• Duke Energy seeks 10% S.C. rate hikes

    Duke Energy on Thursday asked state regulators for a 10 percent overall increase in its S.C. electric rates – 12 percent for residential customers.
    The rate requests, filed with the S.C. Public Service Commission, would increase the utility’s revenues by about $168 million, according to a Duke Energy press release.
    Residential customers would get the biggest hike. Commercial and industrial accounts would see an average increase of 8.3 percent.

  • ‘Our hearts are broken’

    A Lancaster County firefighter was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 Wednesday night.
    Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died after being transported to Springs Memorial Hospital, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. He was the assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, where he had worked since moving to Lancaster County 20 years ago.

  • Election night ballot glitch explained

    Election officials blamed a database linked to two optical scanners for delays and confusion in the vote-counting process for paper absentee ballots Tuesday night.
    Vote totals appeared to be complete just before 10 p.m., but then officials realized that the scanners had not properly recorded all of the paper-ballot votes. A recount of the 1,312 paper ballots, which ended about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, recorded all the votes, adjusting the totals in some races but changing no outcomes.

  • Public asked to pick name for Kershaw playground

    It’s been 19 months since Kershaw discovered that Stevens Park’s state-of-the-art playground was rotting. That prompted demolition, massive fundraising and the installation of new equipment early this year.
    All the playground needs now is a name.
    Kershaw’s Community Heart & Soul, in cooperation with the Town of Kershaw and the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC), is accepting applications for the naming of the new playground. One of the city’s most popular recreation facilities, it reopened at the end of March.

  • Mr. Ford, it’s time for your close-up!

    At age 59, John Ford is finally realizing his dream of making it on the big screen.
    “I never really had the idea of being a professional actor,” said Ford, a Lancaster resident and father of two. “The last month and a half has been an absolute whirlwind.”
    Ford’s acting career has taken off within the last year after being cast in an episode of the Saturday morning CBS TV series “The Inspectors.”

  • IL man dies in house fire

    An Indian Land man died in a house fire on Camp Cox Circle early Sunday morning.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Harold Kenneth Miller Jr., 51, died from carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injuries.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, there were three adults in the house when the fire broke out around 1 a.m. Sunday, but Miller never made it out.
    There were no working smoke alarms in the home, Rogers said. One of the family members woke to the smell of smoke and alerted the other two of the fire.

  • Incumbents Mackey, Taylor win city council re-election

    Lancaster City Council incumbents are safe this election cycle, with District 5’s Hazel Taylor and District 2’s Gonzie Mackey easily winning their races Tuesday.
    Taylor earned her first full term on Lancaster City Council, topping challengers Don Geraghty, Mike DeMarco and James “Butch” Flynn. She more than doubled the vote count of her nearest competitor.
    Taylor received 258 votes, 55 percent of the total. DeMarco was the next top vote getter with 100 votes. Geraghty totaled 63, and Flynn trailed the field with 44.

  • McMaster tops Smith

    Incumbent Republican Henry McMaster won the S.C. governor’s race in Tuesday’s voting, defeating Democrat James Smith and running mate Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster.
    The GOP ticket of McMaster and Pamela Evette, his pick for lieutenant governor, received 571,135 votes, 54 percent of the total, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. Smith and Norrell received 489,963, or 46 percent.
    Turnout was heavy for a midterm election, with 34 percent of registered voters casting ballots statewide, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Norman dominates Parnell

    For the second time in 16 months, Republican Ralph Norman on Tuesday defeated Democrat Archie Parnell for the 5th District congressional seat – and this time it wasn’t a squeaker.
    While the Lancaster County results weren’t official at press time due to a database issue involving paper absentee ballots, the incumbent from Rock Hill outpaced his Sumter opponent by a 19-point margin to win his first full term in the U.S. House.

  • DeVenny leads, pending absentees

    Lancaster Mayor Alston DeVenny was leading by double digits in his race for re-election Tuesday night, far outpacing Tamara Green Garris, but a problem with absentee ballots was holding up the final numbers.
    At press time, the 56-year-old attorney had received 1,235 votes, 57 percent of the total. Garris got 931, or 43 percent. But those numbers did not appear to include the paper absentee ballots, because of an apparent problem with the machine counting of those ballots.