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Today's News

  • Amendment about woman's consent on ballot

    Tuesday's ballot will feature an amendment question that could change the age a woman can legally consent to sex in South Carolina.

    The state's constitution has the age of consent for an unmarried woman set at 14, while the state Legislature has it set at 16, which is what the courts go by.

    The amendment would remove the age of consent part of the constitution.

    It's easier for legislators to change a state law than it is to change the constitution, Attorney General Henry McMaster told WSPA last week.

  • WSMS in on the air

    South Middle School has its own TV stars and news producers.

    About 15 students participate in the school's daily news program, WSMS, which is in its first full year. The South Middle family can hear lunch menus, weather and other information on the show, broadcast each morning at the school.

    The newscast is written, produced and broadcast by students, with assistance from their advisor, teacher Justin Thomas.

  • See the glitz and glamour - Slideshow included! Women glam it up to raise awareness of breast cancer

    It was a night of glitz and glamour at the Healthy Woman fall fashion show with a twist.

    Many of the models, held at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building on Tuesday, were breast cancer survivors. The goal of the show was not only showing off pretty clothes, but raising awareness of the disease during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which was October.

  • Constitutional amendments on ballot focus on retiree benefits

    Voters will have the chance to vote on two amendments to the state constitution on Tuesday that could affect retiree benefits in South Carolina.

    Amendments 2 and 3 focus on "post-employment benefits," which are benefits provided to state and local government retirees. These benefits usually take the form of health insurance. Amendment 2 focuses on state government and school district retirees, while Amendment 3 focuses on local government post-employment benefits.

  • Voter interest high as historic election season winds down

    Long lines are expected on Tuesday, as voters get the chance to choose not only a new president, but local politicians to represent them as well.

    Precincts are expected to be packed with voters who are participating in a presidential election that will make history with either the first black president or the first woman vice president emerging as the winner.

  • Safe Passage closes shelter due to funding problems

    After four years of helping abuse victims find help in their hour of need, the Safe Passage Shelter has closed its doors in Lancaster.

    The shelter opened in 2004 and has provided assistance to hundreds of victims, including men, women and children.

    Safe Passage has sheltered more than 100 people this year, with 38 of those people from Lancaster County. Victims will now be directed to shelters in York and Union counties.

  • Election commission says voting should go smoothly

    As thousands of Lancaster County residents get ready to vote Tuesday, the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission is taking measures to make sure the day goes smoothly.

    Rick Crimminger, chairman of the local commission, said that while there were some glitches with machines in the election two years ago, he expects this election to go as smoothly as the primaries went earlier this year.

  • Conservation, watershed board seats up for grabs

    Phil Cleveland and Michael Windhorn are vying for one open seat on the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation Board in Tuesday's election.

    The soil and water conservation district aims to increase awareness of local natural resources by talking about conservation and environmental issues to schools, community leaders and other residents.

    The commissioners attend monthly meetings in the county and receive training at statewide functions. The seat is countywide, non-partisan and comes without pay or benefits.

    Watershed boards

  • 50 face drug charges

    A helicopter circled above Lancaster County on Thursday as the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office rounded up suspects on drug warrants.

    The sheriff's office concluded Operation Rolling Thunder, the second part of this year's major drug operation, as teams of deputies searched the county with warrants in hand for about 50 suspected drug dealers.

    The charges are based on undercover drug buys made throughout the county.

  • Two men charged in shooting

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged two men in connection with a shooting on Crenson Drive on Oct. 4.

    Allen Wesley Massey, 21, of 422 Helm St., and Timothy Blair, 22, of 2206 Pardue St., were arrested Wednesday and have been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, said sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland.

    According to an incident report, the 32-year-old shooting victim had just pulled into the driveway of his Crenson Drive home when a man opened the passenger side door and demanded money.