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  • Paperless voting leaves S.C. vulnerable

    South Carolina is one of only five states whose voting machines create no paper trail that could be used to reconstruct the balloting if hackers found a way to change votes in an election.
    The state has used its touch-screen system since 2004, when Congress spent $4 billion to upgrade systems across the country. That eliminated punch-card systems like the one plagued by “hanging chads” in the crucial Florida recount of the 2000 Bush-Gore race.

  • Van Wyck kicks off Christmas

     In its first year as a town, Van Wyck will be ringing in the holiday spirit this weekend with a Christmas parade at noon Saturday and candle-lighting worship event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
    The parade will celebrate South Carolina’s youngest town with Mayor Sean Corcoran and town council members Bob Doster, Xavier Kee, Richard Vaughan and Cassandra Watkins as grand marshals.

  • They're having a ball!

    Lancaster SPCA held its first Fur Ball Dec. 2 at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building. The event featured dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefited the LSPCA’s vetting costs, critical needs and spay and neuter program.

  • Sewer repairs diverting some downtown traffic

    The city of Lancaster is wrapping-up multiple, small sewer repairs in the area around City Hall.
    The intersection of Arch and French streets was closed because of the construction on Thursday. Crews reopened the intersection Friday. More closures might occur as crews move around downtown.

  • Meeting Street center unveils upgrades

    With extensive renovations and repairs finished, the Lancaster Community Center on East Meeting Street is holding a community meeting this weekend to show off the improvement and talk about new programs.
    The meeting, at 3 p.m. Sunday, will update the community about the progress the center has made, as well as introduce new board members.

  • Data breach might affect 374K Duke customers

    As many as 374,000 Duke Energy customers may be affected by a personal-data breach at a company that the utility used for nine years to process some payments.
    On Dec. 1, PayPal announced that TIO Networks, a company recently acquired by PayPal, had an information breach possibly involving 1.6 million of its customers. Of those 1.6 million, 374,000 are Duke Energy customers.

  • Log truck slams SUV

    A Heath Springs man was severely injured Tuesday when a log truck swerved into his lane on S.C. 903 and slammed into his SUV about 5 miles east of Lancaster.
    Stephen Faile, 46, was trapped in his 1991 Chevrolet Blazer for about 40 minutes. First responders extracted Faile by cutting apart the crushed vehicle surrounding him, then airlifted him to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
    The extraction took longer than normal, said county Fire Marshall Russell Rogers.

  • Man robs Dollar General in Buford

    A man robbed the Dollar General store in Buford Sunday night, and authorities are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect from surveillance video.

    The crime happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. at the store on Pageland Highway, said Lancaster County sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. The suspect was recorded by a camera at the nearby Buford Express store minutes before the robbery occurred. He was seen leaving the scene in a dark four-door sedan, believed to be a Honda.

  • Kershaw’s Christmas on Main is Monday night

    KERSHAW – If a horse-drawn carriage ride, a chat with Santa and a dose of yuletide entertainment will get you in the holiday mood, you’ll find all three in Kershaw on Monday evening.
    The town of Kershaw will host its second-annual Christmas on Main celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Hampton Street.
    “Christmas is getting close… only four weeks away,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We hope the weather cooperates so everyone can come out and enjoy themselves. We’re really looking forward to it.”

  • Woman gets 5-year term for killing son in refrigerator

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Angela Renee Blackwell, the Chester woman who confessed to killing her newborn last year by putting him in a refrigerator, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.
    Blackwell, 28, appeared before Circuit Judge Dan Hall at the Chester County Courthouse. She pleaded guilty to infliction of great bodily harm in the death of her 4-day-old son William David Paul Lewis.