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Today's News

  • No swearing-in for Blackmon, pending appeal

    Linda Blackmon was not sworn in as a Lancaster City Council member Tuesday, and city officials said state law bars her from taking office until a voter-fraud challenge to her election is resolved in court.
    Municipal Judge Bob Davis swore in council members Tamara Green Garris and Sara Eddins, incumbents reelected Nov. 8, at Tuesday night's meeting. But Blackmon, who sat in the audience, was not allowed to take the District 3 seat.

  • Criminals hit 9 businesses over holidays

    Thieves hit Lancaster County businesses hard around the holidays, with one armed robbery and a string of burglaries and larcenies targeting eight locations.
    The robbery happened shortly after 2 a.m. Monday at Jack’s Party Shop at 2190 Pageland Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The cashier, who was not injured, told investigators she was stocking cigarettes on a shelf underneath the counter when a man wearing a ski mask walked in, pulled a gun on her and demanded she open the cash register.

  • 2017 should see growth, strains on services

    The year began on a positive note for Lancaster County, with a new report showing its per-capita income now in the top 10 among the Palmetto State’s 46 counties.
    And the county appeared well-positioned for continued strong economic growth.
    Jamie Gilbert, director of the county’s new Economic Development Department, predicted 1,200 new jobs and $50 million in new investment will likely be announced within the first six months of 2017.   

  • Shoplifting suspect arrested after car in lot won’t start

    A woman was charged Tuesday night with stealing a television from the Walmart in Lancaster after the getaway car wouldn’t crank in the supercenter parking lot.
    Kiana Chantelle Chisolm, 37, was charged with shoplifting.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department report, officers were called to the store about 10:30 p.m. for a shoplifting incident in which “a witness reported a woman running from the store carrying a TV” and loading it in a black car.

  • State line change affects four IL homes

    New Year’s Day is traditionally a time of change, but several Indian Land homeowners are facing an immense change this year – as of 12:01 a.m. Jan.1 some or all of their property moved to North Carolina.
    The changes, which affect four houses in the Bridgehampton neighborhood, are the result of a 20-year effort to reestablish the 334-mile South Carolina/North Carolina border.

  • Incident causes 2 lockdowns at schools

    A domestic disturbance near two Lancaster schools Tuesday morning resulted in brief campus lockdowns after a suspect fled toward school grounds carrying a gun.
    Dillon Dean Dix, 22, was arrested between Brooklyn Springs Elementary and South Middle School around 9 a.m. following a nearly six-hour  dispute with an ex-girlfriend, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The sheriff’s office notified both schools after Dix ran out of a home on Fleetwood Drive and headed toward the schools.

  • Dr. Moore retiring as superintendent

    Dr. Gene Moore, superintendent of the Lancaster County School District for the past 11 years, announced his retirement Tuesday, effective July 31.

    Moore, 63, said he is ready for a break and more "grandparent time" after 23 years as superintendent in three different counties.

    “I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I appreciate what I’ve had here in Lancaster County,” Moore said. “The world of education is all about relationships. I will really miss the people.”

  • Van Richardson named chief magistrate

    Van Richardson has been appointed the next chief magistrate of Lancaster County by Sens. Greg Gregory and Vincent Sheheen.
    Richardson, a Lancaster county native, has served as a Lancaster County magistrate for 13 years. He will replace Judge Jackie Pope, who retired Dec. 31 after holding the chief magistrate’s position since 1999.

  • Stroble only candidate as District 1 filing ends

    Filing ended Tuesday for the Lancaster County school board District 1 seat, and with just one candidate filing, the district might be able to avoid a special election and save the $6,000 it would cost.
    Melvin Stroble, who ran for the seat and lost in 2014, filed last Wednesday.
    The decision about a special election will come at noon Jan. 17, after the 14-day period during which write-in candidates can still file, said Mary Ann Hudson, director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office.

  • Knock-down, drag-out at Hinson’s store

    A Florida man was arrested Monday afternoon after the inside of Hinson’s Trading Post in Buford was torn up during a fight with the owner.
    Wayne Peebles, 68, of Inverness, Fla., is charged with disorderly conduct, malicious injury to property, and third-degree assault and battery. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is also seeking a warrant against Peebles for possession of a Schedule IV drug.