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Today's News

  • Woman gets 5-year term for killing son in refrigerator

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Angela Renee Blackwell, the Chester woman who confessed to killing her newborn last year by putting him in a refrigerator, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.
    Blackwell, 28, appeared before Circuit Judge Dan Hall at the Chester County Courthouse. She pleaded guilty to infliction of great bodily harm in the death of her 4-day-old son William David Paul Lewis.

  • City denies church’s request to waive debt

    Lancaster City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to deny Victory Tabernacle AME Zion Church’s request to have $1,100 in land-clearing fees forgiven.
    Council members Gonzie Mackey, Kenny Hood, Linda Blackmon, Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris and Mayor John Howard voted against the motion, and council members Hazel Taylor and Sara Eddins voted for it.
    The church was denied the waiver because the city had already granted the church a waiver previously. The city has a one-time waiver policy.

  • Kershaw’s Christmas on Main is Monday night

    KERSHAW – If a horse-drawn carriage ride, a chat with Santa and a dose of yuletide entertainment will get you in the holiday mood, you’ll find all three in Kershaw on Monday evening.
    The town of Kershaw will host its second-annual Christmas on Main celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Hampton Street.
    “Christmas is getting close… only four weeks away,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We hope the weather cooperates so everyone can come out and enjoy themselves. We’re really looking forward to it.”

  • Local band Sugarshine debuts CD in crowd-pleasing show at Chastain’s

    The Red Rose City was rocking to smooth reggae last weekend, as more than 40 people streamed into Chastain’s Studio Lofts on Main Street to hear Lancaster’s five-man band Sugarshine.

    The roots reggae ensemble are lifelong friends and range in age from 27 to 44. The members have played in various bands together through the years. But this combination seems a bit magical to them.

    “We knew we had something special,” said Stuart Parsons, 41, keyboard player. 

  • Ex-LHS star Ron Trapps comes back home to work for nonprofit

    Former Lancaster High star basketball player Ron Trapps has returned to Lancaster after earning two college degrees to give back to the community where he was raised.

    Trapps, 24, is Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault’s new Engaging Men Project coordinator.

    The result of a three-year, $346,680 federal grant, the Engaging Men Project aims to educate young men on sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The grant will fund training, forums and annual men’s conferences.

  • Column: It’s not luck when bombers fail, or when my plane doesn’t crash

    I heard so many people on TV in New York say “we got lucky” after that man in the subway station blew himself up and didn’t kill anybody.
    Don’t those people realize luck had nothing to do with it? There was no luck to this. God stepped in and stopped that man.
    I pray every day that God will protect this great country from these terrorists. And prayer works, people!

  • Column: ‘Trickle down’ hasn’t worked before, and it won’t this time

    This is a response to John Baker’s Dec. 6 article headlined “Government isn’t meant to tax away income inequality.”  
    Let’s talk tax reform. According to Mr. Baker’s excellent statistics, 60 percent of Americans report taxable income of less than $50,000 a year. No tax revenue there. So Republicans want to lower the “official” corporate tax rate of 35 percent to 20 percent to stimulate the economy, and lower the “tax burden” on the rich at the same time.

  • Small-business optimism soars

    From release

    COLUMBIA – Not since the roaring Reagan economy has small-business optimism been as high as it was in November, and S.C. business owners share that sentiment, the National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday.

    “We haven’t seen this kind of optimism in 34 years, and we’ve seen it only once in the 44 years that NFIB has been conducting this research,” said NFIB President Juanita Duggan, releasing the group’s Index of Small Business Optimism. 

  • Clemson launches center for manufacturing research

    From release

    CLEMSON – Clemson University this month announced the creation of its Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the centerpiece of the university’s commitment to education, research, innovation and workforce development in an industry sector crucial to South Carolina’s future.

    From 2011-16, manufacturing job growth in South Carolina increased 16 percent, and manufacturing now accounts for 11 percent of the state’s total employment.

  • McMurray coached himself to S.C. Football Hall of Fame

    MYRTLE BEACH – Coach Bennie McMurray won 219 football games and three state championships as a 27-year high coach head football coach, but his best coaching job was internal.

    McMurray, one of eight inductees into the S.C. Football Coaches Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach on Friday night at the Landmark Inn, provided insight on his hall of fame journey.