• Tornado watch, wind advisory issued for county until 7 p.m. Wednesday

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch and wind advisory for Lancaster County and surrounding areas until 7 p.m. today.
    A tornado watch means that conditions may become favorable for a tornado to develop.   
    A wind advisory means that winds greater than 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, so motorists should use extra caution.

  • IL incorporation efforts at polls ignite tempers, prompt warning

    The issue of Indian Land incorporation heated up this weekend as supporters and opponents clashed at Indian Land primary polls Saturday during efforts to gather support for their side of the cause.
    In the meantime, polarization around the issue has resulted in the formation of at least two groups opposing the measure and the rebirth of an earlier effort to incorporate Van Wyck on its own.

  • GOP vote sets record for turnout

    Based on Lancaster County turnout in Saturday’s first-in-the-South GOP primary, local interest in presidential politics may be stronger than ever this year.
    In unofficial results, 12,468 (23 percent) of the county’s 55,027 registered voters, cast primary ballots. That’s the highest turnout percentage ever in a single-party S.C. primary.

  • UPDATE: Kershaw town manager Boyes forced to resign after 16 weeks

    Kershaw town administrator Joe Boyes resigned under pressure Tuesday night after just 16 weeks on the job, but town officials would not say why.
    “I haven’t received any sort of negative feedback from anyone regarding my job performance,” Boyes said before submitting his resignation letter.
    “I’m pretty shocked by the whole thing.”

  • John Howard elected mayor

    Lancaster voters elected John Howard as their new mayor Tuesday in a special election to fill the remainder of the late Joe Shaw’s term, which runs through 2018.
    “For the years I’ve worked on council, I’ve relied on the guidance of the good Lord, the support of a great family and the constant trust of our citizens,” Howard said. “I’m very grateful to be here tonight.”

  • Turnout anyone’s guess in special election

    Most of time, special elections generate little interest and low turnout, but the Tuesday race for Lancaster mayor could be a little different, said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson.
    An estimated 5,200 registered voters in the Lancaster City limits have the opportunity Feb. 23 to choose a new mayor to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Shaw, which runs through 2018.
    Shaw died Nov. 29, and the state election commission set Tuesday as the date for the special election to fill the mayor’s seat on Lancaster City Council.

  • Sheriff beefs up traffic enforcement

    Speeding, seat belts and impaired drivers will all be the focus of a new traffic enforcement unit at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to a recently awarded $220,000 grant. 

    Sheriff Barry Faile said the federal grant will fund two deputies for the unit, as well as two marked patrol cars equipped with radios, blue lights, sirens, in-car cameras, radars, modems and laptop computers. Also funded are mobile radios and cell phones with service contracts.

  • State report: Lancaster’s crime rates fell in 2013

    Lancaster County’s murder rate declined 39 percent, robberies were down 28 percent and sexual assaults dropped by 37 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

    That data is the latest available and comes from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Uniform Crime Report released Feb. 12. 

    SLED Chief Mark Keel said the report provides a “snapshot in time” of overall criminal activity in the Palmetto State. 

  • Relics of the Old South get a new home

    The lights are set low, except for the glow of a replica fire that illuminates a pair of mannequins dressed in 19th century clothing.

    “The best thing about burning down the city with one button is you can rebuild it with another,” says Curator of Education Joe Long as he leans over a computer screen showing a map of the burning of Columbia.

  • S.C. lawmaker again pushes to arm teachers

    The sponsor of a bill that would arm specially trained teachers and school administrators as a means of protecting public schools said he has tightened the legislation to address concerns about the presence of weapons around students.

    State Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, sponsored a similar measure in 2012, shortly after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., where a mentally ill man killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers. That measure never made it out of a House committee.