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Today's News

  • BHS fumes over softball/prom ruling

    Buford softball players had to choose between going to their prom and playing in the Upper State Playoffs championship game Friday evening, because the S.C. High School League would not delay their rained-out Thursday game until Saturday.
    Parents, players, coaches and administrators were fuming Friday.

  • ‘The right choice’

    Hope, as the saying goes, springs eternal.
    After 15 years in the political wilderness, state Democrats are feeling positive about their chances of re-taking the governor’s mansion in 2018.
    At least that was the vibe Friday afternoon, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. James Smith of Columbia came to town to officially announce that Lancaster’s Mandy Powers Norrell would be his running mate as lieutenant governor.

  • Murder victim’s identity released

    The hunt was still on late Friday for the shooter in Thursday’s Kershaw killing, and authorities were releasing almost no information about the case.
    The man who died was identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 30-year-old Vincent Barry Lambert Jr. of Lexington. His family said Friday that he had recently moved to Kershaw.
    “He was always a happy person,” Lambert’s cousin Josh Twitty said. “He was always smiling, and he always saw good in everything. He was a good ol’ country boy.”

  • Craft Stand bringing specialty coffee shop back to downtown

    Downtown Lancaster is getting its first specialty-coffee shop in half a decade, as The Craft Stand broadens its usual offerings to include perkier brews starting Monday morning.
    The Main Street craft-beer retailer and gathering spot will be serving coffee drinks from 7 until 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
    “It will be basic in the beginning,” owner Brandy Geraghty said. “We will have drip and an espresso machine to make lattes and cappuccinos and I don’t know what else because I haven’t learned yet.”

  • City widens area for take-home police cars

    Lancaster City Council has approved the city police department’s request to increase the geographic area where officers are allowed to take their police vehicles home with them at the end of their shifts.
    Under the new policy, officers living within a 30-mile radius of the police department will be able to take their assigned vehicles home with them. The previous policy applied only within the borders of Lancaster County.
    The vote was 5-1 at Tuesday night’s council meeting, with Linda Blackmon dissenting.

  • Man charged in theft of money, checks from business drop box

    A Lancaster man turned himself in to authorities May 4 on charges that he fished checks and cash out of a business mail slot last month.

    Phillip Perry Craig of McIlwain Road in Lancaster was charged with second-degree burglary after he was identified on surveillance video from local business Lancaster Financial.
    The thefts at Lancaster Financial began in February. The incident Craig is charged in occurred April 9. Craig was a customer of the business.

  • S.C. receives millions under tobacco settlement

    The state is receiving millions of dollars as part of its yearly share of settlement funds stemming from the anti-smoking wars of the 1990s.
    S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the state has secured $81.1 million in its annual share of funds under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), approved by the courts in 1998.
    “These payments are incredibly important to the taxpayers of South Carolina, because they mean the tobacco companies are repaying the state for some of the costs related to smoking,” Wilson said.

  • Mom follows her kids’ lead, now they’re karate kinfolk

    Some mothers shop and dine with their daughters, but Kathy Faulkenbury spins and spars with hers.
    Two to three times a week for almost four years, Faulkenbury and her daughters have dressed out in martial arts uniforms, practiced and sweated together and advanced through the ranks.
    This past Thursday night, she and her middle daughter, MaryJoe, 11, were presented with their black belts at Kenaki Karate in Lancaster.

  • Manhunt for killer in Kershaw

    Two people were shot, one fatally, while riding in a car just north of Kershaw early Thursday afternoon, causing the lockdown of two nearby schools as deputies conducted a manhunt for the shooter.
    “Right now, I just don’t want to guess at what happened,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile, still supervising the search at press time. “We’re processing everything, trying to piece it all together.”

  • Norrell to join Democratic gubernatorial ticket

    S.C. Rep. James Smith, who is running to be the Democratic nominee for governor, will announce today that Lancaster native Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell will join his ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.
    Smith and Norrell have scheduled a joint campaign appearance for 2 p.m. today at the Springs House in downtown Lancaster to make the announcement after weeks of speculation, according to a campaign official who was not allowed to speak on the record.