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Today's News

  • Gas pumps begin running dry

    Hannah L. Strong and Reece Murphy

    Gasoline is becoming scarce and more expensive in Lancaster County due to a leak in Alabama's Colonial Pipeline, and government agencies are cutting back on gas use to weather the shortage.
    Murphy Express on S.C. 9 Bypass had bags over all of its pumps Monday morning, as did a number of other convenience stores. A Murphy cashier said the store received 9,000 gallons Sunday morning and was sold out before close.

  • Column: Troubled agency? Give it to the governor

    In South Carolina, many state agencies that carry out executive functions are nonetheless run by boards appointed by the legislature and the governor. Typically when one of these agencies has major problems, legislative leaders propose making the agency a “cabinet” agency.

  • Poet brings creativity to middle schoolers

    A crowd of seventh graders sits enthralled as Glenis Redmond floods the room with passion and history, her animated voice and hands telling stories that spark their creativity.
    She scans their faces through red cat-eye glasses. She describes her 109-year-old grandmother, who smoked cigarettes and caught the long ashes in her hand when they fell.
    Poet Glenis Redmond visited South Middle School and the University of South Carolina Lancaster this week to give lessons and share her poetry with seventh grade students from Lancaster County schools.

  • National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration Sept. 24

    Duke Energy’s World of Energy education center at Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca will host a family event celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day  on Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Aspiring designer showing at Charlotte Fashion Week

    As a little girl, Teresa Jennette Faulk stripped her dolls down to their bare plastic skin and sat on the floor with her mom, armed with a sharp pair of scissors, a vivid imagination and pile of old clothes.
    Teresa could see the new clothes in her mind. Together, she and her mom cut scraps from their discarded wardrobe to make new, fashionable outfits for the dolls.  
    “I cared more about the clothes than the dolls,” Faulk recalls.

  • McCorkle to sign book on Milt Chaney

    The Lancaster County Historical Commission is hosting local author and retired educator Don McCorkle for a presentation on his latest book, “Milt Chaney’s Tavern,” from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the Historic Lancaster Courthouse (circa 1825) at 100 N. Main St.
    McCorkle’s book is fiction based on local history. It tells the story of Chaney, a notorious innkeeper and a number of travelers who stayed at his tavern, never to be seen again.

  • Inspiration for our 650 first responders

    Lancaster County's United Methodist Churches have joined together to place the daily devotional book "Strength for Service" in the hands of every first responder in the county.
    This edition of the book, a collection of inspirational passages that Methodists first started sending out during World War II, includes the story of a Lancaster sheriff's deputy wounded in 2011.

  • $6 million in pledges for school initiative

    A coalition of Lancaster County partners has raised $6 million in local pledges and have applied for an equal amount in federal Promise Neighborhood grants to help kids growing up in the Clinton Elementary attendance zone.
    The application deadline, extended from the original Sept. 6 because of severe weather around the country, was Friday.
    Sharon Novinger, executive director for Lancaster County Partners for Youth, said she is excited after having completed the application. It took about two weeks to write the 80-page narrative.

  • Man loses up to $100K in scam

    An 89-year-old Kershaw man over the past nine months withdrew as much as $100,000 from his credit union and sent it to scammers who promised him millions in sweepstakes winnings, according to a sheriff’s report.
    The man’s daughter in New Jersey reported the crimes Sept. 7 after discovering during a visit that her father had been sending cash and numerous money orders to recipients overseas and in the United States.

  • Lancers volleyball sweeps to win

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers volleyball team evened its record at 4-4 with a 3-0 win over the St. Andrews University junior varsity team on Thursday at the Buford Recreation Center.
    The Lancers, 2-4 in Region X play, prevailed over St. Andrews, 25-18, 26-24 and 25-17.
    “Our team played well and we were glad to get the win,” said USCL associate head coach Fernanda Burke. “The match was probably our best of the season.
    “We have good talent and I feel the girls are coming together,” she said.