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Today's News

  • State House corruption scandal widens

    South Carolina’s corruption scandal took another leap forward Wednesday, as powerful GOP political consultant Richard Quinn Sr. was indicted on criminal conspiracy charges.
    A state grand jury lodged criminal conspiracy indictments against Quinn, his son, suspended S.C. Rep. Rick Quinn, suspended state Sen. John Courson and former lawmakers Tracy Edge and Jim Harrison.

  • Stevens Park hosts Nature & Art Day

    KERSHAW – You don’t have to go to the mountains this weekend to enjoy a relaxing fall hike and some family fun.
    You can do both from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the annual Nature & Art Day celebration at Stevens Park, 200 Close Circle.
    Now in its third year, Nature and Art Day is hosted by the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) and is one of its signature events.
    “We’re excited to be opening up the park for the community to learn and enjoy,” said KCPC General Coordinator Beverly Timmons.

  • Parking changes coming for both AJ schools

    The 186 parking spots in front of Andrew Jackson High are finding a new home because a multipurpose building is moving in.
    The land along U.S. 521 is being cleared to make 432 new parking spots.
    Lancaster County School District is using existing school property and 2.8 acres that was purchased for the new lot.
    “They’re still doing land-clearing and starting on some grading soon,” said David Small, LCSD facilities director. “It’s on schedule.”

  • Female body found off Doby’s Bridge Rd.

    The York County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case of a body found at the county line Thursday off Doby’s Bridge Road.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said workers at a water-testing station found the unidentified female’s body about noon in a rocky area near Sugar Creek.
    Faris said Thursday afternoon that it was still too early in what he called a “death investigation” to say if investigators suspect foul play or not.

  • Home for heelsplitters

    The population of Lancaster County’s endangered Carolina heelsplitters increased significantly Tuesday.
    Federal workers precisely hand-placed 300 of the federally protected mussels along a stretch of Gills Creek between Pageland Highway and Langley Road east of Lancaster.
    “There’s no big method to the madness,” said Morgan Wolf, an endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
    Since 2012, Wolf has been overseeing improvements to the Gills Creek basin to improve heelsplitter habitats.

  • Blackmon seeks $35K from Harris, county

    Linda Blackmon is asking that Jackie Harris and the Lancaster County Election Commission pay her attorney fees and other costs from the election protest filed by Harris in 2016.
    Blackmon’s attorney Robert Tyson filed a legal motion in the civil court case Oct. 13, seeking $30,000 from Harris and $5,000 from the commission.
    “When there’s a statute, or contractual provision, that allows for the prevailing party to seek costs incurred when the allegations are frivolous in nature, then we will do just that,” Tyson said.

  • Man dies in Buford house fire

    A Buford man is believed to have died early Sunday in a fire at his home on Mary Lee Lane.
    The victim tentatively has been identified as 33-year-old Eric Thomas Belk, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Belk, a 2002 Buford High School graduate, was known as “Dank” to friends and family. He worked for Keywell Metals in Monroe and as a well-known soccer referee for Lancaster County Parks and Recreation for more than a decade.

  • 10-year term for DUI crash that killed son

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday on charges related to a 2015 drunk-driving accident that killed one of his sons and injured another.
    Lonnie Eugene Patterson, 36, of 1350 Camp Drive, pleaded guilty to felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and child endangerment.
    At the Fairfield County Courthouse in Winnsboro, Circuit Judge Dan Hall sentenced Patterson to 10 years on each count, to run concurrently. He was facing a maximum of 52.5 years in prison, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said.

  • Van Wyck council candidates face off

    VAN WYCK – The priority for Van Wyck’s first town council won’t be the nuts-and-bolts decisions about how to run the town, though those will have to be made.
    It will be expediting voluntary annexations and considering involuntarily annexations to block property around the town from getting gobbled up in the Indian Land incorporation battle.
    Van Wyck’s single mayoral candidate and nine town council candidates spent most of Thursday’s 90-plus minute public forum talking about annexation.

  • IL man pens self-help book

    From release

    Local author Chris R. Korte has taken his experience and life-long passion for personal improvement and condensed everything he has learned in a new book titled, “I Wish I Knew Then…”
    In the book, Korte draws on his work experience, 30 years of marriage, three adult children and the hundreds of self-help books he has read.