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Today's News

  • Unrelated cases keep investigators busy

    Lancaster County authorities were busy Wednesday, investigating two unrelated cases. They began the day with the discovery of the remains of Ada Judith Torruco, 33, who had been reported missing in June, and a short time later, responded to a fatal shooting at Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop.

    Here is a timeline of how those cases unfolded:

  • Arts camps an 'invaluable resource'

    Lancaster County Council of the Arts is holding its annual arts and sciences camps in Indian Land, Kershaw and Lancaster this month. Children ages 5 to 12 will be exposed to a variety of forms of art – dance, music, theater, language arts and visual arts.

    The classes are fun, informative and children get a hands-on experience in the classes. But even more so is an opportunity for a child to discover his or her talent. The exposure could be just what some child needs to inspire him or her into a career of art.

  • Two charged in woman's death

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office was investigating another death before responding the shooting at Cedar Creek Tackle.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said his agency received information from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Tuesday about Charlotte resident Ada Judith Torruco, 33, who had been reported missing June 10 by her family.

    Charlotte authorities said it was possible that Torruco had been killed and her body dumped in remote Lancaster County on the dirt portion of Mount Carmel Road.

  • Blackmon-Brace to run for City Council again

    Former city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Linda Blackmon-Brace announced Thursday that she'll be running for Lancaster City Council again – this time for District 3.

    Blackmon-Brace, who represented District 2 from 2002-06, said she has the passion for the job and city residents want her back on City Council.

    "There's not a day that goes by that I don't hear from people about how much they miss me," she said. "They say, 'Please tell me you'll come back.'"

    Blackmon-Brace said she has a love for elected service.

  • Tackle shop owner shot to death; suspect kills self after standoff

    Chucky Cairnes paced back and forth on Green Road, awaiting details about his father's murder and the man suspected of killing him on Wednesday.

    His father, Ronnie Cairnes Sr., was shot in the head about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday while standing outside his business, Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop, at Blakley Crossroads, not far from the Chester County line.

    Cairnes was 55.

    He was buying horse feed from a vendor when Darren Winchester, 46, who lived across the road from the store, fired the shot, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.

  • All-star quartet eyes state title

    Staff Reports

    Four Lancaster youth softball teams head to Sumter today with the same goal – a coveted state championship.

    Teams representing the Darlings, Ponytails, Belles and Debs girls softball programs will launch play this weekend at Sumter’s Dillon Park.

    Each team qualified for the state tournament after capturing district championships at the tournaments held in Chester the last weekend in June.

  • Yard of the Month: Sexton reuse glass to embolden landscaping

    Instead of trashing old wine bottles, Clara and Thaddeus “Tee” Sexton have incorporated them into the landscape design of their Buford community home. Capitalizing on ideas picked up from home and garden magazines, the Sextons have created a greener garden by adding innovative glass touches throughout their yard. Old wine bottles (angled bottoms up) edge the natural area and sidewalk leading to their front door.

  • Lancaster softball stars are shining

    A familiar line in baseball is that going 1 for 3 at the plate will get a player hall of fame consideration with a .333 batting average.

    How about 4 for 5?

    For Lancaster County softball teams, going 4-5 in the recent Dixie Softball District II tournaments in Chester earned four teams a coveted bid to the state tournament in Sumter. Four championships in five different age divisions is pretty impressive stuff. Clearly the Lancaster teams sparkled on the diamond.

    We emphatically say how ‘bout those Lancaster softball girls all-stars!

  • Don't leave grocery carts unattended

    Don’t leave grocery carts unattended

    About 2:30 p.m. July 6 a friend and I took her mother to old Bi-Lo, the grocery store we always go to. My friend and I both recently lost our jobs through a layoff, so we put our money together and got what we could. It was just a few things but it totaled up to $54.

  • Agency director thanks council for supporting LIFT

    Anyone who has followed the Lancaster County Council budget process in the past few weeks, has witnessed the significance of the Learning Institute For Tomorrow (LIFT.)

    LIFT’S mission is to educate, equip and empower individuals restoring their lives from the effects of behavioral health problems, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or addiction.