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Today's News

  • 2 drivers die in head-on collision

    A Lancaster man and a Heath Springs woman driving separate vehicles died June 29 in a head-on collision in Kershaw County.

    The Kershaw County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Steven Edward Rutledge, 41, and Debra Catoe Izzard, 61. They had no passengers.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Izzard was traveling west on Flat Rock Road shortly before 2:30 p.m. when Rutledge, who was heading east, crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle head-on.

    Both victims were wearing seatbelts, and both died at the scene.

  • Low-key mayoral race winding down

    Three months of low-key campaigning for a five-month job is wrapping up, and Lancaster voters will choose their next major Tuesday.

    Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, James “Butch” Flynn, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty are running to fill the remaining months of the late Mayor John Howard’s term.

    Garris, a 10-year city council veteran who has been acting mayor since Howard entered the hospital in January, said she has been working double-time filling in as mayor and campaigning day-to-day. 

  • 2nd test on 85-year-old finds no illegal drugs

    A second drug test on an 85-year-old assisted-living resident has come up negative for ecstasy, and investigators are still trying to determine why she tested positive for the illegal drug last month.

    “We are still investigating the case to see whether she had it in her, if there was a false-positive result or whether there was a lab mix-up,” said Doug Barfield, spokeman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s still an open investigation.”

  • Column: Let’s all return to civility in nation’s public debates

    My wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Md., most of last Wednesday. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group and taking an afternoon to enjoy Annapolis.

    I never dreamed we were just one day and a few streets away from what would become America’s next horrific shooting. A newspaper office staff was gunned down by a crazed gunman. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones of those shot at the Capital Gazette.

  • Column: An element of school reform that will take very hard work

    It was a tiny exchange in the Henry McMaster-John Warren debate that was remembered, if at all, for giving Mr. McMaster another laugh line.

    The governor was explaining that the key to improving education is economic growth and sort of vice versa when he announced: “And now that I will be in charge of appointing the superintendent of education, we’re going to get a lot more done in South Carolina in education reform.”

  • Bruins salute golf standouts

    The Class AAAA state champion Lancaster High School golf team honored a host of golfers at the team’s awards night Friday.
    Senior golfer Brady Hinkle, who has signed to play at Coastal Carolina University, was presented the team’s Leadership Award.
    Hinkle, the Bruins captain, was a five-time all-region golfer.
    Senior Nick Mangano received the team’s Most Congenial Award for his sportsmanship and positive approach among opponents. Mangano has signed to play golf at Belmont-Abbey University.

  • Cole captures first win in Extreme 4 at Lancaster Speedway

    Saturday was a night to remember for the a driver in the running for the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
    Carl Cole has been around racing a long time, helping the likes of David Laney, Justin Laney, Lonnie Laney and Steven Saucier on their race cars throughout the years. Cole, a teammate to David Laney, has learned to drive the Extreme 4 cars from Laney, and on Saturday night all that knowledge from Laney paid off for Cole.
    Cole and Brad McManus were on the front row for the Extreme 4 main event.

  • Thornwell on Clippers summer roster

    LAS VEGAS – Former Lancaster High School basketball star Sindarius Thornwell is on the roster for the Los Angeles Clippers NBA Summer League.
    The Clippers announced their roster and schedule for the 2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
    The team also includes 2018 draftees Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson as well as current Clippers Jawun Evans and  Thornwell.

  • President orders flags at half-staff

    President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff early Tuesday to honor the five shooting victims at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., after its mayor, Gavin Buckley, requested it.

    The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, in connection to the shooting.

    Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were killed Thursday when Ramos came into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom and shot them with a shotgun.

  • Dumpster full of toxic debris is hauled away from Main St.

    HEATH SPRINGS – Just in time for the July 4th parade on Wednesday, a smelly dumpster piled high with garbage and asbestos-laced construction materials has been removed from Main Street.

    A crew from Charlotte-based Environmental Holdings Group [EHG] picked up the dumpster about noon Friday after resealing it in plastic sheeting. The company specializes in the removal of asbestos and construction debris.

    Not only does the site look better, it smells better, said Elizabeth Harden, owner of a nearby daycare center impacted by the mess.