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Today's News

  • Recreation, access improvements planned along Catawba-Wateree

    Page Leggett
    Duke Energy Illumination  

    Of all the new amenities and expanded access planned for the Catawba River and its lakes, trails and parks, an additional restroom is among the conveniences people are most excited about.

  • Pageland won’t decide on reinstating top cops until it receives SLED report

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    Pageland’s top two police officers will remain on paid administrative leave as the town council waits for a state investigative report about the allegation that they broke into an employee’s home.
    After deliberating for about an hour Tuesday in closed session, the council voted to keep Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short on paid leave until the town receives the report from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

  • Man charged after store worker accuses him of lewd behavior

    A Lancaster man was arrested at Walmart in Indian Land last week after an employee accused him of committing lewd acts while following women and children around the store.
    Roger Mervin Powell II, 42, of 3671 Lamplight Road, Lancaster, was charged with one count of breach of peace of a high and aggravated nature and banned from the store, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Robber demands exactly $60, pack of cigs

    A convenience store clerk reported to city police that a man robbed her of $60 and a pack of Newport cigarettes early Thursday.
    The lone robber, who was wearing a white T-shirt and blue shorts, sped away in a black, 2-door pickup.
    The incident happened just after 2 a.m. Thursday at Citgo Gas Station, 1200 N. Main St., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The man came in, walked to a cooler, got a beer and walked up to the counter to pay for it.

  • 5 teens charged in church break-in

    Five teens staying at the Lancaster Children’s Home have been charged with breaking into a nearby church, damaging the building and stealing money, Gatorade and candy after slipping away from the home in the middle of the night July 6.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said the three girls and two boys ages 14 to 17 were caught about 2 a.m. inside the office of Hyde Park Baptist Church at 1898 Flat Creek Road.

  • Dealing with deaths

    This is turning out to be an unusually deadly year for young people in Lancaster County, with six deaths in the 15-to-25 age group so far, most of them homicides.
    In all of 2016, just one person that age died in the county, a suicide.
    “It’s just tragedy upon tragedy,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant. “Nobody, including us, can make sense out of it.”
    Four of the six deaths have been homicides. There’s been one suicide, and another case is still under investigation.

  • Investigating cases, comforting families

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese will never forget June 29, the night Markevis Foster and Rakeem Patterson were murdered in a drive-by shooting at Palmetto Place apartments.
    When she got to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital, a large crowd had gathered outside to await news. Inside the ER, the atmosphere was frantic.
    “There was just a sense of almost desperation,” Deese recalls. “You knew when you walked in the door that the whole staff was banding together in a desperate effort to save lives.”

  • Don't let that tick make you seriously sick

    In summer 2003, Missy and Michael Stogner of Lancaster’s Antioch community were desperate to know the cause of their 3-year-old daughter Kaytlin’s illness.
    Pediatricians said she had a viral infection that had to “run its course.”
    But the flu-like symptoms lingered and worsened, her nausea and lethargy so bad she couldn’t get off the couch, muscle pain so deep even a soothing touch hurt and a fever so intense it smoldered for a week between 103 to 104 degrees.

  • Column: Should S.C. consider not repaving all rural roads?

    South Carolina, like every other state, is in the business of building roads. It’s a big business: Four of the top 10 vendors for the state last year were roads contractors, accounting for $175 million in spending alone.
    And that doesn’t reckon the opportunity cost – all of the things that don’t get funded because roads do. I may say conservation, you may say law enforcement, but either way, there’s a magnified cost.

  • Column: Graham: Vet’s killing demands policy shift on Palestinian aid

    Editor’s note:  Sen. Graham spoke Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is considering the Taylor Force Act, a bill he introduced that would cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority if it does not end its practice of paying monetary rewards to the families of terrorists who kill Americans and Israeli citizens. Taylor Force’s father, Stuart, of Kiawah Island, was at the hearing. Here are excerpts of Graham’s remarks.