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Today's News

  • Child’s death sparks investigation

    A 1-year-old child died Tuesday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital, sparking an investigation into the child’s death by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.

    About 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, EMS and the sheriff’s office were called to a 14th Street home, where a father was carrying his unconscious son out of the home.

    Deputies tried to help the child until paramedics arrived. Once there, EMS quickly transported the child to the hospital, where he died about an hour later.

  • Duke Energy seeks 10% S.C. rate hikes

    Duke Energy on Thursday asked state regulators for a 10 percent overall increase in its S.C. electric rates – 12 percent for residential customers.
    The rate requests, filed with the S.C. Public Service Commission, would increase the utility’s revenues by about $168 million, according to a Duke Energy press release.
    Residential customers would get the biggest hike. Commercial and industrial accounts would see an average increase of 8.3 percent.

  • Mr. Ford, it’s time for your close-up!

    At age 59, John Ford is finally realizing his dream of making it on the big screen.
    “I never really had the idea of being a professional actor,” said Ford, a Lancaster resident and father of two. “The last month and a half has been an absolute whirlwind.”
    Ford’s acting career has taken off within the last year after being cast in an episode of the Saturday morning CBS TV series “The Inspectors.”

  • Public asked to pick name for Kershaw playground

    It’s been 19 months since Kershaw discovered that Stevens Park’s state-of-the-art playground was rotting. That prompted demolition, massive fundraising and the installation of new equipment early this year.
    All the playground needs now is a name.
    Kershaw’s Community Heart & Soul, in cooperation with the Town of Kershaw and the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC), is accepting applications for the naming of the new playground. One of the city’s most popular recreation facilities, it reopened at the end of March.

  • McMaster tops Smith

    Incumbent Republican Henry McMaster won the S.C. governor’s race in Tuesday’s voting, defeating Democrat James Smith and running mate Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster.
    The GOP ticket of McMaster and Pamela Evette, his pick for lieutenant governor, received 571,135 votes, 54 percent of the total, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. Smith and Norrell received 489,963, or 46 percent.
    Turnout was heavy for a midterm election, with 34 percent of registered voters casting ballots statewide, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Norman dominates Parnell

    For the second time in 16 months, Republican Ralph Norman on Tuesday defeated Democrat Archie Parnell for the 5th District congressional seat – and this time it wasn’t a squeaker.
    While the Lancaster County results weren’t official at press time due to a database issue involving paper absentee ballots, the incumbent from Rock Hill outpaced his Sumter opponent by a 19-point margin to win his first full term in the U.S. House.

  • DeVenny leads, pending absentees

    Lancaster Mayor Alston DeVenny was leading by double digits in his race for re-election Tuesday night, far outpacing Tamara Green Garris, but a problem with absentee ballots was holding up the final numbers.
    At press time, the 56-year-old attorney had received 1,235 votes, 57 percent of the total. Garris got 931, or 43 percent. But those numbers did not appear to include the paper absentee ballots, because of an apparent problem with the machine counting of those ballots.

  • Yays topping nays on rec bond

    While the numbers aren’t official, county voters appear to have barely approved the $19 million recreation bond referendum on Tuesday’s ballot.
    Minus paper absentee ballot figures, the most up-to-date count shows that the referendum, the county’s first to fund recreation projects, was approved 52 percent to 48 percent.
    After months of planning and looking at projects, the amount was set in July by Lancaster County Council before the body voted unanimously to have it placed on the ballot.

  • Newton hammers Buskey in District 45

    Republican incumbent Brandon Newton appeared to easily win his second term in the S.C. House on Tuesday, beating Democratic challenger Corin Buskey in District 45.
    After a contentious race, Newton received 14,346 votes, 62.4 percent of the total, and Buskey got 8,624, or 37.5 percent, the combined total of her votes as a Democrat and Workers Families candidate. Those numbers apparently did not include the paper absentee ballots in Lancaster County, because of a problem with the counting machines.
    District 45 includes parts of Lancaster and York counties.

  • Honeycutt far ahead of Duve in District 4

    Democrat Larry Honeycutt was on his way to winning his fourth term on the Lancaster County Council on Tuesday, beating back a District 4 challenge from Republican Don Duve.
    Honeycutt received 2,144 votes, 53 percent, to Duve’s 1,896 votes, 46.9 percent, with absentee paper ballots still unresolved at press time. There was a technical problem with machine-counting the ballots.