Today's News

  • Commentary: Mulvaney talks about his bailiwick: budget, taxes

    Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and former congressman from Indian Land, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to discuss the Republicans’ budget, which had just passed the Senate, and the president’s tax-reform plans. Here are excerpts of his discussion with host John Dickerson.

  • Column: 6 questions for gubernatorial candidates

    The S.C. General Assembly is far different than 27 years ago when Operation Lost Trust blew open the cozy culture of the State House with federal charges against 28 legislators and lobbyists in a cash-for-votes sting.
    People went to jail. Some avoided it. Ethics rules were changed to become some of the toughest in the nation as it became virtually impossible for people to buy a cup of coffee legally for a friend in the legislature.  

  • Committee picks color scheme for new Panhandle elementary

    “Motherland” green, “Lasting Thoughts” blue and “Violet Crush” lavender are a few of the colors that will flow through the new elementary school in the Panhandle.
    The Lancaster County school board voted unanimously on the colors during Tuesday night’s meeting after the palette was chosen by a committee of parents, a teacher, interior designer and the school district’s architect.

  • Body identified, boyfriend charged with murdering woman, her unborn child

    A Charlotte man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found Oct. 19 off Doby’s Bridge Road in Fort Mill.
    Mahmood Amjad Bhatti was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with the murder of 23-year-old Natalie Nicole Merrick and her unborn child. Bhatti and Merrick had been in a long-term relationship, according to a statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

  • Kershaw meeting on cleaning up old Springs site draws big crowd

    KERSHAW – Nancy Watson wants the abandoned Springs Industries Kershaw Plant property on the north side of town cleaned up.
    She is tired and frustrated over the 9.1-acre eyesore that paints an unflattering image of the town and its citizens.
    “It was a nice clean mill, a nice clean mill village, and we were never afraid to go out at night,” Watson said Tuesday night during a question/answer community meeting held at her beloved Kershaw Second Baptist Church.

  • Blackmon: ‘I wasn’t thinking straight’

    Backtracking on Linda Blackmon’s back pay, the Lancaster City Council denied her request for a $6,750 payment from the city Tuesday night, after which she declared she “wasn’t thinking straight” when she cast the deciding vote two weeks earlier to give herself the money.
    That Oct. 10 vote appeared to violate state ethics law, which prohibits public officials from voting on matters that “affect their own economic interests.”

  • 'Mama, I'm not going to live very much longer'

    Third of four parts
    In the weeks before he died, Ron Hinson Jr.’s habit got so bad he was shooting up pain pills in his hospital room, his mother recalls.
    She said he picked the lock on the sharps container, stole used needles and had a friend smuggle in Opana pills, which he melted down and injected.
    “He went through pure hell,” said Beth Morrison.

  • AJ's Blackmon recognized as defensive player of the week

    Andrew Jackson High School’s Gavin Blackmon was the lone Lancaster County player to earn recognition at the weekly meeting of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting on Tuesday at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill.

    Blackmon, in the Class A-AA-AAA awards, was honored as the defensive player of the week with 14 tackles in the Volunteers’ 26-14 home loss to Region IV-AA champion Lee Central.

    Blackmon, for the game, garnered 14 tackles, 10 solo hits, three big hits, a pass break-up and graded out at 95 percent.

  • LSS drivers have strong showing at Antioch

    Antioch Motor Speedway in Morganton, N.C., hosted the Halloween Havoc race over the weekend.

    Lancaster Super Speedway Extreme 4 drivers David Laney and Brad McManus made their presence known in qualifying, with Laney qualifying first and McManus second.

    Friday night turned out to be a long night for the Laneys.

    Showing true sportsmanship, Laney and his crew stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. installing an engine in fellow Extreme 4 competitor Blake Walker’s car, so he could race Saturday night.

  • Catoe back on top in picks

    Mandy Catoe’s absence from the Picks top spot didn’t last long.

    Catoe, on the heels of a 15-5 week, vaulted back into first by a pair of games.

    Lori Sistare “Bright,” up a game in first last week, couldn’t make it last with a 12-8 showing.

    “Those two girls are in a tight race,” said Eric “The Red” Rowell. “Since we’re getting close to Halloween, that’s really scary. I think that have put a spell on the rest of the pickers.”