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Today's News

  • Kershaw Town Hall getting new computers

    KERSHAW – A new computer system is coming to town hall, and property owners won’t face a tax increase to pay for it.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted to take the money – $70,000 – from town reserves.
    “Sometimes, you have to get a bite of the apple as you go, and this is one of those times,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “Overall, the town is in good shape, and we did not want to raise taxes when we had the money in reserve.”

  • Borrowing life jackets on Duke Energy’s lakes

    Page Leggett
    Duke Energy Illumination

    Like a seatbelt, a life jacket has to be worn to be useful. Every summer, Scott Jolley goes on a mission to ensure that boaters and swimmers understand the importance of wearing a life jacket.
    Jolley runs Duke Energy’s free life jacket loan program in North Carolina and South Carolina. Life jacket loaner stations are at more than 20 locations at lakes, rivers and creeks, and Jolley’s team plans to add more each year.

  • IL man avoids dating-site scam

    A disabled Indian Land man almost fell victim to a dating-site scam involving a purported underage girl, a fake detective from Georgia and an ultimatum of $2,500 or jail time.
    The 24-year-old man has cognitive issues and kidney problems that require him to be on dialysis. His mother, whom he lives with, alerted deputies to the scam June 4, stating that her son had been on a dating website corresponding with a young woman he met named Amber until recently, when she told him she was only 15 or 16 years old.

  • Jody Holt charged again with neglecting her child

    The woman who was wounded and arrested in last month’s fatal Kershaw shooting has been charged again, on a second count of unlawful neglect of a child.
    Jody Linn Holt, 30, of Kershaw, was arrested Tuesday after appearing in court for another case. The new charge resulted from a drug test that came back positive on one of her children.
    The child, who was drug-tested on May 17, a week after the shooting, tested positive for marijuana. Holt tested positive as well, and another of her children had previously tested positive for marijuana.

  • Smith/Norrell on Nov. ballot

    Mandy Powers Norrell’s quest to become South Carolina’s lieutenant governor took a big step forward Tuesday, even though her name wasn’t on the Democratic primary ballot.
    As final returns came in Tuesday night, gubernatorial candidate James Smith of Columbia, who announced Lancaster’s Norrell as his running mate last month, overwhelmed his two primary opponents, avoiding a runoff and moving the pair on to a November showdown with Republicans.

  • Parnell wallops no-name opponents

    Democratic state and national leaders may have abandoned congressional hopeful Archie Parnell, but 5th District primary voters were still behind the Sumter native Tuesday.
    Despite revelations that he physically abused his ex-wife decades ago, Parnell won an overwhelming victory to set up a rematch with incumbent Rep. Ralph Norman (R-Rock Hill) in November’s midterm election.
    As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Parnell was the top vote getter in 10 of 11 counties, including Lancaster, in the 5th District.

  • Fire destroys Buford home that couple built in 1977

    A Buford couple turned into their Walnut Road driveway Monday afternoon to find firetrucks in the yard and flames shooting through their roof.
    Jim Helms said he and his wife, Debbie, had lived in the home for more than 40 years. The house was destroyed.
    “It feels just like losing a family member,” he said while watching foam and ash fly from the house as firefighters finished putting the fire out.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the blaze began as an electrical fire in the wall and spread into the attic shortly after 4 p.m.

  • Motorcycle wreck kills Lancaster County couple

    A Lancaster County couple died Saturday afternoon when their motorcycle collided with a large truck at the intersection of Lockhart Road and S.C. 341 in Kershaw County.
    The victims were identified by the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office as Melvin L. Hopkins, 31, of Heath Springs and Courtney Michele Lloyd, 27, of Kershaw. Both were thrown from the 2003 Honda motorcycle and were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was wearing a helmet.

  • Congress honors Sheriff Faile

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has been recognized by the U.S. House for being named the state’s top sheriff.
    Rep. Ralph Norman presented Faile with a resolution at Monday night’s county council meeting that was read June 6 on the House floor and logged into the official record of the 115th session of Congress.
    Faile was on the agenda to be recognized by council, but the congressional presentation was kept under wraps, though Faile’s family knew about it and attended.

  • S.C. disaster-management app for your smartphone

    From release
    The S.C. Emergency Management Division has released a free mobile app to help citizens stay safe during natural disasters including hurricanes and tornadoes.
    The app features the latest information on S.C. state office closings and delays, helps users find their evacuation zone, and includes information on planning for and recovering from emergencies. It allows users to send their location to emergency contacts and includes an SOS flashlight.