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5 candidates for countywide posts face no opposition Tuesday

By Jenny Hartley

Five candidates seeking countywide positions are expected to sail to easy victories in Tuesday's election.

The reason: They face no opponents.

Barring a successful write-in campaign, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris, Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond, Treasurer Dick Rowell and Auditor Cheryl Morgan will all retain their offices. They are all Democrats.


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Two Lancaster men shot

By Jesef Williams

Two Lancaster men were reportedly shot while playing cards at a Rock Street home early Thursday.

The two men – ages 25 and 19 – were inside the home when they heard three gunshots, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. One man was shot in the right arm and the other was shot in the lower right abdomen.

The incident happened just after midnight.


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Accusations fly in District 16 race

By Chris Sardelli

The battle continues as the candidates for the state Senate District 16 seat bicker over a mountain of accusations.

Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell and Republican Mick Mulvaney have spent much of the final days before Tuesday's election responding to complaints from each other's campaign.

On Tuesday afternoon, Norrell accused Mulvaney of supporting "push polling," a technique used in political elections where people are asked fake poll questions designed to tarnish the reputation of a candidate.


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Gang activity up in county

By Jenny Hartley

Bullets are flying in city neighborhoods, and the Lancaster Police Department has formed a crime suppression unit to battle the problem.

The police department is working with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, State Law Enforcement Division and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to get guns and those who are using them recklessly off the streets, Police Chief Hugh White said.


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Willis to speak on referendum concerns

By Jenny Hartley

It's down to the wire, and County Administrator Steve Willis will be out this week in several parts of the county to answer voters questions about the upcoming sales tax referendum.

County Council proposed a bond referendum to pay for a new courthouse before the historic Lancaster County Courthouse burned on Aug. 4. Before the fire, residents were to vote on whether to build a new courthouse at all.


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AJ, IL bands compete in state finals

By Jesef Williams

Even though they didn't finish as high as they would have liked, Indian Land High School band director Mathew Willis said he is extremely proud of his group's performance this past weekend.

The Warrior band finished seventh in Class A state finals Saturday. The band earned a berth to the finals after coming in first at Upper State preliminaries a week before.

Indian Land also finished seventh at state in 2007.


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Solicitor ready to finish case

By Jesef Williams

A local prosecutor is preparing to submit his conclusion regarding a case about a former Indian Land High School administrative assistant who was allegedly paid thousands of dollars for days she did not work.

Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said he has gathered all the information he needs and is now trying to find time to write his findings. He said recent court proceedings have kept him busy.


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Bob Conley challenges Lindsey Graham for U.S. Senate

By Jesef Williams

South Carolina voters will get to choose who will represent them in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who's seeking a second term, is running against Democrat Bob Conley.

Here's what the campaigns see as the top issues and what they think makes their candidate the better choice."

Bob Conley

A North Myrtle Beach resident, Conley, 43, is labeled by some as a conservative Democrat. He sought the Democratic nomination after serving as a member of the Horry County Republican Committee."


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Planners OK 'town center' rezoning

By Jenny Hartley

In a close rezoning vote, developers got the go-ahead to build homes, medical offices and retail stores at U.S. 521 and Collins Road in Indian Land.

The Lancaster County Planning Commission approved 4-3 U.S. Trust Properties' request to rezone 411 acres from R-15P to Planned Development District (PDD) 26. The rezoning will allow the developers to build 2.63 homes per acre, increasing the density by 200 homes.


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Issues facing young black males focus of three-day conference

By Jesef Williams

Community leaders and others will gather this week for a three-day event that addresses issues facing black boys.

The second State of the African American Male Conference starts Thursday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

Organizer Bobby Bailey said the conference was organized as a response to conditions and statistics that suggest blacks don't achieve as high as other groups. The aim is to discuss problems, present research and hear new ideas for programs that can be used locally.


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