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Today's News

  • 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.

  • What good thing will happen Saturday?

    Something strange happened at the 2017 Widows Sons Masonic Riders Charity Ride and Auction.
    Now, you may find this bizarre, since I’m a 1982 University of South Carolina graduate. But last year at the annual fundraiser that benefits HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) of Lancaster, I found myself in a heated bidding war over a Clemson University mug.
    I was prepared to pay $30 for it that day, but in the end, it didn’t cost anything.

  • Act 388 strangles education budgets

    Research presented in September to Lancaster County leaders, predicting how our rocketing growth will affect local government revenues, paints a rosy picture for the county and a foreboding one for the school district.
    The study by Clemson University’s Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory (REAL) shows that while the county government gains operating revenue from the arrival of new residents, the schools do not.

  • Desperate gibberish from 4-inch windows in metal doors

    A loud, jarring buzz bounced off the concrete-block walls, past the clanking metal doors and the occasional yells of the people trapped behind them.
    The source of the annoyance, a man incarcerated months before for receiving stolen goods, was holding down a call button and banging repeatedly on the metal door of his cell with his fists.
    “Larry! Larry! Larry!” the inmate hollered in desperation.
    Capt. Larry Deason walked calmly to the cell and peered through a 4-inch-tall window at the man’s unkempt face.

  • Lancaster paramedics scrambling to help survivors in Panama City

    Tammy Varnadore and Tamara Collins knew what to expect after their 500-mile overnight trek to Panama City, Fla., but the devastation still floored them.
    Railroad cars lay on their sides, dragged far away from their tracks. Buildings lacked entire roofs. Mobile homes were tossed together, blocks away from their addresses.
    “They have no water, no power,” Varnadore said Friday. “This place is destroyed.”
    The Lancaster paramedics left for Hurricane Michael’s impact zone around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Gathering our community’s resources for hurricane aid

    Evelyn Springs, a real pro at stocking up on food and supplies, was ready for Hurricane Florence last month, with a pile of provisions at her home all set to go.
    But the 64-year-old owner of Catering by Evelyn survived the storm without needing them.
    “What in the world,” Springs asked herself, “am I going to do with all of this stuff?”
    Springs felt God telling her to take the supplies to the people who needed them, she recalled this week. She targeted Wilmington, N.C., where the storm had caused severe damage.

  • ILES students learn about our continent’s aborigines

    Indian Land Elementary’s cafeteria shook with the steady beat of a Native American drum Monday morning as Little Big Eagle greeted excited third graders, playing his hand-carved, wooden flute.
    More than 50 students sat still, moving only to the beat of the music, as they were transfixed by Little Big Eagle’s playing.
    The 58-year-old Tuscarora Cherokee Indian, dressed in his native regalia, then stopped and faced his audience. With a gentle, deep voice, he greeted them in his native language, and then translated it into English.