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Today's News

  • Christmas Basket Fund donations top $3,000

    Two weeks after its kickoff, the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund is a third of the way to its goal.
    The fundraising drive, organized by HOPE in Lancaster,  had raised more than $3,000 as of Friday afternoon. This year’s goal is $10,000.
    The money raised will go toward 400 Christmas meal food boxes prepared for families in need. Those families will be chosen through local agencies and HOPE’s Senior Food Pantry.

  • SCDOT holiday roadside assistance is now a bit easier

    From release

    Contacting S.C. Department of Transportation roadside assistance crews has become a little easier, just in time for holiday travel.
    The SCDOT has added a new feature on its 511 App to allow motorists to contact State Highway Emergency Program. Selecting the “SCDOT SHEP Roadside Assistance” tab connects users with the closest dispatch phone number.
    The program has helped about 800,000 motorists across the state since its inception in 1996.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Under county policy, when a deputy takes possession of such property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping.   
    The office works to identify owners and reunite them with their property. 
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • Homelessness is regular guys getting chance to restart lives

    I stand on the porch with six homeless men.
    They’re chatting, smoking cigarettes, picking on the youngest guy in the group about his rapping skills.
    And I’m taking it all in – writing notes, snapping photos, listening to their stories.
    Ten men are staying in a home on Trestle Lane, part of Lancaster’s old mill hill. They’re in a 90-day program organized by the nonprofit Citadel House, and they’re trying to get back on their feet.
    I’ve seen poor people before.

  • Paperless voting leaves S.C. vulnerable

    South Carolina is one of only five states whose voting machines create no paper trail that could be used to reconstruct the balloting if hackers found a way to change votes in an election.
    The state has used its touch-screen system since 2004, when Congress spent $4 billion to upgrade systems across the country. That eliminated punch-card systems like the one plagued by “hanging chads” in the crucial Florida recount of the 2000 Bush-Gore race.

  • Postal service gets another earful on IL post office location

    U.S. Postal Service officials attended yet another tough meeting with Indian Land residents Tuesday night on the latest proposal for an Indian Land post office.
    The meeting at the CrossRidge Auditorium came about three months after a raucous meeting at Indian Land’s York Tech Campus about a proposed site on Rosemont Drive near the Rosemont subdivision.

  • Kershaw News Era publisher dies at 66

    Jim McKeown Jr., owner, editor and publisher of the Kershaw News Era for three decades, was found dead Thursday in his home. He was 66.
    McKeown, who came from a newspaper-industry family, was known for his columns and hard work at the paper.
    “He was the paper,” said Kim Roberts, a 16-year freelancer for the Kershaw News Era. “He had ink in his blood.”
    Roberts said McKeown called him after the sports editor died of cancer two days before football season started.

  • Blackmon: Scrap late fees on water bills

    City council held a special called meeting Wednesday night and spent about 40 minutes debating a $25 fee that the utilities department charges customers who are late paying their water bills.
    Council member Linda Blackmon brought up the matter, saying she favored dropping the fee entirely.

  • Shots reported in 2 IL neighborhoods

    Multiple shots were heard in two Indian Land neighborhoods Monday night, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating both incidents.
    Deputies responded shortly after 10:30 p.m. to a home in the Hatton Terrace neighborhood, where a woman reported that her home had been shot, according to sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. Deputies determined that the home had been struck three times.
    “We still don’t know who did it or why,” Barfield said.

  • Rotary Club cookbooks on sale now

    The Lancaster Rotary Club has published its first-ever cookbook to raise money for its charitable projects.
    Rotary member Danelle Faulkenberry brought all of the local recipes together. She said the book is a combination of the club’s recipes and its history and memories since its founding in 1942. Most of the recipes in the book are simple and require only three to five ingredients to complete.