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Today's News

  • Bruins honor football aces

    The Lancaster High School football team saluted top performers for solid play during the Bruins’ 2017 season at the annual LHS awards night Tuesday in the school’s auditorium.

    Lancaster, 3-7 under fourth-year head coach Bobby Collins, had four players reap All-Region III-AAAA grid honors.

    The Lancaster High all-league quartet included junior quarterback Kemarkio Cloud, sophomore defensive lineman Immanuel Bush, senior defensive end Blake Payne and senior offensive lineman Keavius Barnes.

  • Memories of Holiday Barbie

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.


    My grandma Reba Bruton used to get up from our Christmas present-opening time to grab the white Walmart bags.

    Inside were her three granddaughters’ presents.

    She gave these same – but different – presents to all of us each year.

    I got mine for 14 years, starting when I was 3 years old.

  • S.C. DMV unveils new REAL ID

    The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles has released examples of the new REAL ID driver’s licenses coming in 2018.

    Drivers looking to travel through airports or get into federally regulated buildings or military bases will need this driver’s license – or another federally approved ID such as a U.S. passport or military identification – to gain that access.

    The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 set the security standards for certain types of identification. The new S.C. licenses comply with this act. 

  • Heath Springs votes to change majority elections to plurality

    HEATH SPRINGS – To avoid the cost of runoff elections, the county’s smallest town is moving toward holding majority elections rather than the current plurality-based system.

    Town council voted unanimously Tuesday night to make the switch. Council will consider the final reading of the plurality-voting ordinance at its December meeting. 

  • Christmas basket fund sets target at $10,000

    HOPE in Lancaster is kicking off its annual Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund today and will collect items and monetary donations through December.

    Former American Legion Post 31 Commander Ward Faulkenberry Sr. founded the Christmas basket drive in 1959. HOPE began leading the fundraiser in 2008, after the Red Cross chapter that was heading it moved out of Lancaster County.

  • New IL postal site just west of Lowes

    The U.S. Postal Service, which ditched its first idea for locating the new Indian Land post office after an outcry from nearby residents, is rolling out another suggestion.

    The new site is near the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160 on a parcel immediately west of Lowes Home Improvement, said USPS real estate specialist Kurtis Bullard.

    “We want to let everybody know we’ve listened to their concerns,” Bullard said. “I think this location is going to be much better.”

  • Aaaaaand, they're off!

    Tammy and Mitch Boone were inside Home Depot on S.C. 9 Bypass by 6:15 a.m. on Black Friday – their usual first stop on the biggest shopping day of the year. 

    They dodged the shoppers perusing all sorts of DIY-related savings and headed straight for the poinsettias. 

    “There was a line, but we didn’t have to wait long,” said Tammy Boone, looking over a rack of apparel at Tractor Supply later in the morning. 

  • County per-capita income up 6.5%

    Propelled entirely by high-dollar Indian Land jobs, Lancaster County’s per-capita income jumped 6.5 percent in the past year, continuing the eye-popping growth that has totaled 79 percent since 2011. 

    But that indicator of prosperity actually creates an economic-development obstacle in lower-wage parts of the county such as Kershaw and Heath Springs, officials say.

  • Column: Don’t let 1 high-return year obscure need for pension fix

    The Public Employee Benefit Authority – the agency responsible for administering the state’s retirement plans – recently released its annual report assessing the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS).
    In a huge upswing from previous years, the state’s pension investments performed very well during fiscal 2016-17, returning a rate of 11.88 percent on investment.

  • Column: Democratic policies hurt the country’s middle class

    Bobby Collins’ column in the Nov. 15 paper said some things that I need to respond to.
    But first, Mr. Collins, thank you for riding on the Democrat truck in the Lancaster Veterans Day parade in support of veterans. I was out of town and could not be with my veteran friends.