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Today's News

  • Ag+Art Tour draws crowds

    From craft beer brewing and barbecue to board sawing, honeybees and historic buildings, the local, self-guided S.C. Ag+Art Tour has found its niche.
    The annual tour, which features local artisans, products, farms and some hidden county treasures, is drawing locals and out-of-towners, alike.
    Now in its ninth year, Lancaster is one of nine Palmetto State counties getting in on the agri-tourism act.

  • 2 killed in IL crash

    Two people were killed and several others were hurt in a horrendous five-car crash early Saturday in Indian Land.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said the wreck happened about 1 a.m. on U.S. 521 North between Henry Harris and Charles Pettus roads.
    Keller said the wreck was so serious that troopers have not been able nail down the exact circumstances.

  • Column: Session ends with no fix for FOIA – aaaarrrrrgh!

    Editor’s note: This editorial ran in the Index-Journal of Greenwood.

    Oops, they did it again!
    Only it’s not an oops. It’s more of a rude, crude one-finger salute directed at you, the public, the taxpayers.
    South Carolina’s lawmakers have had six years to come to grips with measures designed to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act, thanks to Aiken Rep. Bill Taylor and others who recognized years ago that real reform was needed in an effort to create better and more transparent government, government that is accountable to the people.

  • District 5 Lancaster council seat to be decided

    Tuesday’s special nonpartisan Lancaster City Council election will produce a new representative for District 5.
    The 928 registered city voters in the Lancaster West and University precincts will chose either Nick Parris Jr. or Hazel Taylor to fill John Howard’s remaining term, which expires in 2018.
    Howard resigned from the seat in March after he was elected mayor to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Shaw. The mayor’s term also runs through 2018.
    Parris, a lifelong Lancaster resident, works for the U.S. Postal Service in Rock Hill.

  • Thieves target vehicles in rash of break-ins

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a rash of car break-ins overnight Tuesday in one neighborhood between Forest Hills and S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Police Capt. Scott Grant confirmed Wednesday morning there were at least seven vehicle break-ins reported on Rugby Road. West Glen and Sumter and Kent drives.
    The incidents happened between midnight Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
    Items stolen included most anything of value “that people usually leave in their cars,” such as electronics, cellphones, money and firearms, Grant said.

  • Heath Springs hires painters for train depot

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council unanimously selected a painting contractor for the historic railroad depot at a special meeting Wednesday.
    After discussing four contractors, town council accepted the $6,500 bid of B&W Painting Co. of Charlotte.  The work includes pressure-washing, priming, a new coat of slate-gray paint, and reglazing windows where needed.
    B&W Painting repainted Springs House on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster last month.

  • Haley signs roads bill, fumes about half measures

    COLUMBIA – On Wednesday, Gov. Nikki Haley signed S.1258 – legislation that allows the state to borrow more than $2 billion to rehab its crumbling roads and deteriorating bridges – but she was not pleased with the outcome.
    While it does move the state forward, Haley said in a letter to Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman and House Speaker Jay Lucas that the progress was “little more than window dressing.”

  • Holt booted from planning board

    An Indian Land representative on the Lancaster County Planning Commission has been booted from his seat for missing meetings, and says he believes his removal was in retaliation for questions he has raised about development matters.
    Jerry Holt, a three-year commission member representing Indian Land’s District 7, was notified June 3 in a letter from Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis that his appointed seat had been vacated automatically after he missed his fifth meeting this fiscal year.

  • Miles set for all-star play

    Buford High School baseball star Eric Miles is beachbound for a weekend of elite baseball play.

    Miles will be among the state’s diamond best, playing in the annual North-South AllStar baseball game in Myrtle Beach this weekend.

    Miles, who signed with Presbyterian College in the fall, will play for the North Class AA-AAA all-star team at the Ripken Experience.

    Miles, an ace right-hander, is coming off a banner senior campaign where he was 7-1 with 88 strikeouts in 62 innings of mound work with 10 walks.

  • Post 31 rallies for split with Fort Mill

    Lancaster Post 31 capped a long night with a walk-off home win in extra innings Wednesday.

    P-31, in the nightcap of a League V twin bill at Eggleton Field, avoided a diamond nightmare – getting swept – with a 4-3 win over Fort Mill Post 43.

    P-43 opened the doubleheader with a 5-3 win in nine innings.

    Regulation Legion baseball games are nine innings, with doubleheaders each seveninning contests.