Today's News

  • Halloween incident with deputy results in arrest, dead dog

    A series of incidents between a Keshaw man and Lancaster County deputies Halloween evening ended with a deputy shooting the man’s dog during his arrest and both the man and the deputy being sprayed with pepper spray.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the drawn out incident began about 6:09 p.m. when deputies responded to a report of a fight in the street between several women in the area of Palmetto and East 3rd streets.

  • Outside the normal food box

    Suzanne Mitchell never has worried about a place to sleep at night, or how to prepare a nutritional, filling meal without running water or electricity.
    But this week, she got an honest look at what those without a warm bed and a coffee pot do to get by.
    Mitchell participated in the homeless food simulator at HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week.

  • City says no to LCEDC dues

    The City of Lancaster will support the county’s new economic development department instead of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    City council made that decision Tuesday night, Nov. 10, after hearing a presentation from Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy about what the county is creating. Last month, city council tabled a vote on its annual LCEDC funding until it got more information about the county’s plan.
    City council had budgeted $25,000 for its 2015-16 LCEDC membership/participation dues, which were due July 1.

  • Tunnell: Pay me or I sue

    Two weeks after receiving a $129,000 severance payment from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., former agency President Keith Tunnell sent a letter to county leaders threatening to sue them unless he received an additional payment of more than $200,000.
    In the Sept. 4 letter, which was written three and a half weeks after Lancaster County Council voted to rescind all of its funding for the LCEDC, Tunnell insists he has “been the victim of improper and illegal procedures” on the part of the county government and administration.

  • Why legislative session should be much shorter

    Editorialists and commentators have chastised the South Carolina Legislature relentlessly for failing to get anything done during the 2015 session. In fact, though, they did plenty of work.

    This year our Legislature met from January to July, and during that time 1,336 bills were filed between the House and Senate. Of those, lawmakers passed 131. In addition, 950 resolutions were filed, and all but 64 of those passed.

    The question, of course, is this: How many of these were actually worth legislators spending over half a year in Columbia?

  • We’re all guilty of parsing words

    Lies and deception. We say it’s wrong, so why do we do it? Seth Slater, a professor of creative writing, did a paper on the subject of lying and made some interesting points to answer this question of why.

    He first suggests that we justify lying by saying things like lying gets us out of awkward situations, spares the feelings of others, enhances our social standing, keeps us out of trouble and can even save our lives.

  • Lucas signs to play at NGU

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School baseball standout Gunnar Lucas is taking his game to the next level in the Upstate.
    Lucas, a Volunteers lefty pitcher-first baseman, is headed to North Greenville University in Tigerville to play for the Crusaders.
    “When I went there, it seemed like the place for me,” Lucas said. “I like the school, academics and baseball program, and it’s in a beautiful setting north of Greenville.
    “I had a good feeling about North Greenville.”

  • Speedway slates awards Saturday afternoon

    Lancaster Super Speedway will celebrate its 61st season with the annual LSS awards night Saturday, Nov. 14.
    Recognition and awards will be presented to the top five finishers in each division. The awards presentation begins at 2 p.m. in the pits on victory lane stage.
    The entry is through the pit gate ticket booth area. The grandstands are closed. Admission is free.
    Drivers are invited to bring their car for pictures, if they choose.

  • Adjustment key in IL’s Mackey’s senior play

    INDIAN LAND – Football is about making key adjustments at any time, and no player knows that fact better than Indian Land High School senior receiver Dillon Mackey.
    A year ago, Mackey was the IL quarterback, but in his senior season, the 6-1, 180-pounder was in a battle to again lead the Warriors’ offense.
    During the preseason, Mackey lost the job as the Warriors’ top QB. When he received the news from IL head coach Mike Mayer, Mackey quickly looked for another way to contribute.

  • Buford’s Upstate champ

    Buford High School volleyball coach Taylor Roberts had an early inkling about the Lady Jackets’ Class AA Upper State championship volleyball win over Landrum.
    BHS, 21-2, launched the 3-0 victory – its fourth consecutive playoff court sweep – with a business-like 25-20 victory over the LHS Lady Cardinals, and Roberts was confident what the Buford girls could achieve Tuesday night, Nov. 10.
    “That first set was vital,” Roberts said. “We came in and got up. They proved to themselves they could do it.