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Today's News

  • Column: This isn’t the tax reform we want or need

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Democrat from Sumter who lost to Republican Ralph Norman in this year’s special election for the 5th District congressional seat. Parnell is running for the office again in 2018. Norman’s views on the GOP tax-reform bill ran in this space Sunday.

    My father used to tell me to believe half of what you see and even less of what you hear. When it comes to what people in Washington or in the media have to say about tax policy, that’s usually pretty good advice.

  • Column: Our community’s joint mission of philanthropy helps all people

    The first recorded use of the word “philanthropy” was in the Greek play “Prometheus Bound,” written about 460 BCE.
    In the play, Prometheus creates mankind out of clay. In the beginning, his creatures have no culture (no knowledge, skills, arts, science, technology), so they live in darkness, in caves, in fear for their lives. Out of his philanthropos tropos, or humanity-loving nature, Prometheus continues to develop his creatures by giving them two gifts: fire, which symbolizes culture, and “blind hope,” representing optimism.

  • District’s ACT average still below state scores

    ACT test results are out for South Carolina’s class of 2018, and the Lancaster County School District average is slightly lower than the state average, much like last year’s scores.
    State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman warned that the scores might not be accurate due to possible testing system failures, but local school officials said Lancaster County’s numbers are correct.

  • 3 badly hurt in IL head-on crash

    Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Calvin Hall Road in Indian Land.
    Two victims had to be cut out of one of the vehicles, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers. Members of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the call around 3 p.m., he said.

  • Fleeing car hits electrical pole, cuts power to 1,800 customers

    Nearly 1,800 power customers lost electricity Thursday morning after a vehicle struck a power pole on S.C. 200 near Craig Farm Road north of Lancaster.
    After a city police officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver began to speed away before striking the power pole, according to the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Suspect charged in attack on cops during drug bust

    A York County man is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center after being charged Saturday with head-butting one police officer and biting another during a drug-related clash in a restaurant parking lot.
    Neither officer was seriously hurt, said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.  
    Tristan Baker Merck, 21, of Rock Hill, is charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, trafficking cocaine (74.5 grams), simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, open-container violation and disorderly conduct.

  • Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Murphy earns twin Officer of the Year honors

    Lancaster County deputy Sgt. Bill Murphy has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association.
    Murphy, a 30-year veteran law officer, is head of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Division. He received the award Nov. 7 at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Murphy, 55, oversees a diverse list of programs, from local Crime Watches and school resource officers to litter control and building, fleet and equipment maintenance.

  • Deputy tells creeped-out homeowner: Get a priest, holy water

    A Kershaw woman called the sheriff’s office just before Halloween, convinced that someone might have been hiding in her attic, and the strange goings-on continued even after a deputy arrived to investigate.
    Reba Green, of 264 Oak Ridge Church Road, said she first heard what sounded like footsteps in the attic above her kitchen table the evening of Oct. 27.

  • Tunnell suit settlement totals $90K

    The S.C. I-77 Alliance and York Tech President Greg Rutherford agreed to pay Keith Tunnell and his attorney $90,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing them, as well as other defendants, of defamation, breach of contract and civil conspiracy.
    According to a copy of the settlement obtained by The Lancaster News through the Freedom of Information Act, the I-77 Alliance and Rutherford are paying $60,000 to Tunnell and $30,000 to the law firm Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks of Columbia.

  • Buford cheer team in state field

    The Buford High School cheer squad, a fixture in state finals competition, is going for the gold again Saturday in the Colonial Life Arena at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

    The Jackets, led by veteran cheer coach Julie Thompson, are bidding for a fourth straight top five finish in the state field.

    BHS placed fifth in the Class AAA state competition last fall after consecutive top four finishes in the Class AA state competition the previous two seasons. Class AAA includes Class AA and A schools in a combined field.