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  • Gene Baker, gifted salesman, local broadcasting titan, dies

    Gene Baker, who went from ad salesman to Lancaster radio station owner and cable TV pioneer, died Monday night. He was 82.
    Baker was the former owner of Royal Broadcasting, which included WLCM-AM and WPAJ-FM, and Video Vision, which was later bought by Comporium.
    Colleagues remember him as a master salesman.

  • Republican Allen Blackmon files for county auditor

    Republican Allen Blackmon, who worked for the S.C. Department of Revenue for more than 30 years, filed to run for Lancaster County auditor Tuesday.
    “I was involved in all taxes, primarily income tax, sales tax and property tax,” said Blackmon, 60, who retired from the state in 2012. “The auditor’s office is actually overseen by the S.C. Department of Revenue.”

  • Faile gets Democratic opponent

    An Indian Land native and 25-year veteran of law enforcement is running as a Democrat against incumbent Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
    William “Billy” McCoy, filed to run for the office Tuesday. McCoy is currently a sergeant in the special services division of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.
    He said he decided to run for sheriff because so many people kept asking him to and because Faile, elected in 2008 and completing his second term, has been in office long enough.

  • Coroner Morris won’t seek reelection

    After 36 years in office, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris on Tuesday announced he will not seek reelection.
    Morris, a Democrat who oversaw a tenfold increase in death cases over the years, talked about the importance of handling that investigative workload with compassion and human dignity.
    “There are two things I have always preached to my staff,” Morris said. “One is that you always call the deceased by his or her name. And never say ‘I know how you feel.’”

  • Carrying the cross

    Traveling up Main Street from Lancaster Square to the downtown business district is old hat for most of us.

    But if you went that way Saturday morning, you may have crossed paths with two crosses as 90 members of Christian Assembly Worship Center carried the symbol of Christianity through downtown during Easter weekend.

  • Duke gets to control river, users benefit too

    Page Leggett

    Duke Energy's Illumination website

    In some ways, this is a fish story, though not one of exaggeration. It’s also about swimming and boating, economic development, flowers and electricity and drinking water for millions of people.

  • Bullet hole in girl’s bike tire sets off councilman Mackey

    Something has to change on the 300 block of Connor Street, an exasperated Gonzie Mackey told fellow Lancaster City Council members this week.

    Mackey held up his granddaughter’s bicycle tire with a bullet hole in it, and said the girl was on the bike when the bullet hit.

  • Victim reports crime, arrested as culprit

    A Heath Springs man who called 911 to report someone in a pickup intentionally ramming his SUV ended up behind bars when the investigation revealed he was the aggressor, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said.

    Douglas Wayne Donahue, 46, 631 Fairhill Road, was arrested on two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count of second-degree assault and battery.

  • Public invited to 2-day UDO review sessions

    The public is invited to two days of sessions to review and comment on Lancaster County’s proposed new Unified Development Ordinance and zoning map.

    The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is mandated by the South Carolina Planning Act. The UDO includes zoning district standards, infrastructure standards, general development standards, natural resources protection and the official zoning map.

  • Polish firm buys old Clark Controls building

    While officials remained tight-lipped, The Lancaster News has learned that a Polish company that manufactures a compound used in the tire-making process has purchased the 180,000-square-foot Josyln Clark Controls building.
    According to the Lancaster County Register of Deeds, Makrochem LLC bought the 32-acre site March 10 for a little more than $1.5 million. The site is on West Meeting Street near S.C. 9.