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  • Founders donates SUV to local SPCA chapter

    Lancaster’s SPCA routinely receives donations of cash and checks, but on Wednesday, the animal-advocate group drove away in a spacious SUV – a gift from Founders Federal Credit Union.  

    “Our SPCA animals will be riding in style,” SPCA President Diana Knight said.  “Thanks to Founders.” 

  • 70 charged in 10-month drug probe

    A 10-month undercover drug investigation has resulted in charges against 70 people and a roundup of nearly 60 suspects over the past two weeks, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Friday.

    Faile, who is running for his third term, hinted at the announcement during a candidate forum in Indian Land Thursday night. 

  • Newton, Mitchell spar over issues in House 45 race

    S.C. House District 45 candidates Tyler Mitchell and Brandon Newton took the stage together for their first debate at Thursday night’s Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum in Indian Land.

    With two young candidates, Republican Newton, 22, and Democrat Mitchell, 23, the first question was about their age. 

  • Suspicious fire destroys Heath Springs home

    Sheriff’s investigators and the SLED Arson Unit are  investigating a fire that destroyed a Heath Springs home early Friday morning.

    “Let’s call it suspicious, given what our firefighters found when they got there,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.

  • Candidates toe-to-toe as election looms

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Democratic challenger William McCoy squared off Thursday night to discuss issues and trade a few barbs.

    About 120 people attended a candidate forum at CrossRidge sponsored by Carolina Gateway and the Indian Land Action Council.

    Faile, a Republican running for his third term in office, based the case for his reelection on his track record, while McCoy argued that Faile’s efforts have fallen short.

  • Chaotic scene at last week’s double shooting

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy
    @thelancasternews.com
    A shooting that wounded two Lancaster men Oct. 10 ranged over a three-block area near Caroline Courts apartments and appears to have involved several people, according to the sheriff’s office incident report.
    A sheriff’s office spokesman said Thursday that the investigation continues without a firm suspect.
    Injured in the Oct. 10 shooting was Corey Perry, 21, of Norfolk Road and Ja’mes Marcell Blair, 23, of Rope Lane. Both men are expected to recover from their injuries.

  • Civil servants on the diamond defending Lancaster’s honor

    Police, firefighters, city employees and officials head to the softball diamond at Buckelew Park on Saturday for seven innings of friendly competition against their counterparts from the city of York.
    Billed as a modern-day, just-for-fun War of the Roses, the softball game was put together in hopes of creating an annual event swapped between the two municipalities. Next year’s game will be played in York.
    There will be a non-traditional softball game, loads of family fun between innings and concessions by the Lancaster High School Civinettes.

  • Sen. Scott faces 3 challengers

    Thirty-four seats in the U.S. Senate are up for grabs Nov. 8, and Republicans, including South Carolina’s Tim Scott, hold 24 of them.
    While many political observers say Scott is safe, he faces three challengers Nov. 8.
    They include Democrat Thomas Dixon, Dr. Bill Bledsoe of the Constitution and Libertarian parties, and Michael Scarborough of the American Party.
    Winthrop University political scientist Scott Huffmon believes the popular incumbent will win another term.

  • Ballot includes Sunday alcohol sales question

    In addition to the candidates on this year’s ballot, Lancaster County residents will be asked to decide whether or not local stores should be allowed to sell beer and wine on Sundays.
    And as voters learned during the 2012 ballot measure that allowed Sunday alcohol sales at local restaurants, the ballot question itself is anything but clear – something absentee voters are already learning.
    Here’s the question as it appears on Lancaster County ballots:

  • Kershaw: Ill-received edict moves Halloween 5 days early

    KERSHAW – After issuing a town edict that trick-or-treating would officially be moved to five days before Halloween, chastised town officials have spun around and marched back to the traditional Oct. 31 celebration.
    The town’s Tuesday declaration said tricks and treats could be solicited only from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26. That way the entire community’s trick-or-treating would coincide with the popular trunk-or-treating event in the First Baptist Church parking lot.