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  • Power outages, damage follow severe thunderstorm

    Over 4,000 homes and businesses are without power following a severe thunderstorm that blew through Lancaster County around 3 p.m. Sunday.
    As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, outages included 3,541 with Duke Energy, 552 with Lynches River and 65 with York Electric Co-op.
    According to Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, there seems to be no tornado damage although a tornado warning was issued for the county until 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

  • Lancaster Mayor John Howard dies

    Four months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Lancaster Mayor John Howard died Tuesday night at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was 67.

  • Fire destroys three Sun City homes

    INDIAN LAND – Firefighters were working like mad Thursday afternoon to battle a spreading fire that had already destroyed three houses in the Sun City Carolina Lakes subdivision off U.S. 521.
    Personnel from the Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire stations were called to Daffodil Court in the active adult community just after 3:30 p.m. for a brush fire.
    However, before they arrived, it had already spread to engulf one home.

  • Authorities called to High Point Circle

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office personnel and SLED agents have blocked off High Point Circle off S.C. 200 and Airport Road to investigate a possible crime scene.
    “We received information this morning that a crime may have been committed at this location, so we obtained warrants and are looking into it,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield.
    Check back later for details.
     

  • Renegades look to have banner 2018 season at LMS

    During the 2017 Lancaster Motor Speedway racing season, by far the most popular division at Lancaster Motor Speedway was the Renegade Division.

    The Renegades displayed some of the track’s best racing every Saturday night. The division also had social media buzzing all week long, leading up to the next Saturday night action at LMS.

    One driver that kept social media buzzing all season was  Andrew Baker, who dominated the Renegade Division at LMS capturing wins and the track points championship.

  • Missing 10-year-old boy found

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said about Tuesday night that missing Dequarris Whitted had been found and was safe.

    "He is back home and everything is fine," Faile said about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Faile did not elebaorate on the circumstances surrounding how the 10 year old was found.

    Deputies had been looking for Dequarris since 2 p.m. He went missing after getting off his school bus.

    He was last seen walking toward York County on S.C. 160 from the entrance of the Arlington neighborhood in Indian Land.

  • Winter storm warning issued for Lancaster County

    Lancaster County is under a winter storm warning from 2 a.m. until 5 p.m. today, with snow accumulations of up to 2 inches expected, according to the National Weather Service.
    The highest amounts of snowfall predicted for the state are in parts of Lancaster and Chesterfield counties nearest the N.C. border. A dusting is expected around Columbia.
    Temperatures are likely to be above freezing at the onset of the storm. Rain is expected initially which will then mix with, or change to snow.

  • Guard arrested for sneaking contraband to inmates

    A Lancaster County Detention Center guard has been charged Monday with supplying marijuana, cell phones and other contraband to prisoners.
    Christopher Paul Sweet, 33, of Fort Mill, was arrested Monday on warrants that accused him of furnishing contraband to a county prisoner and misconduct in office, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said Wednesday.
    Sweet’s arrest was followed Tuesday morning by dismissal of Debbie Horne, the detention center’s administrator for 24 years. It was not clear if the actions were related.

  • County students on 2-hour delay Wednesday

    The Lancaster County School District will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday due to the possible impact of early morning temperatures on school buses.
    Wednesday morning’s low temperature is forecast at about 15 degrees.
    The district’s teachers and 12-month employees will report to work on normal schedule.

  • Correction: Students go back to school Wednesday

    Lancaster County School District students return to school Wednesday, not Tuesday as reported in the Sunday, Dec. 31, edition of The Lancaster News.