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Today's News

  • Mulvaney way ahead of Person

    Republican Mick Mulvaney was well on his way to winning his fourth U.S. House term Tuesday, leading Democrat Fran Person by a 20-point margin for the 5th District congressional seat.
    With final results in from six of the district’s 11 counties and partial results in others, Mulvaney had received 152,052 votes, or 59 percent, to Person’s 99,427 votes, or 39 percent. American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr. trailed with 5,080 votes, or 2 percent.

  • Blackmon ousts Harris from city council seat

    Local businesswoman Linda Blackmon will return to Lancaster City Council in January after defeating incumbent Jackie Harris 280 to 235 for the nonpartisan District 3 seat.
    It’s a 180-degree turn for the outspoken Blackmon, who lost the seat to Harris in 2012 by 62 votes. Blackmon also served on city council from 2002-06 (District 2) and 2008-12 (District 3).
    Blackmon, the owner of Blackmon-Brace Realty, Blackmon-Brace Bonding and head of the Michael Blackmon Foundation said she was speechless about the outcome.  

  • Newton wins in S.C. House District 45

    Republican Brandon Newton took a big win Tuesday night in the S.C. House District 45 race.
    As of press time, Newton had 11,084 votes to 6,210 for Democrat Tyler Mitchell. Due to a defective machine and more than 1,000 paper absentee ballots, all results were not in at press time.
    “I am just very humble and honored that the people of District 45 have chosen me to represent them in Columbia,” Newton said. “I look forward to working for my district in Columbia.”

  • Scott wins first full term

    U.S. Sen. Tim Scott appeared to have easily won his first full term Tuesday, despite facing three challengers representing six parties.
    With 30 of 46 counties reporting and many of the absentee ballots still not counted at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Scott held an almost 2 to 1 lead over his nearest opponent, Democrat Thomas Dixon.
    Scott had 59 percent of the vote (759,029 votes) to Dixon’s 35 percent (452,654 votes).

  • Voters pass Sunday alcohol referendum

    By a huge margin, Lancaster County voters said yes to retail beer and wine sales on Sunday.
    With 34 of 35 precincts in, the yes vote was 16,091, or 64 percent, and the no vote was 9,058, or 36 percent.
    Don Podrebarac, owner of Southern Spirits in Indian Land, led the petition drive for Sunday alcohol sales in retail outlets such as grocery and convenience stores. The pro-Sunday sales forces included the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, which argued that it would help Lancaster keep business and taxes from flowing to neighboring counties.

  • Yow wins second term in House District 53

    Kimberly Harrington
    Landmark News Service

    Republican incumbent Richie Yow of S.C. House District 53 won a landslide victory Tuesday.
    The Cheraw native won his second term in the House, garnering 66.16 percent of the vote (9,416 votes) to Democratic opponent Victor Li’s 33.83 percent (4,816 votes).
    Yow received 6,564 votes to Li’s 4,419 in the 19 Chesterfield County precincts covered by District 53, according to scvotes.org. In Lancaster County, Yow received 743 votes to Li’s 197.

  • Melton likes, takes hits

    INDIAN LAND – The 2016 Indian Land High School football season hasn’t been what the Warriors’ envisioned as their first season in Class AAA football.
    ILHS senior Drew Melton knows first hand.
    The six-foot, 182-pound senior, who plays defensive back and wide receiver, sees past the 2-8 record.
    The team, the fourth seed in five-team Region IV-AAA, is headed for the Class AAA Upper playoffs.

  • Tiger fans taking wait-and-see approach

    Area Clemson  University football fans are elated the Tigers are among college football’s elite, but they know there’s a lot of football to be played before the final elite Final Four is released next month for the national title playoff.
    Clemson, 8-0, is ranked second in the first College Football Playoff Poll. The 12-person committee released its first rankings of the 2016 season Tuesday evening.
    Defending national champion Alabama, which defeated Clemson, 45-40 for the title, is No. 1 and followed by the Tigers.

  • Gaither to lead Diamonds hoops

    Caleb Gaither’s first job as a high school boys basketball head coach comes at one of state’s tradition-rich hoops programs.
    Gaither, 30, is the new boys head basketball coach at Lower Richland High School in the Hopkins area  of Columbia.
    “I’m excited,” said Gaither, a former Lancaster Bruins three-sport performer at LHS where he played football, basketball and baseball. “Lower Richland is one of those dream jobs.
    “They have a great tradition and LR is very passionate about basketball,” he said.

  • Editor's Column: Hold your nose if you must, then vote

    Choosing among bad alternatives is sometimes part of life, unavoidable and unpleasant. You hunker down, minimize the damage and cause the least hurt.Slam into an 18-wheeler or drive off a cliff. Close your business and lose everything, or dig the hole even deeper by borrowing in hopes of an unlikely turnaround. Let your life end quickly and painlessly, or undergo months of miserable treatment for a bit more time with those you love.
    Horrible choices. It’s depressing just to think about them.