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Today's News

  • Elgin barbecue runs like Ford assembly line

    Sherrill C. Mullis
    Special to The Lancaster News

    Was this a volunteer firefighters' barbecue, a community social, a family reunion or a fellowship dinner? It was all of the above.
    I was fortunate enough to be asked to help the Elgin Fire Department with its big barbecue on March 16-17.

  • First Steps sets $24K goal for Give Local

    First Steps of Lancaster hopes to raise $24,000 through the upcoming Give Local Lancaster campaign.
    And while that’s a lofty goal, it is attainable, said First Steps volunteer Fred Witherspoon.
    “All across America, you have agencies taking part in these campaigns,” Witherspoon said. “We just plug into it.”
    First Steps is one of 41 local organizations that will participate in Give Local Lancaster on May 2.

  • Jackson descendant brings ‘Old Hickory’ to life

    Andrew Jackson VI recalled Thursday evening a story he believed as a child of his direct ancestor and former U.S. president who shares his same name.
    Jackson VI – a known descendant of Andrew Jackson Jr., who was the adopted son of President Andrew and Rachel Jackson – shared the story of his ancestors “infamous duel” with Charles Dickinson, leaving Jackson with a bullet permanently in his chest.
    “It was years before I knew my grandfather did not kill the man who wrote ‘A Christmas Carol,’” he said.

  • Operation Fall Harvest holdout arrested

    One of a handful of suspects still sought in connection to a major drug operation in 2016 was arrested last week in Kershaw.
    Daniel Ali Thompson, 31, of Kershaw, was arrested Monday on multiple drug charges stemming from Operation Fall Harvest, last October’s massive drug round-up which led to 135 charges against 70 people.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said there are always a few suspects who can’t be located during big operations like Operation Fall Harvest.

  • Fort Mill man arrested for pizza delivery robbery

    A cell phone seized in the arrest of a Fort Mill robbery suspect has tied him to the robbery of a Lancaster Papa John’s Pizza delivery driver in November.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said as a result of the seizure, sheriff’s office investigators obtained warrants charging Eric Neal Patton, 32, of Fort Mill, with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • 5th District forum will showcase 11 candidates Tuesday at USCL

    Twelve of the 15 candidates running in the special election for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District will participate in the Before You Vote forum Tuesday at USC Lancaster.
    “With that number of candidates, it’s going to be interesting,” said Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, one of the event’s sponsors. “The difficulty was creating a forum to give each candidate adequate time to voice their opinions on the issues.”

  • Gunman robs Taco Bell

    Lancaster Police responded to Taco Bell, 767 S.C. 9 Bypass West on Thursday night after the restaurant was robbed by an armed suspect.

    The hold-up occurred at 9:21 p.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department report.
    The suspect was a black male, the report said, who left on foot.
    At the scene, diners inside came out of the restaurant and a K-9 officer trailed behind Taco Bell toward North Elementary School.
    Police combed the area, but couldn’t find the suspect.
    The case is still under investigation.

  • 2 Dems plead their case at local party meeting

    Two of the three Democrats in the hunt for the 5th District U.S. House seat visited Lancaster on Thursday night trying to convince members of the local Democratic Party why they are the best choice in the upcoming special election.
    Les Murphy told the crowd of about 30 partisans he is the statesman that District 5 needs. A statesman, he said, differs from a politician in that a statesman takes care of those who elect him.  

  • 4 arrests made in arson case

    A Lancaster man who apparently differed with family members about what to do with his late mother’s house allegedly enticed his son, his son’s girlfriend and her uncle to help him burn it down last month for the insurance money, sheriff’s office investigators said.
    John Timothy “Tim” Barton, 55, Dustin Lee Barton, 29, Chasity Lynn Hughes, 27 and Michael Anthony Hughes, 43, were all arrested this week in connection with a March 8 blaze that destroyed a home at 1313 Cedar Pine Lake Road.

  • ‘You go home, hug your kids… and you made it one more day’

    Rescuers lean on each other to get through the night
    Kayla Vaughn
    kvaughn@thelancasternews.com
    Most of Buford’s volunteer firefighters were headed home from their day jobs April 6 when their pagers went off.
    Billy Morris, chief of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department, arrived first at the demolished home on Pageland Highway. He radioed for help, calling it in as “entrapment,” saying two people were inside.