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  • Absentee voting popular this year

    Long lines stretched along the hallway outside the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office this week as many voters hoped to cast their absentee ballots.

    Standing next to each other in one of those lines were Lancaster resident Diane Wilson and Sun City Carolina Lakes resident Rosalie Steinitz.

    Wilson was trying to make sure her vote was cast before undergoing back surgery next week. This was her first time casting an absentee ballot, but besides the long wait, she hasn't had any problems.

  • County to get a refund

    Lancaster County may soon be getting a check for $55,000 from its neighbor.

    A couple of months ago, Lancaster County learned that some sales taxes from Indian Land businesses had been paid to York County.

    The snafu happened because Indian Land's ZIP code, 29707, was accidentally designated as a York County ZIP by the S.C. Department of Revenue, County Administrator Steve Willis said. That led to 31 Indian Land businesses paying sales tax revenue to York County, instead of Lancaster County.

  • Breaking News Teen dies in Grace Avenue wreck

    An 18-year-old Carmel Road resident died in a one-vehicle accident Thursday night on Grace Avenue.

    Johntavis Lamar Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene from head injuries, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said.

    Campbell was a passenger in a 1999 Infiniti that ran off the road and struck a tree, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened at 11:20 p.m., about a mile west of the Lancaster city limits.

    The driver, a 17-year-old Lancaster teen, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

  • Multiple shootings, robberies keep Lancaster police busy

    Multiple shootings and robberies in Lancaster have kept police busy this week.

    Here's a roundup of the incidents, which occurred Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Police Capt. Harlean Howard said nobody was injured in the cases and no arrests have been made.

    She said investigators are looking to see if any of these six incidents are related.

    "We're looking at the cases individually and collectively," Howard said. "They're under heavy investigation and scrutiny."

  • Gamble, Pelot square off in District 6 school board race

    Retired educator Margaret Gamble wants to continue serving residents in the Kershaw area while Robert Pelot is looking to hold elected office for the first time.

    Gamble and Pelot face off in the Nov. 4 race for the District 6 Lancaster County school board seat.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

    Margaret Gamble

    Gamble, 63, the incumbent, is seeking a second term because she said she wants to help continue many of the programs the Lancaster County School District has undertaken in recent years.

  • AJ, IL bands vie for state titles

    Two Lancaster County bands will have a chance to call themselves state champion Saturday.

    The Andrew Jackson High School and Indian Land High School marching bands performed well enough in their respective Upper State preliminary competitions last week to advance to the state finals.

    Indian Land High's marching band finished first in the Class A Upper State preliminaries, held Saturday at Clinton High School.

    The top six bands in each class advance to the state finals.

  • Local author to speak on her latest book at library meeting

    Local author Rosemary Whitlock will be guest speaker at the fall meeting of the Friends of the Lancaster County Library at 7 p.m. Monday at the main branch of the county library, 313 S. White St.

    Whitlock is author of "The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: the Drums of Life," published this year by the University of Alabama Press. Of Monacan descent herself, Whitlock has written a folk history by relating personal stories of surviving members of the tribe.

  • Local teachers' group forms to back Mulvaney Senate bid

    INDIAN LAND – A group of local teachers has formed Teachers for Mulvaney, a group that says it's committed to advancing state Rep. Mick Mulvaney's efforts to put more dollars into the classroom and improve academic achievement for South Carolina school children.

    "I have been overwhelmed with the support and am especially proud to have some of them put this group together," Mulvaney said in a release.

  • 'Vulnerable town' label not so bad?

    The designation of Lancaster by forbes.com as the "most vulnerable town" in the country has a certain sting to it.

    But local business owners and officials have found some positive things to say about the article, an online exclusive to forbes.com, which is affiliated with the popular Forbes magazine. The article was published about a week ago, and listed Lancaster County's high unemployment rate of 12.2 percent as a contributing factor to its spot at the top of the list.

  • Video Included Candidates address issues at last forum before election

    Candidates from the five major local elections answered questions at a political forum Tuesday night sponsored by Duke Energy, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News.