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  • 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.

  • 2-year-old Jacarion died of self-inflicted gunshot

    The mother of 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden wept in court Wednesday as she admitted guilt in his accidental shooting death and received a 54-month prison sentence.
    Toni Lashay Gladden, 27, pleaded guilty to unlawful neglect of a child and misprision of a felony, each of which carried a possible 10-year sentence.
    Jacarion died July 31, 2017, after being left alone with a loaded 9mm pistol that belonged to Gladden’s boyfriend, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes. The gun apparently went off as the child handled it, according to prosecutors.

  • Sign up now for annual Lancaster Scarecrow Contest

    Lancaster’s Scarecrow Contest is seeking businesses, agencies and individuals to participate in creating scarecrows to be displayed on Main Street to compete for great prizes. Scarecrows will be on exhibit from Oct. 3 - Nov. 3 and viewers will be able to vote for their favorites at locations throughout the Red Rose City.
    There is no fee to participate and registration forms can be found online at www.lancastercitysc.com or by calling (803) 289-1498 or emailing jtimmons@lancastercitysc.com. Forms are also available at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St., Lancaster.

  • Postponed Buchanan play back on for Sept. 29

    The Lancaster production of Rock Hill playwright Shelia Burris Buchanan’s play “If I Could Choose My Family,” postponed in July, has been rescheduled for Sept. 29.
    Buchanan’s Shelia B. Productions is bringing the play to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium for two shows that Saturday, at 2 and 7 p.m.
    The musical production follows a family as they struggle to make ends meet, survive myriad challenges and come to realize what family really means to them.

  • Tractor pull bigger, safer this fall

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    The leaves are beginning to turn. The days are getting shorter. And the smell of pumpkin spice will soon fill the air. 
    That means it’s time to grab your earplugs and get ready for the annual Rich Hill Fall Festival Truck and Tractor Pull. The festival is this Saturday at the Rich Hill Community Center, with the gates opening at 9 a.m.

  • Myrtle Beach evacuee delivers baby at SMH

    As Florence approached Friday night, Myrtle Beach evacuee Angel Sulkowski delivered an 8 pound, 1 ounce girl at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Sulkowski and her partner, Christopher McAbee, who moved to Myrtle Beach only a few months ago, followed the evacuation order in preparation for the hurricane’s arrival.

  • Florence can’t cancel couple’s wedding day

    Nothing was going to stop lovebirds Samantha Evans and Austin Adams from tying the knot Saturday. Not even a hurricane.
    “They say go big or go home, and I wasn’t going home,” laughed Samantha. “I wanted his last name, and shouldn’t nothing stop that.”
    The couple, who live in Lancaster, met at Buford High School, although they only started dating three years ago.
    “I always liked him in high school,” said Samantha. “He was my high school sweetheart.”

  • Sally Deese cooked for thousands each year because God told her to

    Sally Deese created one of Lancaster County’s most enduring social and spiritual traditions after, in her words, God gave her a direct order one day in 1989.
    For the next quarter century on the Sunday before Memorial Day, she fed the county’s older folks outside her Buford farmhouse, buying and cooking all the food herself. Her Golden Age of Merit Dinner soon included thousands each year, with cars and buses jamming the back roads.

  • Buford feeds crews during emergency

    Members of the Buford community rallied together Sunday to feed more than 40 linemen, first responders and deputies who were on duty as Florence blew through the county.
    The linemen, most from New York, were stationed at Buford High School, just a few minutes away from Buford Volunteer Fire Department, where Perry Clanton is assistant chief.
    “I was speechless,” Clanton said of the spontaneous public response. “It was such a huge outpour of love from our community.”