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Today's News

  • Norman, Parnell debate trade tariffs

    ROCK HILL – Rep. Ralph Norman and challenger Archie Parnell debated trade tariffs Thursday, days after the Trump administration granted an exemption to a Winnsboro TV maker that will keep it in business and save 126 jobs.

    The tariffs were among several policy disagreements at an hour-long forum sponsored by the Rock Hill Kiwanis Club and held at the Palmetto Room. It was the first public debate for the Fifth District congressional candidates since they ran against each other in a 2017 special election for the seat.

  • Ruckus erupts over sex-assault joke

    Within hours of Thursday’s polite lunchtime debate, Archie Parnell and Ralph Norman went to war online over Norman’s decision to begin with a joke about sexual assault.
    “Did y’all hear the latest, late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings?” the Republican congressman said in his opening statement to a Kiwanis Club crowd in Rock Hill. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”

  • Flat Creek wreck draws enormous roadside response, plus drug agents

    The commotion south of Buford lasted many hours Wednesday afternoon – two overturned vehicles, three airlifted victims, 11 EMS and firefighter vehicles, and about 20 law enforcement officers, including Drug Task Force agents combing the roadsides.
    It all started shortly after 1 p.m. on S.C. 522 south of Flat Creek Road, when sheriff’s investigators stopped two cars, each containing two men “believed to be associated” with a stolen truck, according to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Florence delays completion of Monroe Highway bridge

    The replacement bridge that’s under construction on Monroe Highway north of Lancaster was scheduled for completion Oct. 22, but last weekend’s big storm might push that back a week or so.
    Melanie Mobley with the S.C. Department of Transportation said work on the bridge had to be halted as Hurricane Florence made its way through the Carolinas. Workers returned to the site, nearly a mile north of Shiloh Unity Road, Tuesday morning to get the job up and running again.

  • ‘We dodged a big bullet’

    Lancaster County avoided injuries and widespread destruction from the remnants of Hurricane Florence this weekend, unlike some of its neighboring counties and large parts of North Carolina.
    Lancaster Fire Rescue Director Darren Player said the county experienced buffeting winds and huge downpours lasting many hours, but it was fortunate not to reach the rainfall totals and wind speeds that forecaster’s had predicted.

  • Sally Deese cooked for thousands each year because God told her to

    Sally Deese created one of Lancaster County’s most enduring social and spiritual traditions after, in her words, God gave her a direct order one day in 1989.
    For the next quarter century on the Sunday before Memorial Day, she fed the county’s older folks outside her Buford farmhouse, buying and cooking all the food herself. Her Golden Age of Merit Dinner soon included thousands each year, with cars and buses jamming the back roads.

  • Buford feeds crews during emergency

    Members of the Buford community rallied together Sunday to feed more than 40 linemen, first responders and deputies who were on duty as Florence blew through the county.
    The linemen, most from New York, were stationed at Buford High School, just a few minutes away from Buford Volunteer Fire Department, where Perry Clanton is assistant chief.
    “I was speechless,” Clanton said of the spontaneous public response. “It was such a huge outpour of love from our community.”

  • Florence can’t cancel couple’s wedding day

    Nothing was going to stop lovebirds Samantha Evans and Austin Adams from tying the knot Saturday. Not even a hurricane.
    “They say go big or go home, and I wasn’t going home,” laughed Samantha. “I wanted his last name, and shouldn’t nothing stop that.”
    The couple, who live in Lancaster, met at Buford High School, although they only started dating three years ago.
    “I always liked him in high school,” said Samantha. “He was my high school sweetheart.”

  • Myrtle Beach evacuee delivers baby at SMH

    As Florence approached Friday night, Myrtle Beach evacuee Angel Sulkowski delivered an 8 pound, 1 ounce girl at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Sulkowski and her partner, Christopher McAbee, who moved to Myrtle Beach only a few months ago, followed the evacuation order in preparation for the hurricane’s arrival.

  • Tractor pull bigger, safer this fall

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    The leaves are beginning to turn. The days are getting shorter. And the smell of pumpkin spice will soon fill the air. 
    That means it’s time to grab your earplugs and get ready for the annual Rich Hill Fall Festival Truck and Tractor Pull. The festival is this Saturday at the Rich Hill Community Center, with the gates opening at 9 a.m.