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Today's News

  • McMaster, Smith joust over issues

    In the first of two statewide TV debates, Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic challenger James Smith drew clear distinctions on many issues Wednesday night and sharply clashed on a few.
    McMaster repeatedly focused on lower taxes and less regulation as the key to the state’s prosperity now and in the future, while Smith urged raising teacher salaries, building infrastructure and improving health care by accepting federal Medicaid help under Obamacare.

  • Grandpa’s Masonic gavel turns up at downtown antique store

    Tim Catoe wandered into The Shops on Main on a whim last week and found a local relic buried among the antiques and artifacts for sale there.
    Catoe noticed an old wooden gavel faintly inscribed: “Camp Creek Masonic Lodge, R.W. Parker, W.M., 1947.”
    “I thought, man, that’s pretty neat,” said Catoe, who is a member of the Antioch Lodge. 

  • Experience most-cited attribute in school races

    The race for three contested seats on the Lancaster County school board features five veteran educators and challenges to longtime incumbents Bobby Parker and Janice Dabney.
    Neil Couch and Melissa Jones-Horton are running against Dabney in District 5. John Mahaffey is running against board Chairman Parker in District 3. Ken Buck and Chris Campbell are running for the District 7 seat after incumbent Don McCorkle chose not to run again. And District 1 incumbent Melvin Stroble faces no opposition. 

  • Gun store robbed, another burglarized

    Weapons were stolen from two different gun stores this week in the northern part of the county, spurring an investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte police and federal agents.
    An armed robbery occurred around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday at Van Wyck Sporting Goods at 5219 Old Hickory Road in Van Wyck.
    Two men came into the store, one of them armed with a handgun, said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. The store was occupied by one employee, who was not harmed by the suspects.

  • On the river, a short-lived chapter in our industrial past

    Those who enjoy gardening no doubt take for granted the many types of fertilizers that may be purchased to incorporate into the soil and grow bountiful vegetable gardens and beautiful flowers.
    Although organic fertilizers are widely used today, synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are still used in the global production of crops that feed an estimated half the world’s population.

  • Sickle Cell Festival this Saturday at fairgrounds

    The third-annual Sickle Cell Festival is coming to Lancaster this Saturday, with artistic performances, food vendors, children’s games and activities, a fashion show and health screenings.
    The free event will be held from noon-6 p.m. at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway, with gates open at 11 a.m. and an opening kickoff and balloon ceremony beginning at noon.
    Lancaster City Council member Tamara Green Garris will be the Sickle Cell Walk ambassador.

  • Hanging Rock, Buford included in Liberty Trail

    Lancaster County’s two major American Revolution battlefields will be included in a 19-site section of the state’s new Liberty Trail, stretching from the Buford Battleground south to Moncks Corner.
    The S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust and the American Battlefield Trust have joined forces to preserve the state’s Revolutionary War battlefields. The nonprofits are raising money, acquiring land and plan to provide educational and recreational opportunities for the public.

  • County’s insurer settles Tunnell suit

    Lancaster County’s liability insurer will pay $20,000 to Keith Tunnell to end his federal discrimination suit against the county government, county council members Larry Honeycutt and Charlene McGriff and former council member Bob Bundy.
    The dismissal and settlement were granted Friday in U.S. District Court in Rock Hill.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said the county’s insurance carrier, the S.C. Counties Property & Liability Trust, was paying the settlement.

  • Heavy absentee voting for midterm

    If requests for absentee ballots are an accurate gauge, there is going to be a heavier turnout than usual for the Nov. 6 midterm general election.
    S.C. Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said Friday that 45,000-plus state voters have applied for absentee ballots.
    “At this point in the process in 2014, the last gubernatorial election, approximately 30,000 voters had applied for absentee ballots statewide,” Whitmire said in a statement.
    “Without a doubt, it’s up,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • District 45 issues: Jobs, growth, teacher pay

    A low-key race for the S.C. House District 45 seat is hitting its final stretch, with both candidates scheduled to appear at public forums twice in the next week.
    GOP incumbent Brandon Newton of Lancaster and his opponent, Democrat Corin Buskey of Rock Hill, have been campaigning mostly by putting up road signs and attending house parties and small community gatherings.