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Today's News

  • Hepatitis A case at Clinton Elementary

    State health officials are investigating a hepatitis A infection at Clinton Elementary School, according to a letter the Lancaster County School District received Thursday.
    Parents have been notified by letter and through a ConnectEd phone call.
    “Right now this is the only case we are aware of anywhere in the district,” said Graceann Jones, LCSD lead school nurse.
    Jones said there are no cleaning procedures required.

  • Wastewater plant might upgrade to solar power

    The city of Lancaster’s Wastewater Treatment Plant might soon be getting a 21st century electrical upgrade.
    City council members this week unanimously approved studying the possibility of building a one-acre solar array at the plant to help offset its high electricity costs.
    The study will be conducted by W.K Dickson contractors and will cost the city $5,000. Council members Linda Blackmon and Tamara Green-Garris were not present at the Tuesday night meeting.

  • Lancaster teen held in York Co. murder

    A Lancaster teen has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Charlotte resident in York County two weeks ago.
    Trenyatta Jondae Massey, 18, of the Elgin community, was charged with murder and attempted murder in the killing of Angel Carmindo Dominguez Vega, 23, of Charlotte, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office.
    Massey also faces cocaine-trafficking and marijuana-possession charges.

  • Old jail’s intricate stonework uncovered

    The “new” look of the almost 200-year-old historic Lancaster County Jail on West Gay Street is drawing a lot of attention.
    Renovators have exposed hand-hewn stone masonry hidden beneath layers of stucco, and those working on the multi-year restoration project are trying to determine if it’s feasible to keep it looking that way.
    Built in 1823, the jail was designed by Robert Mills. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • Lancaster man dies in Pageland crash

    A Lancaster man died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle collision near Pageland.
    Duane A. Russell III, 83, was killed in the accident, which happened about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 601 and the S.C. 151 Bypass, the Highway Patrol reported.
    Russell was turning his Chevrolet minivan left onto U.S. 601 north when he was hit by a tractor-trailer heading south on S.C. 151. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Addi Ibrahim of Waterville, Ohio, was not injured.
    The accident closed the bypass for several hours.

  • Thousands of arrest warrants scrapped

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department are canceling thousands of arrest warrants after a state Supreme Court justice directed magistrates to stop jailing low-level offenders who skip court dates or don’t pay fines.
    Chief Justice Donald Beatty put court officials on notice in mid-September to end the practice.
    “We follow the direction we are given,” said Lancaster Municipal Judge Cammie Heath.

  • Column: This isn’t the tax reform we want or need

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Democrat from Sumter who lost to Republican Ralph Norman in this year’s special election for the 5th District congressional seat. Parnell is running for the office again in 2018. Norman’s views on the GOP tax-reform bill ran in this space Sunday.

    My father used to tell me to believe half of what you see and even less of what you hear. When it comes to what people in Washington or in the media have to say about tax policy, that’s usually pretty good advice.

  • Column: Our community’s joint mission of philanthropy helps all people

    The first recorded use of the word “philanthropy” was in the Greek play “Prometheus Bound,” written about 460 BCE.
    In the play, Prometheus creates mankind out of clay. In the beginning, his creatures have no culture (no knowledge, skills, arts, science, technology), so they live in darkness, in caves, in fear for their lives. Out of his philanthropos tropos, or humanity-loving nature, Prometheus continues to develop his creatures by giving them two gifts: fire, which symbolizes culture, and “blind hope,” representing optimism.

  • District’s ACT average still below state scores

    ACT test results are out for South Carolina’s class of 2018, and the Lancaster County School District average is slightly lower than the state average, much like last year’s scores.
    State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman warned that the scores might not be accurate due to possible testing system failures, but local school officials said Lancaster County’s numbers are correct.

  • 3 badly hurt in IL head-on crash

    Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Calvin Hall Road in Indian Land.
    Two victims had to be cut out of one of the vehicles, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers. Members of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the call around 3 p.m., he said.