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  • Sun City flexes muscles with high voter turnout

    Sun City Carolina Lakes homeowners are taking an active role in the Indian Land community not just by speaking out at public meetings, but also by letting their voices be heard loud and clear at the ballot box.  
    Sun City’s registered voters continue to vote at a much higher rate than the rest of the county, regardless of what may or may not be on the ballot.

  • Cops swarm shooting site

    The shooting of a woman in downtown Lancaster Thursday afternoon prompted a massive law-enforcement and rescue response, and officers took down the suspect at gunpoint.
    Thomas Baker, 64, of 300-A Chesterfield Ave., was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant.
    The victim, who was shot once in the chest, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital and then flown to another medical facility for treatment.

  • 33 congregations to take part in Saturday’s Unity Prayer Rally

    This Saturday morning, members of at least 33 congregations across the county are gathering at Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse in what is expected to be a prayer demonstration that’s the first of its kind in Lancaster.
    It’s called Lancaster’s Citywide Unity Prayer Rally and is sponsored by the Lancaster Division of My Hope with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
    The goal is to unite the county in spiritual purpose.

  • Small named top S.C. fire chief

    Retiring Lancaster Fire Chief Chuck Small was named the state’s top fire chief this past weekend during the 2016 S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Small, who announced his retirement in late May after 38 years on the job due to health concerns, received the 2016 Fritz Turner Award on Saturday.

  • Budget would raise Great Falls workers’ pay

    GREAT FALLS – Town of Great Falls employees will get a 4 percent raise if the proposed $1,097,672 budget gains second-reading approval. The proposed budget gained unanimous approval at the May 16 meeting.
    Councilman Glenn Smith said the budget contains no tax increase.
    Instead, a $1 monthly garbage fee increase will be added.
    “We chose not to raise taxes, but garbage fees will go up $1 a month. It has been eight years since garbage fees were adjusted,” Smith said.

  • Voter checklist for S.C. primary

    Mary Ann Hudson, Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission director, said polls for the statewide primaries will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    If you are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to cast a ballot.
    Voters who cannot read or have a physical disability that makes it difficult or impossible to operate a voting machine can solicit help from a poll worker.
    Since S.C. residents don’t register to vote by political party, anyone may vote in the statewide primary.

  • Runoffs likely in county races if turnout low

    Early indications point toward low turnout in Lancaster County for Tuesday’s primary vote, which increases the likelihood of runoff elections for county auditor and county council District 1.
    As of noon Friday, less than 300 absentee ballots had been cast, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county’s elections director.
    Absentee ballots, she said, have always been an accurate gauge of voter interest, and such low numbers don’t support a large turnout.
    That has Hudson anticipating runoffs in both the county council and auditor’s races.

  • Holt’s defenders pounce on Willis

    Jerry Holt’s backers jumped to his defense this week, saying his ejection from the county planning commission spotlights a long-boiling dispute between Lancaster County’s desire for development and Panhandle residents’ insistence that growth be controlled.

  • Ag+Art Tour draws crowds

    From craft beer brewing and barbecue to board sawing, honeybees and historic buildings, the local, self-guided S.C. Ag+Art Tour has found its niche.
    The annual tour, which features local artisans, products, farms and some hidden county treasures, is drawing locals and out-of-towners, alike.
    Now in its ninth year, Lancaster is one of nine Palmetto State counties getting in on the agri-tourism act.

  • 2 killed in IL crash

    Two people were killed and several others were hurt in a horrendous five-car crash early Saturday in Indian Land.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said the wreck happened about 1 a.m. on U.S. 521 North between Henry Harris and Charles Pettus roads.
    Keller said the wreck was so serious that troopers have not been able nail down the exact circumstances.