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Today's News

  • Column: Bringing Mexican political ethics to S.C.

    Now the most reasonable response to this headline is “Are you nuts? Isn’t Mexican politics riddled with corruption? What could we possibly learn from them?”

    The answers to these three questions are – no, yes and a lot.

    I suppose there are some who would argue that the answer to the first question is yes, but I haven’t been locked up yet, so give me the benefit of the doubt on this one and let’s skip to the more important questions.

  • Remember When: U.S. Army comes to tractor’s rescue

    There was plenty of excitement during World War II when the Army trucks came roaring along Chesterfield Avenue.

    We had never seen anything like it. Army boys would toss stuff out to us. One time the convoy was so big, they had to stop right in front of our house.

  • Four in SUV go for wild ride

    Two adults and two children went for a wild ride in a Chevrolet Avalanche over the side of Cedar Creek Road  (S.C. 97) Tuesday about 10 a.m., coming to rest upside down at the bottom of 15-foot deep embankment.
    Despite the dramatic accident, the occupants suffered only “bumps and bruises,” emergency personnel on the scene said, but were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital to be checked out.

  • UDO public-input session Thursday

    The Lancaster County Planning Department will host a public-input session on the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at 6:30 Thursday in the council chambers at the county administration building, 101 North Main Street.     
    The proposed new UDO will be available for review between noon and 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers. Planning department staff will be there to answer questions.
    Kara Drane, senior planner for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) will also be on hand to answer questions.

  • City quickens process for big equipment repairs

    The city of Lancaster has streamlined its repair policy for larger trucks and heavy equipment to get them up and running and back on the road as soon as possible.
    The change allows the municipality’s director of maintenance and sanitation to sign off on repairs of up to $15,000 to be made on any vehicle that weighs more than 12,000 pounds.
    This includes over-the-road garbage and fire trucks, as well as the backhoe at the garbage transfer station.

  • Businesses nonprofits brace for SNAP cuts

    Businesses and nonprofits across Lancaster County are bracing for the effects of a state policy change that could cause as many as 900 county residents to lose their SNAP benefits.
    To keep their SNAP benefits, which used to be called food stamps, able-bodied recipients without dependents as of July 1 must spend at least 80 hours a month at a job, in school or job training, or in volunteer service. Those requirements had been waived since the Great Recession, but those waivers expired April 1, giving recipients 90 days to qualify or lose their benefits.

  • Indian Land High School JROTC team places sixth in national bowl

    Indian Land High School JROTC’s Leadership Team – Vanessa Brinks, James Mulvaney, Chris Hensel and Kellen Hook – placed sixth in the National Leadership Bowl Championship last week in Washington, D.C.
    The 2016 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship was June 24-28 on the campus of the Catholic University of America. The event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation.

  • 521 store robbed, gunman escapes

    A lone gunman robbed North Corner Grocery Tuesday afternoon and escaped without firing a shot.
    Little information about the robbery was available from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office as of press time Tuesday, but sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield confirmed that no one was injured during the incident.
    According to emergency radio traffic largely confirmed by Barfield, the robbery at 3647 Charlotte Highway occurred about 12:29 p.m. when a man walked into the store holding a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money.

  • Jury finds man guilty of murdering Chester councilman

    Brian Garner/Landmark News Services

    WINNSBORO – The jury in the Christopher Moore murder re-trial deliberated less than two hours Thursday afternoon at the Fairfield County Courthouse before finding him guilty of the Nov. 4, 2014, murder of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams.

  • Pageland man charged with kidnapping ex-wife

    A Heath Springs woman’s plea for help at a convenience store in Pageland led to her ex-boyfriend’s arrest June 26 for kidnapping. 

    Jeremy Lamar Lowery, 28, of Pageland was arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on warrants for first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Lowery’s ex-girlfriend walked into a store in Pageland about 1:19 the night of the incident and asked for help.