• $60M plan would buy new voting machines across S.C.

    COLUMBIA – A request from the S.C. Election Commission to replace the state’s well-worn electronic voting system is drawing the attention of Lancaster County’s legislative delegation.
    “Our state is in desperate need of new voting machines. We’re still using machines purchased after the 2000 presidential election,” said Rep. Brandon Newton (R-45).   
    On Tuesday, the election commission asked state lawmakers for $60 million to buy a new system in time for the 2020 election.

  • New job brings new scrutiny

    It didn’t take long for the media spotlight to find Mick Mulvaney.
    In his first two weeks as President Trump’s chief of staff, helping navigate the longest government shutdown ever, the 51-year-old ex-congressman has been popping up in the Washington Post, The New York Times and other news outlets.
    Stories have dissected a failed land deal that he was involved in more than a decade ago, his possible interest in becoming the University of South Carolina’s next president, and the less-restrictive management style he has initiated at the White House.

  • Outrageous injuries prompt LSPCA to target ordinances

    When Diana Knight gets riled up about Lancaster County’s lack of tough animal-cruelty ordinances – and she does that a lot – she thinks about Shiloh the schnauzer.
    Animal control officers found him last June with his collar embedded beneath his skin. It had been left so tight for so long that the skin grew around it and even grafted onto it, said Knight, director of the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

  • Local couple remembers Miracle on the Hudson

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    Although 10 years have passed, Ann and Carl Oblak will never forget Jan. 15, 2009 – the day their plane crashed into the Hudson River.
    The couple had recently moved into their new home in Sun City Carolina Lakes and were returning from visiting friends in New York.
    “It was snowing that morning and we arrived early at the airport to try to get an earlier flight, but they didn’t have any room,” said Ann, 81.

  • Registration open for state 4-H Engineering Challenge

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University

    COLUMBIA – Engineering requires science and technical skills to bring imagination to life, and youth from around the state will have a chance to put their imaginations to the test at the 2019 S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge.
    Registration is now open for the event, which offers fun and engaging ways for young people to compete in various STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, such as open bridge building, energy, GPS, robotics, rocketry and more.

  • County going airborne to fight crime, save lives

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting two new high-tech tools – infrared-equipped drones that can spot a suspect hiding in the dark or an unconscious missing person in thick woods.
    The drones will cost about $27,000 total, with extra attachments and batteries included.
    “We’ve been talking about getting one for years, but we just haven’t been able to afford it,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “This year we had money left over in our budget used to purchase patrol cars, but not quite enough to buy a car.

  • Man strikes plea deal, gets 7 years in child-sex assault case

    A Lancaster man who faced up to life in prison on charges of sexually abusing two young children has pleaded guilty to lesser offenses and received a seven-year sentence.
    Laurkeia “Magoo” Montgomery, also known as Laurkeda, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree assault and battery after admitting to inappropriately touching the two children, said Robert Kittle of the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case.
    Montgomery was sentenced to seven years in state prison on each count, to be served concurrently.

  • Shelter plan inches ahead

    Plans to build a new county animal shelter are moving forward again, with only a few days left before the low construction bid is set to expire.
    The three members of county council’s Infrastructure and Regulation Committee will recommend to the full council that it spend $2.9 million to $3.1 million building the 8,600-square-foot facility on Pageland Highway.

  • ‘Amicable divorce’ for HOPE, Christian Services

    Nineteen months after forming an alliance and moving into the old Lancaster Bowling Center together, HOPE and Christian Services are splitting up, citing disparate strategies and lack of space.
    The short-lived partnership between two of Lancaster’s best-known nonprofits dissolved last week, with leaders at both agencies saying there were no hard feelings over the change.
    Richard Band, board chair of HOPE in Lancaster, called the separation a “very amicable, friendly, no-fault divorce.”

  • Passion for pollinators

    At 84, Ann Hurley has a passion for honeybees, and not because of the sweet, sticky honey they produce for her year after year.
    The latest recipient of the Lancaster County Beekeepers Association’s Beekeeper of the Year Award has been tending bees for almost 20 years, as an act of service to the environment.
    These fuzzy, striped insects perform 80 percent of the world’s pollination, and a single colony can pollinate 300 million flowers in a day.