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Today's News

  • AJ homecoming candidates double fundraising for KARE

    Andrew Jackson High’s homecoming queen nominees outdid themselves this year, raising $29,000 for Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange (KARE).
    During halftime at Friday’s football game, the eight nominees presented a check to KARE staff for more than double the amount raised in previous years. The nonprofit provides crisis assistance, food, home repairs, a retail discount store and partnerships with local agencies.

  • IL getting another HQ, with 21 jobs

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County snagged another corporate headquarters Tuesday, as The Blythe Co. announced it is expanding into South Carolina, bringing $4 million in capital investment, creating 21 new jobs and tripling its workforce.
    Blythe, which distributes and services industrial parts to natural gas, oil and chemical companies, will build in the 300-acre Bailes Ridge Corporate Park near the intersection of S.C. 160 and Old Bailes Road.

  • Humana balks over tests, kills library plan

    The Lancaster County Library and the county DSS office will not be moving to the vacant Springs Block downtown, after property owner Humana refused to allow environmental tests on the site that would be made public.
    County council had been exploring the option to relocate the library to a larger facility, and part of the process was what’s called a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment.
    But Humana wouldn’t agree to the assessment, which would check historical records of the property and include a site inspection.

  • Council rethinks Blackmon back pay

    Lancaster City Council is reconsidering its Oct. 10 vote on council member Linda Blackmon’s $6,750 in back pay for the nine months when her taking the District 3 seat was delayed by a legal challenge.
    This comes after ethics questions were raised because Blackmon did not recuse herself from the vote on the payment. Her yes vote broke a 3-3 tie at the Oct. 10 council meeting.
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris requested the motion to reconsider, to be discussed at Tuesday night’s council meeting, which began after press time.

  • Overdoses spike, often in public

    Second of four parts
    The men’s room at Twin Pines Convenience Store & Grill had been silent for 15 minutes by the time a deputy started beating on the locked door.
    The clerk shoved a screwdriver into the lock and turned the doorknob. The deputy’s hand hovered over his holstered weapon as the door eased open.
    On the floor sat an unconscious man in his 20s, slouched against the doorframe. Nearby lay a syringe with the remains of some brown liquid in it. On the sink above, the bottle cap that he cooked the heroin in.

  • Even without shoes, Railey wows judges

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    What do you do when you’re competing at the S.C. State Fair Pageant and you forgot your pageant shoes?
    If you’re 8-year-old Railey Hegler of Lancaster, you put on your jellies and carry on.
    The McDonald Green third grader won one of four age categories in the fair pageant during the Oct. 14 competition in Columbia. Her title is a mouthful – Division 2 Grand Supreme South Carolina State Fair Princess.

  • Barnes, McKittrick set to play in North-South game

    Two Lancaster County football standouts have been selected to play in the annual Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North-South Bowl on Dec. 9.

    Lancaster Bruins’ offensive lineman Kevius Barnes and Andrew Jackson High Volunteers lineman Dalton McKittrick were selected to the play on the North team.

    The game, which features the state’s top senior football players, is played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

    The game kicks off at 12:30 p.m.

    Read more in the Wednesday edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Single-vehicle wreck kills Lancaster woman

    A Lancaster woman was killed in a single-vehicle car accident late Sunday night on Great Falls Highway.

    The woman has been identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 24-year-old Kasey Pepper. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

  • A long, scary, life-and-death saga unfolds

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    The bench outside the Lancaster County Courthouse lets me see who’s coming in and going out.
    It’s a summer afternoon in August 2016 and I wait – impatiently.
    There’s a private hearing going on inside that I can’t legally witness.
    I finally see who I’m looking for after a 30-minute wait.
    I recognize her big, blonde hair from an online photo.

  • Column: Bad idea: Statue of black Confederate soldiers

    Editor’s note: Two Upstate legislators last week proposed a State House monument honoring black soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. In September, Sens. Greg Gregory (R-Lancaster) and Darrell Jackson (D-Richland) proposed a statue of Robert Smalls, a slave who escaped with his family on a stolen Confederate ship, fought for the North and later represented South Carolina in Congress. Dr. Bartley’s column deals with both proposals.