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  • 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.

  • Missing teen found

    Missing Lancaster teen Ryanna “Calli” Thames, 14, was found safe Friday in Mecklenburg County, N.C.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for Lancaster County Sheriff’s office, said Friday that Calli is “healthy and safe.”
    Calli’s family reported her missing Thursday morning when they noticed she was gone. The sheriff’s office asked the public for help Thursday afternoon in tracking her down.

  • Sheriff: 14-year-old girl missing

    Ryanna “Calli” Thames, 14, of Lancaster has been reported missing, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding her.
    She was last seen about 11 p.m. Wednesday at her home at 2295 Sunshine Road east of Lancaster and was discovered missing early Thursday morning.
    According to the sheriff’s office release, Calli is about 5 feet tall and weighs about 115 pounds. She has long red hair and was last seen wearing navy blue and pink shorts and a tie-dyed shirt.

  • 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.