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Today's News

  • Missing Heath Springs man found in Missouri

    A Heath Springs man reported missing Monday evening was located overnight nearly 750 miles away in Missouri.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help in locating 75-year-old Bobby Baker Monday night, saying he’d last been seen driving his red 2005 Chevrolet farm truck about 11:30 a.m. in the area of McIlwain Road.

  • Group prays for city’s young men

    A small group gathered Sunday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse to pray for youth in the community in light of the recent shootings.
    Organizer Jose Gonzalez, a member of New Horizon Community Church, said a prayer and talked briefly to the eight people attending about making a positive impact on young people.
    “We are going to pray for our town, for people to unite,” Gonzalez said, noting there is “friction” in the community. “We’re going to especially pray for the youth of this town.”

  • Burglars clean out Heath Springs shop owner

    A Heath Springs man lost more than $14,000 worth of automobile parts and equipment, tools and other items last month in burglaries of his home and shops at 701 Coldstream Road.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the property owner said he noticed the first burglary on July 24. It had occurred over the weekend.
    The man said he and his brother put up a trail camera in case the thieves came back, but when he returned on July 28, the thieves had struck again, stealing the camera along with other items.

  • Norman: Protect electric ratepayers

    Rep. Ralph Norman says ratepayers of two S.C. utilities shouldn’t be forced to pay for a now-abandoned nuclear reactor project in Fairfield County that has cost $9 billion so far.

    “It’s not right to pass that cost on,” Norman said at this week’s Lancaster Rotary Club meeting.

    He said forcing utility customers to foot the bill would be like a grocery store buying bad food and then expecting its shoppers to pay for it.

  • Peay gets 40 years in killing

    Danielle Lamar Peay has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally shooting the driver of a moving car on Memorial Park Road in 2015 while Peay sat in the back seat behind him. 

    The 29-year-old Lancaster man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder and weapons charges in the killing of Delvelceo Kirk, 26, of Ginger Cake Road. Peay was also accused of shooting at another passenger who jumped out of the car and ran away.

  • More charges in gun battle on Facebook

    A third man has been charged in the videotaped July 19 shootout at a West Meeting Street mobile home park, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Foresio Jones, 24, of Lancaster turned himself in at the sheriff’s office Thursday night. He was served with warrants for attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

  • S.C. launches 247 paving projects using gas tax

    One month after gasoline taxes increased 2 cents a gallon across the Palmetto State to pay for road improvements, the S.C. Department of Transportation has announced a new round of  projects, including one in Lancaster County. 

    The list includes 247 paving projects totaling 260 miles across 30 counties. One road in Lancaster County, Rowland Avenue in Heath Springs, will be resurfaced. It's about a mile long and connects South Main Street to Kershaw Camden Highway.

  • Woman wanted in videotaped shoplifting

    A Fairfield County woman is wanted by the Lancaster Police Department after an alleged shoplifting at Walmart was filmed by a store customer last month.

    The July 23 video, which has gone viral on Facebook, shows a woman and a young boy loading merchandise from two packed shopping carts into a car. The woman then drives away with the trunk open, which made the license plate unreadable on the video.

  • Conference explores ways to prevent substance abuse

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth will celebrate its 10th annual Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities conference this week at USC Lancaster.

    The conference, Wednesday through Friday, will feature three keynote speakers who have been the most engaging keynoters from past conferences, organizers said.

  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by car

    A pedestrian was hit by a car on Memorial Park Road in Lancaster just after 3 p.m. Thursday and later died from the injuries.

    The victim stepped out in front of a 2000 Chevy Impala driven by 17-year-old Ke’von Drakeford of Heath Springs, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne. Drakeford was not charged in the case.

    The victim, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

    More information will be available in Sunday’s edition of The Lancaster News.