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Today's News

  • Willard-Hammond Engagement
    Scott and Teresa Willard of Chester announce the engagement of their daughter, Melia Joye Willard, to Khoury Lynn Hammond, both of Rock Hill.
    The wedding is planned for 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Dairy Barn in Fort Mill.
    Miss Willard is a 2004 graduate of Chester High School and a 2008 graduate of Lander University with a degree in business administration. She is a project control specialist with Duke Energy.
  • The Princes 'Die'aries

    Community Playhouse of Lancaster County and See Lancaster Live presented “Princess ‘Die’aries” at a murder mystery dinner theater event at USC Lancaster March 30.

  • It’s the law: Quick special election no sleight for Howard

    County election officials spent Friday fending off complaints that it was disrespectful to schedule a special election so quickly to fill the rest of the late Mayor John Howard’s term.
    People called in, walked in, posted online and collared elections officials around town, peppering them with indignant comments. The special election is July 10, and the 10-day filing period starts April 20.

  • 3 arrested in Kershaw with drugs, guns, cash

    Three Kershaw residents were arrested March 30 on drug trafficking and weapons charges at a home on Fork Hill Road.
    Leonard King Jr., 26, Megan Melissa Woodward, 27, and Brandon Lee Payne, 34, all of Kershaw were charged with trafficking crack cocaine 100-200 grams, trafficking heroin 4-14 grams, trafficking hydrocodone 4-14 grams, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, three counts of possession with intent to distribute alprazolam and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Henry Johnson, mayor in 1970s, dies at age 95

    Henry Johnson, who served eight years as Lancaster’s mayor in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 95.
    He was elected in 1974 and ’78, serving two terms between Reece Funderburk and Joe Shaw.
    “Henry was a conscientious public servant in every sense, who did us well,” said Charlie Bundy a former president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. “He was a visionary who always looked ahead….                 

  • Schools adopt text-alert system

    The Lancaster County School District has installed a new emergency alert system that can send information to parents, teachers and students instantly via text message.
    “It’s very similar to what’s used on university campuses. That’s the model we’re after,” said Bryan Vaughn, the district’s safety director. “This give folks immediate info, and it’s good because I can access it anywhere… whether I’m on the side of the road, in a classroom or in the middle of a situation.

  • Winds whip Buford blaze

    Four volunteer fire departments raced to New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Buford at mid-afternoon Friday when a fire destroyed a storage shed and spread to nearby woods. Thick smoke and ash covered the area as firefighters from Buford, Antioch, Tradesville, Rich Hill and Lancaster County Fire Rescue scrambled to douse flames fed by strong winds, with assistance from an S.C. forestry crew. They were on the scene for about two hours. No one was injured. The church was not damaged, and no other structures were threatened.

  • Oh, yuck! Sewer glitch earns Erwin kids day off

    Erwin Elementary School was closed for repairs Friday after a sewage backup the day before affected half the school.
    Two classrooms and the teacher’s conference room actually had raw sewage on the floors.
    “It really isn’t that bad. Our plumbers probably made a bigger mess trying to fix it” said school district Facilities Director David Small.

  • Column: Teens, know what you’re risking as you push gas pedal to the floor

    I pray that one child will be saved by my son Billy Dale’s story.
    Look at him at age 17, just before he wrecked 2 miles from our home driving 85 mph. Now look at him at 46.
    A picture really is worth a thousand words. Please show these photos to your teenage drivers.
    I kept Billy Dale at home for 23½ years after the accident. Then he went to a nursing home six years ago, because I was getting old and had back problems and couldn’t take care of him by myself anymore.

  • Parnell’s list: Gun control, health-care, tax changes

    Congressional candidate Archie Parnell campaigned in Lancaster on Thursday, saying it’s time to take a serious look at restricting sales of military-style semiautomatic weapons.
    Since the federal assault-weapons ban was lifted in 2004, he asserted, gun deaths from military-style rifles have more than tripled.
    “That’s something that we as a rational country just can’t live with,” Parnell said while also discussing healthcare and taxes during a packed meeting of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.