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Today's News

  • VTIL reports missing signs

    Indian Land incorporation organizers have reported that about 100 roadside political signs are missing, and the group’s spokesman blamed a “coordinated effort” by the opposition.
    But the main anti-incorporation group rejected that assertion, saying they would never do such a thing.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land President Richard Dole told a sheriff’s deputy Feb. 2 that he’d received numerous complaints about his group’s “Vote Yes” signs being missing.

  • Put on hold for 26 years, love returns with flourish

    On this Valentine’s Day, we bring you a love story with a 26-year hiatus in the middle.
    Crystal Bradley and James “Mac” McInvaille have a wedding scheduled for July 14 – the second time they’ve made such plans.
    Crystal – then Crystal Doster – was a senior at Andrew Jackson High School when she met Mac in 1985. He was an AJ grad, four years older, and her parents were skeptical at first. She called him every day at lunch from the pay phone in the AJ hallway.

  • Be on lookout for ‘card skimmers’

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to be on guard for possible card skimmers on local gas pumps.
    Skimmers are electronic devices that “skim” information from credit and debit card magnetic strips when the cards are swiped.
    The sheriff’s office issued the “skimmer alert” on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

  • Quinn Jr. gets fine, probation, no prison

    Former House Majority Leader Richard Quinn Jr. has been sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to misconduct in office.
    Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen delivered the sentence 9 a.m. Monday at a hearing in Beaufort. In addition to probation, Mullen sentenced Quinn to 500 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine.
    Special Prosecutor David Pascoe, who argued for Quinn to receive the maximum sentence of one year in prison, objected to Mullen’s sentencing, but the judge didn’t let him get far.  

  • Parnell rallies county Dems for rematch

    Local Democrats held their county convention Thursday night, electing officers, plotting election-year strategy and hearing from candidates for Congress and governor.
    Archie Parnell, running for the 5th District congressional seat for a second time, spoke briefly to the packed crowd at USC Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center. So did Florence attorney Marguerite Willis and Kirkland Smith, the wife of state Rep. James Smith of Columbia.
    Willis, James Smith and Charleston businessman Phil Noble are seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

  • Glitch causes $1M tax shortfall

    An unexplained computer glitch caused 24 Indian Land industrial properties to receive no county property tax bills, throwing off incoming tax revenues by more than $1 million and sending officials scrambling for answers.

  • Giving up on private practice

    Dr. Kenneth Baker is giving up his OB-GYN practice in Lancaster and moving to Arkansas.
    The 59-year-old physician didn’t want to relocate, but the medical industry’s changing economics have left him little choice.
    A decade ago, Baker’s practice was earning him about $150,000 a year. Now, he says, that’s down to barely $60,000. To make ends meet, he has taken on work as a substitute physician, traveling across the Carolinas to do fill-in shifts.

  • Rick Quinn Jr. to be sentenced in corruption case

    Sentencing is expected Monday for former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn Jr., who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in December as the result of the State House corruption probe.
    Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen is expected to take up the case during a hearing in Beaufort at 9:30 a.m., according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

  • Filing ends Monday for Heath Springs council

    Noon on Monday is the deadline for individuals to file as candidates for the upcoming Heath Springs Town Council special election.
    A special election will be held April 17 to fill the unexpired two-year council term of Eddie Moore, who was elected as Heath Springs mayor last November. The at-large nonpartisan council seat became vacant in January after Moore was sworn in as mayor.

    Requirements
    To file, candidates must be a resident of Heath Springs and must be a legal resident of the town 30 days prior to the election.

  • Help for honeybees

    Once warm weather gets here, local honeybees will have 10 acres of new bee-friendly food plots in the county to forage for pollen.
    The Lancaster County Beekeepers Association planted the plots through a $2,500 grant from the national Bayer Feed a Bee initiative.
    “Our honeybees are having a challenge finding adequate food forage due to seasonal droughts, as well as land being developed,” said local beekeeper Dale Starnes.
    The local beekeepers’ plot project was one of 71 projects in 34 states selected for the grants by Bayer.