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Today's News

  • Ruling changed scope of Miles' case

    PAGELAND – Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty against Gary Miles in the death of 43-year-old Dennis Clayton.

    But prosecutors abandoned those plans after a judge ruled a confession it planned to enter as evidence was inadmissible.

    The reason: a former Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office investigator who interviewed Miles in 2006 did not read him his Miranda rights.

    "It changed everything," 4th Circuit Solicitor Jay Hodge said. "On one hand, you had a confession that he did it, and on the other hand, you have nothing."

  • Writer thanks good Samaritans

    I would like to say a big thank you to two groups of people. I don’t know if they read The Lancaster News. I just know that some of them live in Lancaster.

    On July 4, my husband and I, and our two friends, went to sail on Lake Wateree. We had a very good time until all of the sudden a storm came, with gusty winds, waves, heavy rain and lightning.

    Our boat was spinning out of control, and I thought it was about to capsize.

  • Rain doesn't dampen racing action

    Rain caused some delays Saturday night at the Lancaster Speedway, but it didn’t stop the action.

    In the young guns main event the front row was shared by Andrew Blackwood and Caycee McGuire. Blackwood jumped to the lead early but while racing for first McGuire bumped Blackwood, causing Blackwood to fall to second. From that point on, McGuire held on for a strong finish. Behind him were Blackwood, Andrew Yandle, Josh Langley and Brandon Blackmon.

  • Burger King fans happy again

    Thomas Belcher waited more than three months to eat a Burger King double cheeseburger.

    When the fast food restaurant closed in March to be torn down, the Lancaster resident said he reluctantly ate at other local burger joints.

    At first, Belcher didn't know if Burger King was going to be rebuilt, but once he saw the company signage installed on the building, he knew that his beloved flame-broiled double cheeseburger would soon be in close range.

  • AAA all-stars top Union, 16-0

    Staff Reports

    The Dixie Youth AAA National all-stars, ages 9-10, claimed the first win of the district tournament play in Union on Monday night.

    The Lancaster team defeated Union America, 16-0, in four innings, after implementing the mercy 10-run rule.

    There are four teams participating in the district play – Lancaster National, Union American, Lockhart and Clover.

  • Kershaw council gives first OK to rezone Bojangles' lot

    KERSHAW – In front of two opposing sides, Kershaw Town Council gave unanimous approval on first reading to rezone a Bojangles' restaurant parking lot Monday night.

    Before a packed audience at the Kershaw Recreation Center, council discussed the implications of approving the rezoning request from residential to the general commercial B-3 zone.

    The parking lot lies next to a handful of residential properties on Neal Street.

    The noise and trash that's been coming from the parking lot are already too much to bear, some residents said.

  • Man gets 30 years in killing

    PAGELAND – Gary Miles avoided a death sentence, but will spend the most of the next 30 years in prison for the death of a man whose body was found dumped near Heath Springs in 2006.

    Miles, 24, of Pageland, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter during a July 2 hearing in Chesterfield County.

    Miles also pleaded guilty to malicious injury to property under $1,000 for kicking out a windshield after Chesterfield County deputies arrested him Oct. 18, 2006.

  • Writer thanks supporters for Jerry Baker benefit

    Writer thanks supporters of Jerry Baker benefit

    I would like to thank everyone who came out to the benefit for Jerry Baker on June 28, 2008 at Camp Clyburn.

    A special thanks to my wife Wennie, my brother Roger, Preacher Mitchell Ingram and all the church ball teams that participated.

    I also thank Pastor Ingram, who got hurt during the ball game and said he would do it again next week if he could.

    Thank you to everyone.

    May God Bless you all.

  • Van Wyck native earns spot on 200-meter team

    Van Wyck native and Olympic medalist Shawn Crawford will get another shot at Olympic gold this summer.

    Crawford, 30, qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 200-meter race at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday.

    Crawford had the best legal times in all of his heats.

    In the final race, he came in second by five-thousandths of a second. Three-time NCAA champion Walter Dix just beat out Crawford at the finish in 19.852 seconds. Crawford had 19.857. Wallace Spearmon also qualified for the Olympics with 19.90.

  • Dollar General coming to Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town of Heath Springs will welcome another business into its merchant ranks in the coming months.

    Dollar General has a store under construction on U.S. 521 North, about a mile north of downtown and across the street from S&G Mini-Mart. It should be completed in late summer or early fall. Carolina Retail Development Services is the contractor.

    "We are very excited about coming to Heath Springs," said company spokesperson Emily Weiss. "We think we can offer the people there a convenient shopping choice."