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Today's News

  • Spiritual summer

    It’s that time of year again! Kids of all ages are flocking to Lancaster County churches for food, fun and fellowship during Vacation Bible School.
    Churches in our area are offering VBS throughout the summer.
    Myra Boone has directed VBS at different churches for 10 years. Now a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church, she thinks it’s important for kids to participate in church programs like Bible school so they can “grow and learn” and “to make sure those kids who don’t know about Jesus learn about him.”

  • Getting testy down the stretch

    SCETV forum tonight
    South Carolina ETV will broadcast a 5th District candidate forum at 7:30 tonight featuring Democrat Archie Parnell, Republican Ralph Norman, David Kulma of the Green Party and Josh Thornton of the American Party. The moderator is Charles Bierbauer, dean of USC’s College of Information and Communications and a former CNN correspondent.

  • District 5 special election Tuesday

    Voters in the 5th Congressional District can cast absentee votes now or wait until the special election Tuesday, June 20, to replace Indian Land’s Mick Mulvaney in the U.S. House.
    Mulvaney’s seat became open when President Donald Trump appointed him director of his Office of Budget and Management.
    The candidates on the special election ballot will be:
    ◆ Libertarian Victor Kocher
    ◆ David Kulma with the Green Party
    ◆ Republican Ralph Norman
    ◆ Democrat Archie Parnell
    ◆ Josh Thornton with the American Party

  • 18-acre solar farm coming to Kershaw’s industrial park

    Kershaw’s industrial park likely will get its first tenant, after the town council voted unanimously Wednesday to allow a solar-panel farm to be built on 18 acres in Kershaw Commerce Park.
    Cypress Creek Renewables (CCR), a national provider of local solar farms, approached the town June 9 asking for a minimum of 18 acres to be leased for at least 20 years at $1,000 per acre per year. The deal will bring the town $360,000 over the life of the contract.

  • Animal advocates celebrate progress, forge partnerships

    Sun City animal lovers joined with county council members, an animal-welfare expert and Nutramax Laboratories on Wednesday and pledged to improve the lives of pets across the county and at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter.
    More than 60 people filled the Sun City Lake House meeting room Wednesday afternoon for the annual community meeting for two Sun City-based rescue groups – Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters (LASS) and Wags and Whiskers.

  • City council votes for $33.9M budget

    Lancaster City Council passed first reading of its $33.9 million fiscal 2017-18 budget Tuesday.
    The vote was 6-0, with council member Tamara Green Garris absent due to an out-of-state family commitment.
    As written, the proposed budget raises the property tax millage rate to 178.5 from 176.4 in the current budget. The millage increase means an $8.40 property tax increase on a home in the city valued at $100,000 and assessed at 4 percent.

  • Promise Neighborhood progress

    Lancaster Pride Promise Neighborhood, a project focused on cleaning up the Clinton Elementary attendance zone, is still tackling projects, even in the heat of summer.
    Volunteers finished painting the project’s first home last Friday on Clinton Avenue, and will continue to paint houses on the same street.
    “We could not be successful without all of our volunteers and sponsors working together to support this project,” said Sharon Novinger, executive director of Lancaster County Partners for Youth, which is spearheading the project.

  • Opponents take shots at Norman

    Kali Coleman
    kcoleman@thelancasternews.com

    Congressional hopefuls Archie Parnell, Josh Thornton and David Kulma debated key issues Friday night – and targeted absent GOP candidate Ralph Norman – at a Rock Hill candidate forum hosted by the state NAACP.
    Noticeably absent from the American Values Forum was Norman, who was listed on the original press releases for the event but later canceled his appearance, citing a scheduling conflict.

  • Police officer charged with improper use of credit card

    A 22-year-old who until this week was a Lancaster police officer and a Riverside volunteer firefighter has been charged with using a county credit card to gas up a personal vehicle in May.
    Jayson David Freeman, 22, was charged with breach of trust on Monday, four days after a Lancaster County fuel credit card was reported missing, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The card was used to buy $42.65 worth of unleaded fuel May 9 at the Crenco on S.C. 9 Bypass West. The purchase was made with a PIN assigned to Freeman, the report said.

  • Governor vetoes school bus funding

    Lancaster County School District and state education officials are hoping the General Assembly will override Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of $20.5 million in funding for new school buses.
    The money is part of a $28.9 million allocation that would pay for the state to buy or lease more than 400 new school buses, according to the S.C. Department of Education.