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Today's News

  • New details in Austin Steele murder

    Both suspects in February’s murder and dismemberment of Lancaster teen Austin Steele waived their Miranda rights and described the killing and its aftermath in great detail, prosecutors revealed Wednesday in court.
    The accounts of Brandy Duncan and her husband, Chris Holford, agreed on most points, except for her insistence that she participated only under threat, and his that she was a willing helper.
    The news came during Duncan’s preliminary hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse on the charge of accessory after the fact of murder.

  • Peter Pan Jr. tonight and Saturday

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will present “Peter Pan Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St. Tickets are available at the door.

  • County seeks AG opinion on dirt-road controversy

    Lancaster County’s dirt-road ruckus is getting kicked upstairs.
    County officials will seek an opinion from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office before deciding whether to keep Timberline Road in the county’s road system and remove the gate or petition the court to make it a private dirt road.
    “You can’t have both. If it’s a public road, the public needs to have access to it,” county council member Brian Carnes said during a lengthy discussion of the issue at Monday night’s council meeting.

  • Kershaw cuts deal on overgrown rail corridor

    KERSHAW – The town’s lawnmowers will soon be whacking away at the overgrown six-block Cleveland Street greenway, even though the railroad dispute that stopped the routine maintenance is still unresolved.
    The town, Mayor Mark Dorman said, has worked out a deal to start mowing again beside the railroad tracks that split the town down the middle.
    “Once that contract is signed, we’ll be back at again. Hopefully, that will take a couple of weeks at the most,” Dorman said Thursday.

  • Dinosaurs take center stage at USCL

    Dinosaur Adventures with Dakota and Friends came to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium Thursday as part of See Lancaster Live’s “It’s Summertime!”

  • State ups funding for homicide victims’ funerals

    For the first time in 22 years, the state has increased the amount of money it will pay families to help bury loved ones who are the victims of homicide, state Attorney General Alan Wilson said.
    The change comes from a new budget proviso approved by the S.C. General Assembly, which took effect July 1. Once capped at $4,000 for funeral expenses, the AG office’s Department of Crime Victim Compensation (DCVC) may now award up to $6,500 for eligible-victim claims.

  • 4 cows stolen from Kershaw pasture

    Where’s the beef?
    That’s what Robert Goodwin wondered, after his four cows were stolen from a Kershaw pasture.
    Goodwin, who lives in Columbia, reported last week that $16,000 worth of livestock was stolen from him. He said he was leasing land from a Kershaw couple until about eight months ago, when he noticed his four cows had been stolen from the pasture. Two of the cows were pregnant, he told the deputy.
    The couple told Goodwin they had no idea where the cows were or when they had been stolen, the incident report said.

  • Missing IL man found safe

    An 83-year-old Indian Land man reported missing on Wednesday was found safe Thursday afternoon.
    James Leo Luraghi drove away from his home in the Tree Tops neighborhood about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to run an errand. He did not return, and a few hours later the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the public for help in finding him.
    Late Thursday, the sheriff’s department issued a statement saying he had been found safe and reunited with his family. The statement did not say how he was located or where he had been.

  • Hats off to Wilkie McDow

    Emily Pollok and David Kellin
    The Lancaster News

    More than 150 people turned out Tuesday night to honor Wilkie McDow, who is retiring after a local culinary career that spanned more than six decades.
    The reception and fundraiser at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building was organized by caterer Evelyn Springs, who worked with McDow for many years and calls him her mentor.
    Other event sponsors included Ell Close, Founders Federal Credit Union, Special Occasion Rentals and Winona’s Flowers & Gifts.

  • New life for Ellen Dean

    Lancaster’s Ellen Dean Hotel, which was owned by the late Mayor Joe Shaw and his wife, Charlotte, is being sold to a group of investors.
    The investors, incorporated as Ellen Dean LLC, include some from Lancaster, but the main participants are based in Charlotte.
    Joe Shaw Jr. said Tuesday he can’t comment on exactly what the group has in mind for his parents’ White Street property, but that the investors intend to continue the legacy of the once-elegant hotel just as his father did.