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Today's News

  • My hardest story yet: Jacarion’s death

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I sit on my sofa, scrolling through Twitter after a not-so-long day of work.
    It’s about 9 p.m.
    That’s when I read it for the first time – a 2-year-old has been shot at a home in Lancaster.
    My Lancaster? Yes. My Lancaster.
    I scramble. What do I do?

  • Delay at LHS stadium

    A construction delay at Lancaster High’s new artificial-turf football field has forced the school to move its first home game to Buford High’s new turf, which was a high priority to finish before hosting the annual jamboree this weekend.
    LHS athletics director Mark Strickland said he made the call to move the game because the field’s surrounding asphalt “drive-around” may not be ready on time.

  • S.C. trade group tips its hat to Crenco

    Lancaster’s homegrown and family-owned Crenco Food Stores has been named 2017 Retailer of the Year by the S.C. Association of Convenience Stores.
    The award was announced Tuesday at the association’s annual convention in Columbia.
    “In our 38 years of operation, we’ve strived to be the best in all that we do,” said second-generation owner Hal Crenshaw. His father, the late Harold Crenshaw, started the stores in 1979 as a branch of Crenshaw Oil Co.

  • City police almost back to full staff

    On paper, the Lancaster Police Department is almost back up to full strength after a year of struggling with a manpower shortage.
    But there is still an urgent need for more certified “street ready” officers.  
    Three recent police hires are now attending the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy but won’t graduate until late October. After that, the graduates have a minimum eight weeks of training with a police department field-training officer before being out on their own.

  • Van Wyck vote next Tuesday

    Van Wyck residents will head to the polls next week to decide whether to remain an independent unincorporated community or join together to become the town of Van Wyck.
    Next week’s special election is scheduled for Tuesday at the Van Wyck Community Center at 5063 Old Hickory Road. The poll is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and voting is open only to the 271 registered voters who live in the community’s original incorporation area.

  • Lancaster man charged in 11 property crimes

    A Lancaster man has been charged in a string of 11 thefts and burglaries across the county over the past two months.
    Christopher David Sims, 25, was arrested at about 3 a.m. Aug. 2  after deputies responded to a call on Country Club Drive, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    The homeowners reported that someone had tripped a motion-sensor alarm in the carport, and they saw a man running away and noticed a red Honda parked in a neighbor’s driveway.

  • Helping foster kids flourish as adults

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Surrounded by well-wishers gathered for prayer and food, one former foster child made a life-changing donation to another last Friday at J&J Autosports in Lancaster.
    J&J co-owner Jonathon Mobley presented a free 2004 Chevy Impala to recipient Alexis Buckley through On the Road Again, a program run by the S.C. Foster Parent Association.

  • Warrants detail toddler’s killing

    The 9mm handgun that killed 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden on July 31 was left loaded and unattended on a table beside a living room sofa shortly before the child was shot, according to two arrest warrants filed in the case.
    The warrants charge Jacarion’s mother, Toni Lashay Gladden, 26, and her boyfriend, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes, 18, with unlawful conduct toward a child. A third warrant charges Toni Gladden with misprision of a felony, alleging that she lied to cover up what happened.

  • 48-state journey

    Tye Sturgeon has no idea where his little cross-country caravan will sleep tonight.
    “But I ain’t worried,” he said Monday. Someone will make space for him, wife Hannah, dog Pistol Annie and horses Rudy and Jazz. That’s just how it goes.
    “God’s gonna take care of us. Always has and always will,” he said, as he pulled off his cowboy hat and wiped the sweat off his forehead with a shirt sleeve. “I take the quickest route and don’t never worry.”

  • Van Wyck town vote may derail IL efforts

    An S.C. Attorney General’s Office opinion suggests Indian Land’s incorporation effort might not be able to continue as proposed should Van Wyck residents decide to incorporate in next week’s special election.
    In the meantime, organizers of the Indian Land effort, Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), say they disagree with the opinion and will continue moving forward as they prepare for an appearance before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation on Aug. 18.