Today's News

  • Harris, Blackmon discuss city’s finances, crime, business climate

    Candidates for Lancaster City Council District 3 faced off at Monday night’s forum and discussed issues including crime, downtown revitalization and the city’s budget problems.
    Incumbent Jackie Harris, running for her second term, took the floor with Linda Blackmon.
    Blackmon served on city council for District 2 from 2002-06 and for District 3 from 2008-12. She served as mayor pro-tem during her District 2 term.
    In opening statements, Harris said voters should elect officials who serve the people, not themselves.

  • District 45 candidates chart state reforms

    At their second debate in five days, the candidates for S.C. House District 45 ran through their policy proposals clearly and quickly, agreeing on some and contrasting on others.
    A question highlighting the candidates’ age kicked off Monday night’s Before You Vote Candidates Forum at USC Lancaster, which was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News and moderated by Duke Energy’s Rick Jiran.
    Republican Brandon Newton, 22, said his age has no impact on his voice for the voters.

  • Impact fee may raise building costs in IL

    A new study commissioned by Lancaster County predicts eye-popping growth in the Panhandle over the next decade – a 62 percent increase in population, 61 percent more jobs and 70 percent more housing units.
    Accommodating those new residents and workers will cost the county millions of dollars for expanded libraries, parks and recreation facilities, and firefighting and EMS facilities.

  • Don’t you want your $104,000?

    HEATH SPRINGS – Nobody likes getting bills, especially one for $104,000.

    But Heath Springs Administrator Tony Starnes had to drag one out of Utility Service Group, the company that repaired the town’s 150,000-gallon water tank earlier this year. The company didn’t bill the town for its services.

  • Kershaw buys land for industrial park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has spent $170,000 for one piece of the property needed to develop a long-awaited industrial park in the southern end of the county.

    “We can’t sit still and wait around on this,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We plan to move ahead because we see some industries coming in that will be providing services to Haile Gold Mine.”

  • 70 charged in 10-month drug probe

    A 10-month undercover drug investigation has resulted in charges against 70 people and a roundup of nearly 60 suspects over the past two weeks, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Friday.

    Faile, who is running for his third term, hinted at the announcement during a candidate forum in Indian Land Thursday night. 

  • Candidates toe-to-toe as election looms

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Democratic challenger William McCoy squared off Thursday night to discuss issues and trade a few barbs.

    About 120 people attended a candidate forum at CrossRidge sponsored by Carolina Gateway and the Indian Land Action Council.

    Faile, a Republican running for his third term in office, based the case for his reelection on his track record, while McCoy argued that Faile’s efforts have fallen short.

  • Newton, Mitchell spar over issues in House 45 race

    S.C. House District 45 candidates Tyler Mitchell and Brandon Newton took the stage together for their first debate at Thursday night’s Before You Vote Candidates’ Forum in Indian Land.

    With two young candidates, Republican Newton, 22, and Democrat Mitchell, 23, the first question was about their age. 

  • Suspicious fire destroys Heath Springs home

    Sheriff’s investigators and the SLED Arson Unit are  investigating a fire that destroyed a Heath Springs home early Friday morning.

    “Let’s call it suspicious, given what our firefighters found when they got there,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.

  • Founders donates SUV to local SPCA chapter

    Lancaster’s SPCA routinely receives donations of cash and checks, but on Wednesday, the animal-advocate group drove away in a spacious SUV – a gift from Founders Federal Credit Union.  

    “Our SPCA animals will be riding in style,” SPCA President Diana Knight said.  “Thanks to Founders.”