• Sheriff to hire 2nd victim’s advocate

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received a state grant for $84,170 this week, enabling it to hire a second victim’s advocate, this one aimed at domestic-violence cases.
    “Domestic violence cases are time-consuming and they deserve all the attention we can give them,” said Donna Phillips, the sheriff’s only victim’s advocate.
    “Stretched like I am now, it’s hard to give the domestic-violence victims the attention they need.”

  • Drought spreads, water cutbacks urged

    Lancaster and Kershaw have asked residents for voluntary water conservation after S.C. officials raised the drought status across the state this week.
    The S.C. Drought Response Committee moved Lancaster and four other counties into the lowest stage, incipient drought. The other counties were Kershaw, Richland, Lexington and Barnwell.
    That change prompted the city of Lancaster, the town of Kershaw and the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District to ask customers to cut back on water use.

  • Thieves cripple ‘Miracle Bikes’

    Gonzie Mackey gave away 78 refurbished bikes to kids around Lancaster last Christmas. This year, there will be none.
    Nearly 30 bicycles have been swiped from Gonzie Mackey’s Assembly Shop on Great Falls Highway this year.
    The two-term Lancaster City Council member and retired firefighter says the thieves have taken more than just the bikes. They have hijacked his love of Christmas.
    “I just don’t feel right in even trying to do it,” Mackey said. “At times, I don’t even feel comfortable walking into the shop.”

  • Sun City road-repair deal on table

    Lancaster County has offered Sun City Carolina Lakes’ developer a way to resolve the decade-long dispute over the county taking on financial responsibility for the roads in the massive Indian Land community.
    Lancaster County Attorney John Weaver, at the instruction of county council, sent a letter to Cisco Garcia, vice president of Atlanta-based Pulte Group, detailing the county’s proposal. The company has until noon Nov. 15 to accept the offer and put the issue to rest.

  • Huge absentee turnout

    Absentee voting in Lancaster County has set a record in this election, up at least 44 percent from 2012, with two days left for even more absentee ballots to come in.
    As of 5 p.m. Friday, almost 7,500 absentee votes had been cast for Tuesday’s general election, an increase from 5,200 in the last presidential election year, said county Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    In the past week, the parking lot of the Lancaster County Administration Building on North Main Street has looked a lot like a mall on Black Friday.

  • Bridge repair to cause I-77 delays

    From release

    Repairs to the bridge over the Catawba River will close three of five northbound lanes of I-77 between Exits 81 and 83 from 10 a.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.
    A routine inspection this week showed concrete deteriorating on the bridge deck. While the bridge is safe for travel, the condition warrants repairs before it disrupts upcoming holiday traffic.
    Motorists should expect congestion and consider alternate routes.

  • ‘Mean Man’ Mingo inspires Buford students

    Buford Middle School ended its Red Ribbon Week with a visit and motivational message from local boxing legend Cedric “Mean Man” Mingo.
    Mingo told students they might face peer pressure and be asked to use drugs or consume alcohol illegally.
    “My main emphasis is just say no,” Mingo said.
    According to the S.C. Boxing Hall of Fame, Mingo was once the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental featherweight boxing champion and the World Boxing Federation (WBF) featherweight world champion.

  • IL newspaper tops state ad awards

    Carolina Gateway has won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015-16 President’s Award for Best Overall Advertising in a weekly publication, the highest award in the association’s  annual PALMY Advertising Contest.
    SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers presented the award to the Carolina Gateway staff in October.
    This year 652 advertisements were submitted by 21 SCPA newspapers. Carolina Gateway won 19 advertising awards, and its sister publication The Lancaster News won 17.

  • Mary Bucher dies in Ohio after horrible 5-month saga

    Mary Bucher lived just 33 more days after she made it back to Ohio where her children could watch after her.
    She left Lancaster in late September after spending four months at Springs Memorial Hospital, incapacitated. Authorities took her away from her husband, Kim Bucher, in May and charged him with neglecting her health after a series of strokes.
    Mary Bucher died under hospice care in Perrysburg, Ohio, Wednesday night. She was 63.

  • Local voting machines not on internet, so rest easy

    Danny O’Brien patiently waited in line at the county elections office Wednesday afternoon and cast an absentee ballot before proudly putting an “I Voted” sticker on his shirt.
    O’Brien was there to let his voice be heard. But after leaving, can O’Brien rest assured that it is his indeed his voice, and not that of a computer hacker, that’s speaking at the ballot box?