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Today's News

  • A much-loved 28-year-old begins his short goodbye

    Every Southern town has at least a handful of eccentrics – characters who keep the place interesting.
    Pierre Cunningham has spent his lifetime as one of ours. He lives in one of Lancaster’s last vintage mansions and runs his business there. He’s a masterful cake baker, an unbelievably obsessive dog owner, always animated, cheerful and over-the-top confident. He calls himself “the boss.”
    And we will lose him soon.

  • Recount affirms Norman’s GOP win

    A mandatory recount on Friday affirmed Ralph Norman’s photo-finish victory in this week’s runoff with Tommy Pope for the GOP slot on the 5th District congressional ballot.
    Norman will face Democrat Archie Parnell and three minor-party candidates in the June 20 special election to fill the seat vacated when Mick Mulvaney became White House budget director.
    State law required Friday’s recount because Norman’s victory margin was 1 percent or less of the total votes cast.

  • Rotting $115K playground at Stevens Park beyond repair

    KERSHAW – The closed Haile Gold Mine Playground at Stevens Park is beyond repair, and the rotting $115,000 wood structure will have to be demolished.
    Town council unanimously voted this week to spend $21,000 for a new scaled-down set of playground equipment for the park.
    “I think it’s an emergency situation, since the park is closed,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas. “It’s summertime and school is going to be out.”

  • Phipps facing new challenges at much bigger school district

    Dr. Jonathan Phipps is making the leap to a school district four times the size of Abbeville County’s, and with vastly different problems.
    In rural Abbeville, his biggest challenge as superintendent was dealing with tight budgets and crumbling buildings from the 1950s. In Lancaster, his biggest job will be constructing new schools fast enough to keep pace with the Panhandle’s explosive growth.

  • Centennial honor for Builders Supply

    Saying big-business relocations to South Carolina too often hog all the attention, S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond came to Lancaster on Wednesday to toast a small business that has adapted and thrived for more than a century.

  • Proposed county budget contains tax hike, pay raises, 20 new jobs

    The Lancaster County Council will review the proposed 2017-18 budget at its meeting Monday night.
    The new budget includes a slightly higher property tax rate, a 2 percent salary increase for county workers and more money for cyber-security. It addresses public works and public safety in an effort to keep up with the county’s growing population, which is nearing 90,000 people.  

  • Honoring Buford’s fallen

    For years, Buford High School senior Catherine “Cat” Tofts has been reading about the history of Buford’s Massacre.
    Now the JROTC cadet has researched and written about one obscure aspect of it. Her essay on American Revolution soldier Charles Cuffey won a contest sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Buford Massacre group.
    Cuffey is one of the 216 known soldiers whose names are etched on a bronze plaque that will be dedicated Saturday at the battleground during the annual wreath-laying ceremony.

  • Elections officials prep for recount

    The recount of Tuesday’s 5th District GOP runoff, won by Ralph Norman by less than a percentage point over Tommy Pope, should begin about mid-morning today in each of the congressional district’s 11 counties.
    “As soon as the state election commission notifies us, we’ll get started,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    Chris Whitmire, S.C. Election Commission spokesman, said Thursday that a mandatory recount will almost surely be necessary after Tuesday’s unofficial vote totals are certified this morning.

  • Roving dogs attack goats, leave 7 dead, 14 more hurt

    Two dogs roaming miles from home ravaged a herd of goats owned by an elderly Kershaw couple, killing or seriously injuring nearly a dozen of the animals, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Wayne Bartell, 75, of 6820 Hanging Rock Church Road, called 911 about 7:45 a.m. to report he’d shot and killed one of two dogs he’d caught inside the goat pen behind his home. The other dog, he said, had escaped and run off.

  • Buford falters, but celebrates 2 years at top of S.C. softball

    LATTA – Buford High School fell short in its Class AA softball state title defense Wednesday night, but the Lady Jackets fans are still high on the BHS girls after another terrific season.
    The Lady Jackets, bidding to repeat and wear the Class AA state softball crown another year, were denied by a scrappy Latta High School team in an 8-1 defeat.
    Latta, which finished 20-4 and won its second state softball title in three years after taking the Class A crown in 2015, opened the best-of-three state championship series with a 6-5 win Monday at Buford.