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  • Time running out for mailing absentee ballot

    If you haven’t mailed your absentee ballot to elections officials by this afternoon, don’t mail it. You’re too late to guarantee that it arrives in time to count, and you’ll need to hand-deliver the ballot to the elections office.
    The Lancaster County Elections Office has mailed out more than 2,500 paper ballots for the Nov. 8 general election, including one sent to a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county elections director. So far, only 53 percent of the ballots have been returned.

  • Drought worsens, voluntary restrictions urged

    From release

    Lack of rain has pushed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin to the next level of drought designation, Duke Energy announced Tuesday.
    The basin’s Drought Management Advisory Group moved the area to Stage 1, is the second of five drought stages. It recommended voluntary water conservation by water users across the basin, in addition to operational adjustments by Duke Energy.

  • Cast your vote like it’s 1965

    AnnaMarie Koehler-Shepley
    Carolina Reporter, Special to The Lancaster News

    With this year’s election cycle coming to a close, the South Carolina Political Collections library at the University of South Carolina is giving visitors a chance to cast their ballot with an old-school twist.
    A Votomatic polling machine, created by Joseph Harris in the early 1960s, is on display and available for visitors to try with this year’s candidates. The small machine works by punching holes in ballot cards to record votes.

  • An ER surprise on Halloween night

    Arresting criminals might be deputies’ most important responsibility, but it’s not the whole job.
    Sometimes they get to make a hurt kid smile.
    Eight-year-old Kailyn Usher of Kershaw was having a sad Halloween Monday night.
    While all the other witches, monsters, ghouls and ghosts were haunting the streets of Lancaster County, Kailyn was in the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital with a broken foot.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas Basket gets early start

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Memorial Christmas Basket got an  early start this year, with HOPE  in Lancaster starting the annual holiday fundraiser on Tuesday.
    The drive is named for the late Ward Faulkenberry Sr., a former commander of American Legion Post 31, who founded the Christmas basket in 1959. It provides Christmas meal food boxes for about 300 families each year.
    The fund will also provide a Christmas party breakfast on Dec. 3 and stocking gifts for every member of those families under age 17.

  • Not again! Pipe blast may cut off gas supply

    AAA Carolinas

    Gas prices are expected to rise and shortages are possible throughout the Carolinas after Colonial Pipeline shut down Lines 1 and 2 in response to a gasoline explosion Monday night in Shelby County, Ala.

  • Manhunt for no-show murder defendant

    For the second time in a week, murder defendant Montrez Clark has failed to show up in court, and Solicitor Randy Newman has had enough of that.
    Newman on Monday called out local law enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and SLED's Fugitive Team to track down the Lancaster fugitive for trial in the 2009 killing of a Great Falls man.
    “We believe he is armed and dangerous,” Newman said. “If you come in contact with him, don’t approach him. Call 911 immediately.”

  • Praying over ‘hot spots’ on deadly Southside streets

    Thirteen men and women walked the streets of Lancaster’s wounded Southside neighborhood Saturday morning, embracing residents on porches and in yards, praying over “hot spots” where violent crimes have occurred.
    Jaquana Blackmon and her children, Stoney and Kacey, were riding through their neighborhood when they noticed the crowd praying. Blackmon pulled over and they got out.
    “We are not just going to miss this prayer,” Blackmon told her kids, “because Lord knows we need it.”

  • IL driver arrested for ramming SUV

    An Indian Land man was arrested for intentionally ramming his pickup into the SUV of a woman he thought helped take a motorcycle he’d repaired, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.

    Francis Ferland, 63, of 887 Fort Mill Highway, is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

  • Fancy Pokket breaks logjam

    After four frustrating years of delays and facing an ultimatum from county officials, Fancy Pokket has cleared its final hurdle and can fire up its ovens. 

    The state inspection of the bread-making plant's boilers was completed Wednesday, five days short of the county-imposed Halloween deadline.