• Norrell to give Democratic response to Haley’s address

    From release

  • Voter sign-up deadlines

    Voters who plan to cast ballots in the upcoming party primaries or special mayoral election for the city of Lancaster must register in the upcoming days.
    To vote in the Republican presidential primary, you must be registered by today, Jan. 20. The statewide GOP presidential primary is Feb. 20.
    To vote in the Democratic presidential primary, you must be registered by Jan. 27. That primary is Feb. 27.
    To vote in the special mayor’s race, city voters must be registered by Jan. 23.

  • Buford leader Jim Mahaffey dies at 79

    Community leader and business owner Jim Mahaffey, credited with turning Lancaster Superspeedway into a Carolinas racing hotbed in the ‘70s and ‘80s, died Jan. 18.
    Mahaffey, 79, was an Army veteran and the owner of Mahaffey Used Parts on North Rocky River Road. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah Ruth Craig Mahaffey, five children, 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

  • Council: Give deputies more firepower

    With mass shootings in San Bernardino and Paris still fresh in their minds, Lancaster County officials are moving forward with a plan to equip sheriff’s deputies with semi-automatic rifles for better protection when responding to emergencies.
    Lancaster County Council on Jan. 11 unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to arm all 117 sworn deputies at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with a Bushmaster XM-15 semiautomatic rifle.
    The force currently uses traditional shotguns, though not every deputy is equipped with one.

  • 'Do something that makes a difference'

    Lancaster honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Main Street parade and “I have a Dream” ceremony in the city hall parking lot Jan. 16.
    “Today we celebrate equality, diversity and justice for all,” said Marsha Barnes, who served as mistress of ceremony. “We also celebrate the life of a man who taught us those qualities.”

  • Harrisburg Elementary School to dismiss students at 11 a.m.

    INDIAN LAND – Harrisburg Elementary School is dismissing students at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 19, because of a power outage, said David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District.  
    “This is all third-hand information, but as I understand it, Duke Energy placed a new transformer sometime over the weekend, and that transformer has malfunctioned,” he said. “Nobody was aware of the issue until this morning because of the holiday.”

  • Council backs away from Sunday-alcohol referendum

    Don Podrebarac worries that a decision by county officials Jan. 11 not to get involved with efforts to craft a Sunday alcohol sales referendum could hurt his  business and cost the county tax revenue.
    As owner of Southern Spirits, an Indian Land store selling beer, wine and liquor, Podrebarac has spent the last year keeping an eye on efforts to bring a referendum to voters this November. If created and approved, the referendum would allow retail stores to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption on Sundays.

  • Meeting the man who saved your life

    Indianapolis resident Charlie Campbell owes Buford’s Hamp Sherrin his life.
    Sherrin donated stem cells to Campbell, who suffered from a form of leukemia, in 2010, and the two finally met a few months ago. Now they have a bond that will last forever.
    “You can be as manly as you want to be,” Campbell said. “You can be a Navy Seal and rough and tough as you want, but this will shake you down to the bone and affect you like nothing else you’ve ever been a part of.”

  • Norrell back from Cuba

    Kayland Hagwood

    For The Lancaster News

  • Permit allows county to move on IL convenience center projectc

    Lancaster County is set to move forward on construction of the long-awaited new Indian Land convenience center after clearing the project’s last regulatory hurdle.
    County Public Works Director Jeff Catoe said Jan. 11 the county received the project’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control last week.