• Norman talks immigration, civility and Supreme Court appointment

    The opioid crisis that’s killing 115 Americans each day is the top issue facing the 5th Congressional District, Rep. Ralph Norman told Lancaster County Republicans at a Thursday night campaign appearance.
    “We’ve got to get some kind of handle on it,” Norman said.
    Industry leaders in the 11-county district say the drug crisis has left the state without a qualified workforce sufficient to meet our needs, the Rock Hill Republican said.

  • Paramedics find toddler, unconscious father, drugs within reach

    This is a story about an EMS crew, an unconscious dad, an open bag of white powder and a precocious 3-year-old dialing 911.
    It’s midday Saturday, June 9. Sirens scream at passing cars as paramedics make their way to Barker Lane, off S.C. 200 just south of Airport Crossroads. Most of the cars ahead of the ambulance don’t pull over as it approaches, slowing the trip.
    It’s a routine call, a diabetic with low blood sugar. Two vehicles respond, one with three paramedics and the other with a supervisor and a reporter invited to ride along for a shift.

  • Strutting your patriotic stuff

    HEATH SPRINGS – You can’t be two places at once, not even on a holiday.
    Heath Springs officials have moved up the start of this year’s annual July 4th parade to 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m., as in the past.
    The banners hung above Main Street in Heath Springs say the parade starts at 6, but “it’s definitely 4,” said Mayor Eddie Moore.
    “It’s already out there like this, so it’s going to stay,” Moore said, referring to the banners.

  • Lancaster man charged with sending child-porn

    A Lancaster man was arrested Tuesday and charged with for sending pornographic images of a minor over social media.
    Jeremy Adam Childers, 33, of 5033 Sedgefield Drive, Lancaster, was charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person younger than 18.
    The S.C. Attorney General’s Office was the lead investigating agency and will prosecute the case, said agency spokesman Robert Kittle.

  • Wreck kills Lancaster woman, hurts man from Heath Springs

    A Lancaster woman died and a Heath Springs man was injured in a head-on collision on S.C. 5 in York County early Sunday afternoon.
    The woman has been identified by the York County Coroner’s Office as 45-year-old Juanita Sumlin. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office is awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.
    According to Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne with S.C. Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 1:40 p.m. about 6 miles south of Rock Hill.

  • McMaster, Wilson win state GOP runoffs

    The preliminaries are over. Now the main event looms.
    With the conclusion of Tuesday’s statewide runoff elections following the June 12 party primaries, Democratic and GOP nominees for a slew of local, state and federal offices are now set for a final general election showdown Nov. 6.
    Locally, Lancaster County Republicans stuck with the two incumbents in Tuesday’s GOP runoffs for governor and state attorney general, both of whom also won their respective races across the state.

  • 15% of county budget is sales-tax projects

    A closer look at Lancaster County’s $94 million budget for fiscal 2018-19, which county members approved Monday, shows that almost 15 percent of the total is earmarked for two capital-sales-tax projects.
    County Finance Director Veronica Thompson and budget analyst Kim Belk met with The Lancaster News on Wednesday to discuss the budget in depth.  
    Some $14.5 million is set aside for $6.5 million in road improvements and $8 million for the library system improvements that voters approved in 2014 through the local 1-percent sale-tax increase.

  • City OKs budget with big pay hikes

    Pay raises to attract and retain employees are the big theme of Lancaster’s $27 million fiscal 2018-19 budget, which city council approved unanimously Tuesday night.
    The budget contains longevity raises for all employees, plus additional hikes for police officers and firefighters, all designed to make the city more competitive with salaries at nearby county and municipal governments, said City Administrator Flip Hutfles.

  • Karla Deese state’s top coroner

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese has been named the S.C. Coroner’s Association’s 2018 Coroner of the Year.
    “I was certainly surprised and very honored to receive the award,” Deese said Thursday. “I wake up every day with the drive and passion to make a difference, and it was very unexpected for that to be recognized on the state level.”
    Deese has worked at the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office for 13 years, but was only elected coroner a year and a half ago.

  • Parnell on damage-control tour

    Archie Parnell hunkered down to survive last month after news broke about a 1973 domestic-violence incident, and he easily won the Democratic nomination for the 5th District congressional seat two weeks ago.
    Now the Sumter native is crisscrossing the 11-county district in a personal damage-control tour, trying to get his hobbled campaign back on track.