• Just Jay

    Gregory A. Summers


    COLUMBIA – James. H. “Jay” Lucas said when he thinks about how his life has changed since he was named acting speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives on Sept. 11, a slew of sports clichés often come to mind.

    One of them, he said, is the role of a back-up quarterback who is “always everybody’s favorite.”

  • Support local veterans at annual parade

    Denyse Clark


    Robin Helms, director for Veterans Affairs of Lancaster County, expressed the importance for the local community to come out and support the men and women in uniform who have given their selfless service to protect our nation.

    Beginning at noon Saturday, Nov. 8, is the Lancaster County Veterans Day Parade and the community’s opportunity to show that support, Helms said.

  • Sales tax support varies by location

    Reece Murphy


    Local voters approved Lancaster County’s new 1 cent capital sales and use tax by a healthy 59.9 percent of the vote overall, with 11,700 voting for the tax for public projects and 7,845 against, though support for the tax varied across the county.

    The sales tax will produce an estimated $41 million in revenue over seven years to fund road improvements, a digital emergency services communication system, a forensics lab for the sheriff’s office and improvements to county libraries.

  • District 53 voters elect Yow to S.C. House

    By Laura Caskey and Robert Howey

    The Lancaster News staff

    Cheraw native Richie Yow (R) took the open S.C. House District 53 seat on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    Yow faced Chesterfield Town Councilwoman Amy Brown (D) to fill the seat held for the last 10 years by Rep. Ted Vick (D).

    Yow received 4,223 votes to Brown’s 3,019 in the 19 Chesterfield County precincts that encompass District 53.

  • Man kills wife, himself at Chester Metropolitan

    Travis Jenkins

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – An estranged husband killed his wife, then ended his own life in the parking lot of the Chester Metropolitan Water and Sewer District on Thursday afternoon.

    About 3:15 p.m., the city of Chester Police Department received a "shots" fired call. The department, along with the Chester County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene and found two bodies, one male and one female, in the parking lot.

  • Man sentenced to life in prison for great-grandmother's murder

    Christopher Sardelli


    With his hands visibly trembling, Ronald Mackey carefully turned the pages of a statement he had written about the heavy toll his mother’s murder has taken on his family.

    Standing inside Courtroom A at the Lancaster County Courthouse on Monday morning, Nov. 3, Mackey was one of several family members gathered to hear the outcome of a plea hearing for William Richard Greene, 31, who was arrested for the 2012 murder of his 87-year-old great-grandmother, Verdie Mackey.

  • Van Wyck residents discuss incorporation

    Reece Murphy


    VAN WYCK – If there are two things most residents of Van Wyck agree on, it's an appreciation of the rural appeal of their small unincorporated community, and how the growth explosion in the Panhandle has left it largely undisturbed.

    But with ongoing efforts to develop the TreeTops property on Van Wyck Road, and occasional talk of other potential projects, the community is in the midst of a sometimes polarizing conversation about how to control and deal with future development.

  • Latest HUD data on homelessness a mixed bag

    Denyse Clark


    As the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless moves forward in finding solutions for local homelessness, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently reported homelessness in the nation continues to decrease.

    However, the total number of people experiencing homelessness in South Carolina is up 13.1 percent since 2010.

    HUD’s 2014 annual Homeless Assessment Report said there were more than 578,000 people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2014 in the United States.

  • Newman benefits from GOP vote in IL


    Christopher Sardelli


    The battle for the Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s seat was still up in the air late Tuesday night, Nov. 4 as Republican candidate Randy Newman and his Democratic challenger William Frick waited for results to trickle in from the final of three counties.

    By 10 p.m., Newman was leading across two counties with a total 14,759 votes to Frick’s 13,255, according to unofficial results from the Lancaster and Fairfield county election commissions.

  • Voters approve optional sales tax

    Laura Caskey


    Voters in Lancaster County approved a local 1-percent sales tax increase question on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    Final numbers show the tax increase was approved with 59 percent of the vote.

    The tax was a hot-button issue in the county for months, with public meetings held by the Lancaster County Project Sales Tax Commission to discuss the creation of the tax. The tax plan was approved in August by Lancaster County Council.