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Today's News

  • Column: Fred Sheheen was an S.C. institution

    We were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Fred Sheheen today. Fred was a South Carolina institution who devoted his life to lifting up all of us.
    As a young journalist, his reports on the Civil Rights Movement told stories of injustice that helped spur a nation to act. He played his own part in the long march toward justice as an aide to Gov. Donald Russell, during whose tenure our state took fitful yet peaceful steps toward desegregation.

  • Lightning suspected in house fire

    Lancaster County fire officials believe lightening may have caused a house fire east of Lancaster Saturday evening that displaced a family of four.
    The fire was one of two local house fires that day,  including one on Country Club Drive that slightly injured a resident.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the most damaging of the two fires happened at 330 Holiday Road, where firefighters were dispatched during a thunderstorm about 9:57 p.m.

  • Mapping the monarch’s migration

    Colette Degarady found a glimpse of heaven on Earth last Christmas in the Sierra Madre Mountains of rural Mexico.
    A senior ecologist with the S.C. Nature Conservancy, Degarady ventured to the central Mexican highlands to observe a monarch butterfly cluster in winter.
    “It was incredible and almost like it was snowing butterflies,” she said. “Some people would lie on the ground and just take it all in. It was almost a spiritual experience.”

  • Fred Sheheen’s legacy of public service

    Nobody loved South Carolina more than Fred Sheheen, state Sen. Greg Gregory said Tuesday.
    Fred Sheheen, 79, died in a two-car wreck Monday near Lake Wateree in Kershaw County, said Kershaw County Coroner Phil McLeod.
    Fred Sheheen is the father of S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27). Vincent Sheheen and Gregory (R-16) represent Lancaster County in the state General Assembly.

  • Avondale ups incentives to county

    The Avondale development in Indian Land will be back on the table at the Juen 13 county council meeting, five months after council members killed the project in the face of neighbors’ protests.
    Council member Charlene McGriff made a request after the executive session at the May 23 council meeting for a motion to rescind the council’s rezoning denial for the Avondale Planned Development.
    Council discussed ongoing contractual negotiations between the county and Charlotte-based developer Sinacori Builders during the executive session.  

  • Primary to decide IL council seat

    Lancaster County voters heading to the polls for the 2016 statewide primaries June 14 will cast ballots in up to three races, depending on where they live.
    In the meantime, a county elections official said issues with the Van Wyck precinct lines have been sorted out and new voter registration cards mailed to those eligible to vote at the Van Wyck Community Center poll.

  • 3-car crash closes 521 in Lancaster

    A section of U.S. 521 North (Charlotte Highway) in front of  Family Dollar in Lancaster was shut down late Tuesday afternoon for a three-car crash with injuries.
    At least one person was entrapped in the 5:27 p.m. accident, and had to be freed from the car. Her injuries were unknown.
    At press time, traffic along U.S. 521 was being diverted down University Drive to Hubbard Drive. For more, see the Friday edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Hit-and-run driver slams into 4 cars

    A hit-and-run left two cars totaled and two badly damaged at Young Motor Co. in Twin Pines on Sunday morning.
    Owner Bobby Young said his father-in-law, Thomas Fox, saw the damage as he drove by the car lot early Sunday morning on his way to Bojangles. He immediately called Young.
    When Young arrived at the lot, located at 1445 Charlotte Highway, at 7:30 Sunday morning, the S.C. Highway Patrol was already on the scene. Young’s wife, Lissa Fox, had reported it after talking with Fox.

  • Man cornered after 2-state manhunt over kidnap-beating

    A Lancaster County man suspected of beating and kidnapping his girlfriend led officers from three jurisdictions on a two-state car chase and manhunt Tuesday morning that ended in Chesterfield County.
    Clint Dewayne Kiker, 27, of 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested on one count each of kidnapping and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

  • U.S. House District 5 Candidate Bios

    Ray Craig
    ◆ Age: 55
    ◆ Family: Three children: Claudia, 19; Anna, 16; and William, 13
    ◆ Education: Clover High School graduate; bachelor’s degree in history, Clemson University 1983, study for master’s degree in history, Winthrop University, incomplete
    ◆ Occupation: Customer service at a local grocery store
    ◆ Political experience: This is my first bid for public office.
    ◆ Contact info: (843) 489-2010; vote.craig.2016@gmail.com; 2085 Cutterpoint Drive, Suite 301, Lake Wylie, SC 29710-4649