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Today's News

  • County Council Dist. 5 race not final

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    The battle between a one-term incumbent and her Republican challenger had still not been settled late Tuesday night in the race for Lancaster County Council’s District 5 seat, though there was a projected winner.
    Republican Steve Harper was projected to win over Democratic incumbent, and current council chairwoman, Kathy Sistare, based on unofficial results from the Lancaster County Election Commission released at about 11:30 p.m.

  • 2012 election results for Lancaster County, state

    Here’s a look at the unofficial Lancaster County vote totals for candidates on Tuesday’s ballot. Local totals include all precincts. Local votes in the races for the S.C. House and S.C. Senate are for Lancaster County only. State votes include all counties (42 of 46) reported by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.


    U.S. president


    • Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Republican) – Local: 19,273  (58 percent); state: 1,026,351(55 percent)


  • Our View: Be sure to vote on Election Day

    On Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 6 – registered voters across the country will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges our democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent us in our government.
    Lancaster County voters will help choose our next president, U.S. and S.C. House representatives,  county sheriff, County Council member and Lancaster City Council members. The other races on local ballots are all unopposed.
    County voters will choose between these hopefuls:

  • Guest View: Budget deficits, national debt popular election topics

    Every couple of years, right before elections, certain topics are frequently discussed, then fade into the background once politicians have secured your vote.
    Budget deficits and the national debt are among the ones that come up most often.
    Debt is also among the most difficult topics for the average person to understand. After all, if you’re an average South Carolinian making $32,000 a year, it is difficult to understand exactly how much money $1 trillion is.

  • Lancaster 4-H Horse Club food drive

    The Lancaster 4-H Horse Club is collecting non-perishable foods for HOPE in Lancaster, Inc., through Dec. 21.

    Just one or two items can go a long way in helping families in need.

    While all non-perishable foods will be appreciated, HOPE has the following needs at this time: self rising flour, cornmeal, sugar, grits, canned evaporated milk, jelly, peanut butter, juice, canned beans (except green beans), canned squash, canned sweet potatoes and canned tomatoes.

  • Piedmont Folk Art Show is Dec. 1

    From release

    Artisans from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia will gather at St. Luke United Methodist Church in the Elgin Community on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to display and sale fine quality folk art that reflects Southern Heritage through a variety of art forms. Art will include – but is not limited to –  pottery, textiles, carvings, baskets, jewelry and paintings.

  • Maple leaves add beauty

    “The scarlet of maples can shake me like a cry of bugles going by.”
    – William Carman

    I  have loved maple trees since I was a little girl living on a street named Maple Lane.

    I remember playing in our schoolyard and watching the double-winged fruit of old maples spiral slowly to the ground.

    We children called them “helicopters.”

    One of the first things I did when I came to our farm in 1982 was plant two maple trees near the house.

  • USCL's new picnic shelter named after Rotaract Club

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News

    USCL’s Rotaract Club held a meeting recently at a newly constructed picnic shelter on the grounds of the University of South Carolina Lancaster, behind the Gregory Health and Wellness Center.

    The shelter was the result of a great deal of community effort, said Professor Robert Collins, instructor of Economics at USCL.

  • Locals react to state data breach

    Mallory Blackmon believes it’s possible a criminal could sell her identity to somebody looking to illegally enter the United States.

    Such scenarios swirl through Blackmon’s mind as she continues to get more information about a statewide data breach announced last week.

  • Kidnapping suspect runs red light, now facing CDV charge

    A Lancaster man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman was arrested last week after running a red light and evading police. 

    Willie James Stevens II, 408 Heath Circle, was charged Oct. 23 with failure to stop for blue lights and siren, driving under the influence and driving under suspension.