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Today's News

  • Column: Open government has come a long way in the last decade

    It was 10 years ago this month that I began developing plans for what would eventually become the state’s fiscal transparency website – one of the first such sites in the country. The goal was to provide citizens easy access to details about how state government spends their money.

  • The pros and cons of fitness magazines

    This week a client and I had a conversation about all the misinformation in the health and fitness industry.
    She told me that in her old life, meaning before she was a member of Healing Strength Personal Training, she would read magazines and try to piece together a diet or a workout plan.
    The only problem was that each magazine, and sometimes articles within the same magazine, contradicted one another. In one she would read that paleo was the way to go, and yet another told her that being vegan was the only true answer.

  • Remembering July 17, 1967 – A fateful day for Jacky Bayne

    This is an edited excerpt from Don McCorkle’s upcoming book, “The Buddy Plan,” which is expected to be published later this summer or fall. The dialogue in the “Vietnam: The sickening sound” section are a dramatization from the book. Although McCorkle and Bayne entered the U.S. Army in 1966 together on the Buddy Plan, McCorkle was not present when his friend was injured.

  • Howard to serve on S.C. Mayors board

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard was voted onto the Association of South Carolina Mayors board of directors Friday.
    The first Lancaster mayor to serve on the board, Howard was selected by a nominating committee and approved by board members during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s annual meeting.
    Howard, who was elected mayor in a special election in February 2016, said joining the state board is an honor.
    “It’s going to be fun,” Howard said. “I assure you that.”

  • No one hurt in drive-by shooting

    Lancaster police are investigating a brazen daytime drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon at a home less than a block from the police station that endangered patrons at the Dollar General store.
    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant said the incident happened about 5:30 p.m. when a vehicle traveling south on Hughes Street fired multiple shots at a home on the northwest corner of Hughes and Arch streets.

  • Brewery rezoning approved

    On July 17, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the first of three required readings to rezone Benford Brewery. The zoning change will allow the growing brewery to expand.  
    Rumors had spread that the nearly five-year-old brewery, located at 2271 Boxcar Road, was building a bar.
    Owner Bryan O’Neal quickly put that to rest.

  • Kershaw to build bandstand

    The town of Kershaw plans to build a bandstand on a 5-acre property given to the town by Lancaster County School District.
    It will cost the town $102,000 to build the bandstand.
    The lot, once the Kershaw High School football field, is beside the Kershaw post office.
    The space will be available for citizens to use through the Kershaw Recreation Department.

  • Council sets $75 stormwater fee for Panhandle

    Panhandle residents might notice a new fee on their taxes starting this October. A $75 fee per household to fund a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) received initial approval from Lancaster County Council on July 17.
    It passed first reading in council with a 5-0 vote. Councilmen Terry Graham and Billy Mosteller were absent.
    The new fee will only affect residents north of S.C. 5.

  • New fire marshal right at home here

    Newly appointed Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers has lived in Lancaster County all of his life. He began his new position with Lancaster County on July 10.
    “It feels like home,” he said. “This is where I live and I know a lot of people here.”

  • Motorcyclist dies in multi-vehicle accident

    A three-vehicle accident on S.C. 5 claimed the life of a motorcyclist Tuesday afternoon.
    Jason Lee Sims, 27, of Lancaster was killed in the accident, said Lancaster County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman Jennifer Collins. Sims, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne said the accident happened about 4:45 p.m. just north of Tam Lane. The location is about a mile south of the Catawba River bridge.