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Today's News

  • SLED looking into city election

    Two new developments are pushing ahead the dispute over the Lancaster City Council District 3 election, with SLED gathering documentation about absentee ballots used in the race, and incumbent Jackie Harris taking her complaint against challenger Linda Blackmon directly to the S.C. Supreme Court.

  • 248 AJHS kids stay home, but no trouble

    KERSHAW – There were no security problems Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School, but more than a third of the students did not show up for classes, one day after a note was found in a restroom threatening a shooting on campus.
    AJHS reported 248 absentees Wednesday among its 630 students, but attendance was almost back to normal Thursday, with just 58 absent. The school usually has 45 to 50 students out each day.
    The threat also influenced nearby Andrew Jackson Middle School’s attendance, with 120 of its 487 students absent Wednesday.

  • Gustafson joins crowd running for 5th District

    And then there were seven.
    The Republican field of candidates for the 5th District congressional seat grew yet again Tuesday to include former businesswoman and volunteer Penry Gustafson of Camden.

    Gustafson, 46, is a former sales representative for Delta Foremost Chemical Corp., a longtime Kershaw County GOP member and a community volunteer for such local and regional organizations as Meals on Wheels and Operation Inasmuch.
    Gustafson said she was running as an alternative to “today’s toxic political environment.”

  • Road crew stands as honor guard

    White Street has often been a clattering, steaming, confusing mess in front of Lancaster Funeral Home during the past few weeks of road resurfacing.
    Wednesday was one of those days.
    Owner Hazel Cauthen alerted the road-builders that the funeral procession for Ricky McManus Sr. would be leaving about 2:30 p.m. on its way to Lancaster Memorial Park. He hoped the workers might stop for a minute or two so the line of cars could leave his parking lot easily.
    The crew from Lynches River Contracting did far more than that.

  • Man arrested in pickup-ramming

    An argument over children’s bicycles left out in the yard led to the arrest of a Kershaw man charged with ramming his neighbor with a pickup truck, a sheriff’s office incident report said.
    Melvin Lee Harris, 69, of 630 E. Richland St., was arrested on one count of first-degree assault and battery Feb. 16, two days after investigators said he intentionally ran into neighbor Frankie Stover, 51, of 611 E. Richland St.

  • Nihon University student teaching Japan’s culture at Discovery School

    “Konnichiwa, arigato, sayonara…,” a room full of  Discovery School second graders sing Wednesday morning.
    A new face leads the song.

  • K-9 Rescue

    A suspicious fire destroyed a home in southeast Lancaster Tuesday, but firefighters were able to resuscitate a pet dog that had been overcome by smoke inside.
    Firefighters were dispatched to 2134 Barnett St. about 12:10 p.m. They found flames already burning through the back of a small mobile home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters doused the flames within minutes, but extensive damage left the home uninhabitable.
    Blackwelder said the fire was being investigated by the sheriff’s office as suspicious.

  • 2 charged in ILHS break-in, vandalism

    Two teens were arrested Monday for breaking into Indian Land High School overnight and causing extensive damage throughout the facility, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Oh my goodness, that’s tasty!

    Slow-cookers brimming with chicken stew were turned on at 7 a.m. The first of 300 chicken legs went on the grill at 8. By that time, the barbecue had been smoking for 12 hours.
    The Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship 2017 Soul Food Cook Off competition was off and running Tuesday before the food samplers’ taste buds had finished breakfast.
    Seven teams served bite-sized portions of their masterpieces to an overflow lunchtime crowd of hundreds in USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room.

  • Restroom note threatens Wednesday attack at AJHS

    KERSHAW – Students will face metal detectors and heightened police protection Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School after a note was found in a student restroom Tuesday afternoon threatening a shooting at the school.
    “We don’t have enough information to say this threat is credible,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District's safety director. “But we take this event very seriously, and we’re going to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”