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  • Winthrop Poll: Trump’s S.C. approval rating holds steady

    From release

    ROCK HILL – President Trump’s approval rating of 43 percent has remained steady in South Carolina for the past two months, according to the latest Winthrop Poll.
    His approval numbers in South Carolina continue to be a few points higher than his national average.
    The 45th president has a disapproval rating of 47 percent among Palmetto State citizens. An earlier Winthrop Poll in February showed similar ratings.

  • Woman hurt in 30-foot fall at Devil’s Cave

    A 21-year-old woman was seriously injured last weekend in a 30-foot fall near Devil’s Cave at Forty Acre Rock, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The victim, Chantal Stemen of Indian Trail, N.C., was in fair condition Tuesday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, according to a spokesman at CMC main.
    According to the sheriff’s report, Stemen had “multiple lacerations, bruises and most likely multiple fractures.”

  • Elgin barbecue runs like Ford assembly line

    Sherrill C. Mullis
    Special to The Lancaster News

    Was this a volunteer firefighters' barbecue, a community social, a family reunion or a fellowship dinner? It was all of the above.
    I was fortunate enough to be asked to help the Elgin Fire Department with its big barbecue on March 16-17.

  • First Steps sets $24K goal for Give Local

    First Steps of Lancaster hopes to raise $24,000 through the upcoming Give Local Lancaster campaign.
    And while that’s a lofty goal, it is attainable, said First Steps volunteer Fred Witherspoon.
    “All across America, you have agencies taking part in these campaigns,” Witherspoon said. “We just plug into it.”
    First Steps is one of 41 local organizations that will participate in Give Local Lancaster on May 2.

  • Jackson descendant brings ‘Old Hickory’ to life

    Andrew Jackson VI recalled Thursday evening a story he believed as a child of his direct ancestor and former U.S. president who shares his same name.
    Jackson VI – a known descendant of Andrew Jackson Jr., who was the adopted son of President Andrew and Rachel Jackson – shared the story of his ancestors “infamous duel” with Charles Dickinson, leaving Jackson with a bullet permanently in his chest.
    “It was years before I knew my grandfather did not kill the man who wrote ‘A Christmas Carol,’” he said.

  • 5th District forum will showcase 11 candidates Tuesday at USCL

    Twelve of the 15 candidates running in the special election for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District will participate in the Before You Vote forum Tuesday at USC Lancaster.
    “With that number of candidates, it’s going to be interesting,” said Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, one of the event’s sponsors. “The difficulty was creating a forum to give each candidate adequate time to voice their opinions on the issues.”

  • ‘You go home, hug your kids… and you made it one more day’

    Rescuers lean on each other to get through the night
    Kayla Vaughn
    kvaughn@thelancasternews.com
    Most of Buford’s volunteer firefighters were headed home from their day jobs April 6 when their pagers went off.
    Billy Morris, chief of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department, arrived first at the demolished home on Pageland Highway. He radioed for help, calling it in as “entrapment,” saying two people were inside.

  • Cavalry is coming

    Mandy Catoe
    mcatoe@thelancasternews.com
    When a neighbor is in need, the Buford community rallies.
    R.L. Parham, owner of Buford Flea and Farmer’s Market, felt compelled to help the family of Coleen Burgess, who died April 6 when a falling tree crushed her home.
    Over the past few days, he has enlisted more than a dozen local businesses and scores of volunteers to help stage a community fundraiser next Saturday. The plan is sort of a combination street festival and garage sale, with all proceeds going to the family.

  • Shots fired into 2 cars, man charged

    A Lancaster man was arrested Thursday on multiple charges after allegedly firing shots into two cars occupied by a total of five adults and five children.
    Ja’Mes Marcell Blair, 24, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen pistol.
    Blair’s bond has been denied and he is jailed at the county detention center.

  • LPD downgrades training officer position

    The Lancaster Police Department’s training and compliance officer position will be reduced in rank from lieutenant to sergeant, a move that will save taxpayers about $2,000 a year.
    City council unanimously approved the reclassification at its meeting Tuesday night.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant, a former training officer himself, recommended the change, noting the position had historically been that of a sergeant. The change in rank was increased from sergeant to lieutenant in 2013.