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Today's News

  • Mulvaney acting WH chief of staff

    WASHINGTON – Mick Mulvaney is headed to the West Wing.
    President Trump on Friday named the Indian Land ex-congressman – and current White House budget director and acting head of the federal consumer watchdog agency – his acting chief of staff.
    “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  • ‘I’m sorry – I can’t say it enough times’

    Two days into his murder trial, Brent Gay pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Thursday in the 2015 shooting death of Flint McManus and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    Gay, 34, confessed to shooting McManus and blamed debilitating drug abuse. He asked forgiveness from the victim’s relatives, who had sat through 14 hours of prosecution testimony before the plea deal was announced.

  • 6 fire departments dispatched to blaze

    Two people were severely injured Wednesday afternoon in a house fire in the 5000 block of Flat Creek Road east of Lancaster.
    According to a Lancaster County Fire Rescue report, the two residents of the home were injured and at least one of them was flown by helicopter to a burn facility for treatment of smoke inhalation and internal burns.
    Rich Hill, Flat Creek and Antioch volunteer fire departments responded along with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, and Kershaw and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments were called in to help.

  • 2-vehicle Riverside wreck kills local man

    A Lancaster man died early Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision on Riverside Road.
    Identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office, James Plyler, 51, was driving his 2000 GMC pickup north on Riverside near Industrial Park Drive shortly after 4:30 a.m. when the wreck occurred.
    Eric Sandor, 24, of Lancaster was also traveling north on Riverside in a 2003 BMW when he attempted to pass Plyler’s pickup, according to Trooper Justin Sutherland of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Sims Foundation gets new home, a gathering space for community

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is relocating to the old Springs Co. building along Lancaster’s Main Street, a move designed to make the foundation’s headquarters a gathering place for the community.
    The new location, dubbed The Crescent because of its curved wall of glass blocks facing Springs Street across from the post office, is three times as large as the foundation’s existing home on North White Street.

  • Pageland makes Top 10 in reality TV competition

    Pageland is one step closer to hitting the reality TV jackpot, selected as one of the Top 10 small towns in America competing for a $500,000 downtown makeover.
    The television show “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” announced the selection on its Facebook page Tuesday. About 50 Pageland residents, business owners, politicians and civic club members were holding a watch party at the Pageland Community Center, exploding in screams and exchanging hugs when theirs was the eighth town selected.

  • Continental Tire evacuated after e-mailed bomb threat

    A corporate headquarters in Indian Land was evacuated Thursday afternoon after one of its workers got an e-mail saying there was a bomb in the building.
    Employees at the Continental Tire of Americas center in MacMillan Business Park off U.S. 521 were sent home just after 1 p.m., said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield.
    “Somebody there got an e-mail saying there was a bomb in the building and unless they received money, the bomb would be set off,” Barfield said.

  • City hires MKSK to develop downtown revitalization plan

    The city of Lancaster will pay a consulting company  $170,000 to develop a “downtown revitalization plan” that would give Main Street a facelift and a marketing focus.
    The city council voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting to hire MKSK Studios – a landscape architecture, urban planning and design firm based in Greenville – to develop the master plan.

  • Life in prison for Peach Stand killing

    Christopher Méndez of Lancaster was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole in the Jan. 23 shooting death of Karson Whitesell, a 19-year-old clerk at Fort Mill’s landmark Peach Stand, according to news reports.
    Méndez, 29, of 1701 Pardue St., pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced in a York County courtroom after emotional testimony from his parents and from Whitesell’s family.

  • Nasty doesn’t stop parades

    Winter weather didn’t stop Saturday afternoon’s inaugural Indian Land Christmas Parade or the Lancaster Christmas Parade that night, as residents braved cold rain and nipping winds.
     “It went really, really well,” said IL parade organizer Melvin Stroble. “It was really a success for our first parade. We had people that didn’t leave until Santa left. We could only imagine how much more we would’ve had if the weather was good.
    “I would say that we had close to 100 folks along the route,” he said.