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  • Brown, Yow vie for S.C. House 53 seat

    On Nov. 4, residents in eastern Lancaster County and Chesterfield County will choose between Democrat Amy Brown and Republican Richie Yow in a race to fill the open S.C. House District 53 seat currently held by Rep. Ted Vick (D).
    Vick, who served as a state representative for the past 10 years, decided to not seek re-election in 2014.
    Amy Brown
    Though this is Brown’s first try for the District 53 seat, she does have a history in politics.
    Brown has served the last 18 years on Chesterfield Town Council, including a stint as the town’s Mayor pro tem.

  • Pelham maintains allegations

    A Lancaster pastor and community activist spoke before the Lancaster County school board for a second time Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, maintaining allegations of racism in the district’s recent hiring of a new secondary education director.
    The Rev. AnThony Pelham, pastor of Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church pastor says county school district officials and board members intentionally disregarded two better qualified black female candidates in July by hiring new secondary education director Butch Dutton, who is white.

  • Council reveals 'Project Rock'

    A tax agreement that will eventually result in better Internet connectivity for local Comporium customers was approved by county officials earlier this month.
    Minutes after revealing that a company previously known only as “Project Rock” was actually local Internet, telephone and cable provider Comporium, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved final reading of a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement for the company during council’s Oct. 13 meeting.

  • Helping her homeland

    For one Indian Land resident, the Ebola crisis in Liberia is very personal. Edith Kpaeyeh moved to America in 1991, fleeing the West African nation’s second civil war, but many of her family members remain there.
    They face hunger and disease in the midst of current crisis as the nation shuts down in response to the deadly virus.
    Kpaeyeh knows how challenging life can be in Liberia during a crisis, having lived through several before coming here.
    First civil war

  • Local jobless rate drops in September

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) released unemployment figures for the month of September earlier this week. 

  • Student arrested for bringing gun onto campus

    A student in an educational training program that helps with local construction projects was arrested last week after he was found with an unloaded pistol on a school campus. 

  • School board members say goodbye to Taylor

    Lancaster County school board members said goodbye to fellow board member Mary Etta Taylor during their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21.

  • Chester man faces weapon, assault charges

    A man is facing a host of charges after he was arrested at the scene of an assault Oct. 18. 

  • Lancaster man arrested in Old Mill Grocery fire

     Authorities arrested a Lancaster man Thursday, Oct. 23, for the early-morning blaze that destroyed a local “mom and pop” grocery store a day earlier. 

    Coy Lamar “Marty” Knight, 51, 1115 First St., was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree arson in connection to a fire that tore through Old Mill Grocery, 1166 Old Landsford Road, early Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

  • SLED charges former sheriff with misdemeanor breach of trust

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has charged former Lancaster County Sheriff John Walter “Johnny” Cauthen for allegedly failing to return a county-owned sidearm and laptop computer after leaving office at the end of 2008.