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  • Odell Blackmon, beloved ‘Cracker Man,’ dies at 74

    Odell Blackmon was Lancaster County’s ultimate people person.
    For three decades, he delivered Lance snacks to company break rooms, grocery stores and gas stations all over the county, and at every stop, people were delighted to see him walk in. They called him the Cracker Man, and he brightened everyone’s day.
    “Odell was so personable that I don’t think he ever met a stranger,” said the Rev. Otis Lathan, his pastor at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. “And if they were, they weren’t strangers very long.”

  • Kershaw has aura of Elvis

    KERSHAW – You’re eating at the 521 Filling Station on Hampton Street. Suddenly, you notice another customer with swept-back hair and thick sideburns wearing a ball cap.
    For a split second, you make eye contact. When the man winks and smiles, you’re almost hypnotized and the wheels in your mind inexplicably turn….
    “Hey, isn’t that Elvis?”
    Relax. It’s not.
    It’s just Travis Powell, and yes, he’s messing with you.

  • Manhunt for killer in Kershaw

    Two people were shot, one fatally, while riding in a car just north of Kershaw early Thursday afternoon, causing the lockdown of two nearby schools as deputies conducted a manhunt for the shooter.
    “Right now, I just don’t want to guess at what happened,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile, still supervising the search at press time. “We’re processing everything, trying to piece it all together.”

  • Norrell to join Democratic gubernatorial ticket

    S.C. Rep. James Smith, who is running to be the Democratic nominee for governor, will announce today that Lancaster native Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell will join his ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.
    Smith and Norrell have scheduled a joint campaign appearance for 2 p.m. today at the Springs House in downtown Lancaster to make the announcement after weeks of speculation, according to a campaign official who was not allowed to speak on the record.

  • IL Walmart adding home delivery

    Whether you need a carton of eggs or a lawnmower, your local Walmart is gearing up to serve you in a way it never has before.

    Starting May 17, the Indian Land Walmart, located at 10048 Charlotte Highway, will become the first store in South Carolina to offer home-delivery for nearly everything the retailer sells, said Heidi Welch, assistant manager of e-commerce.

    The only exceptions? Alcohol and apparel. Aside from that, the store will deliver groceries and anything else it has in stock – no matter how big or small, according to Welch.

  • Lancaster man charged with attempted murder

    A Lancaster man was charged with attempted murder after a domestic dispute broke out Monday afternoon among family members on Antler Road.
    Darrell Montrey Mingo, 25, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield, Mingo was in the driver’s seat of his Mazda pickup when he began arguing with his uncle and fired once out of the passenger window.

  • Lancaster man dies in strange road incident

    Landmark News Service

    A 39-year-old Lancaster man died in a bizarre incident on U.S. 21 in Chester County early Monday.
    According to the Chester County Coroner’s Office, the man shot himself while driving about 8 a.m., then crossed the centerline and collided with a logging truck heading the opposite direction.
    The man’s name was not immediately released.

  • Another growth spurt for Van Wyck

    The little town of Van Wyck has grown a little bit bigger.
    In a unanimous vote, minus council member Xavier Kee who was absent, the Van Wyck Town Council on Monday agreed to voluntarily annex 38 more properties to the recently created town.
    With the vote, the rural municipality created late last year as an antidote to the possible incorporation of adjacent, urbanized Indian Land, is now nearly 9.5 square miles, according to Mayor Sean Corcoran and council member Richard Vaughan.

  • Gonze Twitty, 99, stood up for civil rights, poor farmers

    Gonze Lee Twitty Sr. – a Democratic Party and local NAACP stalwart, a champion of black voting rights, and a tireless advocate for poor and black farmers – died Saturday in Lancaster. He was 99.

  • Heather Steele, 43, shared bouts with ovarian cancer

    Through her 17-year battle with ovarian cancer, Heather Steele never let the disease cheat her out of a single minute.
    “She always said her goal was to thrive, not to survive,” said her husband, Bliss Steele.
    Heather Steele died early Tuesday. She was 43.