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Today's News

  • Column: Ratcheting up legal sanctions on gun violence

    I know my community expects harsher sentences in gun cases. Sometimes we expect more than the law allows.

    Clint Eastwood said, “A man has got to know his limitations.” I know the limitations of the current gun laws in South Carolina, and unfortunately they are not in our favor.

  • Column: A big nuke-plant mess to unbuild

    The announcement last week that SCE&G and state-owned utility Santee Cooper were pulling the plug on construction of two nuclear reactors in Jenkinsville has left questions that keep multiplying.

    In the run-up to the decision, one factor driving it was that the partly-completed, multibillion-dollar project would provide more power than electricity consumers in South Carolina were likely to want.

    Canceling the project, though, could lead to a shortfall.

  • On your mark, get set... Kindergarten!

    Dozens of rising kindergartners, teachers and parents lined up in front of bowling lanes and awaited cupcakes on Thursday to celebrate another successful year of Countdown to Kindergarten at the Lancaster Bowling Center.

    For the last 13 years, Lancaster County First Steps’ Countdown to Kindergarten program has allowed kindergarten teachers to visit students at their homes for lessons during the summer, creating connections with families before school starts.

  • Sowell wins Kershaw Open

    College of Charleston sophomore golfer Logan Sowell, the former Andrew Jackson High School links star, captured the title in the first Kershaw Open at the Kershaw Golf Club on July 30.

    Sowell, in the two-day field, posted a blistering 138, six-under par.

    Sowell topped the 37-player field with a 69-69.

    Sowell, with the win, was declared the Kershaw Golf Club champion.

    Sowell edged Brady Hinkle, who has committed to play at the College of Charleston where he and Sowell will be teammates.

  • League’s latest realignment to impact county schools

    The proposed S.C. High School League realignment, which will begin with the 2018-19 school term, will have an impact on the four Lancaster County high schools.

    The League’s latest biannual realignment, based on school enrollment, was released Wednesday.

    The SC High School League serves as the governing body of state interscholastic competition.

  • Mangano LJGA player of the year

    Nick Mangano won the boys 15-18 age division, shooting a three-under 141 to capture  the Roy Small Junior Championship at the Lancaster Golf Club on Tuesday.

    Mangano, a Lancaster High School golfer, shot a 70-71 for a four-shot win in the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association tournament.

    Mangano’s effort included an eagle, eight birdies and 20 pars over two days.

    His clutch win gave him the Lancaster chapter’s player of the year award for the 2017 season.

  • Conference explores ways to prevent substance abuse

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth will celebrate its 10th annual Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities conference this week at USC Lancaster.

    The conference, Wednesday through Friday, will feature three keynote speakers who have been the most engaging keynoters from past conferences, organizers said.

  • Woman wanted in videotaped shoplifting

    A Fairfield County woman is wanted by the Lancaster Police Department after an alleged shoplifting at Walmart was filmed by a store customer last month.

    The July 23 video, which has gone viral on Facebook, shows a woman and a young boy loading merchandise from two packed shopping carts into a car. The woman then drives away with the trunk open, which made the license plate unreadable on the video.

  • S.C. launches 247 paving projects using gas tax

    One month after gasoline taxes increased 2 cents a gallon across the Palmetto State to pay for road improvements, the S.C. Department of Transportation has announced a new round of  projects, including one in Lancaster County. 

    The list includes 247 paving projects totaling 260 miles across 30 counties. One road in Lancaster County, Rowland Avenue in Heath Springs, will be resurfaced. It's about a mile long and connects South Main Street to Kershaw Camden Highway.

  • Norman: Protect electric ratepayers

    Rep. Ralph Norman says ratepayers of two S.C. utilities shouldn’t be forced to pay for a now-abandoned nuclear reactor project in Fairfield County that has cost $9 billion so far.

    “It’s not right to pass that cost on,” Norman said at this week’s Lancaster Rotary Club meeting.

    He said forcing utility customers to foot the bill would be like a grocery store buying bad food and then expecting its shoppers to pay for it.