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  • Norrell to join Democratic gubernatorial ticket

    S.C. Rep. James Smith, who is running to be the Democratic nominee for governor, will announce today that Lancaster native Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell will join his ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.
    Smith and Norrell have scheduled a joint campaign appearance for 2 p.m. today at the Springs House in downtown Lancaster to make the announcement after weeks of speculation, according to a campaign official who was not allowed to speak on the record.

  • IL Walmart adding home delivery

    Whether you need a carton of eggs or a lawnmower, your local Walmart is gearing up to serve you in a way it never has before.

    Starting May 17, the Indian Land Walmart, located at 10048 Charlotte Highway, will become the first store in South Carolina to offer home-delivery for nearly everything the retailer sells, said Heidi Welch, assistant manager of e-commerce.

    The only exceptions? Alcohol and apparel. Aside from that, the store will deliver groceries and anything else it has in stock – no matter how big or small, according to Welch.

  • Lancaster man charged with attempted murder

    A Lancaster man was charged with attempted murder after a domestic dispute broke out Monday afternoon among family members on Antler Road.
    Darrell Montrey Mingo, 25, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield, Mingo was in the driver’s seat of his Mazda pickup when he began arguing with his uncle and fired once out of the passenger window.

  • Lancaster man dies in strange road incident

    Landmark News Service

    A 39-year-old Lancaster man died in a bizarre incident on U.S. 21 in Chester County early Monday.
    According to the Chester County Coroner’s Office, the man shot himself while driving about 8 a.m., then crossed the centerline and collided with a logging truck heading the opposite direction.
    The man’s name was not immediately released.

  • Another growth spurt for Van Wyck

    The little town of Van Wyck has grown a little bit bigger.
    In a unanimous vote, minus council member Xavier Kee who was absent, the Van Wyck Town Council on Monday agreed to voluntarily annex 38 more properties to the recently created town.
    With the vote, the rural municipality created late last year as an antidote to the possible incorporation of adjacent, urbanized Indian Land, is now nearly 9.5 square miles, according to Mayor Sean Corcoran and council member Richard Vaughan.

  • Gonze Twitty, 99, stood up for civil rights, poor farmers

    Gonze Lee Twitty Sr. – a Democratic Party and local NAACP stalwart, a champion of black voting rights, and a tireless advocate for poor and black farmers – died Saturday in Lancaster. He was 99.

  • Heather Steele, 43, shared bouts with ovarian cancer

    Through her 17-year battle with ovarian cancer, Heather Steele never let the disease cheat her out of a single minute.
    “She always said her goal was to thrive, not to survive,” said her husband, Bliss Steele.
    Heather Steele died early Tuesday. She was 43.

  • ‘Fall in’

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    You can image the pastor of the precursor to Union ARP Church in Richburg standing on the church steps, issuing a call to his neighbors.
    “All able-bodied souls who desire to defend these colonies and in especial the Colony of South Carolina, and who are enlisted in the militia are requested and required to report for Muster at the Meeting House,” he might have said.

  • Leap of faith: 22-year-old fills the pulpit at Crestview

    In some ways, Casey Swails is a typical 22-year-old. He just graduated from college and plans to get married in June.
    But few people his age step into the pulpit and preach to their very own congregation every Sunday, as he does at Lancaster’s Crestview Baptist Church.
    Born and raised in Lugoff, Swails grew up in church but never imagined as a child that he would end up in this position.

  • Fighting opioid scourge with information

    Lancaster County’s opioid crisis is not only bad – it’s getting worse.
    “It’s sad, and it’s frustrating, because it’s only gaining momentum,” Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said.
    “In 2016, we had five opioid deaths and none of them contained illicit fentanyl,” Deese said. “By the time we closed out 2017, we had 25 deaths, and 18 of those contained fentanyl. So we had a 400 percent increase in opioid deaths in just one year.”