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Today's News

  • Two killed in motorcycle accident

    Jerry Flynn wishes he had a chance to show his son more affection.

    His son, Jason Flynn, 33, and Kayla Faile, 18, were killed Saturday night in a two-vehicle accident on Grace Avenue.

    The two Lancaster residents died after the 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle they were riding hit a 1996 Dodge pickup truck, according to Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened at 9:45 p.m. about 3 miles west of Lancaster.

    The motorcycle was traveling south behind the pickup, driven by Doris Talford, 46, who lives on Grace Avenue.

  • Driver charged with felony DUI in wreck early Monday

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    The S.C. Highway Patrol says alcohol was a factor in a fatal accident early Monday morning in Indian Land.

    The backseat passenger of a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer was killed about 1:20 a.m. along Old Bailes Road. The driver, Anthony Guzzonato, 19, of Morris, Ill., has been charged with felony driving under the influence.

  • Deputy arrested in Indian Land; charged with DUI

    A Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy resigned Sunday after being charged with driving under the influence.

  • Gregory tells GOP crowd it's time for him to step down from Senate

    State Sen. Greg Gregory spoke to members of the local Republican Party Thursday as he prepares to complete his final term in the District 16 seat.

    Gregory, who has served in the Senate for 16 years, addressed a GOP crowd eager to hear his final thoughts about his job. He spoke about his initial run in 1992 and how he was the first Republican to win that seat in more than 100 years.

    "Back then, people were agitated and ready for a change," Gregory said. "But I had a good campaign and I got into the Senate."

  • Blackmon, Hood seek to fill unexpired term on City Council

    The two candidates for Lancaster City Council District 1 know what people without jobs in Lancaster are going through, and they want to work to bring more jobs to the area.

    Racarda Blackmon, 57, and Kenneth "Kenny" Hood, 50, are running for the seat, left vacant after the death of Blackmon's father, Preston, in August. Preston Blackmon had held the seat for 30 years. There are two years left in the term.

    Blackmon: "I'm here to help"

    Racarda Blackmon is a Lancaster native who graduated from Lancaster High School in 1969 before full integration.

  • Man reports being robbed

    A Columbia man told sheriff's deputies he was robbed at gunpoint Oct. 12 after giving a Lancaster man a ride from Crenco's convenience store on South Main Street.

    The victim said he was at the store at 8:30 a.m. when he saw the man, whom he said he has known for a long time, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

    The victim said he agreed to give the man a ride to his home.

    When the victim was about to leave the home, the man put a gun to his head and demanded money, the report said.

    The victim told deputies he gave the man $47.

  • Hopefuls for office to appear at political forum

    Many of Lancaster County's 44,000-plus registered voters heard the two presidential hopefuls argue the issues facing America during a televised debate Wednesday night.

    Now voters can learn where hometown candidates stand on issues during the Before You Vote 2008 Candidate Forum.

    The forum is 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bundy Auditorium at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    It's co-sponsored by Duke Energy, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, USCL and The Lancaster News.

  • Speakers tell students of obstacles they overcame

    Whether it was lifting weights or studying for class, Kennett Washington said he always dreamed big and worked hard toward achieving his goals.

    Washington, a Lancaster native and professional fitness trainer, along with Phillip Mickles, principal at A.R. Rucker Middle School, spoke to students Friday morning at Clinton Elementary School.

    Mickles and Washington, who both grew up in Lancaster's New Town area, spoke of the adversity and struggles they endured before achieving success as adults.

  • DHEC takes blame for slow notice in notifying water customers of issue

    INDIAN LAND – Panhandle residents, mostly from the Sun City and Black Horse Run neighborhoods, questioned local and state officials about their water quality during a meeting sponsored by the Indian Land Action Council on Wednesday.

    Officials from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control admitted DHEC was at fault in a delay in notifying local water customers about a water violation earlier this year.

  • A few candidates embrace Internet in '08 campaign

    It used to be that the only way political candidates could reach a large audience was to spend their days walking door to door, meeting voters where they lived.

    But in a world where social network Web sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have become the quickest ways to reach an audience, candidates in local elections have turned to emerging technology to reach even more potential voters.