a burn center in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she later died.

  • Two hurt in shooting at Lancaster nightclub

    Two people were injured in a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the club on Kershaw Camden Highway about 2:20 a.m.

    Deputies learned that a fight began inside the club, then moved outside, where two people began shooting. Two people were injured in the incident – Chevon Crawford, 29, and Marcellos Stover, 29, both of Lancaster.

    Crawford was shot once in the back, authorities said. Stover was shot in each shoulder and the abdomen.

  • Defense contractor to locate in county

    A defense company announced plans Monday to locate it manufacturing facility, research and development division and headquarters in Lancaster County.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense sector companies, will begin moving into the former BMB Steering Innovation building in Indian Land in March.

    That is the old Belden Wire and Cable building on Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160).

    The company recently reached an agreement with county officials to invest $50 million here and create 220 jobs.

  • Father sentenced to 23 years for baby's death

    The maternal great-great grandmother of a 5-month-old baby who died after being shaken by his father told a judge Monday that the child was a blessing to his family.

    During the guilty plea of Allen William Short, 25, who was charged with homicide by child abuse in December 2006, Pearl Jones said she remembered 5-month-old Brice Short’s beautiful smile.

    “He (Brice Short) was lovable,” Jones said. “He was a gift from God. We had him such a short time but what a blessing he was.”

  • Unsolved after nearly 10 years: Who beat Deborah Cole to death?

    Inez Inman of Enoree thinks of her daughter, Deborah Cole, who was beaten to death nearly 10 years ago, every day.

    “I think about her night and day,” Inman said. “I don’t see any peace.”

    Inman, 64, said neither she nor Cole had it easy.

    Inman had five children, three of whom had birth defects. One of her children died in 1971 at just 13 months old.

    Cole was 9 when Inman married her second husband, Inman said. Cole wrote poems, did well in school and graduated from Woodruff High School in 1985, Inman said.

  • Rape to debut at Wingate

    Former Lancaster High School and Post 31 American Legion baseball standout Marc Rape will launch his Wingate University baseball career today when the Bulldogs open their 2010 home schedule.

    Rape, a right-hander, is slated to be on the mound when the Bulldogs face Limestone at 2 p.m. in the Wingate home opener.

    Rape helped Spartanburg Methodist College advance to the 2009 NJCAA World Series. The Pioneers finished the 2009 campaign with a 55-9 overall record and a No. 5 finish in the JUCO series.