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  • Wider S.C. 160 on the horizon

    Motorists stuck during rush hour on the Panhandle’s most congested east-west corridor are seeing a lot of work alongside S.C. 160, but state officials say the widening project is still about two years from completion.
    Melanie Mobley with the S.C. Department of Transportation said the target for finishing the new thoroughfare is June 30, 2020, but that date is subject to change.

  • Rep. Norman: ‘People really need to learn to lighten up’

    Rep. Ralph Norman drew national headlines and intense scrutiny Friday after his joke to a Kiwanis Club gathering about sexual assault went viral.
    The Rock Hill Republican was spotlighted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News and other major TV networks, as well as local media that covered his Fifth District congressional debate Thursday against Democrat Archie Parnell.

  • Florence delays completion of Monroe Highway bridge

    The replacement bridge that’s under construction on Monroe Highway north of Lancaster was scheduled for completion Oct. 22, but last weekend’s big storm might push that back a week or so.
    Melanie Mobley with the S.C. Department of Transportation said work on the bridge had to be halted as Hurricane Florence made its way through the Carolinas. Workers returned to the site, nearly a mile north of Shiloh Unity Road, Tuesday morning to get the job up and running again.

  • Ruckus erupts over sex-assault joke

    Within hours of Thursday’s polite lunchtime debate, Archie Parnell and Ralph Norman went to war online over Norman’s decision to begin with a joke about sexual assault.
    “Did y’all hear the latest, late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings?” the Republican congressman said in his opening statement to a Kiwanis Club crowd in Rock Hill. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”

  • Norman, Parnell debate trade tariffs

    ROCK HILL – Rep. Ralph Norman and challenger Archie Parnell debated trade tariffs Thursday, days after the Trump administration granted an exemption to a Winnsboro TV maker that will keep it in business and save 126 jobs.

    The tariffs were among several policy disagreements at an hour-long forum sponsored by the Rock Hill Kiwanis Club and held at the Palmetto Room. It was the first public debate for the Fifth District congressional candidates since they ran against each other in a 2017 special election for the seat.

  • 2-year-old Jacarion died of self-inflicted gunshot

    The mother of 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden wept in court Wednesday as she admitted guilt in his accidental shooting death and received a 54-month prison sentence.
    Toni Lashay Gladden, 27, pleaded guilty to unlawful neglect of a child and misprision of a felony, each of which carried a possible 10-year sentence.
    Jacarion died July 31, 2017, after being left alone with a loaded 9mm pistol that belonged to Gladden’s boyfriend, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes. The gun apparently went off as the child handled it, according to prosecutors.

  • Sign up now for annual Lancaster Scarecrow Contest

    Lancaster’s Scarecrow Contest is seeking businesses, agencies and individuals to participate in creating scarecrows to be displayed on Main Street to compete for great prizes. Scarecrows will be on exhibit from Oct. 3 - Nov. 3 and viewers will be able to vote for their favorites at locations throughout the Red Rose City.
    There is no fee to participate and registration forms can be found online at www.lancastercitysc.com or by calling (803) 289-1498 or emailing jtimmons@lancastercitysc.com. Forms are also available at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St., Lancaster.

  • Postponed Buchanan play back on for Sept. 29

    The Lancaster production of Rock Hill playwright Shelia Burris Buchanan’s play “If I Could Choose My Family,” postponed in July, has been rescheduled for Sept. 29.
    Buchanan’s Shelia B. Productions is bringing the play to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium for two shows that Saturday, at 2 and 7 p.m.
    The musical production follows a family as they struggle to make ends meet, survive myriad challenges and come to realize what family really means to them.

  • Tractor pull bigger, safer this fall

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    The leaves are beginning to turn. The days are getting shorter. And the smell of pumpkin spice will soon fill the air. 
    That means it’s time to grab your earplugs and get ready for the annual Rich Hill Fall Festival Truck and Tractor Pull. The festival is this Saturday at the Rich Hill Community Center, with the gates opening at 9 a.m.

  • Myrtle Beach evacuee delivers baby at SMH

    As Florence approached Friday night, Myrtle Beach evacuee Angel Sulkowski delivered an 8 pound, 1 ounce girl at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Sulkowski and her partner, Christopher McAbee, who moved to Myrtle Beach only a few months ago, followed the evacuation order in preparation for the hurricane’s arrival.