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  • Mom charged with murdering 11-month-old

    Breanna Lewis has been charged with the murder of her 11-month-old daughter, Harlee, whose body was found discarded in Chesterfield County woods May 29.
    Lewis was charged Monday with murder/homicide by child abuse, which carries a penalty of 20 years to life. According to her arrest warrant, Lewis inflicted “non-accidental injuries” on Harlee that resulted in the child’s death.

  • Auto dealer Buddy Porter dies after fall

    Lancaster lost a well-known second-generation business owner Wednesday.
    Buddy Porter, owner of Porter’s Used Cars on S.C. 9 Bypass West, died at Springs Memorial Hospital from complications after falling and hitting his head, said daughter Mary Margaret Riester. He was 67.
    “He was our rock,” Riester said. “He was fun and loved his family, children and grandchildren, sons-in-law and daughter-in-law and fiancée.”

  • Tunnell defamation suit dismissed

    A judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit brought by the former president of the now-defunct Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. against the county, two county council members and a former member.
    In the June 6 ruling, Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons said the case brought by Keith Tunnell did not “set forth a single, identifiable statement” that was defamatory.

  • Dancing his way to LA

    In an empty dance studio Wednesday night, 13-year old P.J. Duncan leaps and spins across the floor, inspecting his form at every turn in the wall of mirrors.
    When the music starts, his movements take on a different quality, as the young dancer uses his art form to express the emotions of the song. This is called lyrical dance, and it is his favorite style.

  • Mom charged with murdering infant daughter

    Breanna Lewis has been charged with the murder of her 11-month-old child, Harlee.
    The charge was filed Monday, according to S.C. Court records. Specifics of the charge have not been released. A bond hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors room. (The bond hearing is being heard in the supervisors’ room because of construction at the Chesterfield County Courthouse.)
    The murder/homicide by child abuse charge carries a penalty of 20 years to life.

  • Farming fun for everyone

    For the sixth year running, Lancaster County’s Ag+Art Tour brought big crowds out to experience the variety of produce and art that the county has to offer.
    Across nine different locations in the county, visitors enjoyed a weekend of sun and fun as they participated in the free, self-guided tour.
    “Every year what we’re seeing is a higher level of anticipation, interest and excitement,” said Cherry Doster of the Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour planning team.

  • Drive-by shooting kills 14-year-old

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    A 14-year-old girl was killed in a Chester County drive-by shooting over the weekend, and two young men were arrested in what authorities called a gang-related murder.
    Jada Darayona Jones of Rock Hill was gunned down on Pinckney Road in Chester County, Sheriff Alex Underwood said Monday at a news conference. She was not the shooter’s intended victim, he said.

  • S.C. disaster-management app for your smartphone

    From release
    The S.C. Emergency Management Division has released a free mobile app to help citizens stay safe during natural disasters including hurricanes and tornadoes.
    The app features the latest information on S.C. state office closings and delays, helps users find their evacuation zone, and includes information on planning for and recovering from emergencies. It allows users to send their location to emergency contacts and includes an SOS flashlight.

  • Congress honors Sheriff Faile

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has been recognized by the U.S. House for being named the state’s top sheriff.
    Rep. Ralph Norman presented Faile with a resolution at Monday night’s county council meeting that was read June 6 on the House floor and logged into the official record of the 115th session of Congress.
    Faile was on the agenda to be recognized by council, but the congressional presentation was kept under wraps, though Faile’s family knew about it and attended.

  • Motorcycle wreck kills Lancaster County couple

    A Lancaster County couple died Saturday afternoon when their motorcycle collided with a large truck at the intersection of Lockhart Road and S.C. 341 in Kershaw County.
    The victims were identified by the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office as Melvin L. Hopkins, 31, of Heath Springs and Courtney Michele Lloyd, 27, of Kershaw. Both were thrown from the 2003 Honda motorcycle and were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was wearing a helmet.