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  • U.S. House District 5 Candidate Bios

    Ray Craig
    ◆ Age: 55
    ◆ Family: Three children: Claudia, 19; Anna, 16; and William, 13
    ◆ Education: Clover High School graduate; bachelor’s degree in history, Clemson University 1983, study for master’s degree in history, Winthrop University, incomplete
    ◆ Occupation: Customer service at a local grocery store
    ◆ Political experience: This is my first bid for public office.
    ◆ Contact info: (843) 489-2010; vote.craig.2016@gmail.com; 2085 Cutterpoint Drive, Suite 301, Lake Wylie, SC 29710-4649

  • Lancaster County Auditor Candiate Bios

    Allen Blackmon
    ◆ Age: 60
    ◆ Family: Wife, Jane Bridges Blackmon; son, Kevin and his wife, Mary; daughter, Leigh Pate and her husband, Michael; two fantastic grandchildren
    ◆ Education: Bachelor’s degree, Clemson University; numerous continuing education courses
    ◆ Occupation: Retired from the S.C. Department of Revenue
    ◆ Political/job experience: None
    ◆ Contact info: (803) 804-2189; berentals@gmail.com; P.O. Box 86, Heath Springs, SC 29058

  • County Council District 1 Candidate Bios

    David Freeman
    ◆ Age: 49
    ◆ Family: Wife, Ginger, married for 27 years; son, Brodie, attends The Citadel; daughter, Sidney is a senior in high school.
    ◆ Education: Attended Indian Land schools
    ◆ Occupation: Business owner
    ◆ Political experience: Serving on Lancaster County Planning Commission (for past year); served four years on Lancaster CountyBoard of Zoning Appeals (three and a half years as chairman); over 30 hours of government training and continuous education

  • Man wanted for domestic violence leads cops on chase

    A Lancaster County man wanted for beating a woman with whom he lived led officers from three jurisdictions on a chase Tuesday morning before he was finally arrested in Chesterfield County.

    Clint Dewayne Kiker, 27, of 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested in Chesterfield County following a car chase involving Monroe Police Department officers and Chesterfield and Lancaster county deputies.

  • Farmers market opens Saturday, with local fruits, veggies, crafts

    Madison Barrett
    For The Lancaster News

    Peaches, strawberries, squash and other local produce will go on sale June 4 at the Lancaster Farmers Market, and market manager Mike Barnes hopes people take advantage of the great prices and produce.

  • Column: S.C. riding a bike, while race cars whiz past

    Consider the following S.C. and national unemployment numbers from recent news reports:
    For April 2016, the S.C. unemployment rate rose for the second month in a row, to 5.8 percent, up a bit from 5.7 percent in March. This is bad.
    The April unemployment rate across South Carolina ranged from a high of 9.1 percent in Allendale County to a low of 4.34 percent in Lexington County. This is good or bad, depending on where you live.

  • 51 Lancaster homes get free carbon-monoxide detectors

    Lancaster Fire Department members installed 51 carbon-monoxide alarms in the 60 homes with gas appliances they visited during the one-day alarm blitz May 14.
    The city recently received 250 carbon-monoxide detectors from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation through a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
    It’s the largest number of detectors awarded by the Williams foundation at one time to one municipality.

  • 27 eyesore houses targeted for demolition in Lancaster

    Twenty-seven derelict properties in the Lancaster city limits have been identified for inclusion in the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) $5.6 million program to get rid of uninhabitable homes.
    The city is working with COG to acquire, demolish and landscape blighted vacant residential properties through a Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP).
    In April 2015, COG was awarded $5.6 million from the S.C. Housing Finance and Development Authority. The funds must be used by July 2017.

  • Police Reports: June 5, 2016

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

  • Lancaster man charged with sexually abusing girl

    A Lancaster man was arrested last week for sexually abusing a pre-teen girl.
    Joseph Timothy Rouse, 50, of 1539 Springdale Road, turned himself in to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office May 26 in response to an outstanding warrant for third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
    The sheriff’s incident report said the investigation began March 22 after the victim, whom Rouse knew but was not related to, told a guidance counselor at school about the alleged abuse.
    Rouse was released under $15,000 bond.