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Today's News

  • Fatal shooting on Hood Park Lane

    A Lancaster man died Wednesday after he was found shot multiple times on Hood Park Lane north of the city.
    The victim was identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 34-year-old Demarcus Laquan Hendrix.
    Deputies responded at 5:24 p.m. to the 600 block of Hood Park Lane, off Craig Farm Road, and found Hendrix lying in a yard with apparent gunshot wounds, according to a sheriff’s office statement. EMS transported him to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Backhoe rodeo champ

    After two decades of trying, Lancaster’s David Knight has ascended to heavy-equipment heaven, winning the state backhoe rodeo last week on a crowded downtown Greenville street.
    Knight, 46, is the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District’s sewer-construction foreman. He has worked at the district for 18 years, and before that he was a backhoe operator for the city of Lancaster.
    “I’ve placed in the regionals and state before, but this is this first time I’ve won,” said Knight, who now heads to the national championship.

  • Victory lap for county

    What a difference a decade can make.
    It was just 10 years ago, as the Great Recession took hold, that Forbes magazine listed Lancaster as the “most vulnerable” town in America.

  • Scams cost 2 Indian Land women over $62K

    Internet scams have drained the bank accounts of two Indian Land women, one blackmailed over a purported nude photo of her, the other sending $60,000 overseas to help a man she found on a dating site.
    The first victim reported July 24 that a man contacted her on Facebook and said he had a nude photo of her and would send it to all of her Facebook friends unless she sent him money. She told Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies she never sent the man any nude photos and that the photo he had was digitally altered.

  • Walnut Creek Trail segment reopened

    After being closed a week for repairs, a segment of the Walnut Creek Trail in Indian Land has been reopened for public use, according to Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Director Hal Hiott.
    For safety reasons, Hiott closed part of the trail last month after a dangerous hole formed under a boardwalk on the trail in the Walnut Creek subdivision, located at the southern end of Indian Land.
    “We are back in business and trail (is) open,” Hiott said by email.

  • Reid Pointe voters to decide on special tax for road fixes

    INDIAN LAND – Voters in the Reid Pointe subdivision off S.C. 160 will have one more question on their Nov. 6 election ballots than everyone else, but it’s a question they’re ready to get answered.
    County council unanimously approved a resolution Monday that allows Reid Pointe residents to decide if they should create a special tax district and borrow up to $700,000 to pay for street repairs to get the subdivision’s roads brought up to standard and accepted into the county system.

  • Ex-cop charged with beating his wife to death in late 2016

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – A former York and Columbia police officer and Chester County sheriff’s dispatcher has been charged with murder in the 2016 death of his wife.
    James Harold “Jamie” Baldwin Jr., 58, was arrested late Tuesday after the Chester Grand Jury indicted him in the beating death of Judy Orr Baldwin.

  • New school opens with old name

    The new school just built in Lancaster County School District has an old name.
    Van Wyck Elementary, set to open to students Aug. 20 despite major delays, will be the third school named after the once-bustling railroad community well known for its brick manufacturing.
    Settled in the 1750s, Van Wyck was named by the wife of a Seaboard Railroad official in 1887. Before that, the area was called by three different names – Cocheeco, Little Waxhaw and Heaths.  

  • Kickoff event: Scholarships will reward service to our communities

    Get ready for some sun, fun, barbeque and volleyball this Sunday, as the new Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation hosts its first Teachers Volleyball Brawl fundraiser at Andrew Jackson High School.
    Foundation President Debora Gardner is asking the community to get behind the innovative scholarship fund, which will reward community service, rather than focusing on academics or athletics.

  • Garris challenges Mayor DeVenny

    The Lancaster mayor’s race this fall will be a rematch for the top two candidates in last month’s special election, as filing closed Tuesday with Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris opposing new Mayor Alston DeVenny.
    “I decided to give it another try because I’ve served on city council for 10 years, I’ve been a strong advocate to the communities in the city, the citizens, the businesses, and I want to continue seeing Lancaster move forward,” said Garris, who filed late Monday.