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Today's News

  • Latest HUD data on homelessness a mixed bag

    Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    As the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless moves forward in finding solutions for local homelessness, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently reported homelessness in the nation continues to decrease.

    However, the total number of people experiencing homelessness in South Carolina is up 13.1 percent since 2010.

    HUD’s 2014 annual Homeless Assessment Report said there were more than 578,000 people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2014 in the United States.

  • Newman benefits from GOP vote in IL

     

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    The battle for the Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s seat was still up in the air late Tuesday night, Nov. 4 as Republican candidate Randy Newman and his Democratic challenger William Frick waited for results to trickle in from the final of three counties.

    By 10 p.m., Newman was leading across two counties with a total 14,759 votes to Frick’s 13,255, according to unofficial results from the Lancaster and Fairfield county election commissions.

  • Voters approve optional sales tax

    Laura Caskey

    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com

    Voters in Lancaster County approved a local 1-percent sales tax increase question on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    Final numbers show the tax increase was approved with 59 percent of the vote.

    The tax was a hot-button issue in the county for months, with public meetings held by the Lancaster County Project Sales Tax Commission to discuss the creation of the tax. The tax plan was approved in August by Lancaster County Council.

  • Estridge turns back Jerry Holt challenge

    Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County probate judge seat, the only countywide race in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election, was a hotly contested race.

    Incumbent Democratic Lancaster County Probate Judge Sandra Estridge faced blistering opposition from Republican challenger Jerry Holt, a Lancaster County planning commissioner and member of the Indian Land Action Council.

  • Joe Shaw faithful showcase support at city precincts

    Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    It was one of the most watched races of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election as Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw defended his 32-year seat against Anthony Elder, also a candidate for the District 1 City Council seat.

    Shaw claimed victory over Elder in unofficial election results with a total of 1,228 or 65 percent of the vote to Elder’s 653 votes including the absentee votes for both.

  • Honeycutt holds serve in District 4

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Larry Honeycutt celebrated with family and friends late Tuesday night as he was projected to win his third term in office.

    According to unofficial results from the Lancaster County Election Commission at about 10 p.m., Honeycutt, the incumbent Democrat, was projected to win Lancaster County Council’s District 4 seat with 1,692 votes, or 52.55 percent of the vote. His Republican challenger John Hess trailed with 1,528 votes, or 47.45 percent.

  • McCorkle, Brooks win school board

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Incumbent Don McCorkle will serve another term on the Lancaster County school board, representing the new northern Panhandle District 7 seat, while political newcomer James Brooks of Van Wyck took an extremely close race for District 1.

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  • Mulvaney projected to win third term

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    U.S. House District 5 Rep. Mick Mulvaney appears poised to head back to Washington, D.C.

    As of The Lancaster News’ deadline Tuesday night, the Republican Mulvaney was projected to win a third term in Congress over challenger Tom Adams of Fort Mill with all but 16 South Carolina counties reporting.

    According to the S.C. Elections Commission’s unofficial results, Mulvaney held a clear lead at 10:30 p.m. with 73,858 votes, or 61.5 percent of total votes.

  • Haley in second term, including county win

    Robert Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    Republican S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has won a second term, including a 60 percent victory in Lancaster County with 12,082 votes, with Vincent Sheheen coming in second at 38.1 percent with 7,668 votes.

    In the race for lieutenant governor, Republican Henry McMaster won at 64.76 percent with 12,899 votes. Democrat Bakari Sellers came in second at 35.17 percent with 7,005 votes.

  • Yow takes District 53 seat for Spring Hill

    Laura Caskey

    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com

    Cheraw native Richie Yow (R) took the open S.C. House District 53 seat on Tuesday, Nov. 4, for the Spring Hill precinct.

    Yow faced Chesterfield Town Council member Amy Brown (D) to fill the seat held for the last 10 years by Rep. Ted Vick (D).

    In Lancaster County, Yow received 432 votes to Brown's 162.

    The Spring Hill precinct, located in the Buford community, is the only S.C. House District 53 box in Lancaster County. The district mostly covers Chesterfield County.