• First-in-the-South primary Saturday

    Reece Murphy
    All eyes are on South Carolina as candidates for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination vie for votes in the Palmetto State’s presidential primary Saturday.
    As the second primary in the nation and the first in the South, the Palmetto State’s presidential primaries have historically been seen as a key political bellwether in judging the nation’s enthusiasm for candidates – especially Republican primary candidates.

  • Cook vying for House 44

    Reece Murphy
    Kershaw attorney Bob Cook announced Tuesday he intends to join the race for the S.C. House District 44 seat now occupied by state Rep. James Neal.
    Neal, also a Kershaw native, announced earlier this month he will not seek re-election this year after 14 years in office.
    Cook, a Democrat, is the third candidate to announce a run for the seat.

  • Reclaiming the dream

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    Local celebrations held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. got off to an early start Monday, with the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast.
    The Rosetta Seegars, Henry Pelham Sr. and Hester Wade Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 by the Rev. AnThony Pelham, pastor of Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church in Lancaster.

  • Gold mine sets community-wide meeting Monday

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – The community will soon have a chance to ask questions and gain insight about the status of the Haile Gold Mine project in the southern part of the county.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a special meeting Monday at Kershaw’s Andrew Jackson Recreation Center, 6354 N. Matson St. The corps is evaluating the gold mine’s potential environmental impact on the area.
    Monday’s meeting, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., is open to the public.

  • Would-be chicken thief behind bars

    Jesef Williams
     A Lancaster County man who got caught trying to steal meat from a grocery store is now in jail after fighting with store employees. Lewis Rodrigues Stevenson, 34, 121-D College St., Heath Springs, was charged Jan. 8 with shoplifting, third offense or more, three counts of assault and battery and public disorderly conduct.

  • County deputy arrested for burglary

    A Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy found himself on the other side of the law this week after he was arrested on burglary charges Thursday.
    The sheriff’s office began investigating the case after deputies were called to an unfinished home in the 10000 block of Lakeshore Drive about a theft of construction materials, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • For the love of Paige

    The spotlight is on Paige Duke.
    After competing against other women for the attention of a bachelor, Duke is now the one being sought in “Sweet Home Alabama,” a reality dating show on the cable TV network CMT.
    The Lancaster native is the focus of the show's newest season, which began Friday with a special two-hour premier. More than 20 men will vie for her love during this third season, filmed in Fairhope, Ala.

  • Regulators to vote on Duke rate hike

    The Public Service Commission of South Carolina is scheduled to vote on Duke Energy’s request for a rate increase in coming weeks – a request now less than half the amount the company originally asked for.
    In August, Duke Energy asked the commission for a rate increase of 15.2 percent, which included an average 17 percent increase for residential customers, 13 percent for industrial customers and 11 percent for commercial customers.
    The commission, which must approve increases for the utility, held a public hearing on the matter in Lancaster in November.

  • MLK scholarship breakfast set for Monday

    For many, Monday isn’t viewed as a day off, but rather a time to come together and work toward making our communities stronger.
    With that in mind, Faith Hope & Victory Christian Church is once again hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship breakfast.
    The 11th annual event is 8 a.m. Monday at Covenant Baptist Church, 165, Craig Manor Road, Lancaster.

  • Final phase of Streetscape set

    Jesef Williams
     The final phase of Lancaster’s Main Street streetscape beautification series will end at the city limits, as opposed to Great Falls Highway, which had been proposed.
    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday on the bounds of the work, which will go from the Emmons Street intersection south to the city limits. The work is projected to cost about $918,000, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.