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Today's News

  • Mapping the monarch’s migration

    Colette Degarady found a glimpse of heaven on Earth last Christmas in the Sierra Madre Mountains of rural Mexico.
    A senior ecologist with the S.C. Nature Conservancy, Degarady ventured to the central Mexican highlands to observe a monarch butterfly cluster in winter.
    “It was incredible and almost like it was snowing butterflies,” she said. “Some people would lie on the ground and just take it all in. It was almost a spiritual experience.”

  • Fred Sheheen’s legacy of public service

    Nobody loved South Carolina more than Fred Sheheen, state Sen. Greg Gregory said Tuesday.
    Fred Sheheen, 79, died in a two-car wreck Monday near Lake Wateree in Kershaw County, said Kershaw County Coroner Phil McLeod.
    Fred Sheheen is the father of S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27). Vincent Sheheen and Gregory (R-16) represent Lancaster County in the state General Assembly.

  • Avondale ups incentives to county

    The Avondale development in Indian Land will be back on the table at the Juen 13 county council meeting, five months after council members killed the project in the face of neighbors’ protests.
    Council member Charlene McGriff made a request after the executive session at the May 23 council meeting for a motion to rescind the council’s rezoning denial for the Avondale Planned Development.
    Council discussed ongoing contractual negotiations between the county and Charlotte-based developer Sinacori Builders during the executive session.  

  • Primary to decide IL council seat

    Lancaster County voters heading to the polls for the 2016 statewide primaries June 14 will cast ballots in up to three races, depending on where they live.
    In the meantime, a county elections official said issues with the Van Wyck precinct lines have been sorted out and new voter registration cards mailed to those eligible to vote at the Van Wyck Community Center poll.

  • 3-car crash closes 521 in Lancaster

    A section of U.S. 521 North (Charlotte Highway) in front of  Family Dollar in Lancaster was shut down late Tuesday afternoon for a three-car crash with injuries.
    At least one person was entrapped in the 5:27 p.m. accident, and had to be freed from the car. Her injuries were unknown.
    At press time, traffic along U.S. 521 was being diverted down University Drive to Hubbard Drive. For more, see the Friday edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Hit-and-run driver slams into 4 cars

    A hit-and-run left two cars totaled and two badly damaged at Young Motor Co. in Twin Pines on Sunday morning.
    Owner Bobby Young said his father-in-law, Thomas Fox, saw the damage as he drove by the car lot early Sunday morning on his way to Bojangles. He immediately called Young.
    When Young arrived at the lot, located at 1445 Charlotte Highway, at 7:30 Sunday morning, the S.C. Highway Patrol was already on the scene. Young’s wife, Lissa Fox, had reported it after talking with Fox.

  • Man cornered after 2-state manhunt over kidnap-beating

    A Lancaster County man suspected of beating and kidnapping his girlfriend led officers from three jurisdictions on a two-state car chase and manhunt Tuesday morning that ended in Chesterfield County.
    Clint Dewayne Kiker, 27, of 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested on one count each of kidnapping and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

  • U.S. House District 5 Candidate Bios

    Ray Craig
    ◆ Age: 55
    ◆ Family: Three children: Claudia, 19; Anna, 16; and William, 13
    ◆ Education: Clover High School graduate; bachelor’s degree in history, Clemson University 1983, study for master’s degree in history, Winthrop University, incomplete
    ◆ Occupation: Customer service at a local grocery store
    ◆ Political experience: This is my first bid for public office.
    ◆ Contact info: (843) 489-2010; vote.craig.2016@gmail.com; 2085 Cutterpoint Drive, Suite 301, Lake Wylie, SC 29710-4649

  • Lancaster County Auditor Candiate Bios

    Allen Blackmon
    ◆ Age: 60
    ◆ Family: Wife, Jane Bridges Blackmon; son, Kevin and his wife, Mary; daughter, Leigh Pate and her husband, Michael; two fantastic grandchildren
    ◆ Education: Bachelor’s degree, Clemson University; numerous continuing education courses
    ◆ Occupation: Retired from the S.C. Department of Revenue
    ◆ Political/job experience: None
    ◆ Contact info: (803) 804-2189; berentals@gmail.com; P.O. Box 86, Heath Springs, SC 29058

  • County Council District 1 Candidate Bios

    David Freeman
    ◆ Age: 49
    ◆ Family: Wife, Ginger, married for 27 years; son, Brodie, attends The Citadel; daughter, Sidney is a senior in high school.
    ◆ Education: Attended Indian Land schools
    ◆ Occupation: Business owner
    ◆ Political experience: Serving on Lancaster County Planning Commission (for past year); served four years on Lancaster CountyBoard of Zoning Appeals (three and a half years as chairman); over 30 hours of government training and continuous education