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  • 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.

  • Dissecting politics in Buford class

    Buford High School seniors register to vote in their government classes, but not before teacher Wes James educates them on the issues.
    About a third of his 71 students will be eligible to vote in their first election Nov. 8. If the presidential race was decided by them alone, Donald Trump would win with more than 70 percent of the vote. The blue tally marks on the dry-erase board show Trump with 51 votes, Hillary Clinton with 9 and 11 for neither.

  • Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath: 90% of power restored

    Utility crews in the past 72 hours have restored power to 90 percent of the South Carolinians left in the dark by Hurricane Matthew, but there are several places in the Pee Dee region where flooding might prolong outages for weeks.
    S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday afternoon there are about 72,300 customers across the state without power, down from more than 850,000 who lost service at the height of the storm.

  • The killing continues, 4 shootings this week

    A 32-year-old Lancaster man died Tuesday night after he was shot multiple times outside a home in the Southside community. It was the city’s second murder and fourth shooting this week.
    Lancaster County Deputy Glen Crawford identified the victim as Yusuf Abdus-Salaam of 2652 Downey Drive. Abdus-Salaam died from his wounds at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the coroner’s office was still awaiting preliminary autopsy results.

  • Sign up to fill holiday wish list of an abused or neglected child

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project is launching its eighth-annual Holiday Giving Campaign, an effort to help local abused and neglected children and other families in need at the holidays.
    Last year, the LCOP, a year-round effort of the S.C. Department of Social Services, raised $7,551 in tax-deductible contributions for the Holiday Giving Campaign and helped 419 children and adults. This year, the goal is to help 550.

  • Haley expands One SC Fund to assist victims of hurricane

    From release

    COLUMBIA – Gov. Nikki Haley and the Central Carolina Community Foundation announced plans to increase fundraising efforts of the One SC Fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

  • 71-year-old woman loses $5K in scam

    A 71-year-old Lancaster woman lost $5,500 this month after falling prey to a phone scammer who told her she had won more than $400,000 in cash.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the woman told authorities that she received a call about 4 p.m. Oct. 3 from a “John Newcomer” who told her she had won $440,000, but to collect her winnings, she first had to pay $5,500 in taxes.
    The police report said the man gave the victim a deposit number and a routing number of where to send the $5,500.

  • Murder outside church service

    A Lancaster man was charged Monday with murdering a man who was shot seven times near a church during Sunday morning services.
    Two other men were shot Monday evening less than a mile from the site of Sunday’s murder, but those victims were expected to survive, officials said, and there’s no indication so far that the incidents are related.
    Kenneth Jerome Hood Jr., 19, of 981 12th St., was arrested by sheriff’s deputies about 8:30 a.m. Monday after a foot chase at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street.

  • Matthew thrashed outside my front door, howling, screaming like something alive

    Editor’s note: Michele Roberts, a former Lancaster News reporter, rode out Hurricane Matthew with her dog, Chewie, in their apartment at Garden City, just south of Myrtle Beach. Here is her account.

    Living at the beach is, for the most part, a fine thing. The ocean is five minutes away, which is simply marvelous.
    I moved to Garden City in March 2015 after living in the Lancaster area for 15 years. Up until now all has been well.