• Saluting fallen Florence officer

    Thousands mourned fallen Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway at his funeral Monday in the Florence Civic Center, including more than a dozen law officers from Lancaster.
    Carraway, 52, was gunned down during a two-hour shootout Oct. 3. Six other officers were injured during the incident while trying to serve a warrant on the son of the accused shooter.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said his officers asked to attend as soon as funeral arrangements were made.

  • Shocker: Haley giving up U.N. job

    U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who left South Carolina’s governorship to serve in the new Trump administration, will step down from her post at the end of the year.
    In a televised Oval Office meeting Tuesday morning, President Trump said he had accepted Haley’s resignation, and he praised her work.
    “She’s done an incredible job. She’s a fantastic person. Very importantly, she is somebody who gets it,” Trump said of the 46-year-old Haley, who served as S.C. governor from 2010-17.

  • Stray emu snacks in Heath Springs garden

    Mary Blackmon wouldn’t have been surprised to see a deer or even a bear in her Heath Springs garden, but she sure didn’t expect an emu.
    When they first saw it Monday afternoon, Blackmon and her husband wondered what type of bird it was – eating their plants and making itself right at home.
    Maybe it’s an ostrich. How about a roadrunner? They finally called animal control officials Tuesday, who postulated that the unexpected guest could be an emu.

  • Fans whip up controversy at Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – The golf fans at Carolina Lakes Golf Club are irritating some residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes whose homes abut the manicured 18-hole course.
    These aren’t the kinds of fans that follow golfers around and applaud their birdies. These are 4-foot-diameter, high-velocity wind machines that the course uses 24/7 to cool nine of the 18 greens during the hot-weather months.
    The fans’ constant drone in the summer has prompted complaints from some residents that the course must be violating the county’s noise ordinance.

  • Drug court gets $494K federal grant

    Solicitor Randy Newman has secured nearly a half million dollars in federal grants to help fund his Sixth Circuit Drug Court over the next four years.
    “This is a very big deal for our program,” Newman said Friday. “We have applied for funding several times over the past four years, and when even the local agencies turn you down, it’s easy to lose hope.”

  • Wreck victim was leaving site of reported altercation

    A Heath Springs man who crashed his car and died Sept. 28 had assaulted a relative moments earlier, appeared to have been drinking and injured himself severely before driving away, according to a sheriff’s report.
    Gregory Blackmon, 35, was killed when his car ran off McIlwain Road shortly after 5 p.m. and overturned, throwing him from the wreckage.
    At 5:22, Richard Hinson of Kershaw called 911 and reported an altercation with Blackmon after an argument over a car. Hinson is the uncle of Blackmon’s wife, Jessica.

  • Firefighter descends 42-foot pit to rescue injured kitten

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    The Richburg Fire Department lowered a firefighter into a 42-foot-deep pit at an industrial site Tuesday in an attempt to save a weeks-old kitten that had fallen into the hole.
    Firefighter Scotty Hill hauled up the kitten and rushed it to a veterinarian, but the animal died Wednesday from injuries suffered in the fall.

  • Fill the Boot raising money for muscular dystrophy aid

    The Lancaster Fire Department is collecting donations for its Fill the Boot fundraiser at Walmart on the bypass Friday afternoon.
    The annual fundraiser collects money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which helps kids and adults struggling with muscular dystrophy, ALS and any related muscle-debilitating diseases. It also contributes to groundbreaking research, support groups and care centers.

  • Resolute selling Catawba plant for $300 million

    Resolute Forest Products is selling its Catawba paper mill – the old Bowater plant, a major regional employer since the 1950s – to a California-based maker of cardboard-box materials for $300 million.
    Under the agreement’s terms, buyer New-Indy Containerboard will offer employment to all 460 Catawba employees when the sale is finished, likely around year-end, Resolute said in a statement.

  • Fixing risky crossing

    Two Buford business owners are unhappy over a proposal for Lancaster County’s second traffic roundabout, designed to reduce wrecks at the odd-angled intersection of S.C. 522 and Taxahaw Road.
    “It’s going to ruin us and is digging me a deeper hole trying to stay here,” he said.
    Wayne Hinson is a third-generation storeowner whose family-run business, Hinson’s Trading Post, has been at the intersection since 1937. He has weathered business peaks and valleys for 40 years, but this this issue might make him shut the store’s doors.