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Today's News

  • Life in prison for Peach Stand killing

    Christopher Méndez of Lancaster was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole in the Jan. 23 shooting death of Karson Whitesell, a 19-year-old clerk at Fort Mill’s landmark Peach Stand, according to news reports.
    Méndez, 29, of 1701 Pardue St., pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced in a York County courtroom after emotional testimony from his parents and from Whitesell’s family.

  • Nasty doesn’t stop parades

    Winter weather didn’t stop Saturday afternoon’s inaugural Indian Land Christmas Parade or the Lancaster Christmas Parade that night, as residents braved cold rain and nipping winds.
     “It went really, really well,” said IL parade organizer Melvin Stroble. “It was really a success for our first parade. We had people that didn’t leave until Santa left. We could only imagine how much more we would’ve had if the weather was good.
    “I would say that we had close to 100 folks along the route,” he said.

  • County cracking down on fire-code violations

    After two local businesses were found with locked fire exits, Lancaster County has announced a crackdown on companies that are not meeting standard fire codes.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said he is spreading the word and trying to get tips from county residents and help from the local business community.

  • Lennar paying county $600K to settle dispute on rooftop fees

    Lennar Homes will pay Lancaster County $600,000 to settle a dispute over how much the developer was supposed to pay the county in rooftop fees on early phases of an Indian Land subdivision.
    The county council voted unanimously Monday night to accept the settlement from Lennar after meeting in executive session for nearly a half hour to discuss the matter.
    Lennar Homes has developed 51 communities in the Carolinas. Its Lancaster County projects include Heritage Hall, The Greens, The Grove, The Retreat at Rayfield and TreeTops.

  • Soulful serenade for Honeycutt’s birthday

    Talk about a birthday treat! Larry Honeycutt got one during Monday night’s county council meeting.
    Veronica Mayfield of county public safety communications brought down the house when she surprised Honeycutt with a spot-on soulful performance of the Etta James classic “At Last.”
    The council member, who turned 80 Monday, bellowed “wooooooo” at the end of the song, reminiscent of wrestler Ric Flair.
    “I wasn’t expecting it, and it really got to me,” Honeycutt said.

  • Great Falls store owner found dead in wreck

    Landmark News Service
    The body of missing Great Falls store owner Doug Sumner was found Monday in a wrecked vehicle along U.S. 21 in Fairfield County.
    Sumner, who was reported missing Oct. 22, appeared to have run off the highway and down a 60-foot embankment, where his vehicle struck a tree, according to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill.
    Sumner, owner of Sumner’s Deli & Grocery on Ridgeway Road, was last seen driving his black Dodge Ram truck in Rock Hill on Oct. 22.

  • County’s largest drug bust ever

    The takedown of a major drug-trafficking ring has netted four suspects and a huge cache of narcotics, guns and cash – the largest drug bust ever in Lancaster County, authorities said Friday.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force recovered more than $420,000 worth of drugs during Nov. 30 raids on four different locations.

  • Moving on from Duracell

    Steven Strong worked his last day at Duracell on Monday. He had been with the company for 31 years, starting as a mechanic and working his way up to a supervisor position.
    On Tuesday, he attended a job fair at USC Lancaster featuring plentiful manufacturing positions across Lancaster County.
    Strong, who lives in Lancaster with his family, said he was surprised and encouraged to see so many manufacturing jobs available here. He had been worried that after his Duracell layoff he would have to travel away from his hometown to work every day.

  • S.C. trying to replace its voting machines before 2020

    COLUMBIA – State election officials announced Friday that they’re looking for a new voting-machine system for the entire state that would create an auditable paper trail and be in place for the 2020 elections.
    The State Election Commission and the State Fiscal Accountability Authority released an RFP (request for proposals) on Friday searching for a system that features a paper record of each voter’s voted ballot to replace the current paperless system.

  • Winter storm might persist until Tuesday

    Authorities on Friday put Lancaster County under a winter-storm watch from Saturday through Monday, with the possibility of more frozen precipitation Tuesday.
    According to the 4 p.m. briefing from the National Weather Service, most of the Upstate counties on the border with North Carolina are under a winter-storm warning, with other Upstate counties under a winter-storm watch. The NWS said the watch might be extended into Tuesday for Lancaster and Chesterfield.