• Substitute teacher arrested, charged with soliciting student for sex

    A Lancaster County School District substitute teacher was arrested Thursday, Sept. 13, after being accused of asking a 16-year-old student for sex, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    Jachreo Dmitri Hinson, 24, of Lancaster, was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
    According to the release, Hinson was substituting at Lancaster High School and began communicating with a 16-year-old girl in one of his classes.

  • Red Cross opens Charlotte shelters, offers storm prep tips

    CHARLOTTE – As the American Red Cross prepares for a large relief effort across multiple states in response to Hurricane Florence, the Greater Carolinas Region, in collaboration with emergency management partners, is opening shelters for evacuees.

  • ‘Storm of a lifetime’ headed this way

    by Gregory A. Summers and Mark Manicone/reporters
    Hurricane Florence is expected to slam into the southern Nort Carolina coast this afternoon, then veer southwest and begin a slow, drenching crawl across South Carolina that could last days and cause catastrophic flooding.
    Gov. Henry McMaster cautioned residents of central South Carolina to be ready for anything.

  • Storm supplies arrive, shoppers swoop in


    It was a mad scramble at many local retailers Thursday, as new shipments of storm-related essentials arrived, were stacked at the front of the stores, and quickly got scooped up by determined shoppers.

  • Schools cancel Friday classes

    Lancaster County School District and USC Lancaster canceled classes Friday in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

    Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, said the closures include administrative offices and afterschool programs.

    He said the district, unlike many nearby school systems, did not close Thursday because strong winds were not expected to reach the county until this afternoon.

  • Local National Guard heading out


    About 100 men and women are being deployed from the S.C. National Guard Armory in Lancaster, headed straight for the state’s storm-torn lower counties. There are 2,600 soldiers total being deployed around the state.

  • Tips from local residents

    These tips are from posts on The Lancaster News Facebook page:


    Jamie Jennifer Greene: Use your used milk jugs to use as water jugs. Do not park your car near a tree. In a trailer pack your stuff and leave.


  • Helping the homeless ride out the storm

    While everyone else is stocking up on supplies for the coming storm, Kevin Lilly asks that we all remember the homeless and elderly in our communities.

    Lilly, founder of the Mobile Shower Ministry for the homeless, has been stocking his shower truck this week with more than 400 food packs, blankets and other supplies.The ministry serves Lancaster County, Rock Hill, Charlotte and other areas. Lilly also co-founded the Street Feet Ministry for the homeless.

  • We all know the drill – Water, bread, batteries

    by Kayla Vaughn and Emily Pollok/reporters
    Water, bread, milk, beans, batteries and other essentials needed to ride-out a heavy storm were flying off of shelves at local stores Tuesday afternoon as consumers prepped for Hurricane Florence.
    Nikki Brinkman had her Walmart buggy loaded down with candles, non-perishables, charcoal, paper products and gallons of sweet tea. She said she bought extras of everything to get ready for the storm.

  • Hurricane Florence cancellations and postponements

    • The Moriah Baptist Association has canceled its Senior Adult Fall Festival scheduled for Thursday. It will be rescheduled later. It has also canceled its singles breakfast this Saturday. It will be rescheduled later.
    • Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has canceled Friday’s Morning Business Connections. The next event will be Oct. 12 at CrossRidge Café in Indian Land.
    • The Archie Parnell for Congress Campaign Fish Fry scheduled for Thursday has been canceled and will be rescheduled later.