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  • Authorities comb Shiloh Unity/Craig Farm roads for Kershaw shooting suspect

    Authorities are combing the Shiloh Unity/Craig Farm roads area for a suspect wanted in connection to a Thursday shooting death in Kershaw.  
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators received a tip Monday that the unnamed suspect was at a home on Hood Park Lane, which is off Craig Farm Road just south of Shiloh Unity Road.
    Deputies approached the house about 1 p.m., but the suspect ran out a back door and fled, possibly into the woods.

  • Mom follows her kids’ lead, now they’re karate kinfolk

    Some mothers shop and dine with their daughters, but Kathy Faulkenbury spins and spars with hers.
    Two to three times a week for almost four years, Faulkenbury and her daughters have dressed out in martial arts uniforms, practiced and sweated together and advanced through the ranks.
    This past Thursday night, she and her middle daughter, MaryJoe, 11, were presented with their black belts at Kenaki Karate in Lancaster.

  • S.C. receives millions under tobacco settlement

    The state is receiving millions of dollars as part of its yearly share of settlement funds stemming from the anti-smoking wars of the 1990s.
    S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the state has secured $81.1 million in its annual share of funds under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), approved by the courts in 1998.
    “These payments are incredibly important to the taxpayers of South Carolina, because they mean the tobacco companies are repaying the state for some of the costs related to smoking,” Wilson said.

  • City widens area for take-home police cars

    Lancaster City Council has approved the city police department’s request to increase the geographic area where officers are allowed to take their police vehicles home with them at the end of their shifts.
    Under the new policy, officers living within a 30-mile radius of the police department will be able to take their assigned vehicles home with them. The previous policy applied only within the borders of Lancaster County.
    The vote was 5-1 at Tuesday night’s council meeting, with Linda Blackmon dissenting.

  • ‘The right choice’

    Hope, as the saying goes, springs eternal.
    After 15 years in the political wilderness, state Democrats are feeling positive about their chances of re-taking the governor’s mansion in 2018.
    At least that was the vibe Friday afternoon, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. James Smith of Columbia came to town to officially announce that Lancaster’s Mandy Powers Norrell would be his running mate as lieutenant governor.

  • Lightning hits BMS staffer on field trip

    A Buford Middle School employee was struck by lightning Friday during a field trip in the mountains north of Greenville, and she was airlifted to a burn center in Augusta, Ga.
    Kristina Heaton, an instructional assistant at the school, was released from the hospital Sunday and returned to work Monday, but went home because of lingering pain.
    “When I touched that cord, it just lit me up,” Heaton said Tuesday. “It just threw me up in the air.”

  • BHS fumes over softball/prom ruling

    Buford softball players had to choose between going to their prom and playing in the Upper State Playoffs championship game Friday evening, because the S.C. High School League would not delay their rained-out Thursday game until Saturday.
    Parents, players, coaches and administrators were fuming Friday.

  • NASC hosting 2 spring art festivals

    From release

  • Kitchen fire damages home on Eastview Court

    Firefighters responded to a house fire at 220 Eastview Court about 10 a.m. Thursday and were able to get it under control before it caused significant damage.

    Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan said the fire started in the kitchen.
    “The homeowner was cooking something that flared up and got out of control,” he said, noting that a woman and her daughter got out unharmed.

  • Early heat wave this weekend

    After a prolonged winter and short spring, get ready for a mid-summery heat wave this weekend.
    Lancaster County temperatures are expected to reach the 90s from today through Monday, with lows in the mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service. Record-setting high temperatures are possible.
    Today’s targeted high is 91 degrees, with a scorching 94 Saturday, 95 Sunday and 92 Monday. Tuesday will drop back to a more typical 86.