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  • 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.

  • 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.