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Today's News

  • Farewell party surprises Dr. Moore

    A crowd of nearly 30 people surprised Dr. Gene Moore, soon-to-be retired Lancaster County School District superintendent, with a party Tuesday evening.
    District staff and community leaders met in USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room to tell Moore goodbye after nearly 12 years as LCSD superintendent.
    Moore, who announced his retirement in January, said he was told the party was for the new superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Phipps.

  • 2 suspects sought in break-ins

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a number of vehicle break-ins in the areas off Regency Park and Harrisburg roads over the weekend.
    There were at least two suspects and the possible suspect’s vehicle is a tan-colored Lincoln.
    The sheriff’s office is seeking the public’s help identifying the suspects, including the man in this photo.

  • Clemson, Auburn lead effort to save wild tiger populations

    Michael Staton
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – Clemson University and Auburn University have joined forces to throw the weight of multiple academic disciplines behind efforts to save wild tiger populations worldwide.
    The two universities, along with Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri, are leading the efforts of the newly formed U.S. Tiger University Consortium, so named for the sports mascots the institutions share.

  • Investigating cases, comforting families

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese will never forget June 29, the night Markevis Foster and Rakeem Patterson were murdered in a drive-by shooting at Palmetto Place apartments.
    When she got to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital, a large crowd had gathered outside to await news. Inside the ER, the atmosphere was frantic.
    “There was just a sense of almost desperation,” Deese recalls. “You knew when you walked in the door that the whole staff was banding together in a desperate effort to save lives.”

  • Dealing with deaths

    This is turning out to be an unusually deadly year for young people in Lancaster County, with six deaths in the 15-to-25 age group so far, most of them homicides.
    In all of 2016, just one person that age died in the county, a suicide.
    “It’s just tragedy upon tragedy,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant. “Nobody, including us, can make sense out of it.”
    Four of the six deaths have been homicides. There’s been one suicide, and another case is still under investigation.

  • 5 teens charged in church break-in

    Five teens staying at the Lancaster Children’s Home have been charged with breaking into a nearby church, damaging the building and stealing money, Gatorade and candy after slipping away from the home in the middle of the night July 6.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said the three girls and two boys ages 14 to 17 were caught about 2 a.m. inside the office of Hyde Park Baptist Church at 1898 Flat Creek Road.

  • Don't let that tick make you seriously sick

    In summer 2003, Missy and Michael Stogner of Lancaster’s Antioch community were desperate to know the cause of their 3-year-old daughter Kaytlin’s illness.
    Pediatricians said she had a viral infection that had to “run its course.”
    But the flu-like symptoms lingered and worsened, her nausea and lethargy so bad she couldn’t get off the couch, muscle pain so deep even a soothing touch hurt and a fever so intense it smoldered for a week between 103 to 104 degrees.

  • Robber demands exactly $60, pack of cigs

    A convenience store clerk reported to city police that a man robbed her of $60 and a pack of Newport cigarettes early Thursday.
    The lone robber, who was wearing a white T-shirt and blue shorts, sped away in a black, 2-door pickup.
    The incident happened just after 2 a.m. Thursday at Citgo Gas Station, 1200 N. Main St., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The man came in, walked to a cooler, got a beer and walked up to the counter to pay for it.

  • Man charged after store worker accuses him of lewd behavior

    A Lancaster man was arrested at Walmart in Indian Land last week after an employee accused him of committing lewd acts while following women and children around the store.
    Roger Mervin Powell II, 42, of 3671 Lamplight Road, Lancaster, was charged with one count of breach of peace of a high and aggravated nature and banned from the store, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Pageland won’t decide on reinstating top cops until it receives SLED report

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    Pageland’s top two police officers will remain on paid administrative leave as the town council waits for a state investigative report about the allegation that they broke into an employee’s home.
    After deliberating for about an hour Tuesday in closed session, the council voted to keep Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short on paid leave until the town receives the report from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.