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Today's News

  • Low-key mayoral race winding down

    Three months of low-key campaigning for a five-month job is wrapping up, and Lancaster voters will choose their next major Tuesday.

    Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, James “Butch” Flynn, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty are running to fill the remaining months of the late Mayor John Howard’s term.

    Garris, a 10-year city council veteran who has been acting mayor since Howard entered the hospital in January, said she has been working double-time filling in as mayor and campaigning day-to-day. 

  • 2nd test on 85-year-old finds no illegal drugs

    A second drug test on an 85-year-old assisted-living resident has come up negative for ecstasy, and investigators are still trying to determine why she tested positive for the illegal drug last month.

    “We are still investigating the case to see whether she had it in her, if there was a false-positive result or whether there was a lab mix-up,” said Doug Barfield, spokeman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s still an open investigation.”

  • Last of 3 suspects surrenders in hit-and-run of IL man, son

    The third and final suspect in a hit-and-run that seriously injured an Indian Land businessman and his young son has turned himself in to authorities.

    Ralph Cornelius Hall, 20, of Des Moines, Iowa, is facing a felony charge of a passenger fleeing an accident causing injury or death, in addition to a misdemeanor larceny charge, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

  • Van Wyck enacts property-upkeep rules

    New rules governing property upkeep and littering are now in effect for the town of Van Wyck.

    At its July 2 meeting, the town council voted unanimously on final reading to adopt the new rules, which basically mirror those ordinances already on the books for the county. 

    Council members Cassandra Watkins and Xavier Kee were absent for the vote, though both had supported the new rules when presented for first reading last month.

  • Cheraw man dies in fireworks accident

    Vanessa Brewer-Tyson

    Landmark News Service

    A 24-year-old Cheraw man was killed Wednesday while shooting off Independence Day fireworks at Dizzy Gillespie Apartments in Cheraw.

    M.C. Gallion III and some friends were apparently holding the mortar-shell launch tubes in their hands and shooting them off when a shell hit him in the chest, according to a statement from the Cheraw Police Department.

  • Dumpster full of toxic debris is hauled away from Main St.

    HEATH SPRINGS – Just in time for the July 4th parade on Wednesday, a smelly dumpster piled high with garbage and asbestos-laced construction materials has been removed from Main Street.

    A crew from Charlotte-based Environmental Holdings Group [EHG] picked up the dumpster about noon Friday after resealing it in plastic sheeting. The company specializes in the removal of asbestos and construction debris.

    Not only does the site look better, it smells better, said Elizabeth Harden, owner of a nearby daycare center impacted by the mess. 

  • Assisted-living resident, 85, was exposed to drug ecstasy

    An 85-year-old assisted-living resident tested positive for the illegal drug Ecstasy during a hospital stay last month, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.

    The woman lives at Heath Springs Residential Care Center, where her daughter said she must’ve been exposed. Her daughter told authorities there is no other explanation and that her mother doesn't even know what the drug is.

  • Cancer victim’s pot took circuitous route from Alaska

    Steven Michall never planned on becoming an outlaw, but his undying love for his dying wife turned him into one.

    Battling non-small cell lung cancer, Michall’s wife had the misfortune of being diagnosed in South Carolina, he said, where medical marijuana remains illegal – despite ongoing but failed bipartisan attempts by state lawmakers to change that amid objections from the state’s law enforcement establishment.

  • Death penalty sought in 2015 Pageland murders

    South Carolina will seek the death penalty when Rayshawn Montez Little goes on trial for the 2015 Pageland murders of Tyvonn Terrell Threatt and Shannon Rasheal Little.

    Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers announced the state’s intentions Wednesday at a hearing in Darlington.

    The South Carolina Court Administration will assign a judge to preside over all further proceedings in the case. No trial date has been set at this time.

  • 1st episode of Lancaster documentary debuts

    The first episode of Travis Bell’s documentary film series about Lancaster has been released online.

    Titled “In a Little Town Like Lancaster,” the 27-minute episode features a compilation of nostalgic interviews with Lancaster natives recounting the Lancaster of their youth and their happy memories of the town. 

    “People love going back in time and recalling what Lancaster used to be like,” said Bell, Columbia photographer and Lancaster native who took on the project.