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Today's News

  • Grandmother charged in 3-year-old’s death

    The grandmother of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder was arrested Friday in connection with the toddler’s beating death last month.
    Tracy Helms Schroeder, 48, of Rock Hill, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.
    Schroeder signed an agreement Sept. 1 with the S.C. Department of Social Services to be Lilly’s primary caregiver, according to the arrest warrant.

  • Haile mine gives 367 acre tract to KVLT

    KERSHAW – Haile Gold Mine’s owner has donated 367 acres along Flat Creek in eastern Lancaster County to the Katawba Valley Land Trust, adding to the thousands of acres the company has set aside for conservation.
    The tracts border S.C. 265 and Taxahaw Road, with a good deal of frontage along the creek.
    “We’re real excited about the properties,” said KVLT Executive Director Dick Christie. “It’s going to be land that’s protected through best management practices.”

  • Christie preserving natural, cultural heritage of region

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust has named Dick Christie its new executive director.
    “I’ve only been here a week, but I’ve accomplished a little bit,” said Christie, who took the job at the local land conservancy Jan. 1 after the retirement of Barry Beasley. “I’ve got some pretty large shoes to fill.”

  • Rescuers can’t save horse that fell through ice

    HEATH SPRINGS – First responders worked for nearly two hours Saturday but were unable to save a horse that wandered out onto a frozen pond on Cottage Road and fell through the ice.
    Mike Dazzo with Lancaster County EMS said the dispatch call originally went out as a fallen person, but when paramedic Tony Graham and his partner, Daniel Mahaffey, arrived on-scene, they immediately called for assistance from the fire department.

  • Rep. Newton runs for re-election

    First-term Republican Rep. Brandon Newton is running again for his District 45 seat in the S.C. House.
    “Even though it seems like only yesterday that I was sworn into office, it is time to begin looking toward June and November,” Newton said Monday.
    Newton was recently appointed to the Education and Public Works Committee and still serves on the Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee.

  • Cold snap finally ends at 7 nights

    Lancaster County experienced sub-20-degree lows for seven consecutive days, a harrowing cold snap that ended Monday morning.
    By Tuesday afternoon, it felt downright springlike, with temperatures in the 60s and glorious sunshine.
    The Charlotte office of the National Weather Service, which has been collecting data since 1878, matched our seven straight frigid nights, and said that tied for its fourth-longest below-20 cold snap on record. Columbia had six consecutive days, breaking its record of five.

  • Wreck knocks out power in Buford on a cold night

    Nearly 900 Lancaster County homes lost power Saturday night during frigid weather, some for several hours, after a car knocked down a power pole on Zion Road in Buford.
    The accident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Zion Road, near Old Pardue Road, nearly 3 miles northeast of Lancaster. According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with S.C. Highway Patrol, one vehicle was travelling west on Zion Road and hit the power pole, which caused another vehicle, which was heading east, to run into downed power lines.

  • Blaze engulfs home on Shiloh Unity

    Fire destroyed a house on West Shiloh Unity Road north of  Lancaster early Tuesday morning.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, the fire started in a rear bedroom and spread through the rest of the house.
    “It was pretty far gone before the fire department got there,” he said.
    The dispatch call went out shortly after 5 a.m. and Shiloh Zion, Charlotte Road/Van Wyck and Riverside volunteer fire departments responded.

  • A bizarre, terrifying sequence of events ends well

    Shatoya Walker was headed to the grocery on Christmas Eve when a phone call from a stranger started the most terrifying 45 minutes of her life.
    Walker, 33, said the man called her by name and asked if she was married to Mark Roston. No, she said, that’s my father.
    “Is everything OK?” Walker asked, instantly alarmed.
    Your father was driving this morning, said the man on the phone. He hit a pedestrian – my 9-year-old cousin Hector. He’s in the hospital.

  • ‘Kind of impossible’

    If you were lucky this week, your only exposure to the excruciating temperatures was a series of coat-hugging sprints between a car and a warm building.
    Tiffany Mingo was not so fortunate.
    She is one of the 33 mail carriers working out of the Lancaster Post Office on North Main Street. They’ve battled day after day of sub-freezing temperatures and whipping winds to complete their appointed rounds as swiftly as possible.