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  • Yays topping nays on rec bond

    While the numbers aren’t official, county voters appear to have barely approved the $19 million recreation bond referendum on Tuesday’s ballot.
    Minus paper absentee ballot figures, the most up-to-date count shows that the referendum, the county’s first to fund recreation projects, was approved 52 percent to 48 percent.
    After months of planning and looking at projects, the amount was set in July by Lancaster County Council before the body voted unanimously to have it placed on the ballot.

  • Newton hammers Buskey in District 45

    Republican incumbent Brandon Newton appeared to easily win his second term in the S.C. House on Tuesday, beating Democratic challenger Corin Buskey in District 45.
    After a contentious race, Newton received 14,346 votes, 62.4 percent of the total, and Buskey got 8,624, or 37.5 percent, the combined total of her votes as a Democrat and Workers Families candidate. Those numbers apparently did not include the paper absentee ballots in Lancaster County, because of a problem with the counting machines.
    District 45 includes parts of Lancaster and York counties.

  • Honeycutt far ahead of Duve in District 4

    Democrat Larry Honeycutt was on his way to winning his fourth term on the Lancaster County Council on Tuesday, beating back a District 4 challenge from Republican Don Duve.
    Honeycutt received 2,144 votes, 53 percent, to Duve’s 1,896 votes, 46.9 percent, with absentee paper ballots still unresolved at press time. There was a technical problem with machine-counting the ballots.

  • Parker, Dabney, Buck likely win school seats

    Incumbents Bobby Parker in District 3 and Janice Dabney in District 5 appeared to win re-election to the Lancaster County school board Tuesday, to be joined by District 7 newcomer Ken Buck.
    Buck, winning his first public office, likely defeated opponent Chris Campbell in the contest for the District 7 seat. Buck received 2,625 votes, 55 percent of the total. Campbell got 2,087 votes, 44 percent.
    There was a technical problem with counting the paper absentee ballots at the Lancaster County elections office. Those totals were not available at press time.

  • Studebaker wins probate judge battle

    Republican Dee Studebaker outdistanced Democrat Crystal Johnson on Tuesday to win the race for Lancaster County probate judge.
    Studebaker got 18,686 votes, 59.53 percent of the total. Johnson received 12,686, or 40.41 percent.
    “I’m excited,” said Studebaker, who joined other Republicans at Mike Williams Builders in Lancaster late Tuesday. “I’m thankful for all of the supporters and hardworking volunteers.”

  • USCL reaching out for more partnerships with community

    From release
    USC Lancaster has formed its first Town-Gown Advisory Council, in an effort to encourage more partnerships with the community and create collaborative opportunities.

  • Midterm vote draws heavy early turnout in Lancaster and statewide

    Going into Friday, more absentee votes had already been cast in Lancaster County and across South Carolina than in the entire 2014 midterm election – and there were still three days of voting to go.
    “Based on absentee, I feel like we will be busy on Tuesday. That usually mirrors Election Day,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    As of Friday, according to the S.C. Election Commission, more than 260,000 absentee ballots had been issued across the state, 80 percent more than in 2014 and an absentee voting record for a midterm.

  • Habitat rehab project almost family-ready

    Brianna Carter and fiancé Quinterrus Shropshire are rejoicing in the transformation – a dilapidated, termite-damaged Lancaster house, made sturdy and beautiful again by the couple, their relatives and a band of Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
    Carter is a Southside Early Child Development schoolteacher who has never had a home of her own. She, Shropshire and their 1-year old daughter, Ava, hope to be moved into the 1,600-square-foot, three-bedroom home on Woodland Drive before Christmas, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

  • Murder on a lonely street, a family waits for answers

    At the end of a string of loud, terrifying street killings that had lasted months, the murder of Terry “Butch” Thompson one year ago barely caused a stir.
    A patrolling police officer spotted his body on Dunlap Street near downtown Lancaster at 1:17 a.m. The 47-year-old had been shot in the back of the head. There was no 911 call, no crowd of bystanders.
    One year later, there are few clues to what happened. No follow-up stories ever appeared in the newspaper. It has felt like a lifetime to Thompson’s family.

  • Be careful if you’re voting straight ticket

    If you’re planning to cast a straight-party voter machine ballot in Tuesday’s election, don’t forget about the local nonpartisan races.
    “We want to make sure that every vote that should get counted gets counted,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    A little confusion has risen among some voters casting straight-party Democratic or Republican ballots because nonpartisan races aren’t included in the straight-party process.