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Today's News

  • Gag order issued in Breanna Lewis case

    Judge Jocelyn Newman of Columbia issued a gag order Thursday restricting those involved in the criminal case against Breanna Lewis from publicly discussing it without the court’s permission.
    Lewis is the mother of Harlee Lewis, the 11-month-old girl found dead last week in a field in Chesterfield.
    Breanna Lewis has been charged with filing a false police report – she claimed Harlee had been kidnapped – desecration or removal of human remains and tampering with physical evidence.

  • Hundreds attend vigil for Harlee

    As the speakers at the vigil droned on, the small children in the audience outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse began to fidget.
    Some started to cry. Others tried to pull away from their parents. Some played with the pockets of sand scattered across the parking lot.
    None of the parents seemed to complain. They pulled their child closer and held them tight.
    They were there to honor Harlee Lewis, who died May 29, three days before her first birthday.

  • Life-or-death moments await trainees at S.C. Fire Academy

    A small group of firefighters, already drenched in sweat from the heat outdoors, run headfirst into an even hotter burning building, wearing full turnout gear and carrying a heavy hose filled with water.
    Working together using quick, precise movements, they blast water onto the blaze, as if they’ve been doing this for years.
    But they’re 17- and 18-year-old rookie firefighting trainees, still in high school.

  • Office building donation might resolve DSS space problem

    The owner of a Lancaster medical-office building wants to donate it to the county, an offer that might resolve the county’s longtime need to drastically increase space for the S.C. Department of Social Services.
    In a May 8 letter, DeWees Real Estate Group in Lexington raised the possibility of giving the county the 46,000-square-foot Barnett Medical Center building off West Meeting Street.

  • Kershaw’s biggest fan

    KERSHAW – Dayna Singleton, Kershaw’s new Community Heart & Soul coordinator, came here on a coin flip.
    She was managing an apartment complex in rural Brownsburg, Ind., near Indianapolis. On Dec. 2, 2014, she had to decide whether to stay there or leave with her boyfriend for South Carolina.
    Heads, she stays. The coin turned up tails.
    Before the end of that night, boyfriend Archie Singleton became her fiancé.

  • Arrest in Harris Teeter hit-and-run

    One of three suspects in the April hit-and-run of an Indian Land father and son at a south Charlotte shopping center has been arrested on several felony charges, according to authorities.
    The two other suspects in the crime that left Wilkie Green, 4, battered and traumatized and his father Nate, 41, seriously injured have been identified, but remained at-large at press time Friday.

  • Column: S.C. Supreme Court ruling allows money-laundering of tax dollars

    Money laundering had its origins with crime syndicates. Former SLED chief Robert Stewart said that one of the dangers of South Carolina’s legalization of video poker was that it provided a statewide network of money laundromats.

  • Column: Momentum is building for June 16 prayer rally

    People across our community are getting excited as they prepare for one of the largest prayer gatherings ever to be held in Lancaster.
    “Unity and Synergy” is the theme of this year’s Lancaster Citywide Unity Prayer Rally, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, on the courthouse grounds downtown.
    More than 70 local churches, evangelistic ministries and businesses are involved thus far and are participating in various ways. Our mission is to seek God’s help for our city and its people.

  • Column: Agonize, pray, repeat: School shooting routine never changes

    Relax, America. There is nothing to see here. This is who we are now.
    Sure, 10 more kids are dead at the hands of a schoolmate. But the news cycle will play out as it always does. Follow along in your program if you will.
    First will come the breathless news reports as reporters arrive on screen and snatch anyone who will be interviewed live on TV. They don’t even have to have witnessed anything. Second-hand information as well as rumor and innuendo are fine if they can speak somewhat coherently into the microphone.

  • 11 debutantes presented at cotillion

    Lauren R. Kornegay
    For The Lancaster News

    Eleven young women were presented to more than 200 guests on May 19 as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Iota Theta Omega Chapter hosted its 15th Biennial Debutante Cotillion, “Emeralds of Excellence: An Evening in the Emerald Garden.”
    The debutantes were Teanna Alexander, Tytiuna Alexander, Joi A. Brown, Cassie Chandler, Noelle W. Davis, Niyla E. Ford, Aliah Jacobs, Darriyah McCree, Lyrik Mitchell, Logan J. Pelham and Jordan Stanfield.