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Sophisticated electric-bill scam working in Lancaster

By Greg Summers

A Lancaster auto repair shop was scammed out of $2,000 this week when a caller  threatened to cut off the electricity unless the business immediately paid an overdue power bill.

“In this instance, we had a small business where employees were working away and got an unexpected phone call,” said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. “You know that you’ve got to have power to stay in business, and they get you before you have time to realize what happened.”   


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S.C. voter-law oddity allows undocumented address change

By Greg Summers

If you want to open a bureaucratic can of worms, start asking questions about South Carolina’s voting laws. Even the people who administer them for a living give head-scratching answers.

For example, can you change the address on your voter registration without any documentation that you’ve actually moved? Could you, in this way, switch to another voting district and vote for a candidate without really living in that district?


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Black Friday: Manageable crowds snap up bargains

By Greg Summers; Hannah Strong and Mandy Catoe

Stores loaded up on sale merchandise for Friday’s traditional Black Friday crush, and customers reported smooth shopping with manageable lines through much of the day, compared to previous Thanksgiving weekends.


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Ex-Gamecocks QB to lead Kershaw parade

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Former Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson will lead the 2016 Kershaw Christmas Parade as grand marshal on Sunday.
The parade, with more than 50 entries, starts at 3 p.m. on Hampton Street downtown.
This is a first for Thompson.
“It’s really cool and something I’ve never done before,” Thompson said. “I’m excited. I get to meet some new people, make some new friends and have a good time being around them.”   


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Dick Gannaway, ‘builder of things that lasted,’ dies at 89

By Reece Murphy

Dick Gannaway, who spent two decades leading this newspaper and the precursor to USC Lancaster, has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 89.
Dr. Gannaway died in his sleep Sunday in Nashville, family members said.
Gannaway’s career leading two of Lancaster’s best-known institutions was an unusual bridging of academia and journalism. He was director from 1972-77 of what was then known as the University of South Carolina extension, followed by a 13-year stint as publisher of The Lancaster News.


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Plot to smuggle tobacco to state prison inmates

Prison guard in Kershaw charged with conspiracy

By Reece Murphy

It has been a busy two weeks of bad news at Kershaw Correctional Institution.
A guard and her husband were arrested Tuesday for conspiring to smuggle contraband into the prison following an investigation by the S.C. Department of Corrections and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
A week earlier, an inmate at KCI was stabbed by another inmate. He is recovering.


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Catawbas’ ceremonial dances, pottery, jewelry set the tribe’s fall festival apart

6,000 years of culture

By Mandy Catoe

It’s the season of fall festivals, and the one last weekend had familiar sights, sounds and smells – tables full of art and crafts, the aroma of sweet potato pie and hot stew, a full parking lot on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
But upon entering the glass doors of the long house on the Catawba Indian Reservation, it was clear that something was different here.


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Wild hogs 'ecological zombies,' cause $115M damage across S.C.

Scott Miller
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Arrest follows probe by internet task force

Lancaster man tweeted child porn, charges say

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man has been charged with using Twitter to distribute child pornography and faces a potential 20-year prison term.
Richard Allen Kampen, 56, of 604 N. Woodland Drive, was arrested Nov. 18 following an investigation by the S.C. attorney general’s office and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Offices as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).  
Kampen is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison on each count.


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Kershaw will lose 60 trees due to water-main construction for gold mine

Town that loves trees is in for a shock

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – If the removal of a handful of 100-year-old oaks on North Matson and East Marion streets caused a near revolt earlier this year, Kershaw best get ready for all-out war.
Mayor Mark Dorman told members of Kershaw Town Council on Monday night that soon scores of trees will be coming down. And just as with the other two incidents, it can’t be helped.
Dorman said trees along Church Street must be cut down to run a 12-inch water line that will link Haile Gold Mine to the town’s water system.


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