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Today's News

  • LPD raising money to help officer on Friday

    The Lancaster Police Department is supporting one of its own this week, with a hot dog fundraiser at First ARP Church on Friday.
    All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Dannyelle Hough, a telecommunications officer at the department who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma late last year, racking up large medical bills. She also lost her home and all of her belongings in a house fire last month.
    Hough is a 22-year-old Buford High graduate, and Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said she has put up a valiant fight since her diagnosis.

  • Winds rip county

    Lancaster County experienced the worst wind damage in the Carolinas from Friday’s big storm, with numerous trees falling on houses and vehicles, 10,000 immediate power outages and some residents still in the dark Sunday night.
    With sustained winds of about 40 mph, the storm ripped awnings from several businesses. The brick façade of a building used by well-known nonprofit Jackie’s Place on Lancaster’s Brooklyn Avenue collapsed into the street, injuring a man who had to climb out of the rubble.

  • Man killed in wreck on S.C. 5 amid storm

    VAN WYCK – A Fort Lawn man was fatally injured in a wreck during Friday’s storm when another vehicle hit his truck on S.C. 5, causing it to flip over.
    Mark Sikes, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lancaster County’s Coroner Office.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, Sikes was driving south on S.C. 5 at Steele Hill Road in his 1994 Ford pickup shortly before 3:30 p.m. He slowed to turn and was hit by a 2002 Kia driven by 42-year-old Darrick Lamont McClintock of Rock Hill, Miller said.

  • Top state awards go to Legion Post 250

    Indian Land’s American Legion Post 250 has received two statewide awards recognizing the post for its growth and its impact on the local community.
    Post 250 was the single recipient of South Carolina’s Post Excellence Award this year, among more than 160 posts throughout the state.
    The post’s commander, Richard Steininger, received the W.M. McLaughlin Post Commander Achievement Award – an honor given to one post commander in the state each year.

  • Buford farm family loses barn, 200 chickens in fire

    A Buford family lost a barn full of memories and hundreds of chickens in a fire early Saturday.
    Michelle Hall said she, her husband and four of their children were sound asleep shortly before 4 a.m. when a neighbor came banging on their door to tell them the barn was engulfed in flames.
    Hall said she believes it was an electrical fire because there were several heat lamps inside the barn, warming 3-week-old chicks.

  • Dorman invites taxpayers to chat

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman places a high value on input from town residents, and he wants to hear the good and the bad.
    Starting May 1, Dorman will hold “Meet the Mayor” sessions at Kershaw Town Hall, 113 S. Hampton St. The sessions will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Man charged with heroin distribution

    A Lancaster man was arrested on drug charges Friday morning after investigators found an assortment of suspected drugs – and six children – in a single-wide trailer on Old Jefferson Highway.
    Nicholas Brian Payne, 38, was charged with distribution of heroin, trafficking 4-14 grams of schedule II acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride, possession with intent to distribute schedule IV alprazolam and marijuana, and three counts of possession of a prescription drug without a prescription.

  • Clemson studying coyotes’ effect on deer populations

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University
    CLEMSON – Coyotes have a nasty reputation among S.C. deer hunters, and Clemson University researchers are working to determine just how much of that notoriety they deserve.
    Deer are a prominent game species in the state, both economically and culturally, and populations are rapidly falling – down 30 percent since 2002, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources – while coyote populations are on the rise.

  • Benford kicks up its heels this weekend

    Benford Brewing Co. will be hopping this weekend, with a big United Way fundraiser Friday and a free tour kickoff for local rocker Pam Taylor on Saturday, featuring local band Sugarshine.
    United Way Director Deborah Boulware said she and her board wanted to try a different type of fundraiser from what they are used to, and Benford was the perfect venue.

  • Abortion, guns and medical marijuana off the table in ’19

    Several high-profile bills fell short of the crossover deadline in the South Carolina 2019 legislative session.
    The crucial deadline, April 10, is the last day a bill can pass out of one chamber and move forward to the other during the five-month session.
    Although it’s possible for these bills to still pass, it’s unlikely – especially without considerable bipartisan support. They may pass when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

    Medical marijuana