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Today's News

  • Lancaster County voter turnout 66%

    With 39,099 ballots cast, Lancaster County had a 66 percent voter turnout in Tuesday’s general election, down a bit from 2012’s turnout but with a  record number of absentee ballots in the mix.
    More than 2 million ballots were cast by South Carolinians, according to the S.C. Election Commission. Statewide turnout was similar to Lancaster’s at 67 percent. Georgetown County had the highest at 75 percent.
    Lancaster County set an all-time high with 10,454 absentee ballots cast in this year’s election.

  • You said it: Election 2016

    We hit the streets Wednesday and Thursday to ask Lancaster County residents what they think of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. Here’s some of what we heard.

    Duane Dawley of Lancaster said Trump was his choice from the beginning and confessed he was pleasantly surprised by his win, since all he’d been hearing from the media was that Clinton was ahead.

  • Column: Patriotism runs deep in this local family

    The picture of six men in military uniforms titled “Griffin Brothers Return from War” posted on social media caught my attention. Three of the faces were familiar.
    Two of them, Carl and Raymond, lived nearby and I had known them for most of my life. Everette was quite often a visitor to a local grill, where, at times, he played his guitar and sang. He was extraordinarily talented in other ways as well. I was curious about the others and also wanted to know as much detail as was possible about each one.

  • Hard memories from Korea’s Old Baldy

    At age 21, Heath Springs native Quay Powers says he was “scared to death” fighting his way up Old Baldy Hill during the Korean War.
    Powers was drafted into the Army in Oct. 1951 and served in the 2nd Infantry Division, Company F.
    Their first task was to relieve another company from Old Baldy so that company could go back to the reserve.
    “Old Baldy was a special hill because of the vision you had out front, and that’s why it was important,” Powers said. “It gave you a good viewpoint if the enemy did attack.”

  • Collins was ‘The Singing RTO’

    Lancaster County Veteran News

  • A life of family, cars started in the Army

    Johnnie Wright walked to Charlotte from his family’s Lancaster farm in August 1940 to join the Army. He was 19 years old, had one dime in his pocket and two buddies with not a cent in theirs.
    The 5-foot-10 Wright weighed 137 pounds and was dressed in his Sunday suit, the only clothes he had that weren’t overalls.
    “I spent my dime to buy pencils to fill out the papers,” he said. “So then all three of us were flat broke.”
    The three men served during World War II. Two made it home alive.

  • Veterans find camaraderie in coffee club

    After months of covering a remote Afghan outpost, journalist Sebastian Junger said the only thing that makes battle psychologically tolerable for soldiers is their brotherhood.
    To a group of veterans in Indian Land, that camaraderie plays just as important a role here at home.
    For the members of Tuesday Heroes, it all begins with “coffee and bull” at the CrossRidge Café in Indian Land.

  • Clinging to life at 19 on a Nazi battlefield

    Aaron Flynn took his last pain-free steps on a secluded path near Worms, Germany, on the afternoon of Feb. 21, 1945.
    He was a 19-year-old private first class from Lancaster, a machine gunner with the U.S. Army’s 6th Armored Division, 44th Armored Infantry Battalion.
    Flynn had been a late entry into World War II. His enlistment was rejected several times because of bad eyesight. But after his older brother was killed in action on Christmas Eve 1943, Flynn got into the Army.

  • Vietnam vets hear ‘welcome home’

    Lancaster County recognized its local Vietnam veterans Saturday on the front lawn of the historic county courthouse with a long overdue “Welcome Home” celebration.
    “Let’s do what should’ve been done 50 years ago,” said Robin Ghent, Lancaster County veterans affairs director. “You did your job, you served with honor, and you did us proud. Welcome home.”
    When they returned home from Southeast Asia in the 1960s and ’70s, veterans were sometimes spit at, cursed out, degraded or ignored for their service.

  • Column: Voting is over – 3 things to do now

    I am writing this column before the election results are known.
    The pundits are predicting that Trump will carry South Carolina by a large margin and Clinton will win nationally by a narrow margin. For me as a Democrat in South Carolina, this is the definition of mixed emotions.
    But as an American, I’m mostly just glad that the whole disgusting spectacle is finally over.