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  • Big Thursday scholarships set record 3rd year in row

    The Big Thursday Scholarship Committee, in record fashion, keeps on keeping on.
    The scholarship committee, which awards scholarships to Lancaster County students to attend the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, has delivered a third-straight record amount.
    Big Thursday Inc. of Lancaster Scholarship Committee made its annual scholarship check presentation on Tuesday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center on the USCL campus. The result was $30,000 for each school – USCL and Clemson.

  • No separate election for Howard’s old seat

    Lancaster Mayor-elect John Howard will be sworn in two weeks later than planned so the county can forego holding a separate special election to fill his city council seat.
    Howard was set to by sworn in as mayor next Tuesday, March 8. He was elected Feb. 23 in a special election to fill the remainder of the late Joe Shaw’s term, which runs through 2018.
    His election as mayor means a second special election must be held to fill the rest of Howard’s term on city council, which also runs through 2018.

  • County council District 1 draws 2 quick entries

    Two Panhandle residents plan to run for the District 1 seat on Lancaster County Council, only days after two-term Councilman Larry McCullough revealed he would not run again.
    Melvin Stroble, an Indian Land resident and project manager with a Charlotte engineering firm, will compete for the seat against retired educator and Van Wyck resident J.R. Wilt. Both are running as Republicans.

  • Tyler Mitchell to seek House District 45 seat

    Tyler Mitchell is the latest candidate to jump into the race to fill the S.C. House District 45 seat.
    Mitchell, 23, is seeking to replace Rep. Deborah Long, a Republican who announced last December she would not seek a fifth term. Mitchell, a Democrat, will oppose Republican Brandon Newton, 21, who announced his candidacy in December.
    The district encompasses parts of York and Lancaster counties, including Lancaster County’s Panhandle.

  • Ambulance hits SUV at conjested IL intersection

    An ambulance on its way to an emergency call slammed into an SUV Wednesday evening at one of the Panhandle’s most congested intersections, but details about the accident remained unclear late Thursday.
    The Kia SUV’s driver was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville after the wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Marvin Road. No one in the ambulance was injured.
    The impact of the Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services vehicle left the SUV pressed sideways against a telephone pole at the northeast corner of the intersection.

  • IL boy dies after bike hits car

    An Indian Land boy was fatally injured Tuesday evening when he rode a bicycle into a moving car in the Glen Laurel subdivision.
    Bryson McSweeney, 7, died about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was flown after the accident, according to Karla Knight Deese, the county’s chief deputy coroner.
    Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne said Bryson was riding a bicycle on Mercer Street when he rode through the stop sign at Glen Laurel Drive and into the front right side of a passing Honda Accord.

  • Afternoon smoke coming from Chesterfield County

    The thick, sweet-smelling smoke that is visible in the eastern portion of the county Thursday afternoon has been attributed to two controlled burns by the S.C. Forestry Commission in neighboring Chesterfield County.
    Several residents reported smoke in Buford and Flat Creek communities about lunchtime, but law enforcement and firefighters couldn’t find the source.
    Russell Hubright, S.C. Forestry Commission forest management chief, said several planned burns are going on in Chesterfield County today.

  • Lancaster woman sentenced in DUI death of daughter

    A Lancaster woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for a 2014 drunk-driving accident that killed her 5-year-old daughter and severely injured her 8-year-old son.
    Goldie Jojane Jackson, 27, formerly of 2042 Evans Drive, pleaded guilty in Lancaster County General Session Court Monday to one count each of reckless homicide, DUI causing great bodily injury and child endangerment, a statement from the Sixth Circuit solicitor’s office said.

  • Wanted: Poll workers for Lancaster County

    Lancaster voting officials want to double the number of poll workers for the county.
    The downward spiral of not having enough poll voters on election days, along with an increase in the number of registered voters since 2012 is setting off alarm bells, said Rick Crimminger, chairman of the Lancaster County Election Commission.

  • Clinton wallops Sanders in county, state balloting

    Hillary Clinton scored a lopsided victory Saturday in Lancaster County over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
    Clinton won 73 percent of the county’s votes to Sanders’ 26 percent. Across the state, Clinton received 74 percent, Sanders 25 percent.
    The former secretary of state won every precinct in Lancaster County except Possum Hollow, where Sanders won by three votes, 64-61.