Today's News

  • Incumbents retain school seats

    Two incumbents faced off against newcomers in the race for District 4 and District 6 school board seats, and late Tuesday night both incumbents had retained them.

    Peter Barry's campaign to keep his District 4 seat against the Rev. AnThony Pelham was successful, as the final tally gave Barry 2,355 votes to Pelham's 1,022 votes.

  • Few problems at the polls

    With functional voting machines and lines that kept moving throughout the day, Lancaster County voters encountered few problems at the polls on Tuesday.

    Rick Crimminger, chairman of the county election commission, said wait times in lines at polling places varied depending on the precinct.

    By Tuesday afternoon, the wait time in Lancaster was about an hour, while it was averaging 90 minutes in Kershaw and Heath Springs. The longest wait, he said, was in Indian Land, where voters waited an average of three hours.

  • Voters approve sales tax

    Lancaster County voters said yes to a new sales tax that will help pay for construction of a new courthouse.

    According to unofficial results, 16,299 voters voted "yes" for the tax, while 11,386 voted against it. The tax will add 1 cent to Lancaster County's 7 percent sales tax.

    The county is expected to begin collecting the tax in May 2009. It will be collected for no longer than seven years to pay off bonds used to build the courthouse. Officials estimate that a new courthouse and parking garage will cost $33 million.

  • Cole unseats Grier for Council Council

    Democrat D.W. "Cotton" Cole defeated Republican incumbent Wesley Grier on Tuesday for the County Council District 3 seat.

    Cole had 1,766 votes and Grier had 1,698 votes.

    District 3 covers the Buford community, as well as the Camp Creek, Tradesville, Unity and Pleasant Dale communities.

    Cole, a retired Lancaster fire chief, watched intently Tuesday night as the results came in on the big screen at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

    At that time, he didn't know how the numbers were going to play out.

  • Long makes history in District 45

    Republican Deborah Long was leading Democrat Fred Thomas at press time in the race for the S.C. House District 45 seat, which covers parts of Lancaster and northern York counties.

    As of 11:30 p.m., Long had 7,174 votes in Lancaster County, while Thomas had 6,758 votes.

    York County numbers were unavailable, but they usually favor the Republican candidate.

  • Editorial pages full of hot air

    Congratulations on discovering how to capture hot air and put it in the editorial section of the newspaper – especially the six pages in the Oct. 31 edition.

    I look forward to the day when you demonstrate the use of that same hot air to solve our dependence upon imported oil for energy.

    Do you really think political commentary influences anybody’s decision to vote for or against an individual?

    Angelo Sciulli


  • Updated throughout the count Local election results for Lancaster County only

    Complete State Senate District 16 results:

    Mick Mulvaney (R) - 53.70%

    Mandy Powers Norrell (D) - 46.22%

    Complete State House District 45 results:

  • County Council did the right thing

    Editor Barbara Rutledge quoted letter writer James McManus in her column, “Some spooky stuff going on in this election,” in Sunday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

    McManus said “a dysfuncational County Council (is) ramming a $32 million courthouse down our throats.”

  • Blackwell elated with 'Run for One'

    Those who follow sports often wonder what motivates some athletes to push themselves to their physical and mental limits.In the case of marathoner, Mark Blackwell, that’s an easy answer. His inspiration comes from someone who has touched his heart deeply – his nephew, the late Matt Blackwell.

  • Bands gain valuable recognition

    As far as state championship dreams go this fall, bands at Indian Land and Andrew Jackson high schools didn’t see their lofty visions reach fruition.

    This is not to say, a dedicated effort wasn’t there.

    The fact that each group of musicians from those respective county schools competed on the state level speaks volumes of the work and dedication they have put forth. It takes quite an effort to earn the right to compete for state honors.