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  • Schools, county on 2-hour delay Monday

    The Lancaster County School District, USC-Lancaster and Lancaster County will operate Monday on a 2-hour delay due to weather-releated conditions from Saturday and Sunday's winter storm.

    The delay is due to the potential of black ice conditions on secondary roads, especially in the Panhandle.

    Temperatures on Monday morning are forecast at near the freezing mark.

  • Firefighter struck while directing traffic at wreck

     A Lancaster County firefighter was struck and killed while directing traffic at a wreck at the intersection of Highway 521 and Highway 5 Wednesday night.

    According to the Lancaster County Coroner's Office, the victim is 59-year-old Dennis Straight of Lancaster. Straight was a firefighter with Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department. 

  • Child’s death sparks investigation

    A 1-year-old child died Tuesday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital, sparking an investigation into the child’s death by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.

    About 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, EMS and the sheriff’s office were called to a 14th Street home, where a father was carrying his unconscious son out of the home.

    Deputies tried to help the child until paramedics arrived. Once there, EMS quickly transported the child to the hospital, where he died about an hour later.

  • IL man dies in house fire

    An Indian Land man died in a house fire on Camp Cox Circle early Sunday morning.

    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Harold Kenneth Miller Jr., 51, died from carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injuries.

    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, there were three adults in the house when the fire broke out around 1 a.m. Sunday, but Miller never made it out.

    There were no working smoke alarms in the home, Rogers said. One of the family members woke to the smell of smoke and alerted the other two of the fire.

  • 1 charged in Kings Circle shooting, 3 sought

    One arrest has been made in Thursday morning’s Kings Circle burglary and shooting, and authorities are on the hunt for three other suspects.
    Aikiriea Okeishai Crockett, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder. She is in custody at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

  • Girard teaches African pastors

    Chris McGinn
    Landmark News Service
    A volcano, the World Cup and ebola all played a role in Sun City Carolina Lakes resident the Rev. Scott Girard’s mission trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
    Together with Global Teaching and Preaching founder Dr. Jeff Richards, he visited Kinshasa for a week beginning June 29 to train more than 300 local pastors.
    They also trained another 400 at the city of Goma on the other side of the large country the following week.

  • Nutramax upping local jobs by 60%

    Eight years after arriving in Lancaster, Nutramax Laboratories is expanding for the third time, announcing Wednesday that it will invest another $20 million in facilities and hire 225 employees – a 60 percent increase in its local workforce.
    From the governor’s office to Lancaster County, officials hailed the move.

  • Center of Michael now passing over Lancaster County

    Tropical Storm Michael, a former Category 4 hurricane, moved into Georgia and South Carolina overnight Wednesday and continues to move across the Piedmont.
    At 11 a.m. Thursday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, and is moving northwest at 23 mph.

  • Schools, county offices close Thursday ahead of storm

    The Lancaster County School District and Lancaster County offices will be closed Thursday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Michael.
    “Because of the wind factor… it’s just not safe for our buses to be on the road. We just want to make sure our students are safe,” said school district Superintendent Jonathan Phipps on Wednesday.
    Phipps said the district will monitor conditions throughout the day Thursday before making a decision on Friday classes. The fast-moving storm is expected to be out of South Carolina before dawn Friday.

  • Heath Springs man, 35, dies in 1-car crash

    A Heath Springs man died in a single-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon.
    Gregory Blackmon, 35, was traveling north on McIlwain Road in Heath Springs shortly after 5 p.m. when his 2002 Cadillac drove off the right side of the road, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    The vehicle struck a ditch and overturned. Blackmon was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.
    He died from his injuries at the scene, according to Jennifer Collins of the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.