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Today's News

  • Lancaster man pleads guilty in federal straw-purchase case

    A Lancaster man has followed his girlfriend’s example and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to his role in a plot to straw-purchase a firearm.
    Adam Tyler Shrader, 22, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Columbia to one count of conspiracy to make a straw purchase of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said in a release.
    U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis will sentence Shrader after reviewing a presentencing report from the U.S. Probation Office, Drake said.

  • Suspended license prompts heroin trafficking charges

    KERSHAW – Two Kershaw men were charged with heroin trafficking and other drug offenses after a traffic stop Tuesday on South Hampton Street.
    Derrick Lamonz Miller, 25, and Jamarr Ebae Stover, 33, are charged with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and possession with intent to distribute amphetamine salts (Adderall). Miller was also charged with driving under suspension.

  • Harrisburg Elementary teacher will not be charged

    Harrisburg Elementary teacher Elizabeth Goodin, who was placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of improper discipline, will not be charged, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Goodin, 26, submitted her resignation, effective April 1, after being placed on leave.
    According to a sheriff’s office report, Goodin was accused by a teacher’s aide of spanking a child twice on the buttocks and once on the lower back.

  • Cops, jailers reaching out to understand mentally ill

    Once, when Melanie Odom was at Clemson University, she thought she had discovered a mathematical way to predict the future, and that the government was coming to steal it.
    As a professor was trying to get her some help, she was in an auto accident. She ran across four lanes of traffic, still clutching the sandwich she had been eating.
    “Why are you fleeing the scene of an accident!” yelled a police officer at the scene. As he approached her, she began tearing the sandwich into little pieces and throwing them at him.

  • Accrediting team gives schools big check mark

    The Lancaster County School District received its five-year accreditation assessment this week and received a glowing review, ranking it in the top 15 percent of school systems in the country.
    LCSD received an overall score of 302 from nonprofit accrediting agency AdvancED – 7.6 percent higher than the average score among all school systems assessed.
    “It’s great when people recognize good things,” said Lydia Quinn, LCSD executive director of planning and accountability.

  • Those moved by her death place stone at Soren’s grave

    When they learned that Soren Chilson’s grave had no marker, Lancaster County’s law enforcement community passed the hat and bought a pink granite memorial to honor her short life.
    It was installed Tuesday in the cemetery at Antioch Baptist Church.
    “I think the thing that moved a lot of people with Soren was the fact that she’s a child, and the manner in which she was killed, what she went through,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Campbell, who spearheaded the effort.

  • Somber duties end in prayer

    Coleen Burgess will be remembered for the simple pleasures she enjoyed and bestowed.
    She liked to drink coffee with her daughter-in-law every morning, sitting in her recliner, a Chihuahua balanced on each leg – Splash and Dixie.
    Saturday mornings were for “yard-sale-in’.” And any day was for family and friends around the table. She was a fabulous cook, and every meal seemed to have at least three courses.

  • Unbeaten Lady Jackets blank NCHS

    The fifth-ranked Buford High School girls soccer team, 12-0, beat North Central, 6-0 Tuesday night.

    BHS senior goalkeeper Tory Knight recorded her 10th shutout of the season. Victoria Hinson and Emma Larson led the scoring with two goals each.

    Kaylee Ghent and Chaney Smith each scored one. Buford hosts Chester tonight.

    Lady Bruins win

  • Lady Bruins rout Ridge View, 15-0

    The Lancaster High Lady Bruins improved to 11-0, 7-0 in region play with a 15-0 softball win over host Ridge View on Tuesday night.

    LHS scored 12 runs in the first inning and added three in the second for the win in three innings.

    Gracie Revels led the offense with three hits, including two home runs, four RBIs and scored twice. Ashley Abbott had two hits, scored three runs and drove in a run.

  • Collins pleased with LHS liftathon

    Lancaster High School head football coach Bobby Collins said he was pleased with the Bruins’ third annual liftathon held in the LHS gym Saturday.

    “We felt it went well,” Collins said. “We had a good turnout from the community with our parents and it was good to see our area board members, Mr. Bill Sumner and Tyrom Faulkner in here supporting our student-athletes.