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  • 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.

  • Fire destroys Buford home that couple built in 1977

    A Buford couple turned into their Walnut Road driveway Monday afternoon to find firetrucks in the yard and flames shooting through their roof.
    Jim Helms said he and his wife, Debbie, had lived in the home for more than 40 years. The house was destroyed.
    “It feels just like losing a family member,” he said while watching foam and ash fly from the house as firefighters finished putting the fire out.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the blaze began as an electrical fire in the wall and spread into the attic shortly after 4 p.m.

  • Parnell wallops no-name opponents

    Democratic state and national leaders may have abandoned congressional hopeful Archie Parnell, but 5th District primary voters were still behind the Sumter native Tuesday.
    Despite revelations that he physically abused his ex-wife decades ago, Parnell won an overwhelming victory to set up a rematch with incumbent Rep. Ralph Norman (R-Rock Hill) in November’s midterm election.
    As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Parnell was the top vote getter in 10 of 11 counties, including Lancaster, in the 5th District.