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Today's News

  • Column: The real root of racial violence

    Like The Lancaster News’ favorite columnist Phil Noble, Charlene McGriff chooses the numbers she needs to fulfill her ideology and agenda.
    Much discussion is needed on the problems in America, but facts must also be present without ideology leading the discussion.
    I recognize that police seem to be shooting a lot more people today because the news leads with those stories. That is what we hear first, and blacks seem to be shot more often than whites.
    But let’s look at some numbers for our discussion.

  • Column: Hey Trump, you’re a loser!

    I apologize. This is a rude headline, and I can hear my mother’s voice in the back of my brain, “Now Phil, that’s rude. Don’t say things like that.”
    My first instinct is to reply to that voice by saying, “But he calls other people a loser all the time.” “Yes, I know,” my mom’s voice says, “but just because he is rude doesn’t mean you have to be. We didn’t raise you that way.”
    As usual, Mom is right. I guess it was just my “inner Trump” getting out.

  • Lancaster man charged in pot bust

    A Lancaster man was arrested Thursday afternoon after 1.2 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $1,500 was found in his car during a traffic stop Thursday.
    Charles Vincent Brown, 32, of 2141 Green Peach Road, was charged with second-offense possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and resisting arrest.
    Police also seized a 9mm Glock pistol found inside his car and several bank debit cards, as well as more than $1,800 cash that Brown had on him at the time.

  • $100K lottery ticket sold locally

    If you bought a lottery ticket for Sunday’s Palmetto Cash 5 drawing from the AM PM Gas & Grill on Lynwood Drive in Lancaster, go check your ticket right now – you may have won $100,000.
    A South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman said in a release Tuesday that someone in Lancaster County bought a Cash 5 ticket with numbers 12, 17, 18, 20 and 22, and had still not claimed the prize.
    Had they “Powered-up” for an extra $1, the prize would have been double the amount. The odds of winning Sunday’s prize were 1 in 501,942.

  • Skewes walks the walk

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Politically speaking, Peter Skewes doesn’t just talk the talk.
    Skewes, a professor at Clemson University, is the American Party candidate for president and his name will appear on the November ballot in South Carolina. Figuratively, he’s running for president, but literally, he’s walking. To promote his candidacy and party, he has embarked on a walk across the state... one that began in Clemson and will soon end in Charleston.

  • Library considers move to Springs Block

    Lancaster County Library officials are taking a hard look at the Humana Building, one of the vacant structures in the historic Springs Block on Lancaster’s Main Street, as a possible site for relocating or expanding.
    Library board members braved extreme heat July 26 to tour the three-story white building, which runs along Arch Street from Main to White Street, before their regular board meeting July 26.

  • Internet scam costs IL man, daughter $11K

    A 65-year-old Indian Land man was the target of a so-called “sweetheart scam” that ended up costing him and his daughter more than $11,000.
    According to a July 27 Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the man’s 35-year-old daughter said her father began messaging a woman who called herself Sharon Jones in early June.
    The daughter said Jones eventually convinced her father she was stuck at the Canadian border and couldn’t get across without his financial help.

  • Cops, public struggle over distrust, how to manage it

    About 150 people attended a Lancaster forum to discuss race and policing Monday night, and the discussion kept returning to traffic stops – high-stress encounters that concern both citizens and officers.
    Nearly half of the face-to-face contacts that police officers have with citizens happen at traffic stops, and that’s part of the problem, said Quentin Harris, who voiced his worries at the Let’s Talk about It forum at Lancaster High School.

  • Property owners hold up road improvements

    Property owners’ refusals to grant right-of-way along the roadways fronting their properties have killed three road improvement projects on the county’s list of roads slated for improvement this year.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis and Public Works Director Jeff Catoe said Ralph Hood and Little River roads in Indian Land and a county-maintained portion of Mahaffee Line Road in Lancaster will not be improved during this round of funding.

  • Column: 5 inexpensive ways to improve education

    When S.C. politicians start to talk about education, almost immediately it becomes an argument about money.
    Before we as a state wade into this political swamp of “spend more – spend less,” we should first focus on things that we can do to improve education that cost little or no money. This won’t fix our big education problems long term, but it’s at least a constructive, positive step forward while the partisan politicians bicker among themselves.