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  • Coroner identifies woman in homicide

    A woman whose body was found Tuesday afternoon outside a vacant home in the Rich Hill community has been identified.
    On Wednesday afternoon, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Jennifer Collins identified the woman as 36-year-old Kimberly Alger of Heath Springs.
    An autopsy on Alger is scheduled for Thursday, Collins said in a written release.
    Alger’s death is being treated as a homicide and Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Wednesday that the investigation into her death is continuing.

  • Red Flag Fire Alert now in effect

    COLUMBIA - The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued an immediate statewide Red Flag Fire Alert.
    The alert discourages all outdoor burning whenever weather conditions elevate the risk of wildfire.
    Weather forecasts for the next three days include very low relative humidity and elevated drought conditions across most of the state.
    When combined with dry fuels on the ground, those conditions create the potential for outdoor burning to escape areas of containment and rapidly spread.

  • From four lanes to three

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant has a two-word tip for motorists frustrated by the recent lane pattern changes along the North Main Street corridor — be nice.
    “Change can be a hard thing to swallow until everybody gets used to it, so there are going to be some growing pains,” Grant said. “The best is advice is to be a more courteous driver, especially at the intersections.”

  • Jeff Hammond switches to GOP

    After serving as Lancaster County’s Democratic clerk of court for 18 years, Jeff Hammond revealed Thursday that he was joining the GOP.
    “Today, I am announcing that I will seek re-election in 2020 as a member of the Republican Party,” the 60-year-old Lancaster native told an applauding, standing-room-only crowd in the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.
    County GOP Chair Sandy McGarry, who had publicly targeted Hammond for defeat in 2020, cheered his decision and pledged her party’s commitment to keeping him in office.

  • FBI raids Chester sheriff’s building

    Travis Jenkins and Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – A dozen FBI agents raided the Chester County Law Enforcement Center on Monday, spending six hours inside before leaving with several boxes and bags.
    The agents, with assistance from SLED, arrived in the early morning. Don Wood, spokesman for the FBI’s Columbia field office, said they were engaged in unspecified “lawful investigative activity.”

  • Clemson studying coyotes’ effect on deer populations

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University
    CLEMSON – Coyotes have a nasty reputation among S.C. deer hunters, and Clemson University researchers are working to determine just how much of that notoriety they deserve.
    Deer are a prominent game species in the state, both economically and culturally, and populations are rapidly falling – down 30 percent since 2002, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources – while coyote populations are on the rise.

  • County under tornado watch

    County offices closed at noon Friday, following a tornado watch issued in Lancaster County, with 70-mile per hour winds and quarter-sized hail expected.

    Severe weather alerts were issued Friday morning by the National Weather Service (NWS) for 18 counties across the state, including Lancaster. The tornado watch is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, but the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse about 2 p.m.

  • County under severe thunderstorm watch

    The National Weather Service office in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Lancaster County until 10 p.m. Monday.
    A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms.
    According to the National Weather Service, hail up to 1 inch in diameter, heavy rains, wind gusts of more than 60 mph and dangerous lightning are possible.

  • Garbage backlog plagues Kershaw

    KERSHAW – One sure way to get citizenry fuming at local government is by not picking up their trash, especially during the holidays.
    “It couldn’t have occurred at a worse time of the year, when more garbage accumulates. I’ve lived here all my life, and I don’t ever recall this happening,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman.

  • Man wanted in girlfriend’s kidnapping

     A Lancaster man is wanted for kidnapping and the Lancaster Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding him.