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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.

  • Prostitution raid sweeps up lieutenant at Fire Rescue

    Thomas Wayne Pickard, the Indian Land fire chief and a lieutenant with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, was arrested early Friday during a sheriff’s raid on a York County motel and charged with first-offense prostitution.

  • Lowest animal-shelter bid tops estimate by $500,000

    County officials were hopeful to break ground on a new 8,600-square-foot animal shelter next spring, but the project now faces a major snag after the lowest bid came in $500,000 over budget. 
    Now, they’re trying to figure how to trim the costs back and keep the project on track as much as possible.

  • Council salutes Estridge after 16 years of service

    Banging the gavel to conclude a Lancaster County Council meeting is an obligation that’s usually handled by its leader.
    But last Monday, council Chairman Steve Harper shifted that duty to Jack Estridge to mark the District 6 council member’s last meeting as an elected official.
    “He’s been a valuable asset,” Harper said, noting that Dec. 10 was declared Jack Estridge Day in the county to honor his years of public service. Harper figured that Estridge had taken part in at least 368 meetings during his 16 years in office.

  • S.C. regulators OK Dominion’s SCANA buyout

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Public Service Commission unanimously voted Friday to allow Dominion Energy to purchase SCANA, the parent of South Carolina Electric and Gas, making ratepayers responsible for another $2.7 billion for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.
    The deal, a $14.6 billion takeover, has been in limbo for the past year, as lawmakers initially put the merger on hold in February, a month after Dominion announced initial plans to buy SCE&G.

  • Lancaster man pleads guilty to federal weapons charges

    A Lancaster man has pleaded guilty to weapons charges in federal court and faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
    Quavis Jamar Rudisell, 29, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession if a firearm and ammunition, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia.
    Rudisell is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition based on prior convictions. He was found with a loaded 9mm magazine and admitted throwing down a pistol while fleeing from Lancaster police Sept. 6, the release said.

  • Ho Ho HOPE!

    Eighty volunteers got busy over the past couple of weeks to help with the preparations for HOPE’s senior Christmas party Dec. 10.
    The season of giving drew volunteers from a number of local groups and organizations, including Sun City Carolina Lakes and Tree Tops community groups, Indian Land High School’s special-needs class and YouthBuild, as well as many regular HOPE volunteers.

  • Christmas Basket has raised $3,460

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has raised more than a third of its goal midway through December.
    The annual fundraiser, run by HOPE in Lancaster and ministering to some of the county’s neediest families, is still accepting donations.
    So far, $3,460 has been raised toward the $9,000 goal. This week’s gifts included $1,000 from J&S Inc. Redi-Mix Concrete.

  • ‘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.