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  • Sobbing parents beg judge to deny bond

    The man in the orange jumpsuit was escorted through the holding-room door, his hands and feet shackled. The half-filled courtroom fell silent.
    Brent Gay, 32, never looked at his only relative in the room, his grandmother, or at the two rows filled with the family of Flint McManus, the man he’s accused of murdering last Dec. 5.

  • District 45 candidates chart state reforms

    At their second debate in five days, the candidates for S.C. House District 45 ran through their policy proposals clearly and quickly, agreeing on some and contrasting on others.
    A question highlighting the candidates’ age kicked off Monday night’s Before You Vote Candidates Forum at USC Lancaster, which was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News and moderated by Duke Energy’s Rick Jiran.
    Republican Brandon Newton, 22, said his age has no impact on his voice for the voters.

  • Harris, Blackmon discuss city’s finances, crime, business climate

    Candidates for Lancaster City Council District 3 faced off at Monday night’s forum and discussed issues including crime, downtown revitalization and the city’s budget problems.
    Incumbent Jackie Harris, running for her second term, took the floor with Linda Blackmon.
    Blackmon served on city council for District 2 from 2002-06 and for District 3 from 2008-12. She served as mayor pro-tem during her District 2 term.
    In opening statements, Harris said voters should elect officials who serve the people, not themselves.

  • U.S. House hopefuls’ competing visions

    Congressman Mick Mulvaney debated Democratic challenger Fran Person for the first time Monday night, and they and third-party candidate Rudy Barnes laid out contrasting visions for the country.
    The competitors for the 5th District U.S. House seat participated in the Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum 2016.
    The event, at USC Lancaster, was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News, and moderated by Rick Jiran of Duke Energy.

  • Gloves off!

    The Lancaster County sheriff’s race boiled over in personal accusations Monday night, with incumbent Barry Faile and Democratic challenger William McCoy calling each other unfit to serve.
    Appearing at the Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum 2016 at University of South Carolina Lancaster, the candidates had barely laid out their vision for the office when McCoy criticized Faile’s integrity.

  • Kershaw buys land for industrial park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has spent $170,000 for one piece of the property needed to develop a long-awaited industrial park in the southern end of the county.

    “We can’t sit still and wait around on this,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We plan to move ahead because we see some industries coming in that will be providing services to Haile Gold Mine.”

  • Don’t you want your $104,000?

    HEATH SPRINGS – Nobody likes getting bills, especially one for $104,000.

    But Heath Springs Administrator Tony Starnes had to drag one out of Utility Service Group, the company that repaired the town’s 150,000-gallon water tank earlier this year. The company didn’t bill the town for its services.

  • Person lays out plans to help middle class

    Fran Person, the Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, made an appeal to Indian Land voters of all political persuasions Thursday, saying his priority is improving the lives of middle-class Americans.

    Person was the only District 5 candidate at the Carolina Gateway/Indian Land Action Council-sponsored candidates’ forum. Mick Mulvaney, a three-term GOP incumbent, and American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr. chose not to attend.

  • Founders donates SUV to local SPCA chapter

    Lancaster’s SPCA routinely receives donations of cash and checks, but on Wednesday, the animal-advocate group drove away in a spacious SUV – a gift from Founders Federal Credit Union.  

    “Our SPCA animals will be riding in style,” SPCA President Diana Knight said.  “Thanks to Founders.” 

  • 70 charged in 10-month drug probe

    A 10-month undercover drug investigation has resulted in charges against 70 people and a roundup of nearly 60 suspects over the past two weeks, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Friday.

    Faile, who is running for his third term, hinted at the announcement during a candidate forum in Indian Land Thursday night.