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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Clemson claws to top in school food drives

    Bekah Clawson and Jan Blainey might be the only two people in Lancaster without a favorite team Saturday when Clemson and USC square off for annual bragging rights in the Palmetto Bowl.
    Both of them are already on the winning side, thanks to football-themed food drives that benefited HOPE in Lancaster, as well as the food bank at Indian Land’s Belair United Methodist Church.
    Food collected the past two weeks at Buford Middle and High schools is already on the shelves at HOPE, said Clawson, the nonprofit’s executive director.

  • 7-hour standoff ends with no arrests, injuries

    Law enforcement officers swarmed the Northwest Apartments off West Meeting Street overnight Tuesday during a seven-hour standoff that ended with no charges.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said the incident began about 9:45 p.m. when a deputy responded to the apartment concerning a report of shots fired.

  • Court dismisses S.C. education suit

    The S.C. Supreme Court has reversed its 2014 order that the legislature address the poor quality of education in rural school districts across the state, ending a 24-year legal battle over the issue.
    The 3-2 ruling Nov. 17 dismissed the lawsuit Abbeville School District v. the State of South Carolina. The 2014 ruling was criticized at the time as judicial intrusion into the General Assembly’s and governor’s responsibilities, and the high court, with two new members since the earlier decision, took that side this month.

  • LMS hosts rules meeting Saturday

    Lancaster Motor Speedway is hosting a rules meeting for the 2018 LMS racing season at the track Saturday for drivers and crews.
    The rules meeting schedule begins at 10 a.m. for the Super Stock. The schedule follows with the Renegade at 10:20 a.m., SECA Crate Sportsman at 10:40 a.m., SECA Crate Late Models at 11 a.m., Vintage at 11:10 a.m., Pure Stock V8 at 11:30 a.m., Extreme 4/Front Wheel Drive at 11:50 a.m., and the MMSA 4-cylinders at 12:10 p.m.
    The meeting will be held in front of the draw window building.

  • Jackets 16th in state cheer field

    COLUMBIA – Buford High School’s stellar run of top-five finishes in the state cheer competition ended Saturday, but Jackets cheer coach Julie Thompson found a silver living for the maroon and gold squad.
    BHS, 16th in the 16-team field, continued its run in state competition.

  • Kershaw Christmas parade this Sunday

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will kick off the 2017 yuletide season at 3 p.m. Sunday with its annual Christmas parade, which this year includes more than 100 entries.
    “The Christmas season is upon us, and the annual parade is something the entire town enjoys,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We’d like to encourage everyone to come out and join us for some holiday fun.”
    The year’s theme is “A Child is Born.” The parade will be broadcast live on LearnTV’s YouTube channel.

  • Kershaw gets $100K grant to chart path

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Kershaw officials want dialogue and new ideas to shape the town’s vision, and they’re about to get an earful thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded this week.
    The town received the Community Heart & Soul grant from the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation and its local partner, the J. Marion Sims Foundation.