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  • One arrested in Lancaster man’s shooting death

    A Lancaster man was killed in a shooting Tuesday in York County.
    The victim was identified as Mardarius Bailey, 23, of Lancaster, said Chris Westover, York County chief deputy coroner.
    York County detectives arrested Tyler Wayne Montgomery, 19, today in connection with the shooting death.
    A S.C. Highway Patrol officer discovered Bailey, who had been shot and needed medical attention, about 4:45 p.m. April 10 at the intersection of S.C. 5 and Adnah Church Road in Rock Hill.

  • SCDOT recognizes National Work Zone Awareness Week

    S.C. Department of Transportation

    The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is recognizing National Work Zone Awareness Week in conjunction with state transportation departments across the nation.
    National Work Zone Awareness Week started April 9. The recognition is held at this time each year to bring attention to motorists and highway workers, who are both at risk in work zones when safety is not practiced.
    SCDOT has launched a year-long work-zone safety campaign called “Let ’Em Work, Let ’Em Live.”

  • ‘It’s time to play’

    KERSHAW – It’s about to get a lot busier at Stevens Park. Its centerpiece – a revamped $375,000 destination playground – will reopen at 2 p.m. Thursday when the ribbon gets cut. 
    And supporters of the one-year-long rebuilding effort hope kids will be there in droves ready to explore and play.
    “It exceeds what anyone would’ve thought,” said Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for the Kershaw Community Park Council.

  • To merge or not to merge?

    For the second time in eight years, local leaders are considering merging the Lancaster Police Department’s 911 center with the county’s emergency communications system in an effort to save money.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said the county has been approached by the city about a possible consolidation.
    City of Lancaster Administrator Flip Hutfles said the goal of any sort of consolidation is an enhanced, safe and economically efficient service.

  • Norman cleared by law enforcement officials

    Investigation? Not so fast.
    Despite formal requests from the S.C. Democratic Party on Monday to investigate and prosecute District 5 Congressman Ralph Norman (R-Rock Hill) for pulling out a loaded gun at an April 5 campaign event in Rock Hill, state law enforcement officials have concluded the incident does not merit legal action.

  • The Princes 'Die'aries

    Community Playhouse of Lancaster County and See Lancaster Live presented “Princess ‘Die’aries” at a murder mystery dinner theater event at USC Lancaster March 30.

  • It’s the law: Quick special election no sleight for Howard

    County election officials spent Friday fending off complaints that it was disrespectful to schedule a special election so quickly to fill the rest of the late Mayor John Howard’s term.
    People called in, walked in, posted online and collared elections officials around town, peppering them with indignant comments. The special election is July 10, and the 10-day filing period starts April 20.

  • Henry Johnson, mayor in 1970s, dies at age 95

    Henry Johnson, who served eight years as Lancaster’s mayor in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 95.
    He was elected in 1974 and ’78, serving two terms between Reece Funderburk and Joe Shaw.
    “Henry was a conscientious public servant in every sense, who did us well,” said Charlie Bundy a former president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. “He was a visionary who always looked ahead….                 

  • Winds whip Buford blaze

    Four volunteer fire departments raced to New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Buford at mid-afternoon Friday when a fire destroyed a storage shed and spread to nearby woods. Thick smoke and ash covered the area as firefighters from Buford, Antioch, Tradesville, Rich Hill and Lancaster County Fire Rescue scrambled to douse flames fed by strong winds, with assistance from an S.C. forestry crew. They were on the scene for about two hours. No one was injured. The church was not damaged, and no other structures were threatened.

  • Storytelling master will spin tales this Sunday

    Everyone likes to hear a good story, and Donald Davis has lots to tell. This Sunday, he will be spinning his yarns at Lancaster’s Cultural Arts Center.
    Storytelling is in Davis’ blood. Growing up in the small mountain town of Waynesville, N.C., he first “got the bug” from his grandmother. He got his own start as an Appalachian “teller” at an early age.
    “I remember by the time I was in the second grade telling other kids in school stories I’d heard my grandmother tell,” he said.