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  • Mulvaney to speak at GOP gala

    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will be the keynote speaker at the S.C. Republican Party’s upcoming Silver Elephant Gala.
    The 52nd annual event is Aug. 2 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
    “We are proud to welcome Mick back home to South Carolina to celebrate our party and our grassroots leaders and activists,” said Drew McKissick, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party.

  • Sheriff casts wider net to find murder suspect

    The hunt is still on for a Heath Springs man charged with the murder of his girlfriend two months ago.
    Derrick Allen McIlwain, 41, is suspected of killing 36-year-old Kimberly Alger, whose body was found outside a vacant Rich Hill home May 28.

  • Lancaster County public school registration kicks off

    Lancaster County School District
    Lancaster County School District has set registration dates for the 2019-20 school year.
    No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver’s education ($50), high school art  ($10), clubs and yearbooks. School insurance will not be sold during registration.
    New students

  • Rockets Away Day Camp

    Bailey Milhorn
    For The Lancaster News
    The Rockets Away Day Camp was held July 18 at First Baptist Church in Lancaster from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    The camp is offered by 4-H, a positive youth development organization in Lancaster and Chester County that leads several programs including clubs and projects in animal agriculture, natural resources and the environment, gardening, leadership and citizenship and science technology and engineering.

  • Documentary on Civil War sub Hunley airs Monday

    From release

    The unfolding history of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley will be explained in Monday night’s episode of the National Geographic Channel’s “Drain the Oceans” series.
    The show’s production team was recently onsite at Clemson University’s Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston interviewing experts about the latest discoveries emerging from their research on the 19th-century sub.

  • 'Interactive painting experience'

    An alley on West Dunlap Street in downtown Lancaster has become a canvas for volunteer painters, thanks to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.
    Between the law offices of Elizabeth Hyatt and Craig Wilkerson Jr., Pineville muralist Russ Petty has been orchestrating a community art project that he plans to complete by July 26.

  • Heath Springs passes $762K budget after 3-week delay

    HEATH SPRINGS – After a three-week delay, the Heath Springs Town Council on Wednesday unanimously approved its $762,000 budget for fiscal 2019-20.
    The fiscal year started July 1, but the final reading had to be pushed back because council realized June 27 that it had failed to follow a state law that requires a public hearing before final budget passage. The hearing must be advertised two weeks in advance, so the budget vote was delayed far into the new fiscal year.

  • Sun City residents question renovation project

    INDIAN LAND – The Sun City Carolina Lakes board of directors’ monthly meeting, which usually attracts about 50 people, drew 400 residents to a packed ballroom Tuesday evening.
    The board’s proposed $3 million renovation project drew in the concerned residents. The project includes renovating the Lake House and constructing a new arts studio building, which involves relocating two dog parks.
    Sun City resident Lonnie Knabel said most of the residents who attended the board meeting wanted to express their opinions about the project.

  • Recalling a moment of worldwide wonder

    Moments that rivet the entire world come a few times in every generation, and often the news drags everyone into despair – the 9/11 attacks, the assassinations of the 1960s.
    But the one we celebrate this week provoked cheers, pride and wonder, and it still does.
    If you’re old enough to remember July 20, 1969, you probably recall exactly where you watched the blurry TV image and heard Neil Armstrong’s scratchy audio.
    “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

  • Lancaster jail’s Deason named S.C. Detention Officer of Year

    Cpt. Larry Deason got a statewide pat on the back this week for doing a difficult job well – managing the severely overcrowded Lancaster County Detention Center.
    Deason, who started work at the county jail 27 years ago, was named Detention Officer of the Year by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association at its annual banquet Monday. The award came days after the Lancaster jail hit a record 204 inmates, more than 80 over its capacity.