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Today's News

  • Thieves cripple ‘Miracle Bikes’

    Gonzie Mackey gave away 78 refurbished bikes to kids around Lancaster last Christmas. This year, there will be none.
    Nearly 30 bicycles have been swiped from Gonzie Mackey’s Assembly Shop on Great Falls Highway this year.
    The two-term Lancaster City Council member and retired firefighter says the thieves have taken more than just the bikes. They have hijacked his love of Christmas.
    “I just don’t feel right in even trying to do it,” Mackey said. “At times, I don’t even feel comfortable walking into the shop.”

  • Sun City road-repair deal on table

    Lancaster County has offered Sun City Carolina Lakes’ developer a way to resolve the decade-long dispute over the county taking on financial responsibility for the roads in the massive Indian Land community.
    Lancaster County Attorney John Weaver, at the instruction of county council, sent a letter to Cisco Garcia, vice president of Atlanta-based Pulte Group, detailing the county’s proposal. The company has until noon Nov. 15 to accept the offer and put the issue to rest.

  • Huge absentee turnout

    Absentee voting in Lancaster County has set a record in this election, up at least 44 percent from 2012, with two days left for even more absentee ballots to come in.
    As of 5 p.m. Friday, almost 7,500 absentee votes had been cast for Tuesday’s general election, an increase from 5,200 in the last presidential election year, said county Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    In the past week, the parking lot of the Lancaster County Administration Building on North Main Street has looked a lot like a mall on Black Friday.

  • Warriors set for state cross country field

    The Indian Land High School cross country teams finished in the top 10 at the Class AAA Upper State meet held Oct. 29, qualifying them for the state championship meet.
    The IL girls cross country team finished third out of 13 teams at the Upper State qualifier at Woodmont High School in Piedmont.
    The IL Warriors’ boys team finished  seventh out of 18 teams at the Upstate meet.
    The top 10  teams qualified for the state championship meet Saturday  at the Sandhills Clemson Research Center in Columbia.

  • LHS set for state meet

    The Lancaster High School girls and boys cross country teams have qualified for the Class AAAA state meet Saturday at Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.
    LHS coach Josh Pauling said the last few weeks have been exciting for Bruins’ cross country program.
    In the Region III-AAAA championship cross country meet, Alex Quevedo and Sydney Cauthen made the all-region team finishing third and and fifth, respectively Oct. 20.
    For both runners, this feat marks the third straight year earning  the distinction.

  • Candidate Column: Mitchell’s issues: Roads, schools, jobs

    If there is one thing that I heard near universally while knocking on over 1,000 doors this year, it’s that people are tired of politics and this campaign. When we go to the polls on Tuesday, it will have been 596 days since the first candidate announced that he was running for president.

  • Column: Tracing racial politics from Tillman to Trump
  • Bridge repair to cause I-77 delays

    From release

    Repairs to the bridge over the Catawba River will close three of five northbound lanes of I-77 between Exits 81 and 83 from 10 a.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.
    A routine inspection this week showed concrete deteriorating on the bridge deck. While the bridge is safe for travel, the condition warrants repairs before it disrupts upcoming holiday traffic.
    Motorists should expect congestion and consider alternate routes.

  • ‘Mean Man’ Mingo inspires Buford students

    Buford Middle School ended its Red Ribbon Week with a visit and motivational message from local boxing legend Cedric “Mean Man” Mingo.
    Mingo told students they might face peer pressure and be asked to use drugs or consume alcohol illegally.
    “My main emphasis is just say no,” Mingo said.
    According to the S.C. Boxing Hall of Fame, Mingo was once the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental featherweight boxing champion and the World Boxing Federation (WBF) featherweight world champion.

  • IL newspaper tops state ad awards

    Carolina Gateway has won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015-16 President’s Award for Best Overall Advertising in a weekly publication, the highest award in the association’s  annual PALMY Advertising Contest.
    SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers presented the award to the Carolina Gateway staff in October.
    This year 652 advertisements were submitted by 21 SCPA newspapers. Carolina Gateway won 19 advertising awards, and its sister publication The Lancaster News won 17.