Today's News

  • We must find ways to repair our roads

    You’ve probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina’s roads and bridges, and how to fund their repairs and maintenance.

    Policy-makers agree that the issue will be front and center when the Legislature convenes in January. The unanswered question is where to find the billions of dollars needed to fix them – and whether there will be an increase in the gas tax, raising pump prices.

  • Two teenagers inspire and renew my spirit

    In September, I was invited to watch Jaden Mix, a ninth-grader at North Central High School, run in a 3 ½ mile cross country track race at Lancaster High School stadium.

    Once I heard the name Jaden, I dropped everything to cheer him on. Although quiet and reserved, one Sunday, I saw Jaden go to the front of the church with a full congregation and pray a prayer with no reservation.

  • Man sentenced to life in prison for great-grandmother's murder

    Christopher Sardelli


    With his hands visibly trembling, Ronald Mackey carefully turned the pages of a statement he had written about the heavy toll his mother’s murder has taken on his family.

    Standing inside Courtroom A at the Lancaster County Courthouse on Monday morning, Nov. 3, Mackey was one of several family members gathered to hear the outcome of a plea hearing for William Richard Greene, 31, who was arrested for the 2012 murder of his 87-year-old great-grandmother, Verdie Mackey.

  • Van Wyck residents discuss incorporation

    Reece Murphy


    VAN WYCK – If there are two things most residents of Van Wyck agree on, it's an appreciation of the rural appeal of their small unincorporated community, and how the growth explosion in the Panhandle has left it largely undisturbed.

    But with ongoing efforts to develop the TreeTops property on Van Wyck Road, and occasional talk of other potential projects, the community is in the midst of a sometimes polarizing conversation about how to control and deal with future development.

  • Latest HUD data on homelessness a mixed bag

    Denyse Clark


    As the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless moves forward in finding solutions for local homelessness, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently reported homelessness in the nation continues to decrease.

    However, the total number of people experiencing homelessness in South Carolina is up 13.1 percent since 2010.

    HUD’s 2014 annual Homeless Assessment Report said there were more than 578,000 people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2014 in the United States.

  • Newman benefits from GOP vote in IL


    Christopher Sardelli


    The battle for the Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s seat was still up in the air late Tuesday night, Nov. 4 as Republican candidate Randy Newman and his Democratic challenger William Frick waited for results to trickle in from the final of three counties.

    By 10 p.m., Newman was leading across two counties with a total 14,759 votes to Frick’s 13,255, according to unofficial results from the Lancaster and Fairfield county election commissions.

  • Voters approve optional sales tax

    Laura Caskey


    Voters in Lancaster County approved a local 1-percent sales tax increase question on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    Final numbers show the tax increase was approved with 59 percent of the vote.

    The tax was a hot-button issue in the county for months, with public meetings held by the Lancaster County Project Sales Tax Commission to discuss the creation of the tax. The tax plan was approved in August by Lancaster County Council.

  • Estridge turns back Jerry Holt challenge

    Denyse Clark


    The Lancaster County probate judge seat, the only countywide race in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election, was a hotly contested race.

    Incumbent Democratic Lancaster County Probate Judge Sandra Estridge faced blistering opposition from Republican challenger Jerry Holt, a Lancaster County planning commissioner and member of the Indian Land Action Council.

  • Joe Shaw faithful showcase support at city precincts

    Denyse Clark


    It was one of the most watched races of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election as Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw defended his 32-year seat against Anthony Elder, also a candidate for the District 1 City Council seat.

    Shaw claimed victory over Elder in unofficial election results with a total of 1,228 or 65 percent of the vote to Elder’s 653 votes including the absentee votes for both.

  • Honeycutt holds serve in District 4

    Christopher Sardelli


    Larry Honeycutt celebrated with family and friends late Tuesday night as he was projected to win his third term in office.

    According to unofficial results from the Lancaster County Election Commission at about 10 p.m., Honeycutt, the incumbent Democrat, was projected to win Lancaster County Council’s District 4 seat with 1,692 votes, or 52.55 percent of the vote. His Republican challenger John Hess trailed with 1,528 votes, or 47.45 percent.