Local News

  • 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.

  • Jamey McCants' killing ruled self-defense

    Authorities have determined that Monday’s killing of Jamey Randal McCants was in self-defense, and that the man who shot him will not be charged.

    Jeffrey Curtis Horne, 58, acted lawfully to protect himself and his daughter, Jenna, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    McCants, 44, was in a relationship with Jenna Horne, who lived in the Maplewood Avenue home where McCants was shot, the statement said.

  • Lancaster man charged in child-porn case

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after being accused of sending child pornography over social media.
    According to the S.C. Attorney General’s office, Damien James Clark, 25, was arrested Friday by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office after investigators received a tip from the Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) hotline that traced him here.

  • County convenience sites reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday

    After a four-day closing related to Hurricane Florence, the county’s 12 convenience sites will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
    “The Republic Landfill in Lee County reopened this morning,” Willis said just before lunchtime Monday. 
    He said trash containers at the county sites are being picked up now, so they will be empty on Tuesday.
    Willis pleaded for frustrated users to “quit leaving bags of trash in front of the convenience sites.”

  • Schools to close Monday

    County officials are asking local residents to limit travel as much as possible Sunday evening because multiple roads are blocked by fallen trees, downed power lines and flooding.

    Right now, Duke Energy has 3,184 power outages in the county and Lynches River Electric Cooperative has 276 customers without power.

    Hopefully, power should be restored to most of those before the evening is up.

  • Flash flood warning issued for county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a flash flood warning for Lancaster County until 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

    At 8:22 a.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the county.

  • Tropical-storm warning lifted for county

    The National Weather Service has lifted the tropical-storm warning for Lancaster County, though a flash flood watch remains in effect with heavy rains from former Hurricane Florence now drenching much of the Piedmont.

    Most wind speeds have dropped between 15-25 mph and the storm is almost stationary, though the potential remains for much stronger wind gusts throughout the night.

  • Player: Don't get fooled by tropical storm

    Mark Manicone and Gregory A. Summers

    The Lancaster News

    Slow-moving Florence is expected to weaken into a tropical depression later today as it trudges westward across the state, but torrential rainfall is still expected in Lancaster County.

    “The main issue we may experience is the public being lulled into a false sense of security,” said Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue/Emergency Management.