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Today's News

  • Elections officials prep for recount

    The recount of Tuesday’s 5th District GOP runoff, won by Ralph Norman by less than a percentage point over Tommy Pope, should begin about mid-morning today in each of the congressional district’s 11 counties.
    “As soon as the state election commission notifies us, we’ll get started,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    Chris Whitmire, S.C. Election Commission spokesman, said Thursday that a mandatory recount will almost surely be necessary after Tuesday’s unofficial vote totals are certified this morning.

  • Roving dogs attack goats, leave 7 dead, 14 more hurt

    Two dogs roaming miles from home ravaged a herd of goats owned by an elderly Kershaw couple, killing or seriously injuring nearly a dozen of the animals, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Wayne Bartell, 75, of 6820 Hanging Rock Church Road, called 911 about 7:45 a.m. to report he’d shot and killed one of two dogs he’d caught inside the goat pen behind his home. The other dog, he said, had escaped and run off.

  • Buford falters, but celebrates 2 years at top of S.C. softball

    LATTA – Buford High School fell short in its Class AA softball state title defense Wednesday night, but the Lady Jackets fans are still high on the BHS girls after another terrific season.
    The Lady Jackets, bidding to repeat and wear the Class AA state softball crown another year, were denied by a scrappy Latta High School team in an 8-1 defeat.
    Latta, which finished 20-4 and won its second state softball title in three years after taking the Class A crown in 2015, opened the best-of-three state championship series with a 6-5 win Monday at Buford.

  • Indian Land author signs 1st book

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
    For The Lancaster News

    Indian Land resident and first-time author Liz Gilmore Williams held a book-signing event at the Del Webb Library on May 6.  
    Her self-published book, “No Ordinary Soldier: My Father’s Two Wars,” blends creative nonfiction, history and memoir, Williams said.
    And it is no accident that she published her book on Dec. 7, 2016. That was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  

  • Man, mom robbed at gunpoint inside home

    A Lancaster man told deputies he and his mother were robbed in their home Monday morning by two armed men who kicked in their back door, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    James Champion, 65, of 1809 Feature Road, said he was in bed on a futon in the living room about 1:30 a.m. Monday when he heard a loud bang, but before he could stand up, two men in masks appeared over him yelling for him to give them “the money.”

  • Martial arts for autism awareness

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Free two-week karate classes offered at Kenaki Karate during National Autism Awareness Month received such a big response, the classes were expanded through the entire month of April.
    Held at Kenaki Karate’s four locations – Lancaster, Indian Land, Chester and Kershaw – Kenaki not only had full classes, but also experienced a record-breaking attendance day, with nearly 100 students simultaneously on the floor at the Lancaster location.

  • Foundation accepting applications for grants

    From release

    The Lancaster County Community Foundation is accepting applications from eligible Lancaster County nonprofit organizations, congregations, governmental and educational institutions for its 2017 grant cycle.
    In 2016, foundation awarded $4,500 in grants to local nonprofits, including HOPE in Lancaster, Grace Place in Lancaster, The Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation and Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault. The average grant size was $1,000.

  • STATE CHAMPS!

    IRMO – In an electrifying penalty-kick finish, Indian Land High School won its first state soccer championship Saturday, as the Lady Warriors outlasted Brookland-Cayce to take the Class AAA title.
    Moments after Indian Land goalkeeper Emma Thompson blocked a Brookland-Cayce penalty kick, her teammate Emily Gerdes blasted the ball into the net on the decisive play, igniting a rousing on-field celebration.
    “It was nerve-wracking,” said Gerdes of her championship-clinching penalty kick.

  • Norman edges Pope, pending recount

    Ralph Norman defeated Tommy Pope by the thinnest of margins in Tuesday’s 5th Congressional District GOP runoff, but the race isn’t over yet.
    When the unofficial results were tallied, Norman was 203 votes ahead with a little more than 35,000 votes cast.
    With all 11 counties reporting, Norman had 17,772 votes to Pope’s 17,572.

  • School board selects Phipps

    The Lancaster County school board voted Tuesday night to hire Dr. Jonathan Phipps as the district’s next superintendent.
    The vote was 6-1, with only board member Tyrom Faulkner voting against Phipps.
    Phipps, 44, is superintendent of the Abbeville County School District, where he’s served since leaving Lancaster County’s schools in 2014. He began his career in Lancaster and worked here for 19 years.