• Election Day thunderstorms predicted


    Bring an umbrella or put on poncho if you’re going out to vote, because severe thunderstorms could be rolling in Tuesday afternoon, bringing wind and rain to Lancaster County.

  • Mulvaney acting WH chief of staff

    WASHINGTON – Mick Mulvaney is headed to the West Wing.
    President Trump on Friday named the Indian Land ex-congressman – and current White House budget director and acting head of the federal consumer watchdog agency – his acting chief of staff.
    “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  • City hires MKSK to develop downtown revitalization plan

    The city of Lancaster will pay a consulting company  $170,000 to develop a “downtown revitalization plan” that would give Main Street a facelift and a marketing focus.
    The city council voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting to hire MKSK Studios – a landscape architecture, urban planning and design firm based in Greenville – to develop the master plan.

  • Pageland makes Top 10 in reality TV competition

    Pageland is one step closer to hitting the reality TV jackpot, selected as one of the Top 10 small towns in America competing for a $500,000 downtown makeover.
    The television show “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” announced the selection on its Facebook page Tuesday. About 50 Pageland residents, business owners, politicians and civic club members were holding a watch party at the Pageland Community Center, exploding in screams and exchanging hugs when theirs was the eighth town selected.

  • Sims Foundation gets new home, a gathering space for community

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is relocating to the old Springs Co. building along Lancaster’s Main Street, a move designed to make the foundation’s headquarters a gathering place for the community.
    The new location, dubbed The Crescent because of its curved wall of glass blocks facing Springs Street across from the post office, is three times as large as the foundation’s existing home on North White Street.

  • 6 fire departments dispatched to blaze

    Two people were severely injured Wednesday afternoon in a house fire in the 5000 block of Flat Creek Road east of Lancaster.
    According to a Lancaster County Fire Rescue report, the two residents of the home were injured and at least one of them was flown by helicopter to a burn facility for treatment of smoke inhalation and internal burns.
    Rich Hill, Flat Creek and Antioch volunteer fire departments responded along with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, and Kershaw and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments were called in to help.

  • ‘I’m sorry – I can’t say it enough times’

    Two days into his murder trial, Brent Gay pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Thursday in the 2015 shooting death of Flint McManus and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    Gay, 34, confessed to shooting McManus and blamed debilitating drug abuse. He asked forgiveness from the victim’s relatives, who had sat through 14 hours of prosecution testimony before the plea deal was announced.

  • Punky’s On Main: New décor, varied menu, lots of business

    Punky’s On Main, which opened last month in the old Charley’s Café space on Lancaster’s South Main Street, is off to a bustling start.
    The restaurant’s “soft opening” began at 11 a.m. Nov. 26, and soon every table at the newly renovated eatery was filled.
    “There wasn’t nothing soft about it!” said co-owner Scott Edwards. “It was awesome. We were packed.”

  • Great Falls store owner found dead in wreck

    Landmark News Service
    The body of missing Great Falls store owner Doug Sumner was found Monday in a wrecked vehicle along U.S. 21 in Fairfield County.
    Sumner, who was reported missing Oct. 22, appeared to have run off the highway and down a 60-foot embankment, where his vehicle struck a tree, according to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill.
    Sumner, owner of Sumner’s Deli & Grocery on Ridgeway Road, was last seen driving his black Dodge Ram truck in Rock Hill on Oct. 22.

  • Soulful serenade for Honeycutt’s birthday

    Talk about a birthday treat! Larry Honeycutt got one during Monday night’s county council meeting.
    Veronica Mayfield of county public safety communications brought down the house when she surprised Honeycutt with a spot-on soulful performance of the Etta James classic “At Last.”
    The council member, who turned 80 Monday, bellowed “wooooooo” at the end of the song, reminiscent of wrestler Ric Flair.
    “I wasn’t expecting it, and it really got to me,” Honeycutt said.