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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • A childhood lost awaiting justice

    She’s a high school senior, and it was just last month that Rusty Joel Stacks, who she says 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.

  • It’s time to choose: McMaster or Warren

    In the June 12 Republican primary, Lancaster County voters made it clear who they want to be South Carolina’s next governor.
    In a five-way race, interim Gov. Henry McMaster swamped the competition locally with nearly 58 percent of the vote.

  • Salkehatchie campers turn home repairs into a mission

    A house on Golf Course Road buzzed with construction noises Wednesday as a team from Lancaster’s Salkehatchie program got to work on repairs.
    Volunteers spread throughout the property, from the yard to the kitchen to the roof.
    “We’re helping the community all we can,” said David Hagins, stepping aside from the entrance to the house where building materials and tools were scattered across the ground.
    Hagins and his wife, Susan, have been running Lancaster’s Salkehatchie program for 15 years, since it was first established.

  • First Phillip Knight Memorial set Saturday

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will be honoring my dad Phillip Knight with the Phillip Knight Memorial Race on Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    My dad, who died in April 2016 after a long battle with an illness, was a huge dirt track racing fan, who also helped numerous drivers over the years with their cars, mainly the Whitakers of Ryan and Chris Whitaker.

    My father was also a huge sports fan.

    He was a big UNC Tar Heels, NFL Dallas Cowboys, MLB Atlanta Braves and NASCAR Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan.

  • Piranhas fall to River Hills

    The Lancaster County Piranhas dropped their final regular-season meet, falling in a 397-191 Metrolina League loss to host River Hills on Monday.

    Lancaster, 2-3, was led by 11-12 girls swimmer Amanda Clem, who was the Piranhas lone swimmer to post three firsts in the meet.

    Fletcher Armbrust and Isabella Ihm each had two firsts.

    Emmie Grace Johnson, Mallory McDow, Kaylin Shannon, Louie Prete, Brooke Carter, Joseph Gardner, Reece Walker and Matt Prete each had one win for the Piranhas.