Local News

  • 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.

  • Hurricane Florence local update (10 a.m. Saturday)


    Here’s what we know this morning, based on latest local conditions from Hurricane Florence;

    • U.S. 521 between Heath Springs and Kershaw is blocked due to a downed tree that has power lines entangled in it. A Lynches River Electric Cooperative crew is en route to get the tree up.

  • Substitute teacher charged with asking 16-year-old for sex

    A Lancaster County School District substitute teacher was arrested Thursday after being accused of asking a 16-year-old student for sex, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    Jachreo Dmitri Hinson, 24, of Lancaster, was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
    According to the release, Hinson was substituting at Lancaster High School and began communicating with a 16-year-old girl in one of his classes.

  • Tropical-storm warning issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a tropical-storm warning for Lancaster County, with 10-plus inches of rain expected here as Hurricane Florence moves inland over the next several days.
    A tropical-storm warning means that winds of 36 to 73 mph are possible. The weather service has also issued a flash-flood watch for the county.

  • State issues burning ban

    The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued a statewide burning ban until futher notice.
    The ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including yard debris burning, campfires and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes in all unincorporated areas.
    While open-fire cooking isn’t part of the ban, the forestry commission is advising all citizens to be vigilant until the notification gets lifted.