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Today's News

  • Cyber-attack scenario

    A mock cyber-attack against the U.S. power grid kept 57 people from 13 Lancaster County agencies hopping for several tense hours Wenesday, reacting to the catastrophic scenario.
    The drill, called GridEx IV, was designed to test local responses to the loss of the electrical system for an extended period of time. More than 5,000 government, business and nonprofit stakeholders nationwide participated in the training.

  • Tunnell suit settlement totals $90K

    The S.C. I-77 Alliance and York Tech President Greg Rutherford agreed to pay Keith Tunnell and his attorney $90,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing them, as well as other defendants, of defamation, breach of contract and civil conspiracy.
    According to a copy of the settlement obtained by The Lancaster News through the Freedom of Information Act, the I-77 Alliance and Rutherford are paying $60,000 to Tunnell and $30,000 to the law firm Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks of Columbia.

  • Deputy tells creeped-out homeowner: Get a priest, holy water

    A Kershaw woman called the sheriff’s office just before Halloween, convinced that someone might have been hiding in her attic, and the strange goings-on continued even after a deputy arrived to investigate.
    Reba Green, of 264 Oak Ridge Church Road, said she first heard what sounded like footsteps in the attic above her kitchen table the evening of Oct. 27.

  • Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Murphy earns twin Officer of the Year honors

    Lancaster County deputy Sgt. Bill Murphy has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association.
    Murphy, a 30-year veteran law officer, is head of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Division. He received the award Nov. 7 at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Murphy, 55, oversees a diverse list of programs, from local Crime Watches and school resource officers to litter control and building, fleet and equipment maintenance.

  • Suspect charged in attack on cops during drug bust

    A York County man is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center after being charged Saturday with head-butting one police officer and biting another during a drug-related clash in a restaurant parking lot.
    Neither officer was seriously hurt, said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.  
    Tristan Baker Merck, 21, of Rock Hill, is charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, trafficking cocaine (74.5 grams), simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, open-container violation and disorderly conduct.

  • Fleeing car hits electrical pole, cuts power to 1,800 customers

    Nearly 1,800 power customers lost electricity Thursday morning after a vehicle struck a power pole on S.C. 200 near Craig Farm Road north of Lancaster.
    After a city police officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver began to speed away before striking the power pole, according to the Lancaster Police Department.

  • 3 badly hurt in IL head-on crash

    Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Calvin Hall Road in Indian Land.
    Two victims had to be cut out of one of the vehicles, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers. Members of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the call around 3 p.m., he said.

  • District’s ACT average still below state scores

    ACT test results are out for South Carolina’s class of 2018, and the Lancaster County School District average is slightly lower than the state average, much like last year’s scores.
    State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman warned that the scores might not be accurate due to possible testing system failures, but local school officials said Lancaster County’s numbers are correct.

  • Van Wyck picks 1st town council

    Van Wyck voters chose their first town council Tuesday, completing the nearly two-year process of protecting the rural enclave from being gobbled up by ever-expanding Indian Land.
    Choosing among nine at-large candidates, voters tapped Richard Vaughan, Cassandra Watkins, Xavier Kee and Bob Doster to guide the town through its first two years as a municipality.  
    The town’s first mayor, Sean Corcoran, ran unopposed and will be officially designated at 10 a.m. Thursday.

  • No post office at Rosemont entrance

    The U.S. Postal Service has scrapped plans to build an Indian Land post office on Rosemont Drive and is considering a new location.
    The decision comes more than a month after the USPS announced the tentative site choice and solicited public input on the proposed location off S.C. 160 (Fort Mill Highway) leading into the Rosemont neighborhood.