• Civil servants on the diamond defending Lancaster’s honor

    Police, firefighters, city employees and officials head to the softball diamond at Buckelew Park on Saturday for seven innings of friendly competition against their counterparts from the city of York.
    Billed as a modern-day, just-for-fun War of the Roses, the softball game was put together in hopes of creating an annual event swapped between the two municipalities. Next year’s game will be played in York.
    There will be a non-traditional softball game, loads of family fun between innings and concessions by the Lancaster High School Civinettes.

  • Sen. Scott faces 3 challengers

    Thirty-four seats in the U.S. Senate are up for grabs Nov. 8, and Republicans, including South Carolina’s Tim Scott, hold 24 of them.
    While many political observers say Scott is safe, he faces three challengers Nov. 8.
    They include Democrat Thomas Dixon, Dr. Bill Bledsoe of the Constitution and Libertarian parties, and Michael Scarborough of the American Party.
    Winthrop University political scientist Scott Huffmon believes the popular incumbent will win another term.

  • Ballot includes Sunday alcohol sales question

    In addition to the candidates on this year’s ballot, Lancaster County residents will be asked to decide whether or not local stores should be allowed to sell beer and wine on Sundays.
    And as voters learned during the 2012 ballot measure that allowed Sunday alcohol sales at local restaurants, the ballot question itself is anything but clear – something absentee voters are already learning.
    Here’s the question as it appears on Lancaster County ballots:

  • Kershaw: Ill-received edict moves Halloween 5 days early

    KERSHAW – After issuing a town edict that trick-or-treating would officially be moved to five days before Halloween, chastised town officials have spun around and marched back to the traditional Oct. 31 celebration.
    The town’s Tuesday declaration said tricks and treats could be solicited only from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26. That way the entire community’s trick-or-treating would coincide with the popular trunk-or-treating event in the First Baptist Church parking lot.

  • Go directly to jail at 137 mph

    A Fort Mill man in a muscular Mustang traversed 16 miles between Lancaster and Kershaw in seven minutes Sunday morning before being arrested.
    Do the math. That’s averaging 137 mph.
    Robert William Sherengo, 61, was charged with driving 100 mph in a 55-mph zone by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The Lancaster Police Department charged him with failure to stop for blue lights and reckless driving.

  • Mulvaney discusses Trump, issues during Facebook Q&A

    Congressman Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday he believes Donald Trump has a better chance of uniting the country than Hillary Clinton should he win the presidential election.
    The comment came during a Facebook forum with voters Tuesday in which Mulvaney answered questions on a range of topics, including several questions about the presidential race.

  • Newcomers pitch change in District 45 House race

    Two young nominees are competing for the S.C. House District 45 seat held by four-term Republican Deborah Long, 60, who opted not to run for a fifth term.
    Both Republican Brandon Newton, 22, and Democrat Tyler Mitchell, 23, aim to bring unity to Lancaster County, which often finds the southern part and the northern Panhandle at odds.
    “The problems of tomorrow cannot be solved with yesterday’s solutions,” Newton said.
    Mitchell views his youth as an asset because it keeps him out of the establishment status quo.  

  • Code: No new porch at Barr Street center

    The front porch roof of the Lancaster Community Center on East Meeting Street near the former Barr Street High School is falling in from age and will be torn down by the end of the year.
    But rebuilding it is still up in the air. And it’s not because its 10-member board isn’t working to line up the money or someone to do the work. All of that is on the back burner for now.
    Blame it on the street, because the front of the building is now too close to the front property line to rebuild the porch, said board Vice Chair Charmaine Stradford.

  • ‘We are killing ourselves’

    More than 200 people held candles aloft Sunday night and cried out for justice in the killing of Yusuf Ali Abdus-Salaam, with his family begging witnesses to tell police what they saw.
    “We keep hollering about black lives matter, but when will they matter to us?” Abdus-Salaam’s mother, Jenny Thompson Bridges, angrily told the crowd. “Who would’ve thought that with 15 witnesses, somebody wouldn’t know who took his life?...

  • Sims Foundation awards $940,000

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has awarded nearly $940,000 in grants to 18 local organizations.

    Hope in Lancaster Inc., a crisis-relief organization, received $255,501, the largest grant, and plans to use the money for its new Bounce Back program and the Fresh and Healthy Food Initiative. 

    “We are extremely grateful that J. Marion Sims continues to believe in us and support us,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of Hope in Lancaster.