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Today's News

  • Langley nets first Super Late Model win

    Josh Langley was all smiles Saturday night after capturing his first career Super Late Model win with the Ultimate Super Late Models Power Satellite 40 at Toccoa Raceway in Georgia.
    Langley’s Super Late Model checkers earned him $4,000 with the 40-lap victory at the Georgia track.
    “It was good to win and I’m thrilled to get that first one,” Langley said. “We have had our share of tough luck, so this win really was exciting.
    “It was great to get the win at a tough track and against a top field.”

  • Column: IL crowd becomes a bit tiring sometimes

    I presently serve on two boards of directors for Lancaster County. The bylaws of both these organizations state that failure of a member to attend three consecutive meetings of the board of directors will subject the member to dismissal from that board.
    I believe this to be a standard attendance regulation for most such organizations, even though extenuating circumstances will be considered at the discretion of the board members.

  • Column: Orlando: Another case of human depravity

    We have just witnessed another horrific example of how depraved people can be.
    A lone gunman walks into an Orlando bar and opens fire. When it is over, 49 people are dead, and more than that number are wounded. Our prayers go out to the families of the murdered, and to those who survived.
    And now, all the questions begin to emerge. Why? Why do horrible things like this happen? What would motivate someone to carry out such a despicable act? How could someone have such a calloused heart? And, of course, why didn’t God prevent this from happening?

  • 33 congregations to take part in Saturday’s Unity Prayer Rally

    This Saturday morning, members of at least 33 congregations across the county are gathering at Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse in what is expected to be a prayer demonstration that’s the first of its kind in Lancaster.
    It’s called Lancaster’s Citywide Unity Prayer Rally and is sponsored by the Lancaster Division of My Hope with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
    The goal is to unite the county in spiritual purpose.

  • Small named top S.C. fire chief

    Retiring Lancaster Fire Chief Chuck Small was named the state’s top fire chief this past weekend during the 2016 S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach.
    Small, who announced his retirement in late May after 38 years on the job due to health concerns, received the 2016 Fritz Turner Award on Saturday.

  • County council votes for hospitality tax

    Lancaster County Council took the first step Monday night toward approving a 2 percent  hospitality tax. The first reading of the ordinance passed 5-2.
    The tax would apply to all establishments that sell prepared meals and beverages located in the unincorporated areas of Lancaster County.
    “Estimated revenue from the hospitality tax could be as high as $800,000 per year,” said County Administrator Steve Willis.  

  • Holt, Freeman reinstated after much finger-wagging

    Facing an agitated crowd from the Panhandle, Lancaster County Council on Monday night reinstated two Indian Land members of the county planning commission who had been removed for missing too many meetings.
    Jerry Holt and David Freeman both missed five meetings this fiscal year, which automatically vacated their seats under county ordinance.
    Before voting, council members warned the two that if they wanted to be on the commission, they had to show up.

  • In reversal, 4-3 vote puts Avondale back on track

    Lancaster County Council reversed course on the Avondale development Monday night, voting to more forward with the project despite pleas from an overflowing chamber of red-shirted Indian Land residents.
    But the council also is placing the proposed Ansley Park project back on the agenda for its June 27 meeting, to address neighbors’ concerns about a change in the plan that they fear will worsen traffic.
    The Avondale ordinance will return to council for a second reading June 27. A public hearing will be held before the third and final reading.

  • Graham, Stroble in runoff for District 1

    Top vote-getters Terry Graham and Melvin Stroble will face off again June 28 in a runoff election for Lancaster County Council District 1.
    Graham, of Van Wyck, and Stroble, of Indian Land, were two of four candidates in the running for the District 1 council seat of outgoing councilman Larry McCullough. The others were J.R. Wilt of Van Wyck and David Freeman of Indian Land.

  • No surprises: Mulvaney wallops challenger Craig

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney was cruising to an easy victory Tuesday night in the Republican Party primary.
    Mulvaney, who is seeking his fourth term in Congress, beat political newcomer Ray Craig, who had come out swinging in the race.
    “Most folks within the district are fairly comfortable with my voting record and representation,” Mulvaney said Tuesday night. “They might not agree with me 100 percent of the time, but they know I am working hard on their behalf.”