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Today's News

  • Juniors open golf play

    The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association opened its 21st season Monday at the Lancaster Golf Club with a competitive field.

    Buford High School golf standout “T” Sutton and Michael Long each posted a 76 to tie for the top spot in the boys 15-18 division.

    Sutton, an all-state golfer for the Yellow Jackets, had two birdies and 10 pars over 18 holes. Long notched a birdie and 12 pars.

  • Budget would raise Great Falls workers’ pay

    GREAT FALLS – Town of Great Falls employees will get a 4 percent raise if the proposed $1,097,672 budget gains second-reading approval. The proposed budget gained unanimous approval at the May 16 meeting.
    Councilman Glenn Smith said the budget contains no tax increase.
    Instead, a $1 monthly garbage fee increase will be added.
    “We chose not to raise taxes, but garbage fees will go up $1 a month. It has been eight years since garbage fees were adjusted,” Smith said.

  • Runoffs likely in county races if turnout low

    Early indications point toward low turnout in Lancaster County for Tuesday’s primary vote, which increases the likelihood of runoff elections for county auditor and county council District 1.
    As of noon Friday, less than 300 absentee ballots had been cast, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county’s elections director.
    Absentee ballots, she said, have always been an accurate gauge of voter interest, and such low numbers don’t support a large turnout.
    That has Hudson anticipating runoffs in both the county council and auditor’s races.

  • Holt’s defenders pounce on Willis

    Jerry Holt’s backers jumped to his defense this week, saying his ejection from the county planning commission spotlights a long-boiling dispute between Lancaster County’s desire for development and Panhandle residents’ insistence that growth be controlled.

  • Voter checklist for S.C. primary

    Mary Ann Hudson, Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission director, said polls for the statewide primaries will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    If you are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to cast a ballot.
    Voters who cannot read or have a physical disability that makes it difficult or impossible to operate a voting machine can solicit help from a poll worker.
    Since S.C. residents don’t register to vote by political party, anyone may vote in the statewide primary.

  • Ag+Art Tour draws crowds

    From craft beer brewing and barbecue to board sawing, honeybees and historic buildings, the local, self-guided S.C. Ag+Art Tour has found its niche.
    The annual tour, which features local artisans, products, farms and some hidden county treasures, is drawing locals and out-of-towners, alike.
    Now in its ninth year, Lancaster is one of nine Palmetto State counties getting in on the agri-tourism act.

  • 2 killed in IL crash

    Two people were killed and several others were hurt in a horrendous five-car crash early Saturday in Indian Land.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said the wreck happened about 1 a.m. on U.S. 521 North between Henry Harris and Charles Pettus roads.
    Keller said the wreck was so serious that troopers have not been able nail down the exact circumstances.

  • Column: Session ends with no fix for FOIA – aaaarrrrrgh!

    Editor’s note: This editorial ran in the Index-Journal of Greenwood.

    Oops, they did it again!
    Only it’s not an oops. It’s more of a rude, crude one-finger salute directed at you, the public, the taxpayers.
    South Carolina’s lawmakers have had six years to come to grips with measures designed to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act, thanks to Aiken Rep. Bill Taylor and others who recognized years ago that real reform was needed in an effort to create better and more transparent government, government that is accountable to the people.

  • District 5 Lancaster council seat to be decided

    Tuesday’s special nonpartisan Lancaster City Council election will produce a new representative for District 5.
    The 928 registered city voters in the Lancaster West and University precincts will chose either Nick Parris Jr. or Hazel Taylor to fill John Howard’s remaining term, which expires in 2018.
    Howard resigned from the seat in March after he was elected mayor to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Shaw. The mayor’s term also runs through 2018.
    Parris, a lifelong Lancaster resident, works for the U.S. Postal Service in Rock Hill.

  • Thieves target vehicles in rash of break-ins

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a rash of car break-ins overnight Tuesday in one neighborhood between Forest Hills and S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Police Capt. Scott Grant confirmed Wednesday morning there were at least seven vehicle break-ins reported on Rugby Road. West Glen and Sumter and Kent drives.
    The incidents happened between midnight Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
    Items stolen included most anything of value “that people usually leave in their cars,” such as electronics, cellphones, money and firearms, Grant said.