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Today's News

  • DeVenny is Lancaster’s new mayor

    Local attorney Alston DeVenny has been elected Lancaster’s new mayor, winning three out of the city's six precincts and garnering 565 votes.
    “Thank you very much. Thank you for responding positively to the vision that Lancaster is a great place,” DeVenny said after learning he’d won the election. “Thank you so much for that, and I’m just ready to get to work.

  • Driver injured in Speedway wreck

    A race car driver was injured in an accident Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
    The driver, Colton Avery Dimsdale, 23, of Inman was in fourth place during the late-night race when his car was struck. He was trapped in the car and had to be cut out by first responders before he was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for his injuries.
    Dimsdale said he momentarily went unconscious, then awoke to find a metal bar stuck in his leg.

  • Local United Way raises $400,628

    United Way of Lancaster County celebrated its campaign finale June 28 announcing its fundraising total for the 2017-18 campaign and recognizing several organizations and individuals for their contributions.
    During the 2017-18 campaign, UWLC raised $400,628, which was 94.3 percent of its $425,000 goal. Despite falling short of the goal set for the year, this marks a significant improvement on last year’s figures. In 2016-17, UWLC raised $353,453, just 70.7 percent of its $500,000 goal.

  • Push-ups in the parking lot lead to man’s arrest

    Push-ups in the parking lot were the first sign of something amiss about a Fort Mill man who was arrested June 17 on disorderly conduct and drug charges.
    Robert Kimbrell Kerber, 28, was charged with public disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-offense possession of a controlled substance.

  • Wallet stolen amid aborted moment of bliss in a truck

    Admitting to one crime while reporting another one is never a good idea.
    A 71-year-old truck driver has been charged with first-offense soliciting for prostitution after calling 911 to report that a woman had stolen his wallet in Kershaw.
    Jerry A. Hall of Cassatt, northeast of Camden, reported the theft on June 24, telling the responding deputy that the wallet contained two credit cards and $700 in cash, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Fort Lawn crowd hears details of Heart & Soul

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Mick Harrington, one of Fort Lawn’s Heart & Soul Committee members, channeled the late President John F. Kennedy at the project’s first community-input meeting last week.
    Ask not what ZIP code 29714 can do for you, Harrington told the small crowd that attended, ask what you can do for 29714.
    Harrington and other committee members spoke at the first Heart & Soul public event June 30, held at the new Fort Lawn Fire Department El Bethel substation.

  • Dust-up over dirt roads

    Lancaster County bush-hogged some overgrowth and hauled in some gravel last month to repair a remote dirt road with a locked gate limiting public access.

    A handful of taxpayers are livid about that.

    They showed up at the last county council meeting to talk about Timberline Road, a red-clay 2.1-mile stretch off Camden Road, at the far eastern edge of the county south of S.C. 9. The road was repaired by the county June 11-14. 

  • Speedway owner, sons charged in altercation deputy labels ‘total chaos’

    The owner of Lancaster Motor Speedway had a rowdy Fourth of July, and he ended up in jail facing domestic violence and assault charges.

    Brandy Baker, who also owns Brandy Baker Trucking in Heath Springs, was charged with third-degree domestic violence and third-degree assault and battery after an incident at his lake home, according to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Heath Springs' Annsley Vick brings home national crown

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    Annsley Vick of Heath Springs has been crowned Miss Junior High School America at a competition in Little Rock, Ark.

    Annsley, the daughter of Sunni and Derek Vick, is a 14-year-old rising ninth grader at Andrew Jackson High School. 

    This is Annsley’s first national pageant title. She won a $10,000 scholarship, $50,000 in clothing and shoes, a New York modeling contract and a cruise to Mexico.

  • Flag from Capitol honors 4 brothers

    Each year, 365 American flags – one for every day – fly over the U.S. Capitol.

    One of those flags is now at Candy Hollingsworth’s home on Riverside Road.

    The all-volunteer Christian Veterans of America presented the flag to Hollingsworth on Friday morning at Tractor Supply in Lancaster after hearing the story of her four brothers.

    Joe, Tim, Jett and Tony Amis all served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War.