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  • Choking smoke drifts our direction

    Drifting smoke from dozens of wildfires in the  Appalachians have clouded local skies and created unhealthy air for anyone with breathing issues such as asthma, COPD or emphysema.   
    The lingering smoke prompted the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to issue an air-quality alert to the very young and old or anyone with preexisting breathing problems.  

  • Hostage standoff ends after 5 hours

    After a five-hour standoff during which county and state SWAT teams surrounded his home, a Lancaster man was charged this weekend with holding his 19-month-old son and the child’s mother hostage.
    Jason Scott Taylor, 30, of 3821 Camp Creek Road, was arrested early Saturday on two counts of kidnapping, two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count each of first-degree domestic violence and unlawful neglect of a child.

  • Civil rights forum Tuesday at USCL

    From release

    USC Lancaster will host a round-table forum with Charles Allen Lingo and Charles Mauldin on the history and ongoing importance of civil rights activism in America.

    The forum is this Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Bundy Auditorium.

    Lingo and Mauldin worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the most well-known period of civil rights activism in American history.

  • Allen Blackmon picked as chair of county GOP

    Staff report

    Lancaster County Republicans picked Allen Blackmon as their new chairman Thursday night, replacing Brandon Newton, who stepped aside after being elected to the state House this week.

    Blackmon, who worked for the state Department of Revenue for 30 years before retiring in 2012, lives in Heath Springs. He ran for county auditor this year but lost a primary runoff with fellow Republican Susan Hunter Wallace. 

  • Twice declared dead in Vietnam, Jacky Bayne lived to tell his story

    Army Spc. Jacky Bayne of Indian Land lost his right leg in a land-mine explosion while on patrol near Chu Lai, Vietnam, in July 1967.

    He was pronounced dead twice, once on the battlefield and again at the hospital.

    Bayne was the guest of honor Friday at Indian Land High School’s Veterans Day ceremony. Who saved his life, and how he met that man more than a decade later, is a fascinating story.

  • East-west split seen in voting on alcohol

    Support for Sunday retail beer and wine sales in Lancaster County broke largely by geography during Tuesday’s election, with voters to the west approving the ballot measure and voters to the east rejecting it.  

    But retailers all over the county are eligible to apply for the retail permits as soon as the S.C. Department of Revenue makes them available.

  • Miracle Bikes are back!

    A week ago on this front page, a dejected Gonzie Mackey delivered sad news – thieves had stolen 30 refurbished bicycles, and there would be no Miracle Bikes for Kids this Christmas.

    You can imagine what happened next.

    Within days, Mackey was swamped with dozens of bikes donated from the community, most of them new, and his annual grassroots giveaway is back on target. 

  • Protest against Blackmon rejected

    Defeated city council incumbent Jackie Harris filed an election protest Thursday, alleging that her opponent Linda Blackmon committed fraud, bribery and coercion in Tuesday’s election.

    At a hastily arranged hearing Friday afternoon, the Lancaster County Election Commission heard the complaint and Blackmon’s flat denial of wrongdoing.

  • IL woman charged in man’s death from drugs

    An Indian Land woman was charged with second-degree murder  Wednesday in the methadone-overdose death of a Waxhaw man earlier this year.
    Angela Rose McCorkle, 40, of 488 Silver Run Road, also was charged with felony selling and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. The charges resulted from the Feb. 17 death of 28-year-old Clay Thomas Scott.

  • Exhibit honors Vietnam KIAs

    Eleven men from Lancaster County died in the Vietnam War.
    They will be honored Sunday when plaques saluting their military service go on permanent display at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse. The public is invited to join more than 50 of their relatives at a reception for the display’s unveiling.