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  • Wounded woman arrested in murder case

    The May 10 Kershaw murder was a drug deal gone bad, authorities alleged Friday, announcing the arrest of the woman who was wounded in the double shooting.
    Jody Linn Holt, 30, of Kershaw, was arrested at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful neglect of a child.

  • Restoration of old jail stonework finished

    It 1823, it cost $8,000 to build the Lancaster County Jail on West Gay Street.
    Now, 195 years later, it has cost 100 times that amount to breathe life back into it.
    With layers of stucco gone, the jail’s exposed original hand-hewn stonework exterior is nothing short of stunning.
    “I just love it,” said Melody Craig, chair of the county historical commission. “I don’t think anybody thought it was going to look that good.”  
    The multi-year, $800,000 restoration project is set to wrap up June 30.

  • Lancaster man killed in Texas murder-suicide

    A 29-year-old Lancaster man was shot and killed Wednesday morning during an apparent murder/suicide by his girlfriend’s ex-husband in Ponder, Texas.
    According to the Dallas Morning News, 39-year-old Justin Painter shot his ex-wife, Amanda Lee Simpson, and their three children, along with 29-year-old Seth Richardson of Lancaster, before turning the gun on himself.
    Richardson and the three children, ages 4, 6 and 8, died at the scene. Painter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

  • Heath Springs council votes for budget

    Heath Springs Town Council unanimously approved first reading of the $350,039 budget for fiscal 2018-19 Tuesday night without comment.
    The new budget goes into effect July 1 and is $5,625 more than the current budget.
    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said while the two budgets are very similar, there has been a slight increase in the business-license fees the town gets from the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The association collects the fees for municipalities and then returns them.

  • TLN wins 8 awards in LCNI competition

    The Lancaster News won eight awards, including three first places, in the annual competition among the 83 newspapers owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.
    First-place honors went to reporter Reece Murphy for his four-day October series on the accelerating opioid crisis. The series also took the top award for news series in the S.C. Press Association’s competition in March.
    The other first-place awards went to reporter Gregory A.  Summers for feature writing and to design team leader Athena Redmond for general page design.

  • Gregory YMCA gets its official launch

    Big smiles, back pats and tributes filled the Gregory Family YMCA on Thursday as scores of Lancaster’s business and civic leaders came to christen the county’s first Y and honor the renovated building’s namesake, C.D. “Bubber” Gregory Jr.
    The crowd celebrated the new partnership between the Upper Palmetto YMCA and USC Lancaster.
    “This facility is a community facility. It has meant so much to so many people over the years,” said Don Gardner, the Gregory Family YMCA’s development associate.

  • Faile named S.C. Sheriff of the Year

    Barry Faile has been named the state’s 2018 Sheriff of the Year by the S.C. Sheriffs’ Association.
    Faile has been Lancaster County sheriff for nine years and has worked for the sheriff’s office since 1989, when he began his career as a patrol deputy. He worked his way up through the ranks, serving in every part of the department’s operation.
    The award drew praise from other leaders in Lancaster’s law enforcement community.

  • 3 now jailed in Kershaw murder

    Two more teens have been arrested in last Thursday’s fatal Kershaw shooting, bringing to three the total number charged in the case.
    Ka’Darius Aintwayn Kirkland, 19, and Brennan Jamil Patterson Jr., 17, have been charged with murder in the death of Vincent Barry Lambert Jr. and two counts of attempted murder, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Upgrades at Walmart

    The front of Lancaster’s Walmart has become a construction zone, as the company gears up to test the idea of far more self-checkout lanes and far fewer that use cashiers.
    Red tape occupies the area where multiple checkout lines used to be at the front of the store, and new banks of self-checkout stations are being installed at both of the front exits.
    “It’s a select group of stores that are testing out what works best for the customer,” said Walmart corporate spokesman Ragan Dickens. “It’s part of our front-end renovation process.

  • 3rd teen arrested in Kershaw murder

     

    The third suspect in last Thursday’s fatal Kershaw shooting was arrested Wednesday afternoon.