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Today's News

  • Column: 5th District candidates, what will you do about Alzheimer’s disease?

    There are a lot of controversial issues at stake in the upcoming special election for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. But I’d like to ask all of the candidates to address an issue that is truly purple.
    Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one among the top 10 killers that cannot be prevented, stopped or even slowed. It’s also the most expensive illness in the nation, with costs that exceed those for heart disease and cancer.

  • Thief cracks Coke delivery truck’s safe

    A thief broke into a Coca-Cola delivery truck in broad daylight last week and stole cash from a safe, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    According to the report, the driver told deputies he pulled into the parking lot of Pro Clean Dry Cleaners at 1772 Airport Road about 3 p.m. April 25 and, as usual, went inside to take the order before pulling the items from the trailer for stocking.
    The driver returned to the truck less than 15 minutes later, the incident report said, where he found the passenger side cab window broken out.

  • Southside teacher on paid leave after briefly dragging 2-year-old

    A teacher at Southside Early Childhood Center has been placed on paid administrative leave after video evidence showed her dragging a 2-year-old across a classroom.
    The tape showed Tiara Wade, 31, dragging the toddler by the arms “a short distance” two times on Monday afternoon, according to a Lancaster Police Department report.
    Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, said school personnel became aware of the incident later while reviewing video from the classroom.

  • GOP candidates’ signs removed on primary day

    INDIAN LAND – Evidently, someone in the Panhandle detests Republican candidates’ lawn signs.
    Between 11 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday when the polls opened for the in the 5th District congressional primaries, 80-plus lawn signs outside seven  polling places – Black Horse Run, Harrisburg, Osceola, Pleasant Valley, Possum Hollow and River Road, as well as a few at Kershaw South –  had been moved. Six of the precincts are in Indian Land.

  • Grieving parents come together to heal

    On the first Tuesday of every month, grieving parents gather to talk, listen and heal from the loss of their children.
    Janice Steele unexpectedly lost her 43-year-old daughter, Terri Ledbetter, two years ago this month. The loss devastated Steele, who wrestled daily with paralyzing pain.
    “Right before last Christmas, it just hit me that there were other people going through pain just like me, and I thought: ‘We can help each other,’” Steele said.
    In the meetings, parents talk freely about their children who have died.

  • Give Local pulls in $155K for 42 area nonprofits

    Give Local Lancaster raised $154,915 for 42 local nonprofits in its second-annual 24-hour online fundraiser, topping last year’s total by 64 percent.
    “That’s just under a quarter of a million dollars in the span of 12 or 13 months,” said an excited Robert Folks, board chair of the J. Marion Sims Foundation, which hosted the event.
    “This huge sum is injected into the nonprofit area from this event alone,” Folks said. “That to me sends a message that we can do many things in our community that we set our minds to.”

  • 2 charged in drone drops over prison

    Deputies arrested two Myrtle Beach men about 3 a.m. Wednesday and charged them with trying to use drones to drop contraband over a perimeter fence at Kershaw Correctional Institution.
    Charles Everett Adams and Justin Mervin Canady were arrested after a brief car chase that ended near the intersection of S.C. 601 and Haile Gold Mine Road.
    Both men were charged by the S.C. Department of Corrections with attempting to provide contraband materials to inmates and trespassing on state correctional properties.

  • 11 days to runoff for Pope, Norman

    Tuesday’s GOP primary results in the 5th District congressional race couldn’t have been much closer.
    For top finishers Ralph Norman and Tommy Pope, it was a virtual stalemate. Each got 30 percent of the vote, with Pope ending up 118 votes ahead of Norman in the unofficial results to set up the May 16 runoff.
    The key to victory is going to be a fast start, said Sandy McGarry, Lancaster Republican Party chairwoman.

  • Lady Bruins edge MV for district crown

    Lancaster High School softball coach Kim Perry was quite a site after the Lady Bruins captured the Class AAAA District III championship on Wednesday night at home.

    Perry, a result of the post-game celebration, was adorned with silly string, glitter and wearing a big smile after the LHS girls topped Midland Valley, 2-1 to win the district and advance to the Class AAAA Upper State championship series.

  • Jackets bag Wolverines, district title

    Buford, with its back to the wall, came out on top to win the Class AA District VII baseball championship with a 4-3 win over Woodland High School at the Wolverines’ field on Tuesday night.

    The Jackets, battling through the losers bracket after a 10-0 road loss to Johnsonville to open the playoffs April 25, rebounded with four straight wins to advance to the Class AA Lower State title series.