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  • McClancy protesters calmer, but lose again

    Indian Land residents, wearing their trademark red shirts and carrying protest signs, filled the county council’s chambers to its capacity of 110 Monday night, urging officials to reject McClancy Seasoning’s rezoning request.
    The meeting was much calmer than the one two weeks ago, when a crowd stormed out after losing the vote, but the outcome was the same. Council passed the second of three required readings on the rezoning ordinance, this time by a closer margin of 4-3.

  • Winter wonder

    A fast-moving storm blanketed Lancaster County with several inches of heavy, gorgeous snow Sunday morning, but it caused few problems and melted away in the afternoon.

    Duke Energy reported 1,149 customers lost power briefly, and many churches canceled morning worship as a precaution.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the county got off easy, calling it “a beautiful snow that we could actually enjoy.”

  • Gregory bill would extend gun waiting period to 5 days

    A bipartisan group of state senators including Greg Gregory of Lancaster filed two bills this week that would extend the gun-purchase waiting period from three to five days.
    The two bills – sponsored by Republican Gregory, Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, and Greg Hembree, R-North Myrtle Beach – come after concerns expressed about the way convicted shooter Dylann Roof obtained the pistol he used in 2015 to kill nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

  • Democrat Parnell opens campaign in Lancaster

    Archie Parnell may just be the breath of fresh air that’s needed for voters dissatisfied with the direction that the Republican-dominated Congress is headed, said local Democrat Alston DeVenny.
    “He’s great,” said DeVenny, who attended the county Democratic Party’s meeting Thursday to hear Parnell in person.
    “You know, he might not be the most eloquent candidate running, but he’s definitely the smartest one in the bunch,” DeVenny said.

  • Jiran salutes his Air Force bomb dog Tork

    Ryan Mosier
    Duke Energy

    Rick Jiran was 18 and fresh out of high school when he joined the Air Force in search of an adventure. What he didn’t count on was that adventure would be alongside man’s best friend.
    Jiran, now Duke Energy vice president for community relations in South Carolina, was a military working-dog handler. And while stationed in Germany in 1981, Jiran and his German shepherd, Tork, helped protect the 52 Americans who had been held hostage in Iran.

  • 2 more Democrats file for House seat

    Two more Democrats have filed for the 5th District congressional race, so a May 2 primary will be necessary on the Democratic side.

    Alexis Frank of Rock Hill and Les Murphy of Fort Mill have filed to run in the special election to replace Mick Mulvaney, joining Archie Parnell of Sumter, who filed last week.
    Frank, 26, is a college student, mother of two and a U.S. military veteran. Her husband is an active-duty Marine.

  • ‘Insanity has got to be halted,’ mayor says

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard is fuming over an S.C. House proposal to cut business-license fees, saying the bill would cost the city $836,000 a year, one more gut-punch to a local government reeling from financial setbacks.
    “This insanity has got to be halted,” Howard said this week, noting that the plan would eliminate 7.6 percent of the city’s general fund budget. “If you take it off, there is no butter on the biscuit.”

  • 900 boxes, 200,000 artifacts

    Every winter for the past two decades, USC Lancaster archaeologist Chris Judge has spent two weeks in a Darlington County swamp, digging square holes 2 meters long, 2 meters wide and a meter deep.

    With flat shovels, he and his crew methodically skim thin layers from a sandy mound called the Johannes Kolb Site. Layer by layer, they sift each shovelful, separating dirt from clues about our history. They then sort, identify and piece together details about long-ago life along the Pee Dee River.

  • More 3rd-party candidates file in 5th District race

    As of 6 p.m. Friday, the list of candidates who have filed for the 5th District congressional seat had grown to 14, with three more independents filing.
    There will now be a third-party primary May 2, with two Libertarian candidates – Bill Bledsoe and Nathaniel Cooper – now seeking the seat.
    David Kulma filed as a Green Party candidate just before 1 p.m. Friday, and Josh Thornton filed as an American Party candidate last Monday.

  • IL trash and recycling center opens

    Good news for Panhandle residents who dump their own trash: Indian Land’s new convenience center is finally open for business.
    Located on Northfield Drive in Perimeter 521 Commerce Park off U.S. 521, the long-awaited household trash and recycling center opened Monday without fanfare.
    “We’re open right now,” Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said Monday afternoon. “We’ve still got some stuff, like the carport shed for used oil, to put in, but if you’ve got some trash to get rid of, swing by and see us.”