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Today's News

  • 2 face charges in unrelated assaults

    Two people have been arrested in connection with unrelated assaults on Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Shawn Pearson, 33, of 6514 Carolina St., Kershaw, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    The report said a Kershaw deputy was approached by a man who said that someone had been stabbed repeatedly at a Carolina Street home about 6 p.m. The deputy went to the home, where Pearson lives, and found the 27-year-old man lying in a pool of blood.

  • A cattle baron I'm not

    Uncle Walter grew tired of running a service station and decided to take up the cattle business.

    He wasn’t content to just raise a few head on his Highway 903 spread, either.

    Uncle Walter was really into it; the two concrete silos you rode by going to the beach were proof. They were his.

    Uncle Walter even hauled cows to the sales in Columbia and Mineral Springs on a regular basis.

  • City tweaks application for hospitality tax grants

    Lancaster City Council has made some adjustments to its application and process for handling grants requests for hospitality tax funding.

    A specially appointed committee will now meet quarterly – instead of once a year as it had before – to review applications and make recommendations to council.

    An organization can only be approved once per fiscal year for hospitality tax funding, and the most the city will award to a group is 50 percent of the total cost of the function or project.

    That amount of funding awarded will not exceed $25,000.

  • End of an era

    Some lessons are never forgotten

    Barely out of his teens, Mickey Perry was proud as a peacock.

    He had just sold a set of new tires to a customer at his dad’s, the late Herman Perry’s North Main Gulf Station.

    But a second look at the tire guide showed something else. Mickey had a problem and needed Herman Perry’s sage advice.

  • Roman holiday

    Sara Parker is still reflecting on a recent trip abroad that may prove to be her best learning experience yet.

    Parker, a Lancaster native who attends the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, spent eight days in Italy during her spring break in March.

    She and about 50 other music students in the school went there to perform in Rome, the Italian capital.

  • Kershaw elects new mayor

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has a new mayor and two new council members.

    Wayne Rhodes won the mayor’s race in a special election Tuesday. He won with 240 votes, to Jody Connell’s 54, and Pam Johnson’s 23. Rhodes has served as a councilman on Town Council in the past.

    In the District 2 race, Michael Cook won with 32 votes to Sherry Hunter’s 16.

    Former Town Councilwoman Genny Hendrix will serve once again on council, winning the at-large seat with 175 votes to Sonya Poole’s 134.

  • Freedom allows us to be insane and say stupid things

    Inherent in the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech is the freedom to be inane – the freedom to say stupid nothings.

    Nothing illustrates this better than Sal Rao’s recent letter to the editor. The letter is full of vague accusations and pointed demagoguery – no source is ever given for any of his assertions. (i.e. the Congressional Record, newspapers, etc.)

    The letter contains nothing of substance – simply the usual rantings you hear from the neo-con talking heads.

  • Pleasant Hill needs your help

    The Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department that the fire commission wants to close is a group of several generations of men, who volunteer their time to help the community and neighboring fire stations. Together they are trying to make a difference in the Pleasant Hill community.

    This group of 12 work together to make decisions to better the community. Some decisions that have been recently made may not have been the best, but who is perfect? There is no such thing as perfect people.

  • Heath Springs man charged in shooting at Pageland club

    PAGELAND – Chesterfield County deputies have charged a man in a July 4 shooting at a night club near Pageland.

    Melvin Lee Sowell Jr., 21, of 108 Harris St., Heath Springs, was charged July 13 with assault and battery with intent to kill. His father escorted him to authorities, where Sowell turned himself in.

    Sowell is accused of firing a gun in the Styx Night Club and wounding a Kershaw man.

    The Styx Night Club is near the Lancaster County line west of Pageland.

  • Sanford is selfish and arrogant

    I’ve always said Gov. Mark Sanford is selfish and arrogant. His recent episodes confirm that. He never listens to anyone. He does what he wants to do. When he tried to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus, he refused to respond to all of us who tried to contact him.

    His Argentina affair is not the issue. The issue is he left South Carolina for almost a week with no way to contact him. How arrogant. What if we had a real emergency? Whose head would have rolled? He had no consideration for his family nor the folks of South Carolina.