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Today's News

  • Feet away from a suspected murderer

    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 walk down a narrow hallway with the mother of a teen who was shot dead just a week earlier.
    My heart pounds as I walk into a small office at the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Clemson, Auburn join to fight world hunger

    From release

    CLEMSON – The two rivals faced off on the gridiron last weekend, but Clemson University and Auburn University are united off the field in supporting the World Food Programme’s efforts to defeat hunger.

    “I am enormously proud that Clemson is exploring ways to join Auburn and WFP in our joint fight against hunger,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “Defeating hunger is an enormous challenge, but if we tackle it together, we know this is a fight we can win.”

  • New connection between 2 street killings

    A Wednesday bond hearing in one of Lancaster’s recent street killings revealed a suspected connection between that case and another murder two weeks later.
    Prosecutors asserted that Allen Cooper, a 17-year-old Lancaster High basketball player killed April 26 outside Hope on the Hill, participated in the April 11 drive-by murder of Mar’Quise “Mini Me” Evans.

  • Cops using body cams on all stops

    The Lancaster Police Department has finished deploying $78,000 worth of body cameras, one for each of its sworn officers, so if you have a brush with the law, chances are it will be part of a video database, available for use as evidence.  
    The city got a $74,000 state grant to pay most of the system’s startup cost. But in return, the General Assembly attached requirements about what gets recorded and how the recordings are stored and used.

  • Belk denied bond in Daquan Blackmon shooting

    A suspect in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon was denied bond Wednesday during a hearing in General Session Court that revealed new details about the Aug. 18 case.
    Travis Belk, 25, of Lancaster, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime. Belk was arrested in Chester Aug. 24. A co-defendant, Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 23, of Lancaster was arrested Aug. 25 on one count of accessory after the fact.

  • Stormwater fee reduced before final council OK

    Before giving the measure final approval Tuesday night, the Lancaster County Council reduced the new stormwater fee for Panhandle homeowners from $75 to $60 a year.
    The fee will be added to upcoming tax bills and applies to the area from S.C. 5 north to the county line. That portion of the county (Indian Land) is now considered to be in Charlotte’s urban area, with more than 1,000 residents per square mile.

  • Lancaster gets no-kill pet sanctuary

    Lancaster County will soon have its first no-kill pet sanctuary and will begin providing a safe haven to shelter pets by the end of September.
    In June, the Indian Land-based nonprofit rescue group Paws in the Panhandle bought Palmetto Kennels, located off U.S. 521 just past Shiloh Unity Road north of Lancaster.
    It’s a change in direction for Paws founder Gloria Davey, who had bought land in Fort Mill and planned to build a shelter from scratch there.

  • Transformer malfunction cuts power to 7,800 customers across Lancaster

    A transformer problem cut electricity to 7,800 Duke Energy customers across much of Lancaster on Wednesday morning.
    The outages were fixed within three hours, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president of community affairs.
    The problem disrupted numerous businesses and government offices. City Hall went dark, and the Lancaster County Economic Development Department and Lancaster County Veteran Affairs offices, both in the 1000 block of West Meeting Street, were closed.

  • Bring your earplugs!

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    The Rich Hill Truck and Tractor Pull Fall Festival this Saturday will be the community’s “biggest show ever,” says Damon Mungo, president of the Rich Hill Community Center.
     “We’re offering more purse money. We’ve got a new sled, and we’ve already got some big-time pullers coming,” Mungo said. “It’s getting bigger and better each year, and this year, we’re expecting the biggest show ever at Rich Hill.”

  • ‘Self-care’ can stress you out, but don’t let it

    I am beginning to think self-care is a cliché.  
    I see people talk about it on TV. I see businesses try to sell it. I read magazine articles about it. John Tesh shares tips on his nightly radio show.
    Self-care gets so much coverage, but it never seems to translate into actual self-care.
    Know what I mean?
    Last week I talked with a lady who is 36 years old and has three kids, two dogs, a spouse and a full-time job. She barely has time to breathe.
    She knows she needs to take better care of herself, but she’s hesitant.