Today's News

  • Column: We need political reconciliation

    Editor’s note: Rudy Barnes Jr. will be on our Nov. 8 ballot as a candidate for the 5th Congressional District, representing the American Party of South Carolina. According to his website, Barnes practices law in Little Mountain, near Newberry. He graduated from The Citadel and has a master’s in public administration and a law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a retired United Methodist minister and a retired Army colonel who once served on the Columbia City Council.

  • Column: S.C. exempts more sales tax than it collects

    In the most recent year for which data is available, a review by The Nerve has found, S.C. state government collected $2.4 billion in sales tax revenue – but exempted a full $3 billion.
    That’s the opposite of what one would expect to find. In most forms of taxes, only a few items are exempt, and in a typical year a typical state would take in far more than it would exempt. It’s a simple matter of government needing revenue: Lawmakers are reluctant to dole out too many exemptions since that means less revenue.

  • Prison walls don’t stop phone threats

    A Lancaster man serving prison time on drug charges has been accused of  texting threats to another man using an illegal cell phone, a sheriff’s office incident report said.
    Derrick Antonio McIlwain, 30, made headlines in March 2011 after Lancaster police officers pulled him over for loud music and later found crack cocaine in his car.
    McIlwain was convicted of trafficking cocaine in early 2013 and sentenced to eight years. He is incarcerated at the Turbeville Correctional Institute (TCI) in Turbeville.

  • Heath Springs buying new phones for town hall

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to buy new phone equipment outright for town hall  rather than leasing it.
    The cost of the new phone system from Comporium Communications is $1,945.  Town Administrator Tony Starnes said buying the system made more sense than leasing it for $81.80 a month, which works out to $982 a year. If the equipment lasts more than two years – and Starnes said it might last eight or 10 – buying will end up saving money.

  • Almost back to normal at Lancaster gas pumps

    The local gas crunch caused by an Alabama pipeline leak is almost over, but not quite.
    Officials with Colonial Pipeline said late Wednesday that crews had wrapped up work on a bypass around the leak on pipeline 1 in Shelby County, Ala., and removed plugging devices from both sides of the leak.
    Company officials said though the fuel was flowing again, it might take several days for the fuel supply chain to return to normal on the major pipeline, which moves gasoline, diesel and jet fuel through the Carolinas from Texas to New Jersey.

  • It’s official: Mitch Lucas gets the job

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously named Mitch Lucas town administrator this week, six months after he stepped into the job on an interim basis when the previous administrator left in a rush.
    This continues Lucas’ long-running service to Kershaw. He was a town council member from 1987-97 and mayor from April 1999 to June 2000. He retired in 2008 as the human resources director for the Lancaster County School District.

  • Air Force commander comes home

    John M. McCain, a Lancaster native and retired Air Force colonel, has been hired as the No. 2 official at the new Lancaster County Economic Development Department.
    He’ll start work Monday as the existing-industry manager, reporting to agency Director Jamie Gilbert, who has been working solo since July.

  • Stray cat tortured, 2 players charged

    Two University of South Carolina Lancaster baseball players were charged with animal mistreatment Thursday after an off-campus incident Sept. 10 that led to the grotesque death of a cat.
    Grant Payton Bodison, of Simpsonville, and Joshua Allen Kiser, of Aiken, both 19, turned themselves in to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators Thursday on one count each of ill treatment of an animal for shooting the cat repeatedly with a BB gun.

  • I cleaned off the blood...it was time to leave

    Editor’s note: Jessica Britton, 29, is a Waxhaw photographer who has shot assignments for The Lancaster News since 2012. She was at ground zero Wednesday night during the worst of Uptown Charlotte’s racial unrest. Seldom has the nation’s attention focused on a place so close to us.

    Jessica Britton
    For The Lancaster News

  • Tri-County coaches salute Warriors’ Teeter

    FORT MILL – Indian Land High School senior Logan Teeter was the lone Lancaster County prep football player to earn recognition at the Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting on Tuesday at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill.