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Today's News

  • Bruins fall twice to FM Yellow Jackets

    Lancaster opened the 2017 portion of its basketball schedule and it wasn’t a good start to the second half of the LHS hoops season.
    The Bruins, at home to Class AAAAA foe Fort Mill High School, dropped both ends of the varsity twin bill on Tuesday night.
    The LHS girls took a 40-37 loss and the Bruins followed with a 56-42 loss at the hands of the Yellow Jackets.
    In the boys game, Lancaster zipped to an early 9-2 edge, but the Yellow Jackets rallied back.

  • Column: S.C. should try Oregon’s Vote By Mail

    Oregon’s Vote By Mail system offers a model that for South Carolina would save millions of dollars to buy new voting machines, avoid long lines for voting, and ensure the security of election results.
    It is used for all elections: federal, state and local, whether primary, general or special, and has been in operation for roughly 25 years. One result is increased voter participation by working parents and senior citizens. The system makes voter fraud virtually impossible, and research has shown that the system favors neither party.

  • Column: Democrats, get some new blood, leave the walking dead at home

    Mandy Powers Norrell was reelected to the S.C. House in November. I think she and her husband, Mitch, are the best lawyers in Lancaster.
    And she’s a Democrat! I’m a Republican – yay Trump!
    We need to unite, America. But for that to happen, the Democratic Party needs new blood. People like Mandy can bring smarts to the party.

  • Incident causes 2 lockdowns at schools

    A domestic disturbance near two Lancaster schools Tuesday morning resulted in brief campus lockdowns after a suspect fled toward school grounds carrying a gun.
    Dillon Dean Dix, 22, was arrested between Brooklyn Springs Elementary and South Middle School around 9 a.m. following a nearly six-hour  dispute with an ex-girlfriend, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The sheriff’s office notified both schools after Dix ran out of a home on Fleetwood Drive and headed toward the schools.

  • State line change affects four IL homes

    New Year’s Day is traditionally a time of change, but several Indian Land homeowners are facing an immense change this year – as of 12:01 a.m. Jan.1 some or all of their property moved to North Carolina.
    The changes, which affect four houses in the Bridgehampton neighborhood, are the result of a 20-year effort to reestablish the 334-mile South Carolina/North Carolina border.

  • 2017 should see growth, strains on services

    The year began on a positive note for Lancaster County, with a new report showing its per-capita income now in the top 10 among the Palmetto State’s 46 counties.
    And the county appeared well-positioned for continued strong economic growth.
    Jamie Gilbert, director of the county’s new Economic Development Department, predicted 1,200 new jobs and $50 million in new investment will likely be announced within the first six months of 2017.   

  • Shoplifting suspect arrested after car in lot won’t start

    A woman was charged Tuesday night with stealing a television from the Walmart in Lancaster after the getaway car wouldn’t crank in the supercenter parking lot.
    Kiana Chantelle Chisolm, 37, was charged with shoplifting.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department report, officers were called to the store about 10:30 p.m. for a shoplifting incident in which “a witness reported a woman running from the store carrying a TV” and loading it in a black car.

  • Criminals hit 9 businesses over holidays

    Thieves hit Lancaster County businesses hard around the holidays, with one armed robbery and a string of burglaries and larcenies targeting eight locations.
    The robbery happened shortly after 2 a.m. Monday at Jack’s Party Shop at 2190 Pageland Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The cashier, who was not injured, told investigators she was stocking cigarettes on a shelf underneath the counter when a man wearing a ski mask walked in, pulled a gun on her and demanded she open the cash register.

  • Brace For Snow

    Frigid temperatures are guaranteed and a blanket of snowfall is likely for Lancaster County this weekend as a blustery storm swings up the East Coast.
    A winter-storm warning is in effect for the county from late tonight through Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Columbia upgraded its watch to a warning Thursday afternoon.
    The snow forecast has changed several times the past couple of days. The latest estimate puts most of the county in the 2- to 5-inch zone. But everyone agrees about the frigid temperatures ahead.

  • No swearing-in for Blackmon, pending appeal

    Linda Blackmon was not sworn in as a Lancaster City Council member Tuesday, and city officials said state law bars her from taking office until a voter-fraud challenge to her election is resolved in court.
    Municipal Judge Bob Davis swore in council members Tamara Green Garris and Sara Eddins, incumbents reelected Nov. 8, at Tuesday night's meeting. But Blackmon, who sat in the audience, was not allowed to take the District 3 seat.