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  • No charges after minivan hits 16-year-old near LHS

    A 16-year-old boy was severely injured Monday morning when he was struck by a minivan while walking to Lancaster High School.
    According to a police report, a 2005 Dodge Caravan was turning onto Colonial Avenue from Stadium Drive shortly before 7 a.m. when the boy was hit hard enough to knock him out of his shoes.
    The student was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of his injuries. Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, said Tuesday the boy is now in stable condition and is believed to have a neck injury.

  • School board candidates focus on growing pains

    Growth, and how to pay for it, dominated the Oct. 23 public debate featuring seven candidates for three Lancaster County school board seats.
    The Panhandle is experiencing explosive residential growth, with a new elementary school just opened and a new high school under construction. To the south in Lancaster, some facilities are underused, several candidates noted, questioning whether students might need to be moved to minimize construction needs.

  • Montrez Clark pleads guilty in ’09 killing, gets 15 years

    Montrez Michael Clark was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for the grizzly 2009 slaying of a Great Falls man.
    Clark, 28, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Lamario Demond Ford. Clark, who had faced a murder charge, was apprehended in Baltimore this summer after being on the run for two years.
    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said his office left the decision on Clark’s plea deal in the hands of Ford’s family.

  • Norrell, Evette trade jabs on issues

    Before a statewide TV audience Monday night, Lancaster’s Mandy Powers Norrell and her opponent for lieutenant governor, Pamela Evette, cordially contrasted their positions on Medicaid expansion, taxes and economic development.
    Norrell, a three-term S.C. House member, is the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith.  Evette, a Traveler’s Rest business owner, is the running mate of Republican Gov. Henry McMaster.

  • Quilting champ, 11, devoted to her art

    Isabella Bryant, 11, and Donna Sawyer, 68, spend three hours together every Friday.
    Despite being generations apart, the two have bonded over their shared love of quilting.
    “They have a great relationship. It’s just so precious,” said the 11-year-old’s mother, Joanna Bryant, who said it is fun to see how two people with such a large age gap were brought together by sewing.

  • The whistler upstairs at the Springs House

    Joe Timmons, See Lancaster’s events and promotions manager, is an aficionado of Lancaster County’s weird and spooky history.
    In his spare time, he explores old graveyards and researches their stories. And his antennae are always up in case something strange happens right in front of him.
    More than a few times, Timmons tells us, it has. Once several years ago, he was rehearsing for a play at the Historic Springs House in downtown Lancaster with a few actors from the Community Playhouse.

  • Faile wins Strom Thurmond award

    COLUMBIA – Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile was awarded the 2018 Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement on Friday during a luncheon at the Fort Jackson Officers’ Club.
    Presented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the award annually recognizes four law enforcement officers – at the municipal, county, state and federal levels – who demonstrate the highest ideals of excellence. The Thurmond awards were established in 1983.

  • 2nd Florence officer dies from injuries in shootout

    A second Florence County officer has died from injuries sustained during the Oct. 3 shootout in which a man opened fire on officers serving a warrant against his son.
    Investigator Farrah “Maxine” Turner with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office died from her injuries Monday evening after nine surgeries attempting to repair the damage done by the gunshots.
    Detective Sgt. Jodi Sims of the Lancaster Police Department went through the police academy with Turner and says she was heartbroken to hear the news of her death.

  • County council candidates differ on handling growth

    Don Duve, who is running for Lancaster County Council District 4, has a surefire way to slow down growth in the Panhandle and address traffic along the congested U.S. 521 corridor.
    “If I was on council, I would request... we put a moratorium on commercial projects on 521,” Duve said Tuesday night during a campaign forum co-sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Duke Energy and The Lancaster News.

  • Garris, DeVenny: Success requires attracting business

    Budget issues and downtown development dominated Tuesday’s nuts-and-bolts debate between Lancaster Mayor Alston DeVenny and opponent Tamara Green Garris.
    Garris, the mayor pro tem and a 10-year city council veteran, said that as a Lancaster native, she witnessed the gradual decline of downtown and yearns to see it thriving again.