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Today's News

  • Storms expected through Memorial Day

    Memorial Day weekend is looking like a washout, as a tropical weather system moves in from the Gulf of Mexico and up the East Coast.
    As of press time Thursday, the system had a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Heavy rains and  flooding are expected across the Southeast this weekend into early next week as the system moves through.

  • Wild car crash nets repeat offender

    A Heath Springs man’s long arrest record got a lot longer Monday after a police chase that ended when he drove his car into a tree in Constitution Park and jumped into Gills Creek trying to get away.
    Quarnik Tirrell Haggins, 37, was charged with giving false information, driving under suspension, improper tag, failure to register a vehicle, reckless driving, operating an uninsured vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, alighting from a moving vehicle and possession of marijuana.

  • Kershaw budget dips, but tax rate will inch up

    KERSHAW – The proposed 2018-19 budget for the town of Kershaw is about $120,000 less than this year’s, but residents are likely to see a slight tax increase anyway.
    Town council voted unanimously Monday night to raise the property tax millage rate to 85 mills from 82 mills in the current budget. The proposed budget is $3.9 million, compared to $4 million this year.

  • Man gets 40 years in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday after jurors convicted him of sexually assaulting a single child multiple times over a five-year period.
    David Matthew Carter, 33, was found guilty on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was arrested on Oct. 4, 2016.
    Circuit Judge Steven John sentenced Carter. Jurors returned the verdict after five hours of deliberation over two days. Sixth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Ashley McMahan and Henry McMaster Jr.
    prosecuted the case.

  • Tribute to a joyous soul

    Terri Ledbetter spent every day smiling, dancing, listening to music, praying for her friends and hoping for a picnic. She died unexpectedly three years ago at 43.
    Her mother, Janice Steele, has spent every day since then making sure that Terri would be remembered.
    Her goal was to honor Terri and show gratitude to Terri’s friends at the Chester Lancaster Board of Disabilities and Special Needs on Camp Creek Road, where Terri spent two dozen years in the day-program workshop.

  • ‘Overnight, his life changed’

    Deontee Patterson is one of the 330 seniors graduating from Lancaster High School this week, but he won’t be walking across the stage with his classmates at tonight’s commencement.

    Patterson, 17, got his diploma May 1 in a personal delivery from Principal Rosalyn Mood and other LHS staffers, who visited him in his room at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte.
    Patterson has spent the past three months at Levine, fighting anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare blood cancer that’s most common in young people – usually boys.

  • Adult Education graduation date incorrect

    The graduation section in Wednesday’s paper misstated the date of the Lancaster County School District’s adult education graduation ceremony and the number of grads getting diplomas. The ceremony is today, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Barr Street Learning Center’s multi-purpose room. Thirty-five adult ed students will graduate.


  • Column: The real problem isn’t guns, it’s bureaucrats not doing their jobs

    Since last fall, mass shootings have occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, five days ago.

    These shootings exhibit a common thread, just not the one that the gun-control movement would have you believe.

  • Portofino's brings taste of authentic Italy to IL

    INDIAN LAND – Portofino's speaks the language of Italian cuisine. Because, literally, they speak Italian here.

    It's one of the first signs tipping off customers that they haven't stepped into a run-of-the-mill American-style ristorante Italiano.

    One of the newest eateries in booming Indian Land, Portofino's Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria opened a little more than two weeks ago in the ever-growing Redstone development on U.S. 521.

  • Benford Brewery draws praise at international beer competition

    A beer crafted by Bryan O’Neal of Benford Brewery in Lancaster, with label artwork by local artist Ray Douglas, has won high praise at the New York International Beer Competition.

    Benford Brewery was chosen “South Carolina 2018 Weiss Beer Brewery of the Year,” competing among over 600 entries from 14 countries in 50 categories. This was the seventh year of the international competition, the only such contest judged by industry trade buyers.