• President orders flags at half-staff

    President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff early Tuesday to honor the five shooting victims at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., after its mayor, Gavin Buckley, requested it.

    The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, in connection to the shooting.

    Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were killed Thursday when Ramos came into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom and shot them with a shotgun.

  • It’s time to choose: McMaster or Warren

    In the June 12 Republican primary, Lancaster County voters made it clear who they want to be South Carolina’s next governor.
    In a five-way race, interim Gov. Henry McMaster swamped the competition locally with nearly 58 percent of the vote.

  • Pageland updates street closing list

    The Pageland Town Council changed the streets it will close for special events during a special town council meeting May 21. 

    Streets that will be closed for events such as the monthly Cruise In and the Parade of Power are the 100 block of Pearl street and the 100 block of east and west Maynor street.

  • Parnell admits ‘inexcusable’ acts

    Archie Parnell’s congressional campaign imploded Tuesday as his staff, major supporters and Democratic Party leaders deserted his run after reports that he physically abused his then-wife 40 years ago.

    Parnell, who lost a close 5th District special election to Republican Ralph Norman last June, did not deny the abuse, which surfaced in documents from his 1974 divorce. 

    He called his long-ago actions “inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing,” but he refused to withdraw from the race. 

  • Watchdog group demands Mulvaney investigation

    Mick Mulvaney, a former District 5 congressman from Indian Land and current Trump administration official, is under fire from a national government-watchdog group.
    The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), has asked the heads of a congressional committee and the inspector general of the Federal Reserve System to launch an investigation into one of Mulvaney's Indian Land real-estate investments.

  • Old mill site in Kershaw will get toxic assessment

    KERSHAW – We’re finally going to find out what lies beneath the concrete pad at the abandoned Springs Industries property.
    The EPA has awarded a three-year $600,000 grant to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) to conduct environmental assessments at potentially contaminated brownfield sites in Lancaster, Chester, Union and York counties.
    “It’s a start,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman, noting that the 9.1-acre site has been an eyesore since 2013, when the abandoned textile mill was torn down.

  • Unraveling county revenue shortfall

    Lancaster County’s inexplicable dropoff in property-tax collections, first noticed in January, is still a mystery, but a few things have become clearer over the past month.
    An $833,000 chunk of the shortfall has been identified as an error in the bill that a state agency sent to Duke Energy, the county’s largest taxpayer. Comporium Communications was under-billed by $88,000. Those taxes should be paid within days.

  • Kershaw officials expect $142K in purchases, requiring tax hike

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents should brace for a tax increase in the next fiscal year.
    The town council passed first reading of an ordinance Tuesday night to fund up to $142,000 in equipment and capital-improvement purchases with general obligation bonds, which must be repaid through property tax revenue.
    Exactly how much Kershaw taxes could go up is unknown, said Mayor Mark Dorman, but the town needs to watch every dollar it spends.
    “I want to be as conservative as I can to make sure we get what we need, not what we want,” he said.

  • City finance chief Driggers resigns

    After just nine months on the job, Lancaster Finance Director Daniel Driggers has resigned effective May 11.
    “It is with a heavy heart that I offer my resignation…. I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me,” Driggers said in a Thursday interview. “Council has been really supportive of me, and everyone has made me feel welcome here.
    “It’s been a pleasure. I hope that I’ve helped the city during my time here,” he said.

  • Tameka Morrow, the sole filer, gets Heath Springs council seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – Lone candidate Tameka Morrow won Tuesday’s special election in Heath Springs to fill the at-large town council seat vacated in January when Eddie Moore was sworn in as mayor.
    Just 37 votes were cast, with Morrow getting 35 of them. She will be sworn in before the May 15 town council meeting.