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Today's News

  • Barrett research finds possible connection to Underground Railroad

    The history of the Barrett family of Lancaster County has long been somewhat of a mystery, but recent research is bringing to light some intriguing facts, including a possible link to the Underground Railroad.

  • Kirby receives alumni honor

    Katie DeMoss
    Saint Benedict Press

    COLUMBIA – Father Jeffrey Kirby of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church has been selected by his alma mater, Lower Richland High School, as one of the inaugural inductees of the school’s “Shining Diamonds” Alumni Hall of Fame.
    The recognition is the school’s highest individual honor, given for service to the school, Richland School District 1, the recipient’s communities and professions, and society at large.

  • 5th District showdown

    Twelve of the 15 candidates for the 5th District congressional seat had plenty to say Tuesday night, sitting elbow-to-elbow onstage in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    They had to choose their words carefully and quickly, given the 90-minute time limit for the Before You Vote candidate forum. That worked out to about seven minutes of talking per candidate, covering a wide variety of issues.

  • County moves up a bit in state health rankings

    Lancaster County is becoming a healthier place to live.
    New state health rankings show the county improved from 21st to 18th among the 46 counties in the past year, but still lags behind in several areas.
    The data come from the eighth-annual County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which compared counties across the country.

  • 30 businesses on board for Burgess event

    More than 30 businesses and scads of volunteers have signed on for the Burgess Family Benefit, scheduled for this Saturday at the Buford Flea and Farmer’s Market, located beside the Dollar General.
    R.L Parham, owner of the flea market, spearheaded the effort shortly after Coleen Burgess was killed when a falling tree crushed her home on April 6.

  • Heath Springs tips its hat to retiring clerk Thee Baker

    More than 50 Heath Springs residents and town officials took time Tuesday to thank retiring town clerk Thee Baker for 15 years of service and friendship.
    Baker, 62, a self-described introvert and Ohio native, did not think the position was a good fit for her when she started out in 1998, but it was a job she grew to love.
    “I got the job through Phillips Staffing and didn’t think I wanted to do this for long,” Baker said Tuesday afternoon just before the retirement party. “I’m shy and I hated answering the phone.

  • Yes you can!

    Tonight is opening night for the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s production of “Hairspray,” the story of a persevering, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad, played by Winthrop University junior Kristi Swinger.
    The year is 1962, and Tracy dreams of dancing on a local TV program, “The Corny Collins Show.” With some new ideas, innovative dance moves and her positive attitude, Tracy wins a role on the program, sparking a campaign to integrate the show.

  • Jabberwock Gala spotlights 10 contestants Saturday night

    The Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host its biennial Jabberwock Gala at 6 p.m. this Saturday in the Lancaster High School Auditorium.
    Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.  
    Miss Jabberwock 2017 will be crowned and scholarships will be awarded to the participants on Saturday. This year’s gala theme is “Motown: Dancing with Heart & Soul” and there are 10 contestants.
    They include Nia Blakeney, Ashton Gilliam, Nakaila King, Khloe Perry and Samaria Truesdale in the Wee Miss Division.

  • Candidate Profile: Tommy Pope

    Party: Republican.
    Age: 54.
    Residence: York.
    Family: Wife, Kim. Four children, one grandchild.
    Education: Graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1980 and the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1983. Received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina in 1984 and a USC law degree in 1987.
    Employment: Attorney, Elrod Pope Law Firm. Former SLED agent and 16th Circuit solicitor. Prosecuted Susan Smith for murder in 1995 for the drowning death of her two children.

  • Candidate Profile: Archie Parnell

    Party: Democrat.
    Age: 66.
    Residence: Sumter.
    Family: Wife, Sarah. Daughters, Julia and Lydia.
    Education: Graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1968. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971 and his law degree from USC in 1974.
    Employment: Retired. Worked as a senior adviser on tax law for the Wall Street financial firm Goldman Sachs.
    Civic involvement: Treasurer at St. Stephen’s Chapel (Anglican), 2003-07.
    Political experience: None.
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