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Today's News

  • Willis answers questions on sales tax referendum

    Q: What if the sales tax collected isn't enough to cover the bonds used to build the courthouse?

  • Carolina Gateway objects to use of logo in Norrell campaign flier

    A campaign flier that arrived in homes this week may leave some of you wondering where one of your local papers stands in the S.C. District 16 Senate race.

    The flier, sent out by Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell's campaign, uses the Carolina Gateway flag, or logo, and a fragment of a headline from the Oct. 15 issue, as part of an attack on Norrell's opponent, Republican Mick Mulvaney.

    But the newspaper's flag was used without permission, Carolina Gateway Editor Jane Alford said Thursday.

  • Justice rally slated for Saturday

    A weekend rally by a civil rights organization will center on education, fairness, unity and empowerment.

    The National Action Network, a civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, is holding a justice rally at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Washington Baptist Church on East Meeting Street.

    John Barnett, president of the York County National Action Network, said the rally will give people in the community a chance to share concerns related to law enforcement and employment.

  • M.L. Jackson's high school ring more than a ring

    I’m originally from the small town of McColl, which is out in the woods somewhere between Clio and Bennettsville.Growing up, I heard a thousand times the tragic story of M.L. Jackson and his death at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army. I vaguely remember kids running up and down the street beating on pots and pans one day.

  • 5 candidates for countywide posts face no opposition Tuesday

    Five candidates seeking countywide positions are expected to sail to easy victories in Tuesday's election.

    The reason: They face no opponents.

    Barring a successful write-in campaign, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris, Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond, Treasurer Dick Rowell and Auditor Cheryl Morgan will all retain their offices. They are all Democrats.

  • Landmark takes papers off market

    Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, citing the credit crisis, announced Wednesday that it has taken most of its properties, including The Lancaster News, off the market. But the company is continuing negotiations to sell its flagship paper, The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.

    "We are having discussions regarding The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies with an interested buyer," Landmark's vice chairman, Richard F. Barry III, said Wednesday. "The buyer is encouraged about obtaining financing."

  • Unopposed McGriff seeks fifth term on school board

    She said she's running for office again because of her love of children.

    Charlene McGriff is running unopposed for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County school board in Tuesday's election.

    McGriff, 56, has served on the board 1994. She is seeking her fifth term.

    "All my love and energy go toward children," said McGriff, the current board chairwoman. "That's what I do."

    McGriff wants to help ensure that everything the board does is for the betterment of the students.

  • Shores, Sims make Troop 74 a success

    Shores, Sims make Troop 74 a success

    On Oct. 18, Boy Scout Troop 74 and several other volunteers gathered at Boan Field in Kershaw to help me complete my Eagle Scout Project. I would like to take the time to thank each one of the volunteers for their time and support to see this project through.

    I also want to thank Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Glidden Paint for their kind and generous donations toward making this project a complete success.

  • Voters to decide fate of referendum in election

    It was once a question of if Lancaster County would build a courthouse using a 1-cent sales tax.

    That was before a fire set by an arsonist destroyed the second floor of the 180-year-old Lancaster County Courthouse on Aug. 4.

    The courthouse was being used then as a working court facility, and county officials were making plans to build a new one.

    But the fire changed the tone of the referendum. Now, Lancaster County must have a new courthouse, county officials say.

  • Make sure you are prepared on Election Day

    The Nov. 4 election promises to draw plenty of attention.

    If you’re a voter, we encourage you to exercise your right as a U.S. citizen. It’s part of the American process and participation should be taken seriously. The vote will greatly impact our future.

    Millions of citizens across the nation are expected to cast ballots for national, state and community leaders. A new president will be elected, so the future of our nation’s leadership will hinge on ballots cast.

    Two givens on election day are tight races and long voting lines.