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Today's News

  • Making Austin mobile

    For most families, not having a suitable vehicle is an inconvenience, but for those who care for a child with long-term medical issues, the lack of adequate transportation can affect the family’s quality of life and the child’s health.
    Such is the situation for Shawn and Emily Cauthen of Lancaster and their 7-year-old son, Austin, who suffers from a rare muscle disorder that requires lifesaving equipment and around-the-clock care.

  • Hammond elected to lead clerks of court association

    Lancaster’s Jeff Hammond has been elected president of the S.C. Association of Clerks of Court and Registers of Deeds.
    Hammond is serving his fifth term as Lancaster County Clerk of Court.
    Julie Armstrong, Charleston County clerk of court, said Hammond is widely respected across the state for his leadership and integrity.
    “It is truly an honor to be elected by your peers to such an important role,” she said.
    Hammond called his election an honor and privilege.

  • Man indicted on federal weapons charge

    A Lancaster man arrested last month after dropping an overdosed acquaintance off at the hospital has been indicted on a federal gun charge.
    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia, a federal jury returned a one-count indictment Wednesday against Jimmy Allen Hunter for possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon.

  • Sheriff seeks suspect in Indian Land theft

    Five spools of electrical wire were stolen from the RedStone construction site in Indian Land, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a videotaped suspect.
    Video surveillance showed a man inside the RedStone 14 cineplex building at 9650 Charlotte Highway between 11:13 p.m. and 11:32 p. m. Tuesday. He appears to be white, between 6 foot 1 and 6 for 3, and weighs 185 to 195 pounds, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Tropical Storm Nate might bring S.C. needed rainfall

    A tropical storm heading into the Gulf of Mexico may make its way to Lancaster County next week, bringing some needed rain.
    The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Nate is projected to hit Louisiana at 8 a.m. Sunday, possibly as a category 1 hurricane.
    On Thursday, Nate was upgraded to a tropical storm and was about 1,400 miles south of Columbia, along the coast of Nicaragua. It was moving northwest at five to 10 mph.

  • 21-year-old gymnastics teacher dies in 1-car crash

    A 21-year-old woman died Wednesday night when her car ran off S.C. 9 east of Lancaster, hit a culvert and overturned, trapping her inside.
    Vertrice Janet Belk, who lived in the Buford community, was traveling east near Roach Drive about 9:30 when her 2003 Honda Accord crashed, according to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller. Belk was not wearing her seatbelt.
    Belk died at the scene from multiple injuries in the single-car crash, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

  • Dignitaries christen Giti Tire plant

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    RICHBURG – Dignitaries marveled at Chester County’s new economic jewel Wednesday – the $560 million, 1.7 million-square-foot Giti Tire plant, likening it to the BMW and Boeing investments that have transformed other parts of the state.

  • 3 Lancaster men commit to helping Texas recover

    A Lancaster carpenter and two of his friends are deep into their second weeklong trip to Port Arthur, Texas, where they’ve been ripping out drywall and doing anything else they can to help victims recover from Hurricane Harvey.
    Jammy Roberts, 39, owner of James Roberts Carpentry, hit the road with Lancaster friends Josh Taylor and Gary Williams soon after the storm dumped 50-plus inches of rain on Texas starting Aug. 25. Port Arthur got 2 feet of rain in one 24-hour period.

  • Column: Roads, pensions, coyotes, mopeds, women’s toilets

    Is it better to accomplish lots of little things or a couple of major things? Legislators took the latter approach this year, concentrating on twin titanic issues – overhauling the state’s pension system and passing a plan to better fund and govern the state’s road system.
    What follows is a synopsis of  those two home runs along with a few singles and strike outs that occurred.

    Long and winding road

  • Column: How to help Lancaster’s homeless

    People in our community continue to ask me how they can help with the homeless here. There’s so much you can do – from donations to volunteering to just offering respect – to make a homeless person’s life a little bit better.
    If you are one of the lucky ones, the world of a homeless person is completely foreign from your own. But without the support of friends and family, how many of us could survive something such as the loss of a spouse, a debilitating physical illness or the loss of employment?