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Today's News

  • Parnell challenges Norman to debates

    Archie Parnell has thrown down the gauntlet to Rep. Ralph Norman, challenging the incumbent congressman to a series of debates across the entire 5th Congressional District ahead of November’s general election.

    In Parnell’s first news conference since revelations in May that he attacked and beat his former wife in 1973, the Sumter Democrat asked Norman to face him in each of the 11 counties that make up the district, which include Lancaster County.

  • 'If I Could Choose My Family'

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    What defines who is in your family? Is it blood or something deeper?
    Rock Hill playwright Shelia Burris Buchanan explores the issue in “If I Could Choose My Family.” Her Shelia B. Productions is bringing the play to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium for two shows on Saturday, July 21, at 2 and 7 p.m.
    The musical production follows a family as they struggle to make ends meet, survive myriad challenges and come to realize what family really means to them.

  • Performing Arts Series announces 2018-19 season

    Cherry Doster
    See Lancaster SC

    See Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series is well-known for its great variety of affordable live shows, and the tradition continues with a brand new season of world-class entertainment and unmatched ticket prices.

  • Couple charged with attempted murder

    An Indian Land man and a Lancaster woman have been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping after a woman showed up at a Lancaster home June 21 with deep cuts and bruises covering her body, claiming she had been abducted and beaten by them.
    Thomas Clarence “T.C.” Dial, 34, has been arrested and warrants will be served on Alicia Danielle Bellue, 33, of Lancaster. Both are charged with grand larceny, attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

  • Creativity camp

    Lancaster’s Discovery School was spilling over with creativity this week as the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ first of four Arts and Sciences Summer Camps took residence in its classrooms.
    About 75 children enrolled in the Lancaster camp, which aims “to keep children learning and creating in the summertime and to keep their brains engaged,” said LCCA Executive Director Debbie Jaillette.
    Many different programs were offered during the week, ranging from dance, art and music to science.

  • City hires finance director

    The city of Lancaster has hired Dana Pinkert as it’s new finance director after former Finance Director Daniel Driggers resigned May 11.
    Pinkert, who now lives in Ohio, said she is moving to be closer with family.
    “We were considering going down South, and my son moved to Fort Mill with my grandkids. So I started looking in that general area, and Lancaster itself,” Pinkert said. “It just fit, the type of little city it is, the services it has and the form of government. It was a good fit for me.”

  • Lancaster dad dies in accident

    A Lancaster man died in a single-vehicle wreck in Waxhaw, N.C., on Tuesday afternoon.
    Jonathon “Jon” Morris, 26, was a passenger in a 1976 Chevy pickup truck that wrecked on Providence Road South in Waxhaw near Cane Creek Road, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
    The truck, driven by Jonathan Starnes of North Carolina, ran off of the right side of the road, overcorrected, then ran off the left side of the road before hitting trees.
    Starnes has been charged with driving while impaired, and other charges are pending.

  • Power to the youth x10

    The National Youth Empowerment Day Festival is Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Preston Blackmon Park, 500 Connor St., in Lancaster.
    The year marks the 10th annual celebration of the event, hosted by Ja’Von Crockett, a Lancaster native who now lives in Atlanta as a pastor, master barber/hairstylist and instructor at 71 Hair Salon.
    The event will include music, food, grocery and bicycle giveaways, free school supplies, free haircuts and a talent showcase.

  • Polston pleads guilty to armory weapons theft

    A third person has been convicted on federal weapons charges after being caught in November with machine guns, a grenade launcher and other items stolen from the Lancaster National Guard Armory.
    Brandon Shane Polston, 32, of Lancaster pleaded guilty to possession of machine guns and destructive devices, and to being a felon in possession of firearms, according to South Carolina’s U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon.
    Two co-defendants, Austin Lee Ritter, 23, and Kimberly Denise Cannon, 40, pleaded guilty to the same charges last month.

  • Column: AG affirms open-government mandate in Lowcountry lawsuit

    I was in Mount Pleasant recently. It had been years since I had driven north of Shem Creek on Coleman Boulevard.
    My drive north in search of lunch put into context the Save Shem Creek movement and the desire of many residents to slow development in the town.
    My drive was educational. Low-rise, lower-density development had been replaced by high-rise buildings at street’s edge and strip-mall sprawl. I could have been in Myrtle Beach except for the absence of T-shirt shops.