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  • Candidates, campaign representatives stump issues at NAACP political forum

    The Lancaster County Branch of the NAACP held a political forum on Thursday, June 5, at the Lancaster County Community Center to allow voters to put a face with the names of candidates running in the June 10 primary, said Doris Hood, a life member of the NAACP.

    As Hood welcomed attendees to the NAACP s third quarterly town hall meeting, “Saving Our Community: Meet the Candidates,” she shared why the political forum was important.

    “Voting is important for a working democracy,” she said.

  • Days of texting while driving are numbered

    A drive on the wild side is what S.C. House Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) got when a distracted driver forced her and her husband, Mitch Norrell, off the road Wednesday, June 4. 

    Interesting enough, the General Assembly passed the state’s ban on texting while driving on the same day with a 94-2 vote by the House and a vote of 42-2 in the Senate. 

  • Double dipping in Gills Creek

    Since 2006, the Carolina heelsplitter has made many Panhandle residents shake their heads, due to the federally-protected species being found in a high-growth area along Six Mile Creek in Indian Land.

    A critical habitat of the endangered mussel has also been identified in the stretch of Gills Creek between Cimmeron Road and Pageland Highway.

    Last month, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service made improvements to the section of the creek that flows beneath Happy Trail in an effort to improve the mussel habitat.

  • Absher: City doesn't need to borrow money

    City of Lancaster Finance Director James Absher gave the council good news as he presented the 2014-15 recommended budget at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 3. 

    He said the city is in good shape in regards to its debt-service, which is the cash that is required for a particular time period to cover the repayment of interest and principal on a debt.

    “We don't need to borrow money,” Absher said. “The city has sufficient cash reserves for any need that may arise.”

  • D-Day:Throngs At Churches on Invasion Day

     If you could go back and read the Friday, June 9, 1944, edition of The Lancaster News, you’d see the headlines above on its front page.

    Today’s issue honors those who fought and died on D-Day, Tuesday, June 6, 1944, as we mark its 70th anniversary today. 

    The front page is an updated black-and-white throwback, appearing as closely as possible the way it would have looked the week 160,000 Allied troops landed at dawn along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified coastline to fight the Nazis on five beaches in Normandy, France. 

  • Around town on D-Day

    Here is a brief glimpse at some of the local news during the first week of June 1944:

  • June 6 wasn’t just another Tuesday

    School was out the morning of Tuesday, June 6, 1944.

  • Remembering D-Day and Ernie Pyle, Part 2 of 3

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series of columns by Ernie Pyle in recognition of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which is today, June 6. The columns were written immediately after the Allied landing at Normandy. May they cause us to pause and recall the sacrifices made by those serving and who have served in our armed forces. 

  • INVASION NEWS

    Editor’s note: The following appeared on the front page of the Friday, June 9, 1944, edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Three flown from single car wreck

     Two Lancaster women and a juvenile were airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte following a single car accident in the Buford community Tuesday, June 3.

    The accident occurred about 4:09 p.m. on Rocky River Road (S.C. 522) about 13 miles east of Lancaster between Cannery and Camp Creek roads.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Greg Miller said Amanda Hegler, 26, Sammi Jo Messer, 27, and an unidentified juvenile were injured in the accident.