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Today's News

  • Clemson artist’s work on melting glaciers draws national attention

    Clinton Colmenares
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Todd Anderson, an assistant professor of art at Clemson University, is a printmaker, skilled at transferring beauty and wonder from landscapes onto paper to share his experiences with the public.
    His latest project is gaining national attention.

  • Man charged in Kershaw robbery

    A Kershaw man was arrested Friday in the Jan. 31 robbery of Flat Creek Quick Stop on Gold Mine Highway, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Eric Dwight Napper, 24, of 5980 Foxhunter Road, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators developed Napper as a suspect after receiving a tip from someone who saw surveillance photographs of the robber published by area news outlets.

  • Missing man found unhurt at Columbia bus station

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man missing for seven days was found safe and sound Sunday at a Columbia bus station.
    John Wallace Washington, 59, of 406 Nichols Road,  has been admitted to a Columbia-area hospital, said his relieved sister, Vennetta Boone.
    Washington was last seen in Lancaster early Jan. 30. He called relatives Sunday to let them know where he was and to ask that someone come pick him up.

  • White Street facelift

    The repaving of White Street in downtown Lancaster is in full swing, with multiple crews working at several locations. This week, workers are re-forming sidewalk curbs at the intersection of North White and East Barr Street to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Down the block, another crew mills up the old pavement one section at a time. Water leaks have caused short delays, said Ken Wilson, SCDOT resident engineer. “The equipment vibrates the road and breaks some of the pipes because of their age,” he said.
     

  • Tommy Pope joins GOP list in 5th District

    State Rep. Tommy Pope on Monday joined the crowded GOP field lining up to run for Mick Mulvaney’s U.S. House seat if he vacates it to become White House budget director.
    As the House speaker pro tem, Pope is the highest-profile candidate to announce for the seat. He had previously stated his intention to run for governor in 2018, but President Trump’s election and his selection of Mulvaney have changed those plans.

  • Dog bites 3-year-old on Blackwelder Road

    A child was taken to an area hospital late Tuesday afternoon for treatment of injuries from a dog bite, one of two nearly simultaneous police calls involving dogs in the 9700 and 9800 blocks of Blackwelder Road in Indian Land.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said his office was swamped about 4:30 p.m. by calls from Charlotte news outlets inquiring about an incident in which a dog had bitten a child and was subsequently shot.

  • Judge rejects Harris’ election appeal

    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons on Monday upheld the results of November’s Lancaster City Council District 3 election, but Jackie Harris declined to concede the race to Linda Blackmon, saying she might appeal the decision to the S.C. Supreme Court.
    The appeal issue may not be settled until next month, and until it is, Blackmon will not be sworn into office.
    Blackmon beat Harris by 46 votes in the Nov. 8 election.

  • Column: What’s the official state waste of time?

    South Carolina, like most states, has a state flag, a state flower (Yellow Jessamine), a state bird (Carolina Wren) and not one but two state songs (“Carolina” and “South Carolina on My Mind”).
    Dum Spiro Spero is one of our two state mottoes. Now, if House Bill 3078 should pass, that Latin phrase (“While I breathe, I hope”) would also become the official state anthem. An anthem is supposed to have a tune, right? The bill provides no music.

  • Column: Changing our ‘back of the pack’ mentality

    South Carolina is unique. We are not like other states – partly because of our history, our culture and our politics.
    One of our historic legacies is what one writer called our debilitating inferiority complex. It is best summed up by the often-heard phrase “if it’s a list of good things, we are on the bottom, and if it’s a list of bad things, we are on the top.” Put another way, “thank God for Mississippi,” as they always seem to be worse off than we are.

  • Midnight in Marrakech: Fun plus fundraising

    Yes, I know. It’s February. Not much to look forward to. Christmas is a distant memory and dry January, diet January, frugal January (however you chose to punish yourself) have left us all feeling joyless and flat.
    But do not despair. It’s time to throw off all those self-sacrifices and get ready for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ (LCCA) annual gala.