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Today's News

  • New year doesn't feel much different

    Two things have happened. First of all, Christmas has come and gone like a breeze.

    Now, it was New Year’s Eve and Christmas school vacations were coming to a close.

    Like most folks in our neighborhood, our cedar Christmas tree was fading to brown with needles littering the rug.

    Mama and I carefully placed each ornament in a sheet of tissue paper saved from last year.

    We carefully packed the lights, burned out bulbs and all; the war was on and we didn’t throw anything away.

  • Contractor begins cleanup at site of fuel tanker wreck

    Impact from Tuesday’s tanker truck accident will continue to be felt for weeks to come, according to a Lancaster County official.

    Morris Russell, director for Lancaster County Emergency Management, said there’s some environmental impact at the location where a tanker truck crashed and exploded on S.C. 903.

    A cleanup contractor was assigned to the area Wednesday and started removing the tanker’s fuel from the site.

  • Charlotte firm may build courthouse

    Lancaster County is close to having a builder for a new courthouse.

    County Council will soon begin negotiating a contract with BE&K Building Group of Charlotte to build the new courthouse, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

    Willis, County Council Chairman Rudy Carter, Councilman Fred Thomas, Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Capt. Towanna Barnes serve on a committee that has interviewed four firms for the job.

    The county is using a different system to choose a contractor for the courthouse project.

  • Sober or Slammer campaign under way

    The S.C. Highway Patrol and other agencies want to help ensure you have a safe holiday season and new year while traveling.

    The Highway Patrol is conducting another Sober or Slammer campaign, which targets drunk driving.

    The campaign began Dec. 12 and will run through Jan. 4.

    The patrol has set up multi-jurisdictional check points in areas with high crash rates, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

    LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, a radar speed detector, will be in use on main highways in the county such as S.C. 9, U.S. 521, S.C. 903 and S.C. 200.

  • Vaughn: Much progress made since ’05

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County Councilman Bryan Vaughn remembers sitting at the controls of a bulldozer, preparing to ceremonially break ground for Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    He looks back on how far that community and its residents have come, and how far Indian Land as a whole has come during his time on County Council.

    Vaughn, 44, who took office in 2005, chose not to run for re-election this year. Sun City resident Larry McCullough will take the District 1 seat in January.

  • Tanker wrecks on S.C. 903

    Joyce Kennington said the crashing sound she heard was unlike any she had heard before.

    Then she stepped out of her Flat Creek Road home and saw dark smoke in the air.

    The sight and sound was the result of a tanker truck accident about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday in the Antioch community, about 4.5 miles east of Lancaster

    Philip Howle, 59, of Darlington, was driving east in a 2006 Freightliner truck that ran off the right side of the road and went down an embankment. The truck and tanker overturned, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Senator favors roll call voting

    When the state Senate convenes next month, the issue of transparency will be on the agenda.

    Roll call voting, a system of recording each member’s decision on an issue, will be front and center when the General Assembly meets on Jan. 13.

    Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, a Republican from Gaffney, recently filed for a bill that would increase the number of roll call votes.

    This is in contrast to the current system of voice votes, where lawmakers simply say “yes” and “no,” but are not held accountable.   

  • Evans Formal Wear to close

    Evans Formal Wear will be closing its doors after 40 years of business.

    The business, which has offered tuxedos, suits and accessories to use at proms, weddings and funerals, will officially close on Dec. 31. The business will participate in its last wedding on Jan. 3.  

    Owner Mike McBrayer managed the business for more than seven years after taking over for original owners Jimmy and Peggy Evans.

    Unlike other businesses that have closed throughout the area, McBrayer said his decision is not based on the declining economy.