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Today's News

  • Man gets 15 years for 2000 shooting death

    A Lancaster man who was accused of killing his friend in 2000 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    Demario Lamar Mingo, 29, was sentenced Monday. He will serve his term at the S.C. Department of Corrections, said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    Authorities said Mingo shot Rodney Jordan on 8th Street in Lancaster on July 15, 2000, which was Jordan's 21st birthday,

    Mingo used two handguns – a .40-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber revolver. Jordan suffered 11 gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

  • Lancaster Jewelers moves to bigger showroom

    Lancaster Jewelers might have a new location, but the hometown jewelry store still offers the same personalized customer service.

    The jewelry store, in business since 1992, recently moved into a much larger showroom a couple doors down from its former location on Great Falls Highway. The store will celebrate the grand opening of the new, 4,500-square-foot space on Oct. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Vehicles used as weapon

    Two unrelated incidents in Lancaster on Saturday involved vehicles that were used as a weapon, according to incident reports.

    In one case, a vehicle was used in self-defense; in the other, it was used in an attack, reports say.

    Lancaster police responded to a call about a fight with a knife on the 600th block of Pardue Street about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, an incident report said.

  • Forbes magazine: Lancaster 'most vulnerable town'

    Local officials realize that many folks in Lancaster County are struggling right now.

    But to say that Lancaster County is the most vulnerable town in the country? Officials aren't buying it.

    Forbes magazine published a report last week that listed the country's most and least vulnerable towns.

  • District 3 City Council candidates focus on economic development

    The candidates for the Lancaster City Council District 3 seat are interested in bringing new businesses to Lancaster and creating new jobs for local residents.

    Linda Blackmon-Brace, a former city councilwoman who represented District 2 from 2002-06, is running against current District 3 Councilman Audrey Curry, who is in his fourth term on council.

    District 3 includes the area north of Arch Street and south of Dunlap Street, and stretches west towards Woodland Drive and east towards S.C. 9 Bypass.

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  • Blackmon-Brace: District 3 is her home

    As election time nears, Linda Blackmon-Brace said she'd rather discuss issues such as business revitalization and local government spending. Instead, she's been busy defending whether she lives in District 3, where she's seeking a Lancaster City Council seat.

    Blackmon-Brace, who is running against incumbent Audrey Curry, said she has lived in houses in three different districts over the past two years.

  • Students need more school choice options in S.C.

    Apparently, Mandy Powers Norrell does not see the big picture about why school choice is the answer for all children in our state.

    She credits public schools and the teachers who nurtured, pushed and believed in her. Apparently, she was a typical child. But what happens to a special needs child? My son got pushed – to the back of the classroom and right out the door.

    School choice is one option for children like my son. They cannot learn in a one-size-fits-all educational setting. Parents deserve more school choice options to help educate their children in our state.

  • Glenwood Heights Baptist celebrates 60th anniversary

    It was an exciting and special day for Glenwood Heights Baptist Church.

    On Sept. 28, members, former members, pastors and staff and family and friends reunited for the church's 60th anniversary.

    The Rev. Steve Neal welcomed everyone and recognized 13 charter members. He asked for a moment of silence for those who had died.

    Music by the Future, the children of Glenwood Heights, sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."

  • Get some answers at forum

    INDIAN LAND – Voters are encouraged to come out to a political forum to learn more about the candidates running for local, state and even national office.

    Before You Vote – 2008 Candidate Forum will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Land Middle School gymnasium, 8361 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521).

    There will be a meet-and-greet with candidates from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the forum.

    The forum is co-sponsored by Carolina Gateway, the Indian Land Action Council and Indian Land Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Kershaw chooses firm to build new town hall

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council chose a construction company for its new town hall project Monday, but the decision was not unanimous.

    Out of three possible choices, council voted 4-2 to award the contract to PF & Perry L. Mungo Inc. of Pageland.

    Council members Rose Marie Baker, Mark Dorman, Lewis Sims and Oscar Coates voted in favor. Council members Harold Williams and Wade Hunter voted against.

    Mayor Tommy Baker, who generally only votes to break a tie, did not vote.