Today's News

  • Love in their Golden Years

    Six months ago, Cornelia Williams didn’t even know Prince Jarrett Hinson, but on the eve of Valentine’s Day, she couldn’t picture a day without him.

    Cornelia and Prince were married Feb. 13 at Crestview Baptist Church in Lancaster. Family and friends filled the crowd, while Cornelia’s daughter and Prince’s son stood by their side.

    No, this wasn’t your typical wedding.

    Snow was on the ground outside " from an unusual storm that brought snow to parts of the South that rarely see it, including Texas and Florida.

  • Brown disappeared on Valentine's Day 1995

    Flipping through the pages of a large binder she’s filled with witness statements, candid photographs and faded newspaper articles, Lancaster Police Capt. Susan Hunter wonders what happened to Farrika Brown.

    Today marks the 15th anniversary of Brown’s disappearance, a case that has yielded very few leads, but always remains in Hunter’s mind.

    “He’s not forgotten by any means. We still have fliers up about him,” said Hunter, who was one of the lead investigators when Brown’s family reported him missing.

  • Seven years later, authorities still can't explain auto dealer's death

    It’s been seven years since John Michael “Mike” Hinson was found face down on the ground in the middle of Sentry Road.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies learned that Hinson, a Lancaster County businessman, had been hit by a car on the night of Feb. 14, 2003. The woman who was driving the car said Hinson was either bent over or on his knees, with one hand raised, when she struck him.

    County Coroner Mike Morris said Hinson, who was 58, died at the scene from multiple trauma from being hit by the car.

  • Police say blaze at vacant motel is suspicious

    The fire at a vacant motel on Lancaster’s Main Street is considered suspicious by police.

    Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze at the former Budget Inn on Wednesday night.

    Arson investigators from the State Law Enforcement Division arrived Thursday to look into the cause of the blaze.

    Ken Patel, owner of the Budget Inn building, said he noticed fire coming out of the vacant building about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday.

  • System to make auto calls in missing person cases

    “Hello. This is an urgent message from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. We are currently searching for a missing child in your area.”

    That’s the recorded message that could soon be sent to thousands of homes across the county using a call system developed by A Child is Missing, a Florida-based nonprofit organization.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office learned of A Child is Missing a couple months ago while refreshing their officers’ Amber Alert training, which involves rapid-response techniques in child-abduction cases.

  • They're baaack!

    Dale Laney walked over to the folding tabale beneath the front window inside the Buford Little General Store on Monday night. He stared at the green, yellow, red, blue and purple boxes that were neatly stacked by color.

    So many tempting choices, so little time. But for Laney, his mind was made up, already having given in to the temptatation of vanilla cookies convered on top and bottom, then rolled in coconut and striped with chocolate.

  • Police seek teen in shooting

    The Lancaster Police Department has issued warrants for a man wanted in connection with a Friday shooting.

    MiQuavis Cunningham, 19, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    Officers responded to the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital about 6 p.m. Friday because a man came in with a gunshot wound, according to an incident report.

  • Teachers to take one day off with no pay

    Area teachers and principals will take unpaid time off to help offset this year’s state budget cuts.

    The Lancaster County school board voted unanimously Tuesday to furlough teachers one day and administrators two days.

    The measure should save the district more than $302,000 in the 2009-10 fiscal year, said district finance director Tony Walker.

  • Missing since 2006

    When Coley Patterson went for a walk on the afternoon of Oct. 13, 2006, he told his sister he’d be right back.

    But he wasn’t.

    He never returned.

    Now, more than three years after Patterson’s disappearance, there are lingering questions about what happened to Patterson.

    A top hat and one of his shoes were found during a search that followed Patterson’s disappearance.

  • Cunningham, Landrie lead state qualifiers

    Seven Lancaster County high school wrestlers are in the running for Class A-AA individual state wrestling championships.

    The seven include a pair of wrestlers who captured Class A-AA Lower State crowns over the weekend at Aynor High School.

    Buford’s Rashad Cunningham and Indian Land’s Dakota Landrie lead the county grapplers who will battle at Rock Hill High School this weekend.

    Cunningham, seeded second at 130, won the A-AA Lower State crown with a 3-2 win over Derek Gaiges of Bishop England, the defending Class A-AA 119 state champion.