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Today's News

  • Habitat for Humanity plans to open Lancaster re-sale store

    If you need a new living room suit or kitchen sink and don’t want to pay full retail price, you are in luck! Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is planning to open a re-sale store in the near future.
    According to Habitat Executive Director Nita Brown, an old building has been donated for the project, and once the building-permit process is completed, remodeling will begin. The re-sale store will be a smaller-scale version of the branded Habitat Re-Store and will be open on restricted days and hours until enough volunteers are found to operate it.

  • Burglary at Christian Services solved with walk-in confession

    A Lancaster man has been charged with burglarizing a Christian charity and a dog-grooming business last weekend, after he walked into the police department and confessed to one of the crimes.
    James Matthew Alman, 48, was arrested on two counts of second-degree burglary in connection with break-ins at
    the Christian Services thrift shop and Bubbles and Blades dog grooming, both on Great Falls Highway, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • LHS, Kershaw Elementary get home-grown principals

    The school board this week selected two Lancaster County natives as the new principals for Lancaster High School and Kershaw Elementary.
    Rosalyn Mood, who has been serving as interim principal at LHS since longtime Principal Joe Keenan retired, was named principal of the county’s largest school.
    And Kelli Farmer, a Heath Springs native who has been working in Greenville County, will come back home to lead Kershaw Elementary.
    Both were approved by the school board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • 15 charged in big drug roundup

    After a three-month investigation, nine suspects were rounded up Thursday on drug-distribution charges, and six more were being sought in a countywide sweep by sheriff’s office drug task force members, investigators and deputies.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said the charges stemmed from drug transactions monitored by task force agents since April, based in part on intelligence from confidential informants and citizen tips.
    The transactions involved heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and other illegal drugs.

  • Pancakes & Politics

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    RICHBURG – The pancakes were hot, and so were the political opinions.
    Todd Piro, a field reporter for the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends,” came to the bustling Country Omelet on Wednesday to sample owner Scott Hill’s pancakes and some local political views.

  • Drive-by double murder

    Three men were shot, two fatally, in a drive-by shooting Thursday night at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street in Lancaster.
    A fourth man is now jailed in connection with the case.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said 36-year-old Courtney Javon McCain turned himself in early Friday morning.
    He is charged with one count of accessory after the fact of murder and is awaiting a bond hearing.
    Police had been searching for McCain as a person of interest since late Thursday.

  • 2 dead in Palmetto Place shooting

     

    Two men died Thursday night following a shooting at Palmetto Place Apartments in Lancaster, and police are looking for an injured third man as a person of interest in the case.

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Knight Deese identified the victims as 21-year-old Rakeem Patterson and 22-year-old Markevis Foster, both of Lancaster.

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said officers are looking for Courtney Javon McCain, 36, of Lancaster, for questioning in the case.

  • Column: GOP finally can repeal Obamacare, but it balks

    The news these days is like a rehash of the Obamacare debates, with the two parties simply changing jerseys.
    After the passage of Obamacare, we discovered that it had a dozen new taxes and was not affordable. It was a redistribution of wealth disguised as an act of compassion. It gave us lies on top of lies, and even as it collapses there are many who say it is working.

  • Fort Lawn Councilman Joe Reddick dies at 81

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Longtime Fort Lawn town councilman and community leader Thomas B. “Joe” Reddick died last Friday at age 81. Colleagues and friends remembered him as a man of integrity who cared deeply about his community.
    Fort Lawn Mayor John Rumford served with Reddick when they were both on the board of directors of the Fort Lawn Community Center and again later when both served on Fort Lawn Town Council. Rumford lived up the street from Reddick.

  • County council OKs tax increase

    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the county’s 2017-18 budget Monday, an $82.9 million overall spending plan that increases funding for public safety, employee compensation and infrastructure maintenance.
    The overall budget increase, coming in at $7.9 million more than last year’s, is supported largely by a 4.6-mill increase in property taxes that brings the county’s millage rate to 100.1 mills.