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Today's News

  • Man gets 40 years in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday after jurors convicted him of sexually assaulting a single child multiple times over a five-year period.
    David Matthew Carter, 33, was found guilty on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was arrested on Oct. 4, 2016.
    Circuit Judge Steven John sentenced Carter. Jurors returned the verdict after five hours of deliberation over two days. Sixth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Ashley McMahan and Henry McMaster Jr.
    prosecuted the case.

  • Kershaw budget dips, but tax rate will inch up

    KERSHAW – The proposed 2018-19 budget for the town of Kershaw is about $120,000 less than this year’s, but residents are likely to see a slight tax increase anyway.
    Town council voted unanimously Monday night to raise the property tax millage rate to 85 mills from 82 mills in the current budget. The proposed budget is $3.9 million, compared to $4 million this year.

  • Wild car crash nets repeat offender

    A Heath Springs man’s long arrest record got a lot longer Monday after a police chase that ended when he drove his car into a tree in Constitution Park and jumped into Gills Creek trying to get away.
    Quarnik Tirrell Haggins, 37, was charged with giving false information, driving under suspension, improper tag, failure to register a vehicle, reckless driving, operating an uninsured vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, alighting from a moving vehicle and possession of marijuana.

  • Storms expected through Memorial Day

    Memorial Day weekend is looking like a washout, as a tropical weather system moves in from the Gulf of Mexico and up the East Coast.
    As of press time Thursday, the system had a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Heavy rains and  flooding are expected across the Southeast this weekend into early next week as the system moves through.

  • Greenway to host fun event on Trails Day

    From release

    While many students are eagerly awaiting summer break, volunteers from the Lindsay Pettus Greenway are busy planning a special outdoor event for the onset of summer.
    National Trails Day is the largest nationwide annual event celebrating outdoor recreation throughout the United States.

  • HOPE opens new Fort Lawn assistance center

    From release

    HOPE in Lancaster, which for 35 years has helped local residents with short-term emergency financial assistance, is setting up a satellite office in Fort Lawn.
    HOPE is partnering with the Fort Lawn Community Center to bring help to the town of Fort Lawn, which is in Chester County. HOPE has helped Fort Lawn residents for a number of years, but this new effort will allow them to get assistance without arranging transportation to Lancaster.

  • Parnell admits ‘inexcusable’ acts

    Archie Parnell’s congressional campaign imploded Tuesday as his staff, major supporters and Democratic Party leaders deserted his run after reports that he physically abused his then-wife 40 years ago.

    Parnell, who lost a close 5th District special election to Republican Ralph Norman last June, did not deny the abuse, which surfaced in documents from his 1974 divorce. 

    He called his long-ago actions “inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing,” but he refused to withdraw from the race. 

  • Adult Education graduation date incorrect

    The graduation section in Wednesday’s paper misstated the date of the Lancaster County School District’s adult education graduation ceremony and the number of grads getting diplomas. The ceremony is today, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Barr Street Learning Center’s multi-purpose room. Thirty-five adult ed students will graduate.


  • Mom, uncle of 1 suspect charged in murder case

    The mother and uncle of one of the defendants in the May 10 Kershaw murder have been arrested, accused of transporting the three suspects away from the area shortly after the double shooting.

    Latoshia Marie Kirkland, 41, and William James Jones, 55, were arrested Monday and charged with misprision of a felony. Jones is also charged with accessory after the fact of murder. 

    Misprision of a felony, which carries a prison term of up to 10 years, is knowing about a crime but not telling authorities.

  • AJ's Mr. Dependable: Semaj Digby never missed a school day

    Let’s invent the senior superlative Most Likely To Show Up When He’s Supposed To. The winner is Semaj Digby.

    The Andrew Jackson High School senior has achieved 12 years of perfect attendance, and is the only graduate in the Lancaster County School District to do so this year. 

    He has not missed one day of school since he started kindergarten at North Elementary School, moved on to A.R. Rucker Middle School and now finishes four years at AJHS.