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Today's News

  • Column: Free Press, Free People

    Donald J. Trump is a bully and a thug.  I could tell you he is a liar, but you and everyone else in America – even his Republican minions in Congress, know that already.
    Trump’s political career began on the lie that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. On the second day of his presidency, he sent his press secretary, a public employee, out to lie about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. The lies have become more frequent and more indefensible in the months that have followed.

  • Column: Not ‘veering left,’ just away from the cliff

    While I find it encouraging that the Democratic Party is finally starting to ease back to the left of the Republicans (Google the 1956 Republican platform), my goal is to revitalize the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. That is, the Democratic Party that lifted our nation from the economic ashes of the Great Depression that the excesses and corruption of the Republican Party created (sound familiar?), helped win World War II against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and assisted both Allies and the defeated to rebuild from the destruction.

  • Cruising memory lane

    Hit the road Saturday and head for the downtown Kershaw Cruise-In hosted by the Haile Gold Mine Cruisers.
    The free cruise-in will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on North Hampton Street between East Church and East Richland streets, concluding with the participants “cutting town” in their prized automobiles at 7 p.m.
    The Haile Gold Mine Cruisers meet every second Saturday from May through October to talk cars and enjoy socializing.

  • Heath Springs Council to tackle business fees

    HEATH SPRINGS – It’s no secret that some of the town’s codes and ordinances haven’t kept up with the times.
    Take Heath Springs’ annual business license fees, for instance. The fee has been $20 a year since the mid-1980s.
    Town Councilwoman Iva Drakeford said she discussed the fee with a Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) staff member last month at the annual meeting in Hilton Head.

  • Lightning hits home, starts fire

    A Shiloh Unity home suffered significant damage after lightning struck its roof Wednesday night.
    The fire started about 9:30 p.m. while three people were inside the 4,700-square-foot house.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said there were no injuries, but the house has $100,000 in estimated damages to its attic and roof.
    Tradesville, Unity and Buford volunteer fire departments were able to salvage items and minimize damage. The three departments cleared the scene shortly after midnight.

  • Indian Land schools’ training field bank improved

    The Indian Land schools’ training field is an eyesore no more, thanks to dozens of school, community and business volunteers who showed up last weekend to help the Indian Land Fall Festival Committee make capital improvements.
    More than 1,000 cubic yards of soil, gravel, sand and compost were moved by heavy equipment to restore an eroded bank at the training field behind the middle school, where the festival is held.

  • Kershaw to flip property from water supplier to pancake maker

    KERSHAW – Call it a win-win for town residents and town hall.
    It appears that Kershaw is getting a Huddle House on East Second Street near Kershaw-Camden Highway next year, and the town is putting a piece of property back on the county tax rolls.
    Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously Monday night on first reading to sell the .23-acre tract, known as the old Springs Mill Water Plant property, to Los Angeles-based BAM Ventures for $1.

  • Scott visits 'Bentley of bumpers' plant

    Business is booming at Lancaster-based Fab Fours. But business would be a lot better if the company didn’t have to contend with Chinese-made knockoffs resulting from theft of the manufacturer’s intellectual property, according to owner and CEO Greg Higgs.
    Chinese IP theft was Higgs’ major focus Wednesday as he hosted a visit from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

  • Gulledge seeks to extend winning streak

    Lancaster Motor Speedway is set to host eight divisions of racing Saturday night at the half-mile dirt oval.

    One of the highlights of the night will be in the Super Stock Division, where driver Jason Gulledge will start in the rear of the field after capturing three straight wins.

    The trio of wins in a row is a first for Gulledge in his racing career.

  • Judge denies bond in reckless homicide

    Abel Olivo Borbonio, 42, has been denied bond for a reckless homicide charge after he struck and killed a Lancaster man in his yard Saturday morning.
    Borbonio has been living in this country without proper immigration paperwork and, according to public judicial records, he has been arrested multiple times in Lancaster County for driving without a license since 2003.
    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said Borbonio is a flight risk and a danger to the community, and pleaded with the magistrate judge not to grant his bond Wednesday.