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  • A church for the ages

    Driving past Camp Creek Methodist Church, just off Great Falls Highway, a passerby would be none the wiser that this church has been in existence since the late 18th century.
    The small, white church atop the hill is the oldest Methodist church in Lancaster County.
    “Camp Creek Methodist Church has to be one of the best kept secrets in Lancaster County,” said the church’s pastor of 10 years, Michael E. Catoe.
    Next Sunday, Camp Creek will celebrate homecoming and 220 years of ministry in Lancaster County.

  • Make-up days assigned for Hurricane Florence absences

    Make-up days have been assigned by the Lancaster County School District after Hurricane Florence closed schools Sept. 14 and Monday. 

    “We had leaks in buildings that never leaked before,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “The wind and blowing rain just caused problems that don’t normally happen.

    “To be honest it was kind of amazing how we got everything ready for Tuesday, and it speaks volumes to how our guys came together,” he said.  

  • Heath Springs Town Hall to be renamed for Taylor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town Hall will get a new name at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    Heath Springs’ government building at 103 Duncan St. will be officially renamed the Ann S. Taylor Municipal Center during a ceremony in honor of the town’s former mayor. A drop-in reception for Taylor will be held at the train depot following the dedication ceremony.

  • Lingles Crossroads project delayed by utility problems

    The completion date for the construction work at Lingles Crossroads has been extended from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5 due to utility delays.
    District 4 Engineering Administrator Jason Johnston said the intersection on S.C. 9 at Potter Road is being reengineered because of safety concerns.
    “The accident history at the intersection showed that there were rear end accidents from Lancaster to Chesterfield, turning left,” said Johnston.
    The portion of Highway 9 at the intersection has been lowered 6 feet in order to improve the line of sight over the hill.

  • TLN ad staff named No. 1 among state’s weekly papers

    The Lancaster News advertising staff won 26 awards in the S.C. Press Association’s 2018 PALMY Advertising Contest, including the President’s Award for best overall advertising content in a weekly publication.
    The honors included 10 first-place, seven second-place and eight third-place awards in categories ranging from fashion to events and entertainment. TLN was judged against 28 other SCPA newspapers across the state.

  • Wider S.C. 160 on the horizon

    Motorists stuck during rush hour on the Panhandle’s most congested east-west corridor are seeing a lot of work alongside S.C. 160, but state officials say the widening project is still about two years from completion.
    Melanie Mobley with the S.C. Department of Transportation said the target for finishing the new thoroughfare is June 30, 2020, but that date is subject to change.

  • Rep. Norman: ‘People really need to learn to lighten up’

    Rep. Ralph Norman drew national headlines and intense scrutiny Friday after his joke to a Kiwanis Club gathering about sexual assault went viral.
    The Rock Hill Republican was spotlighted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News and other major TV networks, as well as local media that covered his Fifth District congressional debate Thursday against Democrat Archie Parnell.

  • Florence delays completion of Monroe Highway bridge

    The replacement bridge that’s under construction on Monroe Highway north of Lancaster was scheduled for completion Oct. 22, but last weekend’s big storm might push that back a week or so.
    Melanie Mobley with the S.C. Department of Transportation said work on the bridge had to be halted as Hurricane Florence made its way through the Carolinas. Workers returned to the site, nearly a mile north of Shiloh Unity Road, Tuesday morning to get the job up and running again.

  • Ruckus erupts over sex-assault joke

    Within hours of Thursday’s polite lunchtime debate, Archie Parnell and Ralph Norman went to war online over Norman’s decision to begin with a joke about sexual assault.
    “Did y’all hear the latest, late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings?” the Republican congressman said in his opening statement to a Kiwanis Club crowd in Rock Hill. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”

  • Norman, Parnell debate trade tariffs

    ROCK HILL – Rep. Ralph Norman and challenger Archie Parnell debated trade tariffs Thursday, days after the Trump administration granted an exemption to a Winnsboro TV maker that will keep it in business and save 126 jobs.

    The tariffs were among several policy disagreements at an hour-long forum sponsored by the Rock Hill Kiwanis Club and held at the Palmetto Room. It was the first public debate for the Fifth District congressional candidates since they ran against each other in a 2017 special election for the seat.