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Today's News

  • Chester County loses Carlisle Roddey at 79

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Carlisle Roddey, who served as the elected Chester County supervisor for three decades and spent 47 seasons as the radio voice of Chester High School football, died Monday after a long illness. He was 79.
    Archie Lucas, a county councilman who served with Roddey for 25 years, said his work has benefitted Chester County greatly and will continue to do so for years to come.

  • Driver dies in one-car crash

    An autopsy will be performed on a Kershaw woman to determine if some type of medical episode led to her death Tuesday in a one-car crash on Beacon Road in Rich Hill.
    The victim – 69-year-old Ethel Taylor Hicks of Kershaw – died at the scene, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. Hicks will undergo an autopsy Thursday.    

  • Big prep for little snow

    After a 2- to 5-inch snowfall prediction, Lancaster County was left with mostly sheets of ice last weekend.

    Flurries began around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continued until about 11 a.m.

    Snow and freezing rain caused 34 power outages Saturday in the county, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president for community relations.

  • 7,000 babies later, Townsend retires

    Dr. Richard Townsend remembers arriving in Lancaster in 1986.
    It was the end of June. His new OB/GYN office had no furniture and no air conditioning. He sat on the floor and ate a sandwich before starting a night shift at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Townsend’s wife and family were still in Pennsylvania. Their Lancaster home was under construction, so he slept at the hospital for the first month.

  • Gunman hits nearby stores within minutes

    Two south Lancaster convenience stores were robbed within 25 minutes Thursday night, and officials believe the same suspect committed both crimes.
    The holdups came less than three days after an armed man robbed another convenience store on Pageland Highway.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, the Thursday robberies occurred at the Stop and Shop at 2147 McIlwain Road about 8:45 p.m. and the Pantry Pak convenience store at 2014 Lynwood Drive soon after.

  • Lawmakers target road funding again

    COLUMBIA – Just as it did last year, the General Assembly begins its 2017 session this week determined to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, but flailing about over how to pay for the job.
    At a roundtable discussion Thursday sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, state House and Senate members discussed competing proposals for financing road repairs. Most involved some kind of increase in the state’s gasoline tax to provide a sustained, long-term funding source.

  • Schools’ 2017 agenda just got a lot busier

    Lancaster County schools are in for a busy year, with several major construction projects starting and the surprise retirement of Superintendent Gene Moore, who will leave July 31.
    Dr. Moore announced his retirement Tuesday. The school board hopes to have his successor hired by July 1, the start of the new academic year, said David Knight, the district’s public information director.
    Moore, who has led the school district for 11 years, is the county’s fifth and longest-serving appointed superintendent.

  • Faile: Time to begin talks on replacing jail

    Personnel changes, new programs and technology, and serious consideration of a new jail are a few of the things Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has on his agenda for 2017.
    Faile, who won reelection to a third term in November, said he ended 2016 with some personnel changes in the investigations unit to replace Capt. Craig Bailey, who retired after 25 years in law enforcement.

  • City faces serious financial pain this year

    Flip Hutfles doesn’t mind being called cheap.
    “If you can save $12,000 here and $6,000 there, it adds up,” said the Lancaster city administrator. “I take being cheap as a compliment.”
    Keeping a close eye on the city expenditures is more important that ever in light of what the city is facing over the next two years.
    Hutfles sat down Wednesday to discuss the multiple challenges that must be dealt with in 2017.

  • Man charged with burning Christmas gifts, mobile home

    A Lancaster man was arrested for arson Dec. 28, accused of setting fire to Christmas presents from his girlfriend after an argument and burning down his mobile home.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy responded to 571 Mosteller Drive about 3 a.m. Dec. 28 and found intoxicated homeowner Ronald Allen Roddey, 54, on the front porch with a “small pile of burnt material” at his feet.