• PVFD celebrates 60th anniversary

    The last big celebration Pleasant Valley Fire Department held was on April 2, 2011, the grand opening of the department’s new modern 14,800-square-foot, $2.1 million Fire Station 14 on Possum Hollow Road.
    The department has come a long way since it first opened its single-bay door at a makeshift station on S.C. 160, and that was the reason the department celebrated again Oct. 15 during a community open house in honor of its 60th anniversary.

  • Duke Energy donates $100,000 to hurricane-relief efforts in S.C.

    Duke Energy has donated $100,000 to help charities providing S.C. disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It gave $225,000 more in North Carolina and Florida.
    “While the men and women of Duke Energy have worked nonstop to restore power to customers in Florida and the Carolinas, we know our communities need more,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s president and CEO.

  • Priest awarded Order of Palmetto

    A local priest has received South Carolina’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Palmetto.
    Father Jeffrey Kirby, administrator of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Indian Land, received the award Oct. 11 in a ceremony in the central lobby of the S.C. State House in Columbia.
    Kirby joined the Indian Land church after the dedication of its new church building in August, taking over from Father John Guiliani, who oversaw the church’s construction. Kirby also serves as administrator of St. Joseph’s Parish in Chester.

  • Spat over pig’s feet leads to gunfire

    A Lancaster man has accused a relative of shooting at his home following an argument over pig’s feet.
    James Edward Mingo Jr., of 1517 Rope Lane, reported that he was in his garage with some friends about 7 p.m. Sunday when he walked back in the house and saw a relative peeking into Mingo’s pots on the stove, according to a Lancaster County sheriff’s report,

  • Parents are arrested after 2 kids test positive for drugs

    A Lancaster couple has been charged with child neglect after two of their preschool children tested positive for narcotics.
    Stanley Oneal McKinney, 36, and Morgan Kathleen Wilson, 25, both of 1556 Foxbrook Circle, face one count each of child neglect.

  • Gov. Haley, GOP throng back Faile

    Gov. Nikki Haley came to Lancaster County on Tuesday night to stump for Sheriff Barry Faile at a rally in Buford community.
    The governor received a warm welcome from about 650 GOP partisans at Hal and Tami Crenshaw’s home on Tabernacle Road. Under Faile, she said, the county’s crime rate has dropped, response times have improved, and gangs and drugs have been targeted.
    “The reason why I’m really here is he doesn’t call himself a public servant, he acts like a public servant,” Haley said.

  • Sobbing parents beg judge to deny bond

    The man in the orange jumpsuit was escorted through the holding-room door, his hands and feet shackled. The half-filled courtroom fell silent.
    Brent Gay, 32, never looked at his only relative in the room, his grandmother, or at the two rows filled with the family of Flint McManus, the man he’s accused of murdering last Dec. 5.

  • District 45 candidates chart state reforms

    At their second debate in five days, the candidates for S.C. House District 45 ran through their policy proposals clearly and quickly, agreeing on some and contrasting on others.
    A question highlighting the candidates’ age kicked off Monday night’s Before You Vote Candidates Forum at USC Lancaster, which was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News and moderated by Duke Energy’s Rick Jiran.
    Republican Brandon Newton, 22, said his age has no impact on his voice for the voters.

  • Harris, Blackmon discuss city’s finances, crime, business climate

    Candidates for Lancaster City Council District 3 faced off at Monday night’s forum and discussed issues including crime, downtown revitalization and the city’s budget problems.
    Incumbent Jackie Harris, running for her second term, took the floor with Linda Blackmon.
    Blackmon served on city council for District 2 from 2002-06 and for District 3 from 2008-12. She served as mayor pro-tem during her District 2 term.
    In opening statements, Harris said voters should elect officials who serve the people, not themselves.

  • U.S. House hopefuls’ competing visions

    Congressman Mick Mulvaney debated Democratic challenger Fran Person for the first time Monday night, and they and third-party candidate Rudy Barnes laid out contrasting visions for the country.
    The competitors for the 5th District U.S. House seat participated in the Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum 2016.
    The event, at USC Lancaster, was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News, and moderated by Rick Jiran of Duke Energy.