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  • Historic courthouse gets holiday makeover

    Nearly 30 members from the Lancaster, Leaf & Petal and Green Gardeners garden clubs joined together Tuesday morning to decorate the outside of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Each member brought a bag of greenery and the group worked to make garland, bows and wreaths.

  • Heath Springs faces deadline for hospitality-tax strategy

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs is getting a hospitality tax Jan. 1. The only question is how much it will be.
    That decision is left up to town council. Unlike the local option sales tax, the hospitality tax does not require voter approval.
    The amount could be 1 percent that goes to the county, 2 percent split with the county or 2 percent that the town keeps. But it’s going to be at least 1 percent.   

  • Carter to retire Dec. 12

    Police Chief Harlean Carter will retire in less than two weeks, after 26 years at the Lancaster Police Department and six years in the top job.
    Her retirement, effective Dec. 12, is for “purely personal reasons,” Carter said Tuesday. She said the decision was difficult, but it was time to "pursue other interests." She declined to elaborate.

  • School board member Brooks charged with meth trafficking

    Lancaster County school board member James M. Brooks has been charged with methamphetamine trafficking after a 3 a.m. traffic stop in Indian Land.
    Brooks and Carol Jean Broom, 37, of Fort Mill, were arrested early Saturday by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies on Doby’s Bridge Road. Brooks had a substance believed to be meth in his jacket pocket, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Sophisticated electric-bill scam working in Lancaster

    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.”   

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

    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?

  • Black Friday: Manageable crowds snap up bargains

    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.

    At Lancaster’s Walmart, the checkout lines were relatively short through the morning, but the electronics department had a lot of traffic, and plenty of televisions left from the big sale that started the night before.

  • Ex-Gamecocks QB to lead Kershaw parade

    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.”   

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

    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.

  • Prison guard in Kershaw charged with conspiracy

    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.