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Today's News

  • Homeless no longer

    Chris Smith went to prison twice and was evicted from two homes. For a while, he lived in a tent at various state parks.
    Today the 52-year-old pays $400 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. He bought a bed and dresser for $80. His living room has a sofa someone gave him, and a TV sits on the floor. He keeps the place neat.
    Most important, he’s been sober for seven months.

  • At last, flu cases trending down

    Flu deaths and new cases finally are trending down across the state, raising hopes that flu season may have peaked,  state officials said Thursday.
    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported figures for the week ending Feb. 2 that broke a three-week trend of doubling the number of S.C. deaths from the illness each week.
    Sixteen flu victims died last week statewide, down from 30 the week before, bringing the state total for the season to 106.

  • Disregard that campaign sign, Blackmon says

    Notwithstanding the 6-foot-tall campaign sign outside her Arch Street house Thursday, Linda Blackmon says she is not running for Lancaster mayor.
    She says she put up the sign – a leftover from an earlier run – to block people from entering the fire-damaged building. She’s surprised that the question would even be asked.

  • 2 women escape from blazing home

    A Kershaw woman and her grandmother escaped uninjured Thursday after blaring smoke detectors awoke them at 3:30 a.m. to find their burning house filled with smoke.
    Lancaster County firefighters responded to the blaze at 624 E. Church St. after the two women raced out of the brick house and called 911.
    Kershaw, Heath Springs and Flat Creek volunteer fire departments responded immediately, but called for back-up from Rich Hill volunteer fire department once on-scene.

  • DHEC: Measles report just a rumor so far

    There is no confirmed case of measles at a Lancaster County preschool, though a Wednesday social-media rumor alluding to one has jangled the nerves of its staff.
    “It’s just a rumor, nothing more at this time,” said S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Tim Kelly. “It popped up on Facebook last night.”
    The rumor flamed higher Thursday morning with WCNC in Charlotte reporting that a case of measles was confirmed at Shiloh Sonshine Preschool. The TV station removed the story from its website Thursday afternoon.

  • ‘If you don’t hire me, I will kill you’

    It’s generally a good idea for job applicants to be on their best behavior when trying to get a new position, but an Indian Land man appeared not to know that, according to a Jan. 30 Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The report said an employee at the Indian Land Chick-fil-A, at 10032 Charlotte Highway, told a deputy who was in the restaurant investigating a crime at a neighboring business that she wanted to report a strange interaction with a job-seeker.

  • A tradition of giving

    From release

    COLUMBIA – After a nationwide tour, a multimedia exhibit chronicling the tradition of African-American philanthropy will make its S.C. debut starting Saturday at the Richland Main Library.

  • Regina Belle has the flu, concert postponed

    R&B music lovers who wanted to hear award-winning vocalist Regina Belle at USC Lancaster this weekend will have to wait a little longer.
    See Lancaster SC announced Thursday that Belle has been diagnosed with the flu. Saturday’s scheduled concert at Bundy Auditorium has been postponed until May 31.
    “We hate it,” said April Joplin, performing arts manager. “We just found out this (Thursday) morning and are trying to get out the word to everyone.”

  • Column: A life-saving technology turns 50 years old today

    Fifty years ago today, Rep. Rankin Fite, speaker of the Alabama House, placed the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall.
    From that small beginning, 911 technology has continually evolved, becoming an essential part of public safety across America. Each advancement has improved our nation’s ability to get faster, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property.

  • Column: Why I support Indian Land incorporation

    I will be voting “yes” for the town of Indian Land.
    I have no connection to the organizers on either side of this issue. But to me, the decision is fairly simple.
    We need representation on decisions that affect our community. At present, we are out-voted on the Lancaster County Council, usually 5-2, and we will not gain a majority even if we pick up another Indian Land seat after the next census. There is no way in the foreseeable future to have any semblance of being adequately represented on the council.