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Today's News

  • CPTC solid in district qualifier

    The Columbus Parker Youth Track Club produced a solid effort in the AAU Region 8 District qualifier at Broome High School in Spartanburg.

    The CPTC racked up their share of honors with 51 athletes placing in one of more events to move forward to the regionals June 29-July 2 in Taylors.

    The number represents the largest number of athletes to make the regionals in the last five years.

    The CPTC, out of 24 teams, placed seventh overall in the district qualifier.

    Nygel Moore, 14, and Demyius Blair, 9, were the top individual scorers for the CPTC.

  • 3 arrested in connection with Patel murder

    Three men have been arrested on armed robbery conspiracy charges in connection with the murder of Lancaster convenience store owner Harnish Patel, who was found shot to death in his front yard March 2.

    Lancaster residents Jaquinton Tradell Blair, 23, and Richard Devauhn Stewart, 42, and Charlotte resident Lajames Arteian Ross, 22, are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to a Wednesday release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Stewart is also charged with accessory before the fact of attempted armed robbery.

  • Bustling Benford Brewing

    Benford Brewing Co., Lancaster's own craft brewery, has grown from a backyard hobby to a supplier of beer from the Carolinas coast to Nashville.

    The brewery is on a farm located at 2271 Boxcar Road, just off Riverside Road in western Lancaster County. Bryan O'Neal, 42, runs the one-man operation, which continues to grow due to hard work, creative marketing, the farm appeal, and the natural spring water that flows from three springs.

  • Store owner accused of groping, propositioning his employee

    The owner of a Lancaster convenience store has been charged with second-degree assault and battery after an employee accused him of groping her and propositioned her with money to have sex with him.
    Ankitkumar “Andy” Patel, 30, owner of the Forks convenience store at 1594 Memorial Park Road, was arrested June 10, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    And under departmental policy, when a deputy takes possession of the property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping.   
    The office, however, does work to identify owners and reunite them with their property. 
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • Give Local luncheon celebrates $155K drive

    More than 120 sponsors, partners and community members celebrated raising $155,000 during the second-annual Give Local Lancaster at a luncheon on Monday at USC Lancaster.
    Spearheaded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, Give Local received a total of 1,015 gifts and included donors from three countries, 14 states and 61 cities.
    “Working together makes a brighter future,” said Robert Folks, chairman of the Sims Foundation. “This is a celebration.”

  • ‘Miss Emily’ Franklin, caretaker of Buford Battleground, dies at 87

    Emily Carnes Franklin, the unofficial ambassador and caretaker of Lancaster County’s most significant Revolutionary War site, the Buford Battleground, died Friday. She was 87.
    “Miss Emily’s” roots run deep at the Buford Massacre site on Rocky River Road. She was a direct descendant of the Rev. Jacob “Preacher” Carnes.

  • Truffle-sniffing dog one of county tour’s highlights

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Last weekend’s annual Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour featured a huge variety of attractions, from honeybees, hens and truffle hunts to gardens bursting with geraniums and lilies, from displays of antiques and artifacts to visits with authors and artists.
    S.C. Truffieres & Howell Specialty Farmz at 9010 Pryor Drive in Indian Land was a new stop on the five-year-old tour, which included 10 stops and three ancillary sites this year.

  • Citadel House dedicates its building today

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    The Citadel House, a 90-day emergency shelter with supportive services for men in Lancaster County, holds an open house and building dedication today, welcoming the public to see what the facility offers.
    The small home at 1214 Trestle Lane in the Brooklyn neighborhood, which was used as the city’s warming center last winter and has been transitioning to the new role, will welcome visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. A light lunch will be served.

  • Column: We just can’t seem to avoid S.C. cronyism

    The state’s Judicial Merit Selection Committee screens and nominates judicial candidates. Its members are picked by the House speaker and the Senate president pro tem. State law requires that four of the 10 members be “selected from the general public,” while the other six must be sitting legislators.
    That takes us to former Sen. Wes Hayes of Rock Hill. It’s not our intent to denigrate him in any way – for all we know, he may be an ideal JMSC member. But there are two things wrong with his recent appointment.