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  • Driver dies in U.S. 601 collision with dump truck
    The driver of a 2016 Chevy pickup died after the vehicle struck a dump truck head-on early Monday morning on U.S. 601 in eastern Lancaster County.
    The driver of the pickup has been identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 61-year-old Raylene Joan Greenhill of Melbourne, Australia. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday.
  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southwestern Lancaster County

    The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warning for southwestern Lancaster County effective until 4:30 p.m. Monday.
    Just before 4 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over the town of Great Falls and moving east at 10 mph. 
    Wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter size hail are forecasted, according to the NWS.
    Hail damage to vehicles and wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees is possible.

  • Here’s how Tuesday’s primary runoff works

    Voters who cast ballots in the June 12 Democratic Party primary are barred voting in Tuesday’s Republican Party runoff for governor and state attorney general.
    The only ones allowed to vote in the runoff are those who voted in the June 12 Republican primary or those who did not cast ballots that day.
    “It can be confusing because some voters believe the primaries are just like the general election where you can vote a straight ticket or for individual candidates,” said county Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • Starnes resigns as Heath Springs administrator

    HEATH SPRINGS – Tony Starnes has resigned as administrator for the town of Heath Springs, and his last day on the job is July 2.
    Starnes said Friday that he submitted his resignation to Mayor Eddie Moore on June 18.
    “It’s just time for me to move on and do something different,” Starnes said. “I’d still want to do something on a part-time basis. I just don’t know what that will be.”
    Moore said he and Starnes have talked about his decision to resign.

  • IL sidewalk project gets final OK

    The Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study committee (RFATS) gave final approval Friday to a measure that will provide the additional funding to build a sidewalk near Indian Land High School.
    The sidewalk will be built on the northwest side of River Road.
    “The project will be a go sometime later this year. I just can’t tell you when,” said County Administrator Steve Willis, who attended the RFATS meeting.

  • Norman, Parnell trade criticism as midterm campaign ramps up

    Rep. Ralph Norman and Archie Parnell have begun scrapping over what we knew they would be scrapping over – Parnell’s 45-year-old instance of domestic violence.
    Republican Norman, the incumbent 5th District congressman from Rock Hill, faces Democrat Parnell in November’s midterm election.
    Parnell, a retired Goldman Sachs executive from Sumter, has been under a microscope since late May, when divorce records obtained by the Post & Courier of Charleston showed that he hit his then-wife one night in 1973.

  • Springs Block plan includes apartments overlooking Main Street

    German investor Ingo Kübler, who purchased Lancaster’s historic Springs Block in February, plans to put 17 apartments, retail stores and a two-story parking garage on the property.
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris mentioned the plans during the mayoral candidate forum Monday night. Later in an interview, she said she is excited for the opportunity Kübler could bring to the city. 

  • For Brooks, a 24-man cell, orange jumpsuit and sandals

    The mistakes keep piling up for James Brooks, who resigned from the Lancaster County school board in 2016 facing meth-trafficking charges and has since been charged with drug offenses thrice more.
    All of those charges are pending, and he bonded out of jail after each arrest. But he skipped a court appearance March 30, and the judge revoked his bond.

  • A childhood lost awaiting justice

    She’s a high school senior, and it was just last month that Rusty Joel Stacks, who she says molested her when she was 8, finally went to prison.

    Stacks was free all those years, out on bond awaiting trial.

    The backlogged solicitor’s office handed off the case to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office three years ago to speed prosecution. Twice, the case was set for trial, but delays were granted at the defense’s request.

  • Salkehatchie campers turn home repairs into a mission

    A house on Golf Course Road buzzed with construction noises Wednesday as a team from Lancaster’s Salkehatchie program got to work on repairs.
    Volunteers spread throughout the property, from the yard to the kitchen to the roof.
    “We’re helping the community all we can,” said David Hagins, stepping aside from the entrance to the house where building materials and tools were scattered across the ground.
    Hagins and his wife, Susan, have been running Lancaster’s Salkehatchie program for 15 years, since it was first established.