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  • 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. 

  • AJ's Mr. Dependable: Semaj Digby never missed a school day

    Let’s invent the senior superlative Most Likely To Show Up When He’s Supposed To. The winner is Semaj Digby.

    The Andrew Jackson High School senior has achieved 12 years of perfect attendance, and is the only graduate in the Lancaster County School District to do so this year. 

    He has not missed one day of school since he started kindergarten at North Elementary School, moved on to A.R. Rucker Middle School and now finishes four years at AJHS. 

  • Beefed-up security at Buford schools

    All three Buford schools will have an increased law-enforcement presence starting Wednesday because of a rumor circulating that someone has threatened a violent attack.

    School officials do not believe that the rumor is credible, but are taking necessary precautions by adding more deputies at the schools.

    “What we had is someone allegedly threatened to shoot up the school,” said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety director. “The school resource officer [at Buford High School] spent the entire day tracking it down.

  • Council votes to OK contentious rezoning

    It looks like a small residential tract in the northern end of the Panhandle will be rezoned as commercial, despite vocal objections from adjacent property owners, a 300-signature petition against it and a unanimous no vote by the county planning commission.
    County council voted 6-1 to approve first reading of owner Linda Faulkner’s request to rezone the property at 9843 Calvin Hall Road. Council member Terry Graham cast the dissenting vote.

  • SCDOT pavers target 4 of city’s worst pothole-infested streets

    A cluster of suspension-rattling streets west of downtown Lancaster will be bustling with construction in 2019, as the S.C. Department of Transportation resurfaces them.
    At the same time, the city will consider making water and sewer repairs there while the roads are torn up, according to City Administrator Flip Hutfles.

  • 4 ‘advisory’ referendums await voters in primaries

    When voters go to the polls for the June 12 party primaries, there will be more than just candidates to consider as nominees for the November general election.
    Both major parties also will be asking voters to weigh in on a handful of non-binding “advisory” referendums.

  • Wounded woman arrested in murder case

    The May 10 Kershaw murder was a drug deal gone bad, authorities alleged Friday, announcing the arrest of the woman who was wounded in the double shooting.
    Jody Linn Holt, 30, of Kershaw, was arrested at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful neglect of a child.

  • Restoration of old jail stonework finished

    It 1823, it cost $8,000 to build the Lancaster County Jail on West Gay Street.
    Now, 195 years later, it has cost 100 times that amount to breathe life back into it.
    With layers of stucco gone, the jail’s exposed original hand-hewn stonework exterior is nothing short of stunning.
    “I just love it,” said Melody Craig, chair of the county historical commission. “I don’t think anybody thought it was going to look that good.”  
    The multi-year, $800,000 restoration project is set to wrap up June 30.

  • Lancaster man killed in Texas murder-suicide

    A 29-year-old Lancaster man was shot and killed Wednesday morning during an apparent murder/suicide by his girlfriend’s ex-husband in Ponder, Texas.
    According to the Dallas Morning News, 39-year-old Justin Painter shot his ex-wife, Amanda Lee Simpson, and their three children, along with 29-year-old Seth Richardson of Lancaster, before turning the gun on himself.
    Richardson and the three children, ages 4, 6 and 8, died at the scene. Painter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

  • Heath Springs council votes for budget

    Heath Springs Town Council unanimously approved first reading of the $350,039 budget for fiscal 2018-19 Tuesday night without comment.
    The new budget goes into effect July 1 and is $5,625 more than the current budget.
    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said while the two budgets are very similar, there has been a slight increase in the business-license fees the town gets from the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The association collects the fees for municipalities and then returns them.