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  • Mulvaney wins District 16 Senate seat

    Republican Mick Mulvaney has won the state S.C. Senate District 16 race over Democratic opponent Mandy Powers Norrell.

    According to unofficial results from the S.C. State Election Commission, Mulvaney won with 53.7 percent of the vote, which was 25,125 votes. Norrell trailed with 21,626 votes, or 46.22 percent of the vote. This includes votes from Lancaster and York counties.

  • Incumbents retain school seats

    Two incumbents faced off against newcomers in the race for District 4 and District 6 school board seats, and late Tuesday night both incumbents had retained them.

    Peter Barry's campaign to keep his District 4 seat against the Rev. AnThony Pelham was successful, as the final tally gave Barry 2,355 votes to Pelham's 1,022 votes.

  • Few problems at the polls

    With functional voting machines and lines that kept moving throughout the day, Lancaster County voters encountered few problems at the polls on Tuesday.

    Rick Crimminger, chairman of the county election commission, said wait times in lines at polling places varied depending on the precinct.

    By Tuesday afternoon, the wait time in Lancaster was about an hour, while it was averaging 90 minutes in Kershaw and Heath Springs. The longest wait, he said, was in Indian Land, where voters waited an average of three hours.

  • Voters approve sales tax

    Lancaster County voters said yes to a new sales tax that will help pay for construction of a new courthouse.

    According to unofficial results, 16,299 voters voted "yes" for the tax, while 11,386 voted against it. The tax will add 1 cent to Lancaster County's 7 percent sales tax.

    The county is expected to begin collecting the tax in May 2009. It will be collected for no longer than seven years to pay off bonds used to build the courthouse. Officials estimate that a new courthouse and parking garage will cost $33 million.

  • Cole unseats Grier for Council Council

    Democrat D.W. "Cotton" Cole defeated Republican incumbent Wesley Grier on Tuesday for the County Council District 3 seat.

    Cole had 1,766 votes and Grier had 1,698 votes.

    District 3 covers the Buford community, as well as the Camp Creek, Tradesville, Unity and Pleasant Dale communities.

    Cole, a retired Lancaster fire chief, watched intently Tuesday night as the results came in on the big screen at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

    At that time, he didn't know how the numbers were going to play out.

  • Long makes history in District 45

    Republican Deborah Long was leading Democrat Fred Thomas at press time in the race for the S.C. House District 45 seat, which covers parts of Lancaster and northern York counties.

    As of 11:30 p.m., Long had 7,174 votes in Lancaster County, while Thomas had 6,758 votes.

    York County numbers were unavailable, but they usually favor the Republican candidate.

  • Updated throughout the count Local election results for Lancaster County only

    Complete State Senate District 16 results:

    Mick Mulvaney (R) - 53.70%

    Mandy Powers Norrell (D) - 46.22%

    Complete State House District 45 results:

  • Amendment about woman's consent on ballot

    Tuesday's ballot will feature an amendment question that could change the age a woman can legally consent to sex in South Carolina.

    The state's constitution has the age of consent for an unmarried woman set at 14, while the state Legislature has it set at 16, which is what the courts go by.

    The amendment would remove the age of consent part of the constitution.

    It's easier for legislators to change a state law than it is to change the constitution, Attorney General Henry McMaster told WSPA last week.

  • WSMS in on the air

    South Middle School has its own TV stars and news producers.

    About 15 students participate in the school's daily news program, WSMS, which is in its first full year. The South Middle family can hear lunch menus, weather and other information on the show, broadcast each morning at the school.

    The newscast is written, produced and broadcast by students, with assistance from their advisor, teacher Justin Thomas.

  • See the glitz and glamour - Slideshow included! Women glam it up to raise awareness of breast cancer

    It was a night of glitz and glamour at the Healthy Woman fall fashion show with a twist.

    Many of the models, held at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building on Tuesday, were breast cancer survivors. The goal of the show was not only showing off pretty clothes, but raising awareness of the disease during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which was October.