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  • More upgrades planned at Stevens Park in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Stevens Park, 200 Close Circle, is an 18.6 acre tract of natural woodland and park area donated to the town of Kershaw in the 1940s by the John T. Stevens family. 

  • Threescore dedication

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Fire Department is small by today’s standards, with five full time and 17 volunteer firefighters.

  • A turnout tale of two Lancasters?

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    When the dust settled from Tuesday’s midterm elections in Lancaster County, a few facts became evident – that while still low, local turnout was higher than some expected and there is a clear divide in voter turnout between the northern and southern ends of the county.

  • Newman clinches close win

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    After a tense night and a prolonged wait for the final results from from all three counties, Republican Randy Newman clinched the win in the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s race, beating Democratic challenger William Frick by just 1,742 votes.

  • Just Jay

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    COLUMBIA – James. H. “Jay” Lucas said when he thinks about how his life has changed since he was named acting speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives on Sept. 11, a slew of sports clichés often come to mind.

    One of them, he said, is the role of a back-up quarterback who is “always everybody’s favorite.”

  • Support local veterans at annual parade

    Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    Robin Helms, director for Veterans Affairs of Lancaster County, expressed the importance for the local community to come out and support the men and women in uniform who have given their selfless service to protect our nation.

    Beginning at noon Saturday, Nov. 8, is the Lancaster County Veterans Day Parade and the community’s opportunity to show that support, Helms said.

  • Sales tax support varies by location

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Local voters approved Lancaster County’s new 1 cent capital sales and use tax by a healthy 59.9 percent of the vote overall, with 11,700 voting for the tax for public projects and 7,845 against, though support for the tax varied across the county.

    The sales tax will produce an estimated $41 million in revenue over seven years to fund road improvements, a digital emergency services communication system, a forensics lab for the sheriff’s office and improvements to county libraries.

  • District 53 voters elect Yow to S.C. House

    By Laura Caskey and Robert Howey

    The Lancaster News staff

    Cheraw native Richie Yow (R) took the open S.C. House District 53 seat on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    Yow faced Chesterfield Town Councilwoman Amy Brown (D) to fill the seat held for the last 10 years by Rep. Ted Vick (D).

    Yow received 4,223 votes to Brown’s 3,019 in the 19 Chesterfield County precincts that encompass District 53.

  • Man kills wife, himself at Chester Metropolitan

    Travis Jenkins

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – An estranged husband killed his wife, then ended his own life in the parking lot of the Chester Metropolitan Water and Sewer District on Thursday afternoon.

    About 3:15 p.m., the city of Chester Police Department received a "shots" fired call. The department, along with the Chester County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene and found two bodies, one male and one female, in the parking lot.

  • Man sentenced to life in prison for great-grandmother's murder

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    With his hands visibly trembling, Ronald Mackey carefully turned the pages of a statement he had written about the heavy toll his mother’s murder has taken on his family.

    Standing inside Courtroom A at the Lancaster County Courthouse on Monday morning, Nov. 3, Mackey was one of several family members gathered to hear the outcome of a plea hearing for William Richard Greene, 31, who was arrested for the 2012 murder of his 87-year-old great-grandmother, Verdie Mackey.