Today's News

  • Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath: 90% of power restored

    Utility crews in the past 72 hours have restored power to 90 percent of the South Carolinians left in the dark by Hurricane Matthew, but there are several places in the Pee Dee region where flooding might prolong outages for weeks.
    S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday afternoon there are about 72,300 customers across the state without power, down from more than 850,000 who lost service at the height of the storm.

  • Dissecting politics in Buford class

    Buford High School seniors register to vote in their government classes, but not before teacher Wes James educates them on the issues.
    About a third of his 71 students will be eligible to vote in their first election Nov. 8. If the presidential race was decided by them alone, Donald Trump would win with more than 70 percent of the vote. The blue tally marks on the dry-erase board show Trump with 51 votes, Hillary Clinton with 9 and 11 for neither.

  • Mail delays could affect absentee votes, officials warn

    If you’re planning to use the mail to vote absentee in the Nov. 8 general election, do it as soon as possible, Lancaster County elections officials said Thursday.
    Hurricane Matthew and the U.S. Postal Service being closed Monday for Columbus Day have caused mail delays. As of Thursday, the county’s Voter Registration and Elections Office  had not received any completed absentee ballots by mail.

  • Candidate forums Oct. 20 and 24

    Candidates in the Nov. 8 general election will be attending two upcoming forums in Lancaster County to give voters the opportunity to ask questions and hear their responses.
    Carolina Gateway newspaper and the Indian Land Action Council are sponsoring the Before You Vote 2016 Candidates Forum, 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at CrossRidge, 3000 WorldReach Drive, Indian Land.

  • Zerbini circus in town this weekend

    The circus is coming to Lancaster tonight and Saturday at the American Legion Post 31 grounds, 823 S. Main St.
    The 90-minute show will feature jugglers, high-flying acrobats, clowns, trampoline and trapeze artists and lots of family fun. Ponies, camels and the Zerbini family dogs will also display their talents under the big top. Camel and pony rides will be available for an additional fee an hour before show time.
    “We’re a family-owned circus offering clean, family fun,” said Paul Jones, Zerbini Family Circus spokesperson.

  • Matthew drags on

    The massive cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Matthew were under way Tuesday, with 290,000 South Carolinians still without power and 434 state roads and 27 bridges still closed.
    Interstate 95 was closed just north of the S.C./N.C. border. Fifteen dams, including three in the Pee Dee River basin, had been breached.
    Roads remained flooded in Horry, Dillon, Marion, Georgetown, Florence and Williamsburg counties, as well as in a few isolated spots to the south in the Lowcountry.

  • Beloved Springmaid Pier destroyed, but resort owner pledges to rebuild

    The iconic Springmaid Pier, obliterated Saturday by Hurricane Matthew, will be rebuilt, its owner said Tuesday.
    The wooden pier, the longest in Myrtle Beach at 1,068 feet, opened in 1953 as part of Springmaid Beach. For generations, it was the site of countless snapshots featuring vacationers from Lancaster and the other old Springs Mills towns. The 36-foot-wide structure, at 3200 South Ocean Boulevard, drew anglers and sightseers alike.

  • Matthew thrashed outside my front door, howling, screaming like something alive

    Editor’s note: Michele Roberts, a former Lancaster News reporter, rode out Hurricane Matthew with her dog, Chewie, in their apartment at Garden City, just south of Myrtle Beach. Here is her account.

    Living at the beach is, for the most part, a fine thing. The ocean is five minutes away, which is simply marvelous.
    I moved to Garden City in March 2015 after living in the Lancaster area for 15 years. Up until now all has been well.

  • Murder outside church service

    A Lancaster man was charged Monday with murdering a man who was shot seven times near a church during Sunday morning services.
    Two other men were shot Monday evening less than a mile from the site of Sunday’s murder, but those victims were expected to survive, officials said, and there’s no indication so far that the incidents are related.
    Kenneth Jerome Hood Jr., 19, of 981 12th St., was arrested by sheriff’s deputies about 8:30 a.m. Monday after a foot chase at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street.

  • Animal advocates win staff increase at county shelter

    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Monday night to hire a part-time employee at the animal shelter to assist full-time staff who have been working overtime for months.
    Before the vote, council members Larry Honeycutt praised the persistent animal advocates who have been pushing council for extra staff.
    “Meeting after meeting we have heard concerned citizens tell us about the deplorable conditions at our animal shelter, and we have done nothing,” Honeycutt said.