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Today's News

  • Student charged with taking loaded handgun to AJ High

    A 17-year-old Andrew Jackson High student was arrested Monday for possessing a loaded handgun and marijuana in the school.
    Devin D’Ante Wright of Heath Springs was charged with carrying a weapon on school property and simple possession of marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    AJHS Principal Alex Dabney told the school resource officer that he had heard Wright had been seen with a pistol inside the school.
    Wright was then escorted to the office, but did not have the pistol.

  • Rowell elected national leader of 2,200-paper industry trade group

    Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News, was elected president of the National Newspaper Association’s board of directors last week during the trade group’s 131st annual convention in Tulsa, Okla.
    Rowell, who has served as a director for five years, said she is personally and professionally honored to lead the nation’s largest newspaper trade association, which represents 2,200 member publications.

  • Tax breaks detailed for new employer

    A home décor distributor that is expanding into Lancaster County won’t have to pay its full share of county taxes for 10 years as an incentive.
    Unique Looms announced in May that it was creating 300-plus jobs in the next four years. Of those, 245 are new jobs and about 90 are moving here from York County. Unique Looms also has locations in downtown Fort Mill and near Carowinds.
    “They’re a great company,” said Jamie Gilbert, Lancaster County’s economic development director, noting that Unique Looms plans to invest $4 million here.

  • 2 Democrats running for governor

    Two Democrats say they are running to challenge Republican Gov. Henry McMaster when he runs in 2018.
    S.C. Rep. James Smith of Columbia announced his candidacy Monday, and Charleston businessman Phil Noble will officially unveil his plans Wednesday, according to the Charleston Post and Courier. Noble will challenge Smith for the minority party’s nomination.
    Besides McMaster, three Republicans have declared their candidacies – Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, former state agency head Catherine Templeton, and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill.

  • Archie Parnell again seeks 5th District seat

    Archie Parnell, who lost a close special election for the 5th Congressional District in June, will run again in 2018, he announced Monday.
    The Sumter Democrat will challenge incumbent Republican Ralph Norman, who won the seat after Mick Mulvaney vacated it to become President Trump’s budget director.

  • IL lottery ticket worth $200,000

    One lucky customer at an Indian Land convenience store has won $200,000 from an S.C. Education Lottery Palmetto Cash 5 ticket purchased for Monday’s drawing.
    The winning ticket was purchased at a QuikTrip on Charlotte Highway in Indian Land. No winner had claimed the prize as of Tuesday afternoon.
    While the ticket matched all five numbers for the $100,000 prize, the ticketholder “Powered-Up” for an additional dollar. This brought the total prize to $200,000.

  • Desperate evacuation from Puerto Rico

    Like millions of other Americans, David Garcia waited with dread Sept 19 as Hurricane Maria approached his beloved Puerto Rico, the second major hurricane to threaten the island in two weeks.
    Huddled around a phone at their home in Indian Land, Garcia and wife Jennifer checked in with his cousin, Ivette Escobar, back on the island with her family.

  • High-fives and tears at Buford Elementary

    Teacher Laura Grimm threw her hands in the air Friday as she took a victory lap around Buford Elementary with ecstatic news – she’s in remission after an unexpected three-month journey fighting cancer.
    The hallways full of administrators, students and teachers cheered as she ran through, high-fiving and hugging them along the way.
    Grimm, who has taught music at BES for 35 years, beamed and shed joyful tears.
    Students waved handmade signs proclaiming, “You’re a survivor!” and “You are a superwoman!”

  • Skateboarder killed during midnight ride on a highway

    A skateboarder was killed and a bicyclist seriously injured Thursday night when they were struck by a car on Lynwood Drive south of Lancaster.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Lorenzo Velasco Carlos, 20, of Lancaster.
    Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the accident happened about 11:55 p.m. on Lynwood Drive near Holly Hill Lane about 2 miles south of the city.

  • I’ll just click here for my water bill – Oh, my word!

    If you’re looking for mild-mannered municipal information and log onto www.townofkershaw.net, you’re in for a shock.
    Someone has taken over the town’s domain name and transformed it into a porn site.
    Kershaw Town Councilman Eddie Coates discovered the change in August when he was preparing to file for reelection.
    “I was just trying to see what I needed to do,” he said. “I went to the county’s website, clicked on our link, and well, there it was.