• Newcomers pitch change in District 45 House race

    Two young nominees are competing for the S.C. House District 45 seat held by four-term Republican Deborah Long, 60, who opted not to run for a fifth term.
    Both Republican Brandon Newton, 22, and Democrat Tyler Mitchell, 23, aim to bring unity to Lancaster County, which often finds the southern part and the northern Panhandle at odds.
    “The problems of tomorrow cannot be solved with yesterday’s solutions,” Newton said.
    Mitchell views his youth as an asset because it keeps him out of the establishment status quo.  

  • Code: No new porch at Barr Street center

    The front porch roof of the Lancaster Community Center on East Meeting Street near the former Barr Street High School is falling in from age and will be torn down by the end of the year.
    But rebuilding it is still up in the air. And it’s not because its 10-member board isn’t working to line up the money or someone to do the work. All of that is on the back burner for now.
    Blame it on the street, because the front of the building is now too close to the front property line to rebuild the porch, said board Vice Chair Charmaine Stradford.

  • ‘We are killing ourselves’

    More than 200 people held candles aloft Sunday night and cried out for justice in the killing of Yusuf Ali Abdus-Salaam, with his family begging witnesses to tell police what they saw.
    “We keep hollering about black lives matter, but when will they matter to us?” Abdus-Salaam’s mother, Jenny Thompson Bridges, angrily told the crowd. “Who would’ve thought that with 15 witnesses, somebody wouldn’t know who took his life?...

  • Sims Foundation awards $940,000

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has awarded nearly $940,000 in grants to 18 local organizations.

    Hope in Lancaster Inc., a crisis-relief organization, received $255,501, the largest grant, and plans to use the money for its new Bounce Back program and the Fresh and Healthy Food Initiative. 

    “We are extremely grateful that J. Marion Sims continues to believe in us and support us,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of Hope in Lancaster. 

  • ‘The killing has to stop’

    Reece Murphy


    Hannah L. Strong


    It has been an alarming week in Lancaster, with four men shot and two of them dying, all within a mile-wide stretch on the south end of the city.

  • What’s that on the trail ahead? EEEEEEEEK!!!

    Think of a cross between a haunted house and a cross-country obstacle course, and you’ve got the idea of the Monster Dash, a new event for the United Way of Lancaster County.

    The spook-tacular fundraiser is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Riverside Rodeo Arena, 1504 Caskey Lane. 

  • Kershaw Bowling Alley booming after shutdown of Lancaster competitor

    KERSHAW – Lancaster’s loss has become Kershaw’s gain.

    Play at the town-owned Kershaw Bowling Alley at Stevens Park has skyrocketed since the July closing of the Lancaster Bowling Center on Great Falls Highway.

  • Zerbini circus in town this weekend

    The circus is coming to Lancaster tonight and Saturday at the American Legion Post 31 grounds, 823 S. Main St.
    The 90-minute show will feature jugglers, high-flying acrobats, clowns, trampoline and trapeze artists and lots of family fun. Ponies, camels and the Zerbini family dogs will also display their talents under the big top. Camel and pony rides will be available for an additional fee an hour before show time.
    “We’re a family-owned circus offering clean, family fun,” said Paul Jones, Zerbini Family Circus spokesperson.

  • Candidate forums Oct. 20 and 24

    Candidates in the Nov. 8 general election will be attending two upcoming forums in Lancaster County to give voters the opportunity to ask questions and hear their responses.
    Carolina Gateway newspaper and the Indian Land Action Council are sponsoring the Before You Vote 2016 Candidates Forum, 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at CrossRidge, 3000 WorldReach Drive, Indian Land.

  • Mail delays could affect absentee votes, officials warn

    If you’re planning to use the mail to vote absentee in the Nov. 8 general election, do it as soon as possible, Lancaster County elections officials said Thursday.
    Hurricane Matthew and the U.S. Postal Service being closed Monday for Columbus Day have caused mail delays. As of Thursday, the county’s Voter Registration and Elections Office  had not received any completed absentee ballots by mail.