• Gloves off!

    The Lancaster County sheriff’s race boiled over in personal accusations Monday night, with incumbent Barry Faile and Democratic challenger William McCoy calling each other unfit to serve.
    Appearing at the Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum 2016 at University of South Carolina Lancaster, the candidates had barely laid out their vision for the office when McCoy criticized Faile’s integrity.

  • Kershaw buys land for industrial park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has spent $170,000 for one piece of the property needed to develop a long-awaited industrial park in the southern end of the county.

    “We can’t sit still and wait around on this,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We plan to move ahead because we see some industries coming in that will be providing services to Haile Gold Mine.”

  • Don’t you want your $104,000?

    HEATH SPRINGS – Nobody likes getting bills, especially one for $104,000.

    But Heath Springs Administrator Tony Starnes had to drag one out of Utility Service Group, the company that repaired the town’s 150,000-gallon water tank earlier this year. The company didn’t bill the town for its services.

  • Person lays out plans to help middle class

    Fran Person, the Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, made an appeal to Indian Land voters of all political persuasions Thursday, saying his priority is improving the lives of middle-class Americans.

    Person was the only District 5 candidate at the Carolina Gateway/Indian Land Action Council-sponsored candidates’ forum. Mick Mulvaney, a three-term GOP incumbent, and American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr. chose not to attend.

  • Founders donates SUV to local SPCA chapter

    Lancaster’s SPCA routinely receives donations of cash and checks, but on Wednesday, the animal-advocate group drove away in a spacious SUV – a gift from Founders Federal Credit Union.  

    “Our SPCA animals will be riding in style,” SPCA President Diana Knight said.  “Thanks to Founders.” 

  • 70 charged in 10-month drug probe

    A 10-month undercover drug investigation has resulted in charges against 70 people and a roundup of nearly 60 suspects over the past two weeks, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Friday.

    Faile, who is running for his third term, hinted at the announcement during a candidate forum in Indian Land Thursday night. 

  • Newton, Mitchell spar over issues in House 45 race

    S.C. House District 45 candidates Tyler Mitchell and Brandon Newton took the stage together for their first debate at Thursday night’s Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum in Indian Land.

    With two young candidates, Republican Newton, 22, and Democrat Mitchell, 23, the first question was about their age. 

  • Suspicious fire destroys Heath Springs home

    Sheriff’s investigators and the SLED Arson Unit are  investigating a fire that destroyed a Heath Springs home early Friday morning.

    “Let’s call it suspicious, given what our firefighters found when they got there,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.

  • Candidates toe-to-toe as election looms

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Democratic challenger William McCoy squared off Thursday night to discuss issues and trade a few barbs.

    About 120 people attended a candidate forum at CrossRidge sponsored by Carolina Gateway and the Indian Land Action Council.

    Faile, a Republican running for his third term in office, based the case for his reelection on his track record, while McCoy argued that Faile’s efforts have fallen short.

  • Chaotic scene at last week’s double shooting

    Reece Murphy
    A shooting that wounded two Lancaster men Oct. 10 ranged over a three-block area near Caroline Courts apartments and appears to have involved several people, according to the sheriff’s office incident report.
    A sheriff’s office spokesman said Thursday that the investigation continues without a firm suspect.
    Injured in the Oct. 10 shooting was Corey Perry, 21, of Norfolk Road and Ja’mes Marcell Blair, 23, of Rope Lane. Both men are expected to recover from their injuries.