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Today's News

  • Editor's Column: How we deliver your newspaper changes Friday

    We have been delivering news and advertising to this community for 164 years.

     Long ago, an army of kids on bikes threw papers onto porches and carports after school. I was one of those kids. Delivering The Lancaster News was my first job, in 1968. 

    The paper switched to morning delivery 25 years ago, and since then its carriers have mostly been adults with motor routes, supplementing their income from other work.

  • Black Friday: Manageable crowds snap up bargains

    Stores loaded up on sale merchandise for Friday’s traditional Black Friday crush, and customers reported smooth shopping with manageable lines through much of the day, compared to previous Thanksgiving weekends.

    At Lancaster’s Walmart, the checkout lines were relatively short through the morning, but the electronics department had a lot of traffic, and plenty of televisions left from the big sale that started the night before.

  • S.C. voter-law oddity allows undocumented address change

    If you want to open a bureaucratic can of worms, start asking questions about South Carolina’s voting laws. Even the people who administer them for a living give head-scratching answers.

    For example, can you change the address on your voter registration without any documentation that you’ve actually moved? Could you, in this way, switch to another voting district and vote for a candidate without really living in that district?

  • Sophisticated electric-bill scam working in Lancaster

    A Lancaster auto repair shop was scammed out of $2,000 this week when a caller  threatened to cut off the electricity unless the business immediately paid an overdue power bill.

    “In this instance, we had a small business where employees were working away and got an unexpected phone call,” said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. “You know that you’ve got to have power to stay in business, and they get you before you have time to realize what happened.”   

  • Burning ban remains for Lancaster County

    From release

    S.C. fire officials have lifted the statewide outdoor-burning ban that they imposed Nov. 19, but Lancaster County will keep the ban in effect here until conditions improve.

  • 6,000 years of culture

    It’s the season of fall festivals, and the one last weekend had familiar sights, sounds and smells – tables full of art and crafts, the aroma of sweet potato pie and hot stew, a full parking lot on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
    But upon entering the glass doors of the long house on the Catawba Indian Reservation, it was clear that something was different here.

  • Haley picked for UN ambassador

    President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
    “Gov. Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” Trump said. “She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”
    Haley, 44, is the first woman and first minority appointed for a cabinet-level position in Trump’s administration.

  • Prison guard in Kershaw charged with conspiracy

    It has been a busy two weeks of bad news at Kershaw Correctional Institution.
    A guard and her husband were arrested Tuesday for conspiring to smuggle contraband into the prison following an investigation by the S.C. Department of Corrections and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    A week earlier, an inmate at KCI was stabbed by another inmate. He is recovering.

  • Dick Gannaway, ‘builder of things that lasted,’ dies at 89

    Dick Gannaway, who spent two decades leading this newspaper and the precursor to USC Lancaster, has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 89.
    Dr. Gannaway died in his sleep Sunday in Nashville, family members said.
    Gannaway’s career leading two of Lancaster’s best-known institutions was an unusual bridging of academia and journalism. He was director from 1972-77 of what was then known as the University of South Carolina extension, followed by a 13-year stint as publisher of The Lancaster News.

  • Ex-Gamecocks QB to lead Kershaw parade

    KERSHAW – Former Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson will lead the 2016 Kershaw Christmas Parade as grand marshal on Sunday.
    The parade, with more than 50 entries, starts at 3 p.m. on Hampton Street downtown.
    This is a first for Thompson.
    “It’s really cool and something I’ve never done before,” Thompson said. “I’m excited. I get to meet some new people, make some new friends and have a good time being around them.”