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  • Green Beret moved to tears

    Editor's note: On this Veterans Day, we offer you this personal tribute from Liz James, an assistant principal at South Middle School in Lancaster.

    Liz James
    For The Lancaster News

  • Lancaster County voter turnout 66%

    With 39,099 ballots cast, Lancaster County had a 66 percent voter turnout in Tuesday’s general election, down a bit from 2012’s turnout but with a  record number of absentee ballots in the mix.
    More than 2 million ballots were cast by South Carolinians, according to the S.C. Election Commission. Statewide turnout was similar to Lancaster’s at 67 percent. Georgetown County had the highest at 75 percent.
    Lancaster County set an all-time high with 10,454 absentee ballots cast in this year’s election.

  • You said it: Election 2016

    We hit the streets Wednesday and Thursday to ask Lancaster County residents what they think of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. Here’s some of what we heard.

    Duane Dawley of Lancaster said Trump was his choice from the beginning and confessed he was pleasantly surprised by his win, since all he’d been hearing from the media was that Clinton was ahead.

  • Sheriff Faile wallops McCoy

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile will serve his third term in office after a blow-out win at the polls Tuesday against Democratic challenger William McCoy.
    As of deadline Tuesday, local elections officials were still counting an overwhelming number of absentee ballots and Indian Land’s Harrisburg precinct remained unreported, due to a technical issue with a voting machine.
    Still, Faile possessed an overwhelming lead with 18,253 votes, 70 percent of the total at the time, compared to McCoy’s 7,775 votes.

  • Mulvaney way ahead of Person

    Republican Mick Mulvaney was well on his way to winning his fourth U.S. House term Tuesday, leading Democrat Fran Person by a 20-point margin for the 5th District congressional seat.
    With final results in from six of the district’s 11 counties and partial results in others, Mulvaney had received 152,052 votes, or 59 percent, to Person’s 99,427 votes, or 39 percent. American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr. trailed with 5,080 votes, or 2 percent.

  • Blackmon ousts Harris from city council seat

    Local businesswoman Linda Blackmon will return to Lancaster City Council in January after defeating incumbent Jackie Harris 280 to 235 for the nonpartisan District 3 seat.
    It’s a 180-degree turn for the outspoken Blackmon, who lost the seat to Harris in 2012 by 62 votes. Blackmon also served on city council from 2002-06 (District 2) and 2008-12 (District 3).
    Blackmon, the owner of Blackmon-Brace Realty, Blackmon-Brace Bonding and head of the Michael Blackmon Foundation said she was speechless about the outcome.  

  • Newton wins in S.C. House District 45

    Republican Brandon Newton took a big win Tuesday night in the S.C. House District 45 race.
    As of press time, Newton had 11,084 votes to 6,210 for Democrat Tyler Mitchell. Due to a defective machine and more than 1,000 paper absentee ballots, all results were not in at press time.
    “I am just very humble and honored that the people of District 45 have chosen me to represent them in Columbia,” Newton said. “I look forward to working for my district in Columbia.”

  • Scott wins first full term

    U.S. Sen. Tim Scott appeared to have easily won his first full term Tuesday, despite facing three challengers representing six parties.
    With 30 of 46 counties reporting and many of the absentee ballots still not counted at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Scott held an almost 2 to 1 lead over his nearest opponent, Democrat Thomas Dixon.
    Scott had 59 percent of the vote (759,029 votes) to Dixon’s 35 percent (452,654 votes).

  • Voters pass Sunday alcohol referendum

    By a huge margin, Lancaster County voters said yes to retail beer and wine sales on Sunday.
    With 34 of 35 precincts in, the yes vote was 16,091, or 64 percent, and the no vote was 9,058, or 36 percent.
    Don Podrebarac, owner of Southern Spirits in Indian Land, led the petition drive for Sunday alcohol sales in retail outlets such as grocery and convenience stores. The pro-Sunday sales forces included the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, which argued that it would help Lancaster keep business and taxes from flowing to neighboring counties.

  • Yow wins second term in House District 53

    Kimberly Harrington
    Landmark News Service

    Republican incumbent Richie Yow of S.C. House District 53 won a landslide victory Tuesday.
    The Cheraw native won his second term in the House, garnering 66.16 percent of the vote (9,416 votes) to Democratic opponent Victor Li’s 33.83 percent (4,816 votes).
    Yow received 6,564 votes to Li’s 4,419 in the 19 Chesterfield County precincts covered by District 53, according to scvotes.org. In Lancaster County, Yow received 743 votes to Li’s 197.