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Today's News

  • LPD to get more bulletproof vests

    The Lancaster Police Department has received federal money to buy bulletproof vests for its officers.
    On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously to authorize the department’s acceptance of a $5,619 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
    The money will pay for half the cost of 20 new bulletproof vests.
    “We’re fortunate to get that,” Police Chief Hugh White told council members said. “I appreciate the Department of Justice giving us what we need to operate.”

  • Officers arrest 32 in roundup

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Thirty-two people were arrested last week as part of a joint roundup coordinated by local law enforcement.

  • A look at the candidates on the ballot

    Staff reports
    Long lines are expected Tuesday as voters go to polls in Lancaster County to cast their votes in both hotly contested and low-key races.
    The 5th District congressional race between incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt, a Democrat from York, and state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, has been especially intense. The two candidates have crisscrossed the district, faced off in debates and appeared in TV commercials that have promoted themselves, while often, criticizing the other.

  • Where to vote

    Listed below are the precincts, followed by polling location and street address:
    • Absentee – Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster     
    • Antioch – Antioch Baptist Church, 3052 Taxahaw Road, Lancaster
    • Belair – Indian Land High School gym, 8063 River Road, Indian Land
    • Belair II – Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land
    • Camp Creek – Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, Lancaster

  • Four amendments on state ballot

    scvotes.org
    South Carolina voters have four amendments to the state Constitution to consider in the upcoming election. They involve hunting and fishing rights, secret ballot voting for labor union representatives and the state’s rainy day funds.     
    Amendment 1

  • Be prepared before you go to the polls

    Staff reports
    Take some time to prepare before next Tuesday’s election.
    Become familiar with the candidates, as well as the four proposed state constitutional amendments. Educate yourself on the issues and those running for office.
    Visit candidates’ websites and other sites, such as scvotes.org, which offer a plethora of information on candidates and voting.
    Know your voting precinct, especially if you have moved and are a new voter.

  • Official expects high turnout

    A county election official expects high turnout for Tuesday’s election.
    “The midterm elections usually have low turnout, but if the absentee precinct is any indication, this time is going to be a lot different,” county election official Cassie Stump said. “We’ve already voted over 2,000 and that’s huge for our office.”
    Stump said there are 47,287 registered voters in Lancaster County.

  • South Middle hosts pumpkin decorating contest

    She has a shiny face, red lips, long hair and wears a pointy black hat.
    Any other day, she’d be all orange, but on Thursday she became the Queen Witch of South Middle School.
    That was the name given to one of the several carved and decorated pumpkins on display at the school Thursday.
    Last week, South Middle held its Spirit Week, which culminated with a pumpkin-decorating contest. Faculty and staff were divided into 14 teams, and the students voted on which team’s pumpkin they liked the best.

  • Mining for Ghosts

    When it comes to things that go bump in the night, Jane Starr readily admits some of them can’t be explained.
    But they are out there, said Starr, the founder and lead investigator of Purely Paranormal Investigations.
    “If you take everything away that’s extraneous, what you have left is the truth,” Starr said during a paranormal workshop held at the Hot Box on Oct. 23.

  • Teachers are a strange breed

    It was late October. The leaves were slowly turning colors, but the days were still sunny and warm.
    I was up and at it for another day of school and could smell hot buttered toast coming from the kitchen.
    I walked in to find some Merita and a bowl of Wheaties waiting for me on the white enameled table.
    Momma was scurrying about to making sure I’d be at school on time. Shucks, school was only three houses up the street. I seriously doubt I would be late, but I could never convince her of that.