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Today's News

  • A childhood lost awaiting justice

    She’s a high school senior, and it was just last month that Rusty Joel Stacks, who molested her when she was 8, finally went to prison.
    Stacks was free all those years, out on bond awaiting trial.
    The backlogged solicitor’s office handed off the case to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office three years ago to speed prosecution. Twice, the case was set for trial, but delays were granted at the defense’s request.

  • For Brooks, a 24-man cell, orange jumpsuit and sandals

    The mistakes keep piling up for James Brooks, who resigned from the Lancaster County school board in 2016 facing meth-trafficking charges and has since been charged with drug offenses thrice more.
    All of those charges are pending, and he bonded out of jail after each arrest. But he skipped a court appearance March 30, and the judge revoked his bond.

  • Springs Block plan includes apartments overlooking Main Street

    German investor Ingo Kübler, who purchased Lancaster’s historic Springs Block in February, plans to put 17 apartments, retail stores and a two-story parking garage on the property.
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris mentioned the plans during the mayoral candidate forum Monday night. Later in an interview, she said she is excited for the opportunity Kübler could bring to the city. 

  • 400 acres on 521 may become site of industrial park

    A new business and industrial park could be in the offing for Lancaster County.
    Duke Energy this week announced it has selected a 400-acre parcel 4 miles north of downtown Lancaster as one of four sites in the Carolinas for potential development under its 2018 Site Readiness Program.
    The site is located at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Lewis McAteer Road, said Lancaster County Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.

  • Norman, Parnell trade criticism as midterm campaign ramps up

    Rep. Ralph Norman and Archie Parnell have begun scrapping over what we knew they would be scrapping over – Parnell’s 45-year-old instance of domestic violence.
    Republican Norman, the incumbent 5th District congressman from Rock Hill, faces Democrat Parnell in November’s midterm election.
    Parnell, a retired Goldman Sachs executive from Sumter, has been under a microscope since late May, when divorce records obtained by the Post & Courier of Charleston showed that he hit his then-wife one night in 1973.

  • Starnes resigns as Heath Springs administrator

    HEATH SPRINGS – Tony Starnes has resigned as administrator for the town of Heath Springs, and his last day on the job is July 2.
    Starnes said Friday that he submitted his resignation to Mayor Eddie Moore on June 18.
    “It’s just time for me to move on and do something different,” Starnes said. “I’d still want to do something on a part-time basis. I just don’t know what that will be.”
    Moore said he and Starnes have talked about his decision to resign.

  • Here’s how Tuesday’s primary runoff works

    Voters who cast ballots in the June 12 Democratic Party primary are barred voting in Tuesday’s Republican Party runoff for governor and state attorney general.
    The only ones allowed to vote in the runoff are those who voted in the June 12 Republican primary or those who did not cast ballots that day.
    “It can be confusing because some voters believe the primaries are just like the general election where you can vote a straight ticket or for individual candidates,” said county Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • IL sidewalk project gets final OK

    The Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study committee (RFATS) gave final approval Friday to a measure that will provide the additional funding to build a sidewalk near Indian Land High School.
    The sidewalk will be built on the northwest side of River Road.
    “The project will be a go sometime later this year. I just can’t tell you when,” said County Administrator Steve Willis, who attended the RFATS meeting.

  • Butch Flynn, finally, has lots to say

    Lancaster mayoral candidate James “Butch” Flynn dropped off the campaign radar after being arrested May 1 on a family-court bench warrant.
    He did not return multiple phone messages over several weeks. And he did not participate with the other four candidates in Monday night’s public forum at USC Lancaster, the campaign’s only scheduled joint event.
    On Tuesday, things changed.

  • Toxic debris in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – State environmental workers on Thursday used heavy plastic to seal up a construction dumpster holding toxic asbestos from the demolition of a burned-out convenience store on Main Street.
    The dumpster has been there since January, packed with asbestos-laced debris, and traces of the cancer-causing substance have been found on the ground around it, said Tommy Crosby, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.