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Today's News

  • Judge rules against Richburg man in Doberman case

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Jordan James Johnson, the Richburg man whose 116 Dobermans were rescued from disgusting conditions on his property, will not be getting the dogs back, a judge ruled on Thursday.
    Johnson, 48, was arrested last September after animal control officers found the dogs living in “grossly unsanitary” conditions. He initially faced 198 changes ranging from ill treatment of animals to violating the state rabies control law.

  • Multiple IL businesses hit by property crimes

    Thieves have targeted Indian Land businesses during a string of burglaries, larcenies and vandalisms since before Christmas that have caused more than $600,000 in losses and damage.
    At least 16 businesses and one church were targeted between Dec. 20 and early February, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators have good leads in many of the cases, though the investigations are ongoing.

  • 'Love Languages'

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Buford Elementary School students are exploring how they express love and connect with others through “love languages.”
    They studied the five love languages – words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch.
    For 9-year-old Anthony Sanchez, it’s quality time, especially with his mother.

  • My mom knew how to handle mischievous passel of sons

    Kevin Cauthen
    Special to The Lancaster News

    Editor's note: Kevin Cauthen sent us this evocative remembrance of his mother, Barbara Day Cauthen of Heath Springs, who passed away Dec. 31 at age 87.  

    Mom was not one to go out and socialize a lot. The people she was closest to were her family and her many church friends. She loved people and was patient, giving, caring and kind to all.  

  • Woman extracted from SUV

    HEATH SPRINGS – Rescuers scrambled for 20 minutes early Wednesday to extract a Kershaw woman from her crushed SUV after it slammed into a tree on New Hope Road, and she was later charged with driving under the influence.
    Ashley Nicole Fort, 33, was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, then transferred to another medical facility for treatment, said a hospital spokeswoman. Fort’s condition was unknown at press time.

  • Schools plan to hire next superintendent by mid-April

    Lancaster County School District officials have laid out the process and timeline for hiring the next school superintendent, and they hope to pick the new person by mid-April.
    Dr. Gene Moore announced last month that he will retire July 31.
    “We need someone to come in and take it by the reins,” said board Chairman Bobby Parker. “Our school district is going to attract a number of applicants. We are looking at a good future.”

  • Kershaw puts $99K more into industrial park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is investing another $99,000 to help develop an industrial park in the southern part of the county.
    Town council unanimously voted Jan. 23 to pay the engineering firm Carlisle Associates to design plans for the site, which is just north of the town limits along Railroad Avenue and the start of North Matson Street.
    The money is coming from the town’s dedicated economic development fund.

  • Lancaster man held on heroin charge

    A Lancaster man was arrested Tuesday after police received a tip that he was selling drugs from a local motel room.
    Randy Chad Adams, 36, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and possession with the intent to distribute heroin. He was arrested at the Carriage Inn, 1100 N. Main St.
    Lancaster Police Department investigators seized from Adams’ room a total of 1.82 grams of heroin in six separate packages for resale, along with five Xanax pills.

  • House panel OKs increasing gas tax

    COLUMBIA – A bill that raises the state’s 16-cents-per-gallon gas tax to 26 cents over five years passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday and is now headed to the House floor.
    If passed, the gas-tax hike, along with several other proposed fees, eventually would generate an additional $600 million a year to address the state’s deteriorated roads and bridges.

  • New details in high-profile murder cases

    New details emerged Thursday in some of the area’s highest-profile murder cases, as suspects appeared at  bond hearings in Lancaster County General Sessions Court.
    Appearing before Circuit Judge Casey Manning were Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden and Chris Jawan Glass, two of the four defendants in the April 2016 drug robbery and murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land.
    Also appearing in court was Arkevous Jimon Cauthen, charged in the May 2016 killings of Sandra Johnson and John Harden Duncan in Heath Springs.