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Today's News

  • Lancaster man charged in Chesterfield slaying

    A Lancaster man is one of three people charged Thursday in the killing of a Chesterfield County man whose body was found Monday morning in a field near Chesterfield.

  • Man-goat donnybrook ends with dead animal

    A Buford man shot and killed a stray goat last weekend after the animal twice jumped atop his car, threatened to ram him and wouldn’t leave his yard, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    The report said a sheriff’s deputy responded to the 3800 block of Cimmeron Road Saturday about 10:10 a.m. and found the homeowner, Sonny Plyler, in the front yard “aggravated that he had to shoot the animal.”

  • Heath Springs OKs $344K budget

    The Heath Springs Town Council this week unanimously gave final approval to a $344,414 budget for fiscal 2017-18 – a $16,700 decrease from the current budget.
    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said the budget dropped  because the town will not renew its contract with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to station an officer in Heath Springs during certain hours. The contract was going to rise from $23,000 per year to $38,500. It expires June 30.

  • Kids enjoy funny Grimms theater

    “Do you know how to cry?” Lenny asked the audience of children, ages pre-K to fifth grade.
    The kids, who filled half of USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, began doing their best impression of a baby crying.
    “Do you know how to laugh?” Lenny asked, followed by children’s laughter filling the large space.

  • Last chance at the lilies for this year

    A breeze blows across the Catawba River and the rocky shoals spider lilies begin to dance, their paper-thin blossoms dipping and swaying atop sturdy green stalks.
    Acre upon acre of white blooms stretch improbably across the rushing water, the largest known stand of the rare lilies in the world.
    A magical garden

  • 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.

  • Norman squeaks out win

    Ralph Norman is going to Congress, but his margin of victory in Tuesday’s special election was unexpectedly narrow.

    Norman, a Republican and Rock Hill real estate developer, topped Democratic candidate Archie Parnell by just a 3-point margin. Norman tallied 44,889 votes to Parnell’s 42,035.
    Norman takes the 5th District seat vacated when Mick Mulvaney became White House budget director. Mulvaney beat his Democratic opponent by 20 points last November.

  • 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.

  • Kershaw Co. firefighter live-streams Ocean Blvd. gun battle

    Bubba Hinson, a Kershaw County volunteer firefighter, has been barraged with calls from media outlets all over the world this week, as his terrifying video of a street shooting in the heart of Myrtle Beach has drawn more than 4 million Facebook views.
    “I’m just ready for everything to go back to normal,” he said Tuesday. “I had to charge my phone three times yesterday, and I have two batteries for it!”

  • ‘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.